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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Harvest & Planting

 we got a good harvest of garlic this year. Some huge fists!  We took the best and will tuck it back into the ground for next year's crop.

While the garden was mostly neglected and the heat and local wildlife enjoyed much of what got planted, we did get a nice bunch of squash from it.  Stored neatly in the back entry for easy access and to watch for any that start to fail early.  We have lots of spaghetti squash, delicata, and carnival. YUM!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Great Find, More Storage

I found this at Barnfull of Goodies in Morrisburg. Good price and it only needed a fresh coat of paint. It had been painted but not too well and the original label had been covered up. I wanted to see what had been covered so Marty gently sanded it and revealed the shelf's original purpose. With a fresh coat of super white enamel metal paint it is bright and fresh and already filled up. I am storing my embossing powders here for easy access.  It fit like a glove on a wee spot of wall between the laundry room and studio. Perfect!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Happy Mail......Well, Happy Courier Delivery

With the rotating postal strike is currently slowing down the mail, I was very happy to receive my order from Daybreak Mills in Saskatchewan from a courier.  There is going to be a lot of soaking, sprouting, drying, grinding and flaking going on, just in time for Christmas baking to begin!  As you can see, I just had to check out their cranberries. They are lovely!!! Someone better seal that bag back up- quick!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Changing Seasons

                                    The last flowers of the season, from a friend's garden.

 The colour this year was wonderful and there were many happy days to enjoy the changing leaves.

                                Until the first snowfall of the season. Time to find my gloves.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mini Vacation

 Not a moment too soon, I was able to get away with a friend for a couple of days. To the cottage, of course.

                         The weather was perfect during out time there. The water was lovely.

                                       Nature's collage: twigs gathered near the shore.

                                                           As found, a natural bouquet.

                                          Lovely heat to keep us cosy during a cold night.

                                                              We took a walk.

                                                                       Old cedars.

                                                             On our way out.

                                                           Until next year, I hope.

                                Lunch at the Yellow Canoe on the way home via Merrickville.
                                              A perfect closing to a short break away.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Apple Picking

 We got permission to pick apples next door to us as we had a couple years ago. They were small but flavorful.  Aaron, up the ladder.

                         They are very old apple trees and there are a few different varieties.

                                                           They were all very tasty.

Last week we went to Kilmarnok Orchard to get several bags of apples to make cider from. We got a lot of cider this year. Delish!  This was from pressing and letting it sit for a little while. Sparkling apple cider. Pretty too.

We also filled up the fermenting crock to begin the process of making apple cider vinegar.

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Little Kitchen Enamel Lovin'

 I pulled this kitchen table from the back of Marty's dad's barn. He used to fix motors on it. We rescued it and fixed it up as our first table. Thirty-four years later, we are still enjoying it!

 I found this a few years ago at a town wide yard sale.  I love the way "BREAD" is lettered.

 Oh so many years ago, we purchased this Hoosier. The pull out enamel counter has always been very handy.

                     For a long time this has held the cooking utensils close by the stove.

 A more recent fixer upper that makes it home in the kitchen also sports an enamel pull out counter.

 Finds from the past:  smaller enamel jug, timer from and old stove as well as the back from an old stove with it's own mirror.

 A very recent find: and old postal scale.   It weighs a tonne! The enamel is  practically perfect.  It has a voluptuous form.

                                                  The glass plate is perfect too. Lovely!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Crossing the Border

 Marty needed to get some parts from across the border for the tractor so off we went for a short trip to the US.

                                                           Sea gulls hanging about.

             With the parts retrieved, we set out to take in the local Remington Art Museum

                        You are greeted by this stunning fireplace when you enter the building.
                               "Good Friends/ Good Cheer/Good Fire" carved on the front.

                                                     Inside, when you begin.

                        In the meeting room, with the curtains pulled aside. Beautiful windows.

                                                                     Stunning buffalo.

                                                            Inside the main gallery.  You can check out my previous blog post from years ago for more pics of the museum, HERE

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Finally Completed Projects

 I have had this tray of old price tags for many years. I always wanted to Put glass over the front and hang it up in the kitchen. Well, fast forward a bunch of years and it is now hanging in the kitchen.  I put Plexi-glass on the front instead of glass as the tray is a little flexible and glass would likely crack.

 I did this a long time ago as well but the front is not completely level so it too needed a Plexi-glass front. Done and hung!  Happy.

This too has been hanging about for a long while and has found its forever home in the guest room.  The funky clock is from Winners, also a long while ago.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Big Reno, Small Changes

 Last summer Marty and the guys changes all the windows in the addition. Huge job, took a long while and as usual, there were surprises along the way. No, not nice surprises. Nevertheless, they all got replaced, and RE-placed, in better locations too.  Finally the giant 9 foot by 7 foot window in the guest room is all but a memory!

                                      Now things look better indoors as well as outside.

 When it came time to repaint the guest room inside I decided to go with simple white.
I also moved out the antique door headboard.

 I wanted a pared down, cleaner look and as the dogs are not allowed in the guest room, I went bravely with a white quilt we found a long time ago at a thrift store.

                     These lovely pillow shams were found recently and look nice with the quilt.

 I chose just a few of my favourite silhouettes to hang back up and the rest will be passed on.

I even had the curtains already too. The last detail to complete is to put a mirror into the frame for the dresser. It took a while but it is finally done.

                                            This piece I did years ago looks right at home.

                                                          All ready to receive guests.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

After-Wedding Festivities

 The day after the wedding was hubby's birthday so all those from his family who had traveled up for the wedding met at a restaurant in Cornwall. Truffles Burger Bar was great! Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was nice to visit some more.

 Rounding out this month was Aaron's birthday and he and I enjoyed a lunch of sushi in Brockville.

 I tried my hand at a Key Lime Cheesecake and it turned out great! It definitely goes into the cookbook for next year.
                  We shared that meal with the new in-laws and a great time was had by all.

                                      The dogs however were all worn out after all the activity.


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