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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Farewell Autumn

 Joshua overlooking the Adirondacks in New York, looking back on a lovely autumn.

                      This was just a few days ago. Brilliant yellows cascading to the ground.

                                                Sunday brought snow, lots of it.

                                            Monday brought more snow. Gumdrop loved it!

        I am sure it wont be long before we are thinking about skating on the canal in Ottawa.
                            ~ painted rock found at the local thrift store.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

They Said It Might Happen

 Well this morning's sky said it all...

We got our first drop of snow this afternoon.  Addy is somewhat curious about it and none too impressed. She hasn't much fur, so who can blame her? I was not impressed, nor were the chickens.

Unlike the first sprouts of spring or the geese returning overhead, the first snowfall is just a harbinger of another long, cold, dark season where ice is not your friend.  Any special plans to make this winter a little brighter?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Showing You The Door, The Kitchen Door

 There are five doorways in my kitchen. Not all have doors though. Marty painted the chalkboard paint in the top panels of each door when he redid the kitchen 11 years ago.  Very handy for lists and notes. Above is my canning list for this year.

Over the weekend Marty installed "racks" or wooden rods to hold my pot lids. This frees up part of a shelf in the pantry as well as a shelf section next to the stove.  I love it when things can be made more efficient, even after a decade of living here.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Just Passing Through

 I have been thoroughly enjoying the colours this year.  The rain we have had for a few days has knocked a lot of leaves to the ground but there is still plenty of colour left to enjoy. I am happy to wait as long as possible before the snow arrives.

The dog was acting weird the other day, so I went to take her out.  I always check out the window first to see what's going on outside. Good thing as this time there was a whole lot going on!  Dozens of wild turkeys were milling about the back yard.  I tried to sneak out and capture some better pictures but they all started to slowly move into the bush behind us.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fall Colour

 It has been an especially colourful autumn this year.  So far the leaves are still holding which is great.  Front yard.

                                            Back yard.

                                                    Wild grapes. The chickens loves these!

Sumac by the lane.

                     Down the country road. I hope you are enjoying a colourful autumn too.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Then, The Apples

 In the spring Marty pruned a bunch of the ancient apple trees around the property. This fall, we had lots of apples to pick!

                                           This tree gave the biggest return and they were so tasty.

 It took a while but we finally found an apple grinder, not to be confused with a grape grinder, which came with the press. This made quick work of chopping up the apples in prep for pressing out the juice. You get much or juice if the apples are chopped up first. Marty clamped a board on top of most of it so the apples didn't pop out and to keep hands safely away from all those cutting and chopping blades.

                                        There were a LOT of apples.

                             The press is filled up and ready.

 All the blocks are added and Marty is cranking away. Relatively easy going with the ratcheting mechanism.

                           We got about nine gallons of juice when it was all done;  filled the press twice.

As there are a variety of apple types in the orchard, the juice is lovely. Naturally sweet with a wonderful flavour. Amazing. And a special thank you to the Daniel brothers for planting these tree all those many years ago.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Changing Colours

 Autumn is here. We have had frost twice now. The temps are still up for the most part so those crisp early mornings are still to come.

                                        I am still enjoying fresh raspberries as they ripen.

                             After the first frost, Joshua and I picked all the peppers. Corno de toro, sweet red peppers.

                          It was certainly a good year for peppers!  These are jalapenos.

                  Even though they came indoors green, they are ripening nicely. Poblano, Shishito, and Habanero peppers.

         Marty, Aaron, and I picked the rest of the good tomatoes. More sauce to come.
                                         We picked until the fog rolled in. Literally.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Busy Season Has Arrived!

      I hope you had a pleasant summer. We enjoyed lots of fresh salads from the garden.

      In spite of the hot dry season, we did get some good results from some of our efforts.

                 We have been harvesting tomatoes all last week. Time to snap into action. Salsa, ketchup, and sauce. Plenty to work with here. Still more waiting to be picked.

In the spring Marty pruned some of the ancient trees on our and the neighbour's property- yes he asked first, of course.  There are a lot of apples to harvest now. They may not be big or really pretty but they sure taste good!

We found a second-hand press on-line. It was bigger than the picture led us to believe. I am really looking forward to home made cider.

                                                     The dogs are all tuckered out!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tin Treasures

These two antique tin containers hold items in a handy yet attractive way. I think the top one is for a brush and comb but not sure what would be in the two little holders on each side of the mirror.

My guess for the lower one is that it held a hair brush. The bottom is open. Well used and well worn. Still kicking around after all these years.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Vintage Hardware, Architectural Elements

 I found these pieces on Kijiji. Out of town. They arrived today. It appears they are all samples of drawer pulls from the 1920's and 30's. What's not to love? Metal and Bakelite!
I am very fond of the butterscotch colouring too.

                       They may be drawer pulls, but to me they are small architectural elements.

                           Perfect for adding interest, detail, texture, etc. to a shadowbox.

Some of the all-metal pieces have some condition issues. No biggie. Can you imagine the pieces of furniture these would have graced in their own time?

                                Bonus! Many have their original descriptive tags on them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Little "Northern Soul" Adventure

 A pleasant drive in the country brought us to a restaurant Aaron had been talking about.
Northern Soul BBQ was once a very popular food truck and is now a brick and mortar place to go a enjoy some really good food. You can find out more on their Facebook page, HERE
It was worth the drive.

                          Their specialty, ribs! Fall off the bone delicious.

                                  Aaron went for the smoked meat.

                                 It came with a big crunchy pickle.

 Marty and Joshua's eyes were bigger than their bellies. Their poutines came home with us, for later.
This was the pulled pork version.

                              They were huge! This is the "suicide" peppered with hot peppers.

                             The vanilla shake was a nice contrast to the lovely smoky ribs.

We ate outside, looking downhill to fields and the tree line. They will be set up for eating inside soon enough, but it was a perfect day, breezy, under cover, an al fresco luncheon.


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