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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Very Busy Weekend

 It has been fun watching the mama hen look after her little one.  They both seem very happy. Still more eggs to hatch.

 Hubby brought home some organic strawberries from Wiseacres Farm, near Napanee.  It has been a dreadful year for berries with all the rain we have been getting. I am most grateful for these!  They sure were full of flavour, if not as large as normal.

 I tried my hand a sushi rolls this weekend too. With a variety of fillings, we had fun and enjoyed the eating too. I used seaweed salad, broccoli, avocado, and sweet potato. Everyone enjoyed them.
Of course there was also strawberry shortcake.


 I spent my time making strawberry rhubarb jam,

 strawberry lemon preserves, as well as regular jam, and some strawberries in vanilla sauce.

 We had a lot of rain, again, on Sunday. The dogs didn't care, They wanted to stay out and play.

                                       Baby chick number two hatched on Sunday as well.

 I was excited to find scapes on my garlic!  It seems to be doing very well.
I also spent Saturday morning at the market and it was great to see the regulars again.
I will try to remember to take pictures next weekend.

I came across this healthy looking fellow in my garden. He blends right in.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Surprise!

 Look what I found under my broodie hen! A chick!  I kind of thought we had more time according to what I saw when we candled the eggs a few days ago.

 I thought this was a good time to move the mama into her own space. Well, one down and six more eggs to hopefully hatch.

Welcome to the world, little one. I hope you are a hen. It's hard to keep up with the demand for eggs nowadays.


Monday, June 22, 2015

New Etsy Shop In The House

 I would like to introduce you to the work of my cousin.  She lives in Nova Scotia and is a most creative creature.  I was fortunate enough to see some of her work and she now has her very own Etsy shop, LindiLuvCrafts.
Above is her wonderful Captain Hook with his smart outfit and head of clay.

 Or, how about "Froggy Go A'Courting?"  This hand painted cloth fellow is ready to take you out on a special date. I love his little shoes.

 Her Pippi Longstocking brings a smile to your face. Look at her sweet hand stitched monkey, Mr. Nilsson.

This little fellow is mine. She has created a whole population of little "comfort dolls," diminutive little characters. You can see more of her work HERE.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

For The Love Of Poppies

 I have one big poppy plant in my garden. It has been growing happily for years. It however has never spread so each year that single plant puts out a lovely show of delicate flowers.
This year they all opened up during the days of endless rain.

                              They didn't last long with all the water pouring down on them.

                                            Looking forward to their return next spring.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Birthdays and Friends and Food

 It's been a busy few weeks. Mostly because this is the time of year where attention moves outside and our focus is on planting and looking after meat birds. It is also the time of year for our anniversary and my birthday. Not just my birthday, LOTS of birthdays of friends in June!
Hubby finally got to a little project I have been wanting done for some time now.
The travel trunk above has been kicking around almost since we moved here. It was a great find at a country estate sale, years ago. The kind of estate sale where you wished you had a bunch more money because EVERYTHING was amazing.  Anyway, the trunk comes with its own protective cover, even the handles had their own cover, laced on to keep the leather safe.

 Under cover, the trunk is pretty much like new. The canvas certainly does its job well.

                          Inside it sort of reminds me of a coffin, all that generously gathered fabric. A good sized box for storing stuff, don't you think? Yup, that's what I thought too. However, once full, this thing is going to be heavy, and awkward to move around. That's where the little project comes in.

 Castors! So, Marty made a frame of wood, attached the casters and onto this goes the trunk.

 Voila! I finally spent a little "me time" after having Aaron pull out the three bins and one box of fabric for me to go through. What doesn't fit, goes. I was able to eliminate the larger two of the three Rubbermaid bins and the box. Not bad. And where does such a trunk go so it isn't in the way but easily accessed when necessary? We then pulled the two short shelves from under my studio table and replaced them with this trunk. Yes, that meant I had to find somewhere to put the boxes on those shelves but I was able to reduce things by two of those boxes and reconfigure one shelf to remain under the table too.  I put several nice thick felt chair pads under the shelf so it also slides out easily when needed now too. Over all very satisfying and some reduction was accomplished at the same time. Nice.  I will have to revisit the trunk as the contents right now are not hyper organised but that will be a project for another time.

 Oh, and I got a lovely second hand pressure canner/cooker too. Something new to learn.

 AND, I got to share my birthday with Ronna whose birthday it also was.  She came out for lunch and some afternoon thrifting.

I made French sorrel soup, Einkorn flat-bread, and we shared some of my canned strawberry lemonade concentrate, canned up last summer. It was lovely.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Getting Caught Up

 Sorry, it's been a while since I have posted.  Things have been busy around here.  Time to get caught up. I was blessed again this year with a good showing of young Turkey vultures on our barn.  There were six all together.  Pictures are grainy because I had the camera on the wrong setting. Nevertheless, it was a real treat to see them hanging about.

                Another unusual sight. All the nesting boxes full at the same time. Busy girls.

                                     Some are less happy to be disturbed than others.

This fluffed up girl is sitting on 7 eggs. Hopefully she has some success and there will be some little ones running about soon.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Headless Dog, Sleeping

                                          Have a great day today!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Colours Of Spring

 It has been a very dry spring. Saturday we were out when the sky turned dark behind us.  On the way home it poured. By the time we got back to the house, not much had happened in our area.  We did finally get some rain though.

                        Shy Lily of the Valley, all tucked into the shady green corners of the garden.

                                                                    Fern unfolding.

                                                          A Bachelor Button, before.

                                                                       And after.

                                Tiny hairs hold tight to droplets of water on Lupin leaves.

Not sure why the top is blue because the sky was a bright fuchsia top to bottom, right to left, behind the house this evening.  What a lovely finish to the weekend.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Day At The Auction

 Marty and I head out last weekend to a farm auction. I haven't been to one in more years than I can count. I didn't much enjoy them anyway. Long waits and in the end you are more often disappointed than rewarded for your efforts.

We were there looking for something son number three was interested in. In the end we did not get it and that was okay. It looked as though it may have had some condition concerns, but we did give a good try nonetheless.
The person who got it was determined that he was not going home without it,  no point in pushing the issue.

It was however a pleasant way to spend a few hours. It wasn't a big auction. Mostly stuff from the barn. The weather was great, overcast, and breezy. No bugs. It was a beautiful property too. There was also a good auctioneer. Easy to follow and didn't flog a dead horse when things slowed down. He kept it moving along very nicely.

I was able to snag this box of vintage train pieces made of cardboard. Imperfect and incomplete but each piece stands well on its own from a collage point of view. Cheap, because it was mostly a tool auction.

 I was thrilled to get this! Nope, I don't know what it is. There is a loop at each end. At first I thought it was a plumb bob but maybe some kind of weight instead. Anyway, it is very unusual and heavy.

 Then I got this! Cool huh?! Gotta love old cast iron pieces. So very well made and finished.
I liked how it looked, didn't matter to me what it was used for.

 It is however something you attach to an auger type hand drill for cutting/sizing dowels.

No one was bidding on this large lot of C clamps so I got it all for five dollars. Don't you just feel more prepared for anything if you have a bunch of old C clamps? Yeah, I thought so too.

There were a couple other little things that interested me but after the main item we went for was done we decided it was time to head back home to make use of what was left of the day.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Comedy of Gardening Errors

 Aaron and I got the potatoes into the garden the other day. It's been a very nice, breezy, cool week. Perfect for outdoor stuff- no bugs. Gumdrop was most interested in what we were planting and  none too pleased that we were burying the potatoes! She took off with one when I wasn't looking.

 Odelia kept going up and down the planted rows. I'm sure she was thinking to herself that she ought to remember where these treats have been hidden.

 Little Mister, our yard buddy, was enjoying the freedom and made full use of the whole yard! As he can't see out of one eye he made good work of our carefully tied string marking the garden rows too.

          Odelia keeping cool with the water I set out for them. Cooling her ball too.

 Our little "Meaties" as we affectionately call them are growing like crazy. Here they are at two weeks old and already moved into their "two drawer" nursery.

 It was so very warm last weekend that I thought the chicks would enjoy some time out on the grass.  I saw this neat idea for baby chicks at another farm last year and had since kept my eye out for just such a chair frame. I actually found one at Goodwill but it was complete and had a nice cushion so the guys wouldn't let me turn it into a safe place for baby chicks to hang out. Imagine, they actually use the chair!

I noticed this frame in the yard of a vacated house and called the town hall to ask if I could have the chair frame.  We arranged to meet there at a certain time and the town official went and got it for me. Aaron and I painted it and Marty and I sewed on some bird netting, and "Voila!," a perfect little spot for little birds. It wont be too long before they are too big for it!

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