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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Page Turns As Do The Seasons

You know that autumn is around the corner when you wake to cool misty mornings.

The goldenrod creates a yellow border around the property.

Extra warm days, as summer holds on just a little longer. There is a "bee tree" nearby. Here they are "bearding" -cooling down the hive.

                                                The sunflowers are happy harbingers of fall.

                                             Heirloom tomatoes are portrait-worthy.

                                     The burning bush begins to show off its autumn wardrobe.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Some Thrifting

 There have not been more than a couple of yard sales that we have gone to this summer but there have been a few fun finds along the way.
This book, publishes in 1969, is a story and photo essay dedicated to "The little children of the forgotten streets of all the big cities, who, with noble naivete, romp and play, amid rubble and decay-happily unmindful that all gardens are not the same as theirs."
At the back of the book I discovered a note: this is number 519 of a limited edition of nine hundred copies. July 1969. I can find nothing about this on-line at all.

 Some great old glass chandelier crystals. They will clean up very nicely.

 An ancient little creamer with a goat on it and a "Hooded Merganser" figurine.  That will get tucked in with my accidental bird collection.

A perfectly aged mirror with a metal frame, a tiny pin cushion souvenir shoe, a pair of worn wooden shoes, tiny box, and a pair of skittles. Oh, what about that box? you ask. I  know, eh! Looks innocent enough on the outside.

                                         Inside the lid is this lovely illustration.

 I found this neat figure at Goodwill. Unfortunately his face has a crack. the top was taped on so when I got home I was thrilled to find it was a humidor with space in the lid for a sponge to keep the moisture just right for storing tobacco. Still, a neat find.
That other box? Well, let me show you.

                    It holds two thirds of a carving set with bone handles.

                          And those handles need some cleaning but,look! Lovely carved fish.

                                             Yet another intriguing container.

 Inside, a Swiss Elna sewing machine. Cool green colour and the first sewing machine to offer a great assortment of decorative stitches using cams. Dates to 1956-58.

                                           A view of where the cams go.

The carrying case opens and flips over to create a sewing surface. That's really cool!

I also came across this unusually coloured mohair bear. The pale nose stitching is a real distraction so I will give him a more bear-like nose.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Golden Days Of Summer

                              We were fortunate to get some fresh corn from friends recently.

                                                   BEST corn ever! Delicious.

 I was going to give the cobs to the chickens for them to enjoy but then came across a recipe for corn cob jelly.

 So I made some. Just because you can. The chickens were still thrilled with their twice boiled corn cobs.

 I also had purchased some fresh pineapples. I wanted to try my hand at Tepache, a fermented pineapple beverage. It is made using the pineapple skin.

                  With the fresh fruit inside I made some pineapple-lime jam. It was a success.

 There was still some fruit left and I came across a recipe for a pineapple casserole. Well, it "looked" interesting however it was not so tasty. Sad face. Five cups of pineapple wasted. Well, not all new things are destined to become "new" favourites, are they?

                                              I hope that your week is off to a good start.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Little Snapshots

 It's been quiet around here. Lots to do, more rain, plenty of weeds and chores or one kind or another. It's been down right pleasant temperature-wise this week.   I spotted this little squash plant in my herb garden. We'll see if anything comes of it.

Tucked deep under the lilac bush I spotted this lovely little moth, resting on a blade of grass. A wonderful pale green with a fringe along its wings. I was pleased it stayed put for its photo shoot.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


             We pulled these from our garden over the weekend. Nine Nappa cabbage. Yum!

                        Our very first try at growing garlic. Not bad. I'll tuck in more this fall.

                                                Roots Down veggies at the market.

                                        Gladiolas at a friend's house. Love that colour!

 Green and purple beans from our garden. Too bad the purple ones turn green when you cook them.

                                                             A walking stick.

                               Hot out of the oven, shepherd's pie baked in a cast iron skillet.

                                    Peas! Last year was a total fail so this is exciting.

                                                         Dewy Hollyhock.

                                        I love Queen Anne's Lace in all it's stages of growth.

                     Lots of excitement after Aaron rolled over the log in the chicken yard.

Pretty much sums up the summer so far, lots of black clouds, with some blue skies tossed in for good measure.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Little Coop

 Our Mama and her chicks have been spending time outside in different parts of the yard, protected with bird netting above and spending their nights in the garage. Not ideal but the little ones are too small to put in with the rest of the birds at this point.

                                     So, a simpler version of the larger coop was created.

                                             Inside a perch and a few nesting boxes.

               All finished and ready to go! Visible to the main coop so the rest of the birds can see the little family living nearby and soon to join them.

                                                  Checking out their new digs.

The two roosters like to sit up high and survey the area so we secured a couple of stakes for them. Works well as they are so little at this point.
It's good to have a separate place for birds if necessary- and definitely better than in our bathroom!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

You Might Miss It If You Aren't Looking

       As seen while travelling, nestled away from the road, between two very modern  dwellings.

                                                 Almost stepped on this little fellow.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Perfect Day For Berry Picking

I was so looking forward to returning to the place we got organic blueberries last year. The long winter and late frost didn't help their crop any this season and it was by appointment only, for u-pick only. I made our appointment for today. Turned out, the weather was not on our side.

We left early, first heading to St Andrews for a good pile of tomato cages I found on Kijiji. The sky was very dark and that rain just poured down all the way from Prescott! Marty kept looking at me as if to say, "Seriously? We are really doing this?" I said it couldn't last forever. Things did indeed lighten up a bit on our way east.
Then to our appointment for berry picking. I am sure they were surprised we actually showed up. It wasn't raining too badly at that point.

We started with the black raspberries. Just LOOK at them!

 It was easy picking except for the mosquitoes. After a while you just give up and ignore them.

                                             I think I found the biggest berry in the patch!

                                                 Then we moved on to the blueberries.

 This is when the rain really came down. We made it to the end of the row when the thunder started moving closer.
It was time to move on to the currants.

 So, my dreams of getting more than last year weren't realised but we did get three baskets of blueberries again to tuck into the freezer. They have already been thoroughly washed by the rain so will need only a cursory rinsing.

                    Our currants and black raspberries. Aren't they beautiful?  Into jam and jelly for them.

 I love visiting the blueberry farm as the owners are lovely people and the layout is wonderful and the fruit is delicious! Looking forward to next year.

Did I mention it was Marty's birthday today? Yeah. He always wanted to pick berries in the rain. And today he got his wish (insert sarcastic tone here, but hey! Isn't that what makes for good memories?)
 We were soaked to the skin, by the time we were done, in spite of the raincoats. Good thing we are waterproof. It was a great outing, regardless of the weather.  Of course the sun was out when we got back home again.


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