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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Farm Diary # 7...


Hello there everyone.. 
So nice to be able to make a little post here tonight.. 
It has been a while... 
As you know we are doing the farm thing this summer and it is passing very quickly.. 
Already, the mornings are cool and when we go for our drives we noticed leaves exchanging their green for some brighter shades.. 
It makes me feel a bit sad as I love the Summer and do not look forward to the Winter months as much.. 
Everyone is saying we are in for quite the Winter ... 
Lots of blackberries and high wasps nests seem to be the main reason for the forecast but only time will tell.. 
Meanwhile, we are enjoying our days... 
They are busy ... just like yours... smile.. 
Looking out the pantry window this morning before we left for church... 


I have enjoyed my swing in the old apple tree.. 
Especially on really windy days.. 
You know me and my love for the wind and rain.. 

Here is my bunting that I had posted about last time.. 
My sister wanted to see a pic of it.. 
Just a little something to watch blowing in the wind while I swing away.. grin.. 

Sometimes, I have some lovely company while I am out on the swing... 
Some are awake and....

Some may not be... grin.. 

We love it when some of the family come by...

We put them to work out in the blueberry patch... 
Lots of blueberry jam and jellies... 


Finishing up the lids for some for the Apple Blossom Cafe in Hillsborough... 

Our chickens grew and grew... 
Until they were ready for the freezers... 
Terry and Trev were giving some lessons to the younger generation on how to put up your chickens.. grin.. 


They decided they would rather donate fish for the table.. 



Love this time of year when the harvest is ready and enjoy putting it up for the Winter... 

Oven dried tomatoes... 

I love how they turned out and will be so nice in soups, sauces and such... 


Pickles... Bread and Butter and Ginger slices... 
My friend came up one day and brought her steamer juicer and helped me do up lots of blueberries and blackberries already to make jelly.. 
So appreciated her help and had a fun day... 

One of my three herb beds.. 
I have never had so many herbs to do up.. 
Pesto, dried parsley in the microwave, rosemary salts, vinegars, 
soap balls, candles and more...

Also.. 
Note the large plant to the right.. 
That is a castor bean plant and I didn't even plant it.. 
I don't know where it came from but I love it and will save seeds for next year... 

Drying herbs all over the house.. 


I did up some mixed bunches just to see how they will turn out... 

And then of course we go to visit the dear Bay of Fundy.. 

All these pics are from Riverside-Albert in Albert County, of course... 



We were late getting in this little garden but it is coming right along.. 

Hope the frost delays until it gives us some green beans and tomatoes.. 
My first year at growing leeks.. 
Hope they get a bigger... 

A sweet friend, Becca gave me the quail eggs and such.. 
I put the colored ones in my egg basket as they are so pretty... 

  I pickled the quail eggs using Jamie Oliver's recipe and they are tasty... 

Well, dear hearts this is all for tonight.. 
God has been good to us and we are having a good time.. 
Thank you so much for all of your sweet emails and such.. 
We are slowly going to be moving back home here and I look forward to that, too.. 
Lots of projects to do and plan on.. 

We lost a dear friend this past week and it so reminds us that life is short and temporal. . 
As much as we love our lives with our homes and families we really are just passing through.. 
Whatever we do influences our tomorrows and what they may bring and it will be the bigger picture.. 
Eternity... 
Keeping my hand in His... 

God bless you sweet friends and thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet notes... 
Faye..

PS... I almost forgot to mention that we have Keepers of the Home meeting this Saturday and it will be so good.. 
All about putting up the harvest.. 
Pickling, canning, herbs and much more.. 

We are being hosted by my friend in her log house.. 
If you would like to come just call me or leave me a message and I will try to get back to you... 
xo




Friday, August 5, 2016

Farm Diary # 6


Hello there dear hearts.. 
Can you believe it has almost been a month since I last posted.. 
I have not forgotten you but being up at the farm with no internet has kind of hindered me shall we say... smile.. 
Nevertheless, here I am once again with a large amount of pictures just showing you our days... 
It has been a different summer from the ones we have had for the last twenty years.. 
The cottage in St. Martins is still there and waiting for us.. 
We did do a little weekend with a couple of nights there a few weeks ago when they had Old Home Week... 
But, I must say I am glad we decided to do this change for us.. 
It is a lot more work then we thought as we have not done much there since we bought the place .. 
We used to mostly just have a quick visit for the day and then home again at night.. 
Anyway, this summer we are staying and doing... 
Here are some of the highlights... grin.. 
Our son and grandson up for a visit... 
Did they come to see us or have fun??  smile.. 
They had a great time and didn't realise how many trails there were and such beautiful views... 


Doing a bit of jamming... 

Five batches of strawberry and 2 batches of hot strawberry jams... 


Breakfast on the go for a little road trip.. 
I always take a book and this one was awesome.. The first author anyway but I didn't like the second one... 

On our way.... 
Old country roads... 
So beautiful this time of year.. 


Terry trying to find the satellite direction... 


A very unwelcome visitor... 
Actually there were five of them.. 
Yikes !! 
But they disappeared and we haven't seen them since.. 
Poor Terry was up the flagpole and I was watching him when the dog came up beside me and stared out toward the barn.. 
Then they all came together from the spring and went under our barn... 
Thank the Lord, the dog didn't go after them.. 
Hopefully they won't show up again.. 


Folding air dried laundry.. 
Such a wonderful breeze from the Kent Hills... 



Making summer meals.. 
Hamburgers and salads.. 
Typical... 
Oh here is a wee recipe for a new salad dressing I like.. 
1/2 cup of mayo
10 sprigs of mint, chopped 
2 garlic cloves minced
salt to taste
juice of 1 lemon 
2 tsp. cumin.. 
A bit of cream to thin it out... 
Try it ... 
You might like it.. smile.. 

A man and his dog.. 
Well, not really.. 
It is our son's dog visiting for the summer.. 
Terry loves the paper at the end of the lane each morning as we have not internet... 


Terry takes the dog for a drive each night in the truck and came home with a sweet bouquet for me one night.. 
xo


The hay is all raked in our field.... 


Then our farmer baled it the old fashioned way... 
Over 600 bales in that one field... 

Early morning... 
Out the kitchen window.. 

Making a bunting to hang between the lilac and apple tree.. 
I just love it and will show you a pic next time.. 
Terry hung a lovely swing there for me, too... 
Loving it.. 


Drying flowers to make my Hippie Wildflower Potpourri this fall... 


Our daughter and her family returned home safe and sound from Europe with lots of tales.. 
They had a wonderful time but this mama was glad to see them.. 
They were all interested in the cows out in the front pasture.. 

Gathering Queen Anne's Lace for jelly... 


A sweet pic form our little day trip... 
Another painting, Patti?  grin... 

Aren't they beautiful? 


They swim under the old Turtle Creek covered bridge.. 

The pics were so pretty I could hardly decide which ones to show you.. 


We have had lots of hot weather with no rain but if we have a cooler day then I make bread... smile.. 


Trying to use up my herbs in some creative ways.. 
This made Rosemary Soap Balls which I will wrap in cheesecloth and add a sprig of rosemary for remembrance.. 
I have to let them dry for several days.. 
Oh... 
A lovely idea.. 
Soak a few sprigs of rosemary with 1 cup of boiling water.. 
Let it steep for several hours and then add 1/2 cup of the mixture to your bottle of shampoo.. 
I love how my hair feels and it is great for your hair's colour so it says in my book of country wisdom... 
If you don't have any growing just buy a few sprigs from the grocers...

One of my 3 herb beds... 
Have to make pesto soon... 


Scarlet Runner Beans.... 
One of my favourites... 
Hope to make a pickle from a recipe I have had for ages..

Well, this is it for this time my friends.. 
Thank you for your sweet emails of concern and such.. 
We are doing pretty good.. 
I received a mysterious bug bite and have been going through it for a while with antibiotics and then infection because the antibiotics 
killed all of the good bacteria along with the bad.. 
Thought I was well again and came down with the same infection three days ago... 
Let's just say that this too shall pass and life goes on... 
Our pastor told us of a saying he heard from an old saint that really registered with him as it did me.. 
I will close with it and hope to hear from you all.. 
I will check again when I can and do another post soon, I hope.. 

Life is what you make it !!

True, eh?  
God bless... 

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