Friday, July 12, 2019

A Farm Post in July...

Hello there dear hearts... 
So happy to sit down and finally get another farm post up here.. 

The Summer days are slipping by so quickly.. 
It seems hard to believe that here we are mid July.. 
I get rather annoyed with myself by always maligning the passing of time but the older I get the faster time seems to be going..

Farm Post coming up..  

These lovely lupins pics were taken a week or two ago and are already losing their Spring beauty....

Much like ourselves... smile.. 

We have not moved to the farm yet!  
I told Terry I wonder if this summer will pass by as the last and we will only spend most of the week there but come home at nights.. 
Although he has painted upstairs and such but still coming home in the evenings.. 
We try to get there quite early whenever we go but most days it is later then we wish.. smile.. 

This was an early morning and the cows were in the pasture beside the lane..
I so love having them there.. 
We got out of the truck and all of sudden we heard them mooing and going and all heading towards us.. 
It was like they were saying.. 
Where have ya been?  grin.. 
I called and chatted with them a bit but there was work to do.. 

We did not eat at home and so a quick pick of some Swiss Chard and breakfast was ready... 
Just add some coffee please and the day will go forward.. 

I had washed a load of laundry at home and couldn't wait to get it on the line there.. 
The wonderful breezes coming over the Kent Hills blow them out in no time at all.. 
Then I wanted to get some sewing done.. 
But after just a bit I broke the needle and it fell off into the machine and now Terry has to fix it before I can use it again.. 
Oh well...
Just put it away and start something else.. 
I planted a bunch of pots for the deck but forgot to upload some pics.. 
Lunch was just a cup of spaghetti and such.. 
A little homemade sauce and pickles of course.. 
One day I hung a new old pic I bought at the Green Pig Farmers Market.. 
A girl was having a yard sale there.. 

It is just what I was looking for .. 
I wanted an old fashioned girl for the kitchen... 
I must have saw something like that somewhere and it stuck in my mind.. grin.. 
Then this one I unearthed from the boxes from my shop.. 
I have had it a long time.. 
Do you remember this one, Sue?  

We are certainly enjoying the herb beds.. 
Just to go out and pick what I need and chop them up for whatever is cooking.. 
Just another meal there.. 
Whatever day!  grin.. 

Summers are for salads and homemade dressings in our house.. 
Please note Terry's Kraft French Dressing hidden behind the salad... sigh.. 
Mine is the little pitcher with the green stuff in it.. grin.. 

Cod fillets, turnip mash and pickles along with the salad.. 
We eat plain food but lemon makes it all better.. 

Spent time making more vinegars...
I give a lot of this away as it makes wonderful gifts for foodies.. 
My garlic scapes are ready so I put a few in with the chives.. 
Garlic Chive Vinegar should be tasty.. 

Another egg on a chicken plate.. smile.. 

And this was my half hour of terror  this day....

Flagpole Day!  
How I despise it!  
For at least a half hour I cannot hardly breathe or look up because my deluded husband thinks he is still capable of these crazy feats.. 
Each summer we go through this.. 
Me begging him to please come down and calling on Jesus to keep him safe despite his braindead   no...harebrained   sorry can't think of the right word... ideas! 

But ... 
it gets done and he touches mother earth..
Safe and sound.. 
And then he has the nerve to be funny!
Gets down and kisses the ground!  

Real Funny! sigh.. 
Till next time, I guess.. 

On with the story.. 
On rainy days I love going for drives! 
Weird, eh!  

This was a pretty one!  

One of our favourite past times... I guess.. 
Do you enjoy old country roads on rainy days?  smile.. 

Then back home for Red Beans and Rice.. 

Do love rainy evenings here at home.. 

Before long the days will be noticeably shorter... 
Must enjoy the summer while we may.. 

So love having you visit.. 
And hearing from you all.. 
Thank you for stopping by... 
Take care and we will chat again soon.. 

Read this the other day and wrote it in my journal it was so lovely..

2 Samuel 23:4
He shall be as the light of the morning
A cloudless sunrise when the tender grass springs forth upon the earth 
As sunrise after rain... 

Oh the loveliness of our Lord... 
God bless.. xo 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Loving the month of June...

Hello everyone.. 
How are you?  
Another lovely day here in New Brunswick.. 
I must say I am loving the month of June.. 
I believe May and June are my happy months!  smile.. 
Everything so bright and beautiful!  
Really bright now that I have had my cataracts removed from both eyes!  
I just find the colours so fresh.. 
When I only had one eye fixed I would
cover it and look through the eye that had not been done and you cannot imagine the difference.. 
It was just like a very foggy day.. 
No wonder I couldn't see to type on this computer or anything.. 

I laughed and told our daughter that I was looking at her Dad and thought to myself how many wrinkles he had and then I looked in the mirror!  lol!
That was an eye opener!  grin.. 
No really!  
And the spider webs and such!  
Oh my, I am just so thankful to get it all behind me.. 
Thank you to you dear girls who prayed for me..  
I so appreciate it and for your prayer and comments about us losing our dear dog, Charlie.. 
He is missed!  

Now on with the story.. 
The above pic is from the farm obviously... 
We are slowly getting things in order.. 
We are not sure when we will be moving out for the summer but soon, I hope.. 

Bought a couple of lace table runners that I love for the old table..
So loving lace lately.. 
I always have but tried to do whatever was in fashion until a few years ago when I was finished with the craft business.. 
I decided to do what I love and lace is one of them.. 
Curtains and such... 
Do you like lace and linens and lilacs? smile.. 
These lilacs are from my Aunt Eva's lilac tree.. 
She only planted a white one but we now have a new purple one growing there.. 
Hoping to make a Lilac foot soak this week with dried lilacs and Epsom salt, etc.. 

I did get my buntings done for the kitchen and put one up..
Not a very good pic but you get the drift.. 
I ended up cutting up my new tea towel.. smile.. 
I bought a new one though .. 

The herb beds are doing wonderful.. 
Lovage, Tarragon, Compfrey, Chives, Sage and Thyme and new Basil... 
Oh and a Lavender in this bed.. 

This is a bottle of Chive Vinegar.. 

If you have some chives growing just put them in a glass jar and fill with vinegar... 
White wine is the best but quite expensive.. 
You can use just plain white vinegar.. 
I saw this way of doing them on the Tangled Garden article that was published in Victoria Bliss magazine. 
The Tangled Garden is in Nova Scotia and is a place we hope to visit this summer some day... 

It is not necessary to use the stems.. 
Just put the heads in and your vinegar will turn a most lovely pink colour.. 
A friend and I were saying the other day that Chive vinegar is our favourite.. 
Makes a wonderful salad dressing or use on fish or whatever you put vinegar on.. 
After a couple of weeks strain it through cheesecloth or a coffee filter and put in your pantry.. 
I always make extra to give away..

Now is the time to get your gift pantry stocked... 
Gathering some Lovage to dry for seasonings and such.. 
And of course my Tomato Drink that I look forward to.. 
Drinking it from a Lovage straw!  

We have been spending quite a bit of time at the farm and this was one lunch time special.. 

Spaghetti and Meatballs.. 
Flavoured with herbs.. 
Oregano, Parsley and Garlic... 
We don't eat a lot of this but it is so good... 

The kitchen is getting done out there but Terry is so busy with the gardens that I can't get him in the house at all..  

One day I made a batch of jam as you can see on the stove.. 
Love love the stove.. 
There is my new coffee perk my son bought me.. 
It is just like the old fashioned ones and I can use it on the wood stove, too.. 

I have been putting stuff in the cupboard while I wait for Terry to give the doors another coat.. 

Then I will unpack a few boxes from St. Martins.. 
And do it right.. 
Oh my.. 
All in good time.. So I keep telling myself.. smile.. 

This day we had a lovely stew like soup.. 
One of Terry's friends gifted him with a jar of home made stew that they had canned.. 
It was delicious!  
I added a jar of our canned green beans to stretch it but hopefully we will get some stew done up this Fall.. 
Comes in so handy and so quick to heat up.. 

I keep changing things.. grin.. 
Saw a pic on Instagram of little kitchen shelves with old cups on them.. 
Dug out some cups and voila!  

I should have taken a pic of the all the shelves.. 
I will later when I finally get everything done.. 

That about wraps up what we have been doing.. 
Our gardens are mostly planted now so we need to clean up the yard and get our deck and such done.. 
I have been buying a few plants but to be honest I am waiting for sales... 
Surely they will come along soon... 

I thought I would show you this old pic... 
I posted it on Instagram for Father's Day.. 

A long time ago I was his little girl..  
He found the Lord a couple of years after this pic was taken and had a genuine experience that affected our daily lives.. 
What a difference Jesus made.. 
It was the best thing Dad ever did with his whole life.. 
I am so thankful he introduced us to Jesus... 
And that he stayed true... 

Thanks for visiting my luvs and I look forward to your comments. 
Hopefully, we won't be running to the doctors and such and I will answer your notes on Face Book.. 

Welcome to the new followers of the blog and thanks too for sharing my page on FB.. 

I appreciate you all and God bless... 

Acts 2:38  
 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A lovely June Evening...

Good Evening my dears.. 
So nice to finally get a chance to sit down and chat with you all.. 
It is certainly another lovely Sunday evening here in New Brunswick.. 
I love these days lately.. 
Not too hot and not too cold.. smile.. 
The landscape is lush and beautiful as you can see.. 
This is my favourite view near our home.. 

Yes, we are still home.. 
There has just been so much going on that we can't seem to get to the farm to stay yet but we are there several days a week if we are not running the roads..

Last week we noticed that the cows have been put out to the pasture.. 
So surely summer is arriving, eh!  

Our flower bed here at home has been full of lovely Lily of the Valley.. 
I had to pick a few to put in a vase for the window sill.. 
And for my Mom as she loves them.. 
She tells me they were her my Grandmother's favourite flower.. 
I love them, too.. 
Do you like them.. 
There are lots of forget me nots but they are starting to leave.. 
And of course, the Rhubarb! 
Made a couple of batches of jam... 
Cherry Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb.. 
Froze some and made tons of Rhubarb Sauce which we eat for dessert with added fruit perhaps and a dash of whip cream... 

There have been some rainy days and on those I usually get a soup on the go when we arrive at the farm..  

This was a Barley and Beef one.
Someone mentioned in a comment that they would like to see a better pic of my dish drainer so here it is, dear.. 

Hope that helps.. 
I really like it and it was worth the wait... smile.. 
I am slowly starting on some projects.. 
I work on the house until I get tuckered then sit down and do some stuff.. 

I will be showing you soon.. I hope.. 
Terry is so busy with the gardens that I cannot get him to do the little touch ups so that I can finish things up... 
He needs to finish painting the doors on the cupboard so I can put stuff in there and some trim needs a second coat.. 
Oh well.. 
All in due time.. 
The weather has been great so that he can work outside and keeps telling me that he will get to it on the next rain day ... 
Generally, we have been away those days!  grin.. 

Here is a meal we had last week... 
A steak of beef (I don't eat much beef) but it was good and a few fried potatoes and corn on the cob.. 

And always a salad or two.. 
Tomatoes with basil, garlic, lemon juice and oil.. 
Now that is my kind of food.. 

Hoping to make a tablecloth and a few other things... 
And of course there is always time for a cup of coffee or tea and a little read.. 
This came from Amazon last week and I do love her writing.. 

Terry bought a big bag of ripe bananas so I froze some for smoothies... 
But when evening comes then it is time to head back home.. 
I really don't mind.. 
I so love my water bed and it is hard to get used to the ones we have at the farm.. 
I will though.. No worries..

Each trip we try to take a plant or two..
More farm news next time...  


I have left this for the last.. 

Our dear faithful Charlie has passed  away.. 
It is still such a shock and hard to fathom.. 
I know he was just a dog but he was our dog and we loved him.. 
He honestly was such a good boy.. 
Never had to get upset with him or anything.. 
Dustin just had him trained so well it was amazing!  
We had gone out to the farm last Saturday night just to pick something up.. 
We took the truck and Charlie as always sat between us!  
He loved the farm and knew when it was coming up and would sit right up and watch.. 
As soon as we stopped he would wait for one of us to say to get out and away he would go.. Checking the barn and running to the spring.. 
I went out on the deck to come home and he and Terry were out by the garden.. 
I yelled to him to go get a drink before we left.. 
It was so sweet.. 
He would run to the spring and splash right in.. 
Then he would bend down and drink but keep looking over his shoulder at us to see if we were still watching him.. 
So dear.. 
Anyway, we came home and I fed him .. 
He ate it all and I always said.. 
Goodnite, Charlie... 
He was in his kennel .
I went to bed to read before Terry would come in. 
Terry said he let him out later and he came in and went to his kennel.. 
Terry said he coughed a couple of times so he got up and looked at him but he just turned over and was fine.. 
Later he closed his kennel door for the night.. 
Sunday morning I got up around 7am as usual and when I went to open the French door I noticed I didn't hear him wagging his tail and making a racket waiting for me to open the door.. 
By the time I got to his kennel door I knew something was wrong.. 
He was just lying on his side like he was sleeping but he was gone.. 
We couldn't believe it and still can't.. 
Only dog lovers understand this... 
We wrapped him up in a clean quilt I had just washed for him and took him to the farm... 
That is where he loved it so much.. 
Our grandson said to me one day when he was visiting and Charlie was so happy running around that that was Charlie's favourite place on earth!  smile.. 

We put him beneath the Lilac tree... 

The sweetest thing was that I have been looking everywhere for violets and never found any on the farm ever .. 
But there where Terry was digging was 3 little bunches of violets.. 
One for each year he lived with us.. 
He was over 7 years old.. 
He lived with Dustin for four years before he came to us.
Not very old but I googled it and Shar-peis only have a life expectancy of 8 -12 years.. 

He must have had a heart attack because there was no sign in the kennel of distress.. 
I am glad he went easily but sure wish it was later on... 
Dear Dustin was shocked and saddened as well.. 

This was taken one of the first summers we stayed there at the farm.. 

Terry will miss him.. 
As we all will.. 
But that is what happens... 
Life goes on.. 
So happy we had such a great experience owning him for a few years... 

And on that note I guess I will close for tonight.. 
Thank you sweet ladies for all your prayers with my eye.. 
It went great and tomorrow Lord willing I am scheduled to get the other one done.. 
It is so wonderful to be able to see!  
Thanks for reading and thanks for commenting.. 
I love hearing from each one.. 
May God bless and keep you and your sweet families... 
Hugs from me to you.. 
Happy Fathers Day, too..