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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A rural drive and such...



Hi everyone.. 
So glad you dropped by.. 
We went for a little rural drive on the weekend and thought you might like to see how we have lost most of our snow.. 
Spring has sprung.. sort of.. smile.. 


We had a couple of days and nights of roaring like wind that just devoured the snow.. 
Rain, too.. 
The rivers are full but so far no flooding.. 
Thank the Lord.. 


I am always on the look out for livestock and chickens.. 
I love chickens and geese and ducks... 
All of the above are in the picture but you can't see the chickens which are on the other side of the fence.. 

And then... 


We drove past these two darlings.. 
How I love them.. 
They are shedding their winter coats.. 

And of course ... sheep.. 
I keep asking for a couple but so far it hasn't happened.. smile.. 
Who knows, though... 

A lot of huge farms around the area.. 
This is rural New Brunswick.. 


I think I will take a few pics in the city next time we go.. 
We only live about half an hour from one but it is a small city compared to such cities as Toronto or Montreal... 
I prefer small cities... 
Do you? 


The old church that Terry attended growing up... 


Huge piles of wood everywhere.. 
This is a province rich in some natural resources and wood is one of them.. 
A lot of us burn wood for the Winter heat... 


Then we dropped by the farm for a few hours and I made a loaf of French bread.. 
I used the no knead recipe but replaced the water with potato water.. 
It gives the bread a nice texture and has Vitamin C and potassium to aid health.. 

Some people freeze their potato water in ice cube trays for bread recipes and it thickens gravy or you can add to soups and stews.. 
I also freeze carrot water and such ... 

At the beginning of each week now I make this little Jewish type salad..  


Chop up tomato, cucumbers, onions, green pepper and lots of herbs.. Parsley, mint and such.. 
Add some olive oil and lemon juice.. 
Add salt and pepper when serving.. 

We love it with omelets, in pita bread or as a wee side salad.. 

Or like this.. 

Made a nice little lunch for us with the new bread... 

This picture was taken today when we dropped by to see a couple of my young cousins who have moved to our area.. 


Lovely out but a bit cold.. 

Thank you so much for visiting here.. 
So glad to have you and I look forward to hearing from you, too.. 

This post I will try to respond to your comments and see how it goes.. 
OK?  

God bless you sweet ladies.. 

46 comments:

  1. That was certainly a wild wind on the weekend and it's still blowing cold. Hopefully this will pass soon and we'll get some spring-like weather. I love the city you refer to as it's my hometown but it sure has changed and grown a lot since I moved away in 1975. I almost get lost. :) I enjoyed your photos of the countryside and soon it will be getting green and pretty. The salad sounds yummy. I'll have to try it. Have a blessed week Faye. xx Pam

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    1. Hi Pam... Yes, the wind has been wild but you know how I love that!! The city has grown a lot since we were kids that is for sure.. So glad you dropped by my friend.. xo

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  2. Enjoy when you post pictures from your drives...loved the little animals especially. The bread and salad looks so yummy, Faye!

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    1. I love the animals, too my dear.. Wish I had a few.. smile.. Thanks for visiting and your sweet words.. xo

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  3. I love the loaf of bread that so often appears in your photos of days at the farm. I can imagine the lovely smell of baking bread....mmmm!

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    1. I know Elizabeth.. I can't seem to go to the farm without putting a loaf in the oven.. I don't do that here at home nearly as often.. smile.. I love the smell, too.. Loved having you here. xo

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    1. It is a nice drive, dear.. I love going for them.. My poor husband says he is wearing our car out.. grin.. Come again, soon... xoxo

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  5. Lovely photos and post . I love seeing your breads and goodies you make in a days worth of trips and being out side I can just imagine how YUMMY it all is after a walk or drive in the fresh air . I to love donkeys and ponies and have been asking for a mini donkey and a mini pony but no luck yet either lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. Dear Elaine. Thank you for always being so faithful with your sweet words and visits.. You and I seem to have a lot in common..smile. xoxo

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  6. Your lunch looks so yummy...What a nice day out.

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    1. Thank you sweet friend... So nice to have you visit..xoxo

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  7. I love the photos of your drives. I am a country girl at heart. Salad and homemade bread is one of my favorite lunches... yours looked delicious! Have a great week.

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    1. Hi Debi.. So glad you dropped by. I think I could eat salad most meals.. Hope you have a great week, too. xoxo

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  8. I love all your pics of food, but your salads & breads always look so beautiful as well as delicious. We had crazy wind here on Sunday as well. My property is wooded, so I try to stay inside when it's so windy, but I do have to let my "Sweet Sophie" out. She doesn't seem to mind it, but I always say a little prayer for her. She's a golden retriever & such a sweet, sensitive dog...a very good companion during the long winter evenings. I also enjoy the pics of farm animals - just beautiful.

    I love drives in the country when I can be the passenger...something I miss now that my husband is gone. He was a bit like your Terry...good to me & willing to be my driver at times.

    Anita - the cabin on the creek

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    1. So sweet to hear from you Anita.. I am thankful that Terry likes the long drives, too. smile.. I am glad you have your nice Sophie for company.. Take care, dear heart...xo

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  9. Faye, Jim just walked by the computer and saw your bread and he said he would love some of that nice warm bread with butter on it...right now!!!! His mother made homemade bread all the time just like you do. The picture of your salad is so pretty with all the reds and greens. Looks yummy! Do you call them burros? We had a couple on the farm. We (or rather...my Dad had quite a few teams of horses but he also had a team of big mules and a team of donkeys. Those little burros are so cute! Love all of your pictures...especially the church that Terry went to as a boy.

    I hope all is well with you. Snow and cold here. YUK!

    L...
    S...

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    1. Hello dear ... I always look forward to hearing from you still after all these years. I think you were one of the first followers of the blog.. smile.. We call them donkeys but perhaps real farmers call them burros.. Tell Jim to bring you up and I will make him a loaf of bread.. grin. xoxoxo

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  10. I love coming along with you whilst you take us for a drive. You are certainly well behind us here in the UK weather wise, our country lanes have burst into colour with spring bulbs, blossom and buds on the hedgerow. I loved your idea of saving the potato water for the bread and soups, simple but effective. I am going to start saving it. Also loved the look of the side salad, looks really tasty. Take care.

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    1. Hi my friend.. Yes, we are behind you folks but ahead from this time last year.. smile.. But our tulips and such are above the ground in places and will soon be in blossom... Can't wait.. Take care, dear heart. xo

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  11. Breathtakingly beautiful. I always enjoy visiting here, Faye. Thank you for the smiles. Blessings friend.

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    1. And I always love seeing your name here, Linda dear.. Thank you for visiting..xoxo

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  12. Lovely pictures and the salad sounds delicious. I am with you on liking small towns better than big cities which really kind of make me nervous.

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    1. Hello Lana.. They do make one nervous when we are not used to them, I think.. I don't mind our cities but the huge ones with all the traffic is something I can do without.. smile.. Thanks for dropping by my friend. xo

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  13. Beautiful pictures as always Faye. I just love your posts. That bread looks so wonderful. To me there is nothing better than fresh baked bread. : )

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    1. Hello sweet friend.. So glad to hear from you as you are always so kind.. This was the no knead bread which is so easy, eh.... God bless...xo

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  14. Morning Faye, such beautiful scenery and I love to see the sweet animals too. I always enjoy my visits with you my dear.Blessings Francine.

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    1. And I always love having you visit, Francine.. So love your name... xo

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  15. I did so enjoy seeing the countryside around you Faye with its farms & sweet donkeys! I like cities for a while but couldn't live in one.
    You make the best bread! I'd enjoy a slice or two from the oven & butter melting in to them!
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. Hello Christine.. Thank you so much for stopping by my sweet Irish friend.. I like cities, too but on a smaller scale although I do not want to live there, either.. I wish we could have a cup of tea together and a slice of bread.. xoxo

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  16. I really enjoyed the pictures of the rural country side. I prefer living close to small cities and towns. Although, I was born and raised about 50 miles north of Chicago in a small town close to the Wisconsin border. It was perfect. My husband was born and lived in Chicago til about 14 yrs old before his family moved out to the suburbs, but he loves the big city and would enjoy living there again. Not me. I love farms, creeks and rivers, and little towns. I don't think I have used potato water in anything but might think twice now.

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    1. Hi Delores.. So glad to hear from you.. Hope all is well in Alaska.. I love the farms, creeks and such, too.. smile.. I think you will find the potato water quite good in bread especially or I do.. thanks for visiting my friend. xo

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  17. I enjoyed all of your photos, especially the livestock.

    Spring is headed your way, for sure. It's quite warm here in Southeast Texas.

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    1. Hi Dayle.. So happy to have you visit and for your sweet comment.. It must be so nice and warm in Texas.. I just can't imagine.. Yet... soon, though.. smile.. Thank you so much for stopping by.. God bless.. xo

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  18. Thawing there, eh? I especially loved the sheep. I am "into" lambs as Christ was our Spotless Lamb, slain for my sins.

    *hugs* from beautiful Guam,
    Kelley~

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    1. Hello my dear Kelley.. Yes, He is our Spotless Lamb !! So happy to hear from you and see you are now in Guam... God bless you sweet friend..xoxo

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  19. You live in a beautiful spot Faye! I love little church, and the lambs.
    Have a wonderful week.....Hugs from Shirley

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    1. Yes, we do, Shirley but it will be much prettier soon... smile.. God bless you my friend. xo

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  20. I live in New York but I am blessed to live in a landscaped area similar to yours. Gods beauty and creation is what I see everyday! So blessed am I !

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    1. Hello dear friend.. Yes, we have been to New York several times and find it much the same landscape as here... It will soon be much prettier.. smile.. Love having you visit dear Patti... xoxox

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  21. I had no idea you could use potato water like that! I know people save vegetable water to use for soup bases and such, but not potato. That is my what I learned today! Lovely to go on the drive with you, I do like seeing new places and exploring different parts of the world in this way!! Thank you for taking us along and for teaching me something new! xx

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    1. Hi Amy... Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to leave me a note.. I appreciate you doing that.. I just heard about the potato thing just awhile back myself and could not believe the difference in the texture of the bread.. Really good.. Have a great day, my friend.. xo

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  22. We too have been having heavy winds and the spring has been on the cooler side but we have had a few nice days of warmer weather, but that wind is still chilly and cuts right through. I too love smaller towns, I feel calmer, when I go to the big cities things are too rushed for me, can be a tad overwhelming.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Connie.. Spring does bring the wind and rain and although I love it I am looking forward to warm days.. Take care my friend. xo

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  23. Hello dear Faye! Still playing catch up after my old computer died, and Google locked me out of my blog. I have started a new one, but it's not set up right yet, I used to enjoy the simple blog before all the bells and whistles came along. Still shouldering on though!

    I so enjoyed your post, all the scenery, the animals and the journey.
    I have had potato bread, but not saved the water as you suggested, it sounds a treat! I'll have to give it a go. I have been making yeast rolls practicing on them, not loaf bread recently. It has improved my skills, yes, they needed improvement! I should go back to your no knead and practice some more. I use my bread machine to knead, on the dough cycle, the bake in the oven after a 2nd rise.

    My first grand is here, 4 weeks old yesterday, a red haired boy, yes another one!
    We are having much joy and fun with him.

    Thanks so much for continuing your posts! Blessings, and hugs!
    Annie

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    1. Hello my dear friend.. So happy to hear from you.. Please let me know when you have your blog up and running so I can follow it.. Congrats on your new grandbaby.. We have our youngest here for the weekend .. He is 13 already.. Love having him.. God bless you, dear.. xo
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