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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Farm Journal 5

Happy Saturday everyone.. 
Here we are almost the end of July and I still don't feel like Summer has really begun.. Do you?  
We have had hot days but this past week felt so much like Fall especially during the nights.. 

I know.. It is much better then snow.. 

Anyway.. 
This is Farm Journal number 5.. 
I am a bit quicker on the draw this time then last.. 
I think only about a week between posts.. 
The thing is that when we were here and I posted last week I left my camera card in the computer and could only take 8 pics until a couple of days ago.. 
We had a town day and I purchased another card just so I could take a few pics for you all.. smile.. 
The above pic is the lace curtains in the livingroom.. I should call this the lace curtain post as there are several more.. grin.. 
We were down to the cottage last weekend and had one of Shonda's dearest friends (Laurie) in for a wee visit.. 
She is a darling and she and Shonda have been friends since grade 2... Anyway, she had read my post the night before and said so seriously..."Faye, do you mean Victorian?"  ... 
Oh my... 
No, dear girls I have not switched to Victorian... 
I did so many of that style of crafts during my hay day in the craft world that the very word makes me cringe.. No offence to you sweet Victorian lovers but I do love lace, roses, potpourri, linens, toile and so on.. But no... no Victorian.. 
Just antiquey.. I don't think that is a word but you get my drift, eh?  
On with the post.. 
The garden is coming along lovely thanks to my dear husband.. 
Please note his BBQ planter of which he is so proud.. 
Full of tomatoes and such.. 

I did a couple of wee changes in the pantry.. 
Can you spy them?  
We brought up the old cupboard from my shop there by the frypans.. 
There is a cutting board that pulls out so you can place something on it to stir or whatever and it has lots of shelves.. 
I do not really have it organized yet but soon, I hope.. 
Oh and a new frying pan holder.. 
So handy .. Terry made me some wire S hook things and so convenient instead of digging and looking for the right size.. 
And... 
Redid the pantry window.. 


Almost finished.. 
Blue dishes and cream lace and blue cups hanging at the top.. 
I just need to add a flower to the vase and it should be done.. 
So loving my blues.. 

Brought home this set of blue cutlery from the cottage.. 
A fellow blogger and friend wrote a book called Wren Bay.. 
It is about making a home and her cover photo was cutlery in a lovely mason jar of dried something... 
Our grandsons were up for a day this week and asked me.. 
" Grandma, what is this for?"  
LOL.. 
"Oh, just a little project Grandma did to hold the cutlery.. 
"Mmmmm.. nice!"  grin.. 
Here is a sweet pic of her book.. 
You can the info Here..
This is one of my favourite books and I use it kind of like a cook book perse as it is full of recipes and projects.. 
The story is lovely, also.. 

Still taking a drive here and there.. 
And drying flowers ... 


Searching the road sides as we drive along.. 
Do you do that?  

Bought myself a new pair of work gloves.. 
Terry picked me a bunch of Queen Anne's Lace to dry and I picked 32 heads to make jelly.. 
It turned out beautifully and I like it as well or even better then Rose Petal Jelly.. 

The old hutch in the Living Room.. 
Thanks, Sue.. ox
A few more curtain pics.. 
Remember this is just an old house.. 

We have not had time to change dear Aunt Eva's colours in some of the rooms yet.. 
The upstair bathroom is one of those.. 
Hot pink??  grin.. 

Then one of the small bedrooms..
I think the doilie curtain I made last summer is perfect on this window with the colours of the quilt.. 
I wish I could have got a pic of the colours exactly but my camera would not cooperate.. 
No closet doors but the curtain does the trick.. 
Scarlet Runner beans and Green and Wax.... 

We had some wonderful help this week getting the back stoop redone.. 

Hopefully, it will be finished this week.. 
Trev and his sons came for a day and we had a great time.. 

We came home today to stay overnight as Terry and some of the boys went to the races.. 
We brought the truck as he wanted to bring the tiller for the garden he has here .. 
I was waiting for him to come out in the car and noticed he had a passenger... 

Just waiting patiently... 
The dear old thing..smile.. 

Well sweeties.. 
This is it for another time.. 
Sorry, I did not have my camera card with me but at least I found a few pics to take.. 

Hope you are enjoying your summer days.. 
They pass so quickly... 
We still have so many projects to do.. 
Preserves will be calling my name soon and although I have finished a few small projects the dear man is taken up with carpentry for now.. 
My bunting, valances, hankie line, bird bath are just sitting and waiting to be put up... 
Next time, perhaps... eh?  

Take care and love love your comments.. 
Please don't mind that I don't get back to you on FB like I used to but usually there is not time.. I do read each and every one and will get my sister to look them up and read them to me.. smile.. 

God bless.. 
xo

Friday, July 21, 2017

Farm Journal 4 and More....


Hello everyone.. 
So glad to be actually doing a post finally.. 
We have been at the farm for the last several weeks with no internet or cell phone service.. I thought we would get home more often to do laundry but either our son did it for us or we were just here long enough to wash it and cart it back to the farm and use the clothes line... 
Sorry about that but do want to thank you sweet girls for your emails and messages wondering where we have been.. 
I appreciate you.. 

Anyway.. 
Here I am.. 
First of all I want to warn you that this is a long post making up for the last several that did not get done.. smile.. 

We are home for the night and then going down to the cottage for the weekend as it is Old Home Week finishing up and we would like to be there.. 
I am at home here doing laundry and Terry is at the farm staining wood for our new back stoop.. 
I am so excited!!.. 
We have been needing it for a long time but there were just so many other things to do.. 
If you get my drift... smile.. 

Just going to post a bunch of pics and explain as I go of the things we have been doing.. 


Collected a big bag of chive blossoms to make Chive Vinegar and then drying some to add to my herbal mixtures.. 

As you know we had Canada Day here on July 1st.. 
We as a family visited Prince Edward Island and had a wonderful time.. 

It is so pretty there..
Here we are travelling up to the north of the Island to Cavendish Beach.. 

Lots of farms there and some with horses ....

The Lupins were spectacular!  
I believe they are the flower of the province.. 
Just borders of them all along the way.. 

We texted the kids as they went over the day before and told them we were almost there.. 
They said to go to Sandspit and to meet them there.. 

As we were walking over toward the Roller Coasters we were spotted by five of the dearest grandsons one could have!

Here they come!  
Just so gorgeous!  Everyone of them!  grin.. 

They had a lot to tell me.. smile.. 

Shonda got her Dad to do the unbelievable!  
After 47 years of being together and him not going on any rides he takes the plunge and gets on a roller coaster!!... 
It was hilarious although I think I was more scared watching then he was riding.. grin.. 

Each family had their own cottage but we all went to the biggest one for a wonderful meal which we all contributed to.. 
This one was ours...

Terry came waltzing in with a bag of chips and a dill pickle dip! 
The grandsons won't forget Grandma taking the big one because she thought that it was the one and only dip that we had taken with us and she wasn't sharing.. 
What a thing for them to remember.. They are still talking about it!! lol....

Aren't they cute?  
I know ... Grandmas!! 

Anyway... 
A few pics of the Island for you and especially my friend Becky who lives in Arkansas and would love to visit here some day.. 

The next day we visited a flea market and I bought 2 copper pots.. 
Then we travelled down to Charlottetown to see the Tall Ships.. 

Afterwards it was a big decision where we were going to have supper.. 

Everyone is checking their phones for the best places.. 
We ended up going to a British Fish and Chip place.. 
Totally awesome.. 
Even served in newspaper.. (kind of..  It was a waxed version)... 
All in all a wonderful weekend of memories.. 
Four of our grandsons will be in university this Fall and who knows when we will get another trip like that... 
Thank you, dear Lord !  

On with the show and back to the farm... 


We still don't have our new to us propane stove hooked up.. 
Hopefully by the end of summer.. 
Just more important things to do right now.. 

I happened to be at the kitchen window watching Terry leave in his red truck one morning and caught the cows chasing after him... 

They were all at the fence by the lane when he started up the truck and headed out and then they turned and starting following him.. 
The farmer has a red truck and it was a case of mistaken identity.. 
They thought it was their owner and he often has treats for them.. 
I told Terry last year when it happened that he never had so many ladies chasing him!.. 
Tis funny though,  eh?  

Here is a beet salad I made one day.. 

Loved loved the dressing mixed with the beets.. 
Terry didn't.. of course... lol... 

Drying lots of flowers for potpourris.. 

And having some dear company... 

Big enough to drive here by themselves and they always bring some treats.. 
Leftover graduation cake for Gramps and coffee for Grandma!  

The herb beds are doing wonderful.. 
This was a couple of weeks ago.. 
They grow so much each week.. 
Marigolds.. 
More roses for Old Moss Rose potpourri.. 
Terry made a couple of racks to hold the stampeding herbs.. smile.. 
Lovage and Compfrey.. 


Sorry about so many rose pics but decided not to delete them since I loaded them up.. 
This post is taking quite some time as I had to edit two hundred and more photos plus upload them and now writing.. 
Sorry.. 
Don't mean to whine but it is hot here today and we do not have air conditioning in this house as we are never here in the summer.. 

On with the show.. 

Haven't taken very many food pics.. 
This is Texas Hash for lunch and one of our faves.. 

A new lamp I bought at the thrift.. The lamp in one place and the shade in another .... 
Love seeing it lit at night on the kitchen table.. 

Made some delicious Popsicles... 
Dill Pickles ones.. 
Very good for you and if you are a dill pickle lover then you would love them.. 
I do but you must be a bonafide pickle lover... 
Just put 6 or so pickles plus a half cup of juice and a half cup of water in a blender or chopper and pour or scoop it into popsicle holder and freeze.. 
Let me know if you like them.. 


Dear Charlie.. 
I love this dog and he is such great company..
He almost touched a skunk last week.. 
Scared me to pieces as I have not had to clean an animal up after that before .. Thank the Lord he was just in contact with the fumes.. Terry spent a while trying to get the thing but it is still out there someplace.. 


We are so blessed with wind coming from the Kent Hills and the Bay of Fundy.. 
Even on these hot days with 32 degrees Celsius which is hot for us the house is quite cool... 

Our farmer came and made hay in our fields last week.. 
There was a good amount.. 
Love that he does it all the old fashioned way just like my Grandpa used to do... 

This is his precious mother who at over 70 years of age still rakes the hay in every field.. 
There aren't a lot of those kind of ladies left, I don't think.. 
I know I am not one... 

Bless her heart... 
Anyway sweet friends this is it for today.. 

Now after this weekend most of our running around will be over except for the odd day trip or drive so I will concentrate on the old farm house itself.. 
We washed all of the windows and put up all different curtains.. 
I am now officially back into lace... 
I know it is hard to imagine but I am loving the feel of it all.. 
I made some valances out of ticking this week, too and will take a few pics for next time.. 
Oh and some food ones.. 
Made some strawberry jam and starting into that kind of thing for the next while.. 
Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries all within a week or two.. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I really hope you will leave a comment here or on Facebook and I will connect with you next time.. 

Praying that all is going well in your lives and that God is real to you.. 
He makes life worth living!  
xo