Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Visiting Dwyer's

There was a bit of a Dwyer reunion on the weekend.

They were relatives that Terry hadn't seen in years....and some that my children had never met!

We had so much fun together.

They stayed at the Sands on Golden Lake....they pretty much took over the entire resort!

There was fun in the water.....

and a ball game right on the shore....luckily nothing got broken!...

and there were stories told and lots of laughs...

and music....

and we invited them to our farm....

It was good.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Last Week

Walk into a nursing home with three pretty, dressed up girls and you'll feel like a celebrity.

There was shouting and hooting and hollering.

A resident was sitting in the front lounge and she needed to talk to Lydia.....of course Lydia wasn't so sure about it.

But I reassured her...and we spoke to the woman....and she was overjoyed.

"You make me so happy."...that's what she kept saying.

We chatted for a few minutes and I realized that we had a lot in common...she was also once a farmer's wife.  She was super excited when we told her that we were here for the birthday party.  The girls were going to fiddle and dance.

And eat cake.

I love taking my children to these kinds of events.  You just need to show up and you feel loved.

That was on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, we went with a 4-H group on a farm tour of McGregor's Produce just outside of Renfrew.

And the raspberries were ripe....and so so good!

On Thursday, we hosted a 4-H Sheep meeting at our place.

And Lydia finished up her T-ball season.

And sunbeams came out of the clouds just before sunset.

And the boys worked at the hay.  I guess I need to take some pictures of them.

And I made 21 pies.

That sums up last week.


Monday, 14 July 2014

Eganville Farmers' Market

I'm back at the Eganville Farmers' Market this year.

We are at a new location....the parking lot of the Grace Lutheran Church....and it's working out quite nicely.  We are on the 'main drag'.....and so there are a lot more people stopping in that are just passing through.  It has become a very busy market.

I've branded myself with then name of 'The Farmer's Fork'.  I do all my baking at another farmhouse kitchen....not the one that my family lives in.  I'm hoping to get this kitchen 'certified' as a commercial kitchen.

I make pies....because people love pie.

My newest pie is the double crusted lemon pie.  It's so so good.

I also make cinnamon buns.

and raspberry buns.

and buttertarts. 

and I serve beef (our beef) on a wrap with some sautéed sweet onions and peppers.

Here's the set up...

The view from our tent....

The Pizza Farm is right beside us...

Johanna and I had a chicken pesto pizza last week.  AMAZING.

Engine House Coffee is on the other side of us.

Along with Genevieve Townsend's amazing creations.  She's a faery artist!

There is also maple syrup.

And apple cider from Coronation Hall Cider Mills.

And knitting.

And soap from Earthy Essentials.

And preserves and produce.

And there are a few other bakers.....including Beth's Kitchen.

And bread.   And homemade dog treats.  And lamb.  And grass fed beef.  And plants and herbs.  And rabbits.  And more.

It's a really fun market...every Friday from 2-6 p.m.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Sun on the Canola

Last year our neighbours planted corn in the front field.

This year they have planted canola.

It's beautiful....but it smells a little funny.

And the sun always seems to shine on it.

I took all of these photos when I was barbecuing supper. 

A storm was passing on this evening.

And on another evening it was just a little cloudy....

But somehow when it shady here, the sun always seems to shine on the canola.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Celebrating Lydia

We have been celebrating Lydia for the last couple of days.

She turned 5.

The planning of the cake has been going on for a few weeks.  She requested a doll cake again this year.  Then she told me that she was going to decorate it!

It needed lots of sprinkles and smarties.

And she needed to wear a hairnet.

She wanted to have a party at Grandma and Grandpa's pool...with some cousins....and there just happened to be cousins over there!

Sophie suggested that we not tell the cousins that we were coming for a party.  She wanted it to be a 'surprise' party.  I let her know that usually a surprise party is for the person having the birthday....not for the guests at the party.  She was a little disappointed....

Then I made up another cake for her to have at home in the evening.


Monday, 7 July 2014

My Perennial Gardens

My perennial gardens are thriving this year....

They have spread throughout the entire fields and they are up and down the sides of the laneway.

Years of work have gone into this....

I know they are weeds.

I don't care.

The girls can pick as many as they want.

I have always longed for real, beautiful perennial gardens. 

But I've been too busy growing children.....and things we can tomatoes and potatoes and lettuce and onions.