Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Walk for Life

Chester and I

Sunday I proudly walked side by side with my older brother for the Kidney Foundation. He thought he would only walk half the course but he ended up walking the entire way with me (I could hardly keep up with him, he he). The weather was perfect - mostly cloudy so not too sunny and warm and a light breeze coming in from the Yarmouth harbour.


Part of the walkers

The local Chapter raised $8,500. Thank you so much to those who made pledges on our behalf.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Here we are, changing seasons again. Please allow me to say it once more - ''I LOVE THE FALL SEASON''. It is my favorite of all four. However, I'll be the first to tell you that I need all four seasons in my life. This is the season to start collecting, preserving, winterizing....

In our field out back Dave has this huge row of grape vines that he's been growing for the past 5 years. This year's harvest is the best so far and the chickens love them. They just might end up having the entire harvest.

I planted yellow onions this year for the first time. I love that they are a small to medium size. I don't like huge onions, you never use them up. I'll plant more next year for sure. Today I ordered my organic garlic bulbs from Vessey's Seeds. Those will go in the ground as soon as they come in.

This Fall I am going to try something new with my organic compost. Instead of putting it all in the bin, I am going to make trenches in the garden, fill that up with organic compost then cover it with soil. By late Spring (comes planting time) the organic matter should have broken down in the soil making it rich in nutrients. So much nutrients get lost in the compost bin by draining in the ground. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Yes, we did !

We bought a kayak. It's a sea kayak but for now it won't be seeing the sea. We want to practice our kayaking skills in the calm waters of the many lakes in our region.

We took it for a trial run tonight. It is fully loaded - padded seats, a rudder, floating things in both ends and only weighs 80 pounds. Hah, 80 lbs you say. Easy to lift up to your knees and slide the 14 feet creature on a trailer or the back of a pick-up truck but we don't own a trailer and we have a car. So, said 14 feet\80 lbs creature has to be lifted above our heads on the furthest end of our arms to go on top of the car on the roof rack. I think we might get the hang of it after a few more lifts !

Sometimes I stop and think to myself that ''we are having too much fun'' it's not right for those that are suffering both mentally or physically. It is here that I say a little prayer for those people that I don't know (and some that I do) but that I care about just the same.

Product review :: Waffle iron

A few weeks ago I mentioned here that I was contacted by CSN Stores to do another product review. I've wanted to try homemade belgium waffles for a long time with a ''real'' belgium waffle maker (we've had a regular waffle maker for years, it's starting to show its age). So it was easy to figure out what product I was going to review this time.

First, let me mention here ''again'' how I am amazed at the shipping process this company has. It is so easy and stress-free to get something delivered from these guys.

We had a trial run with this beauty on Saturday morning. I can't think of anything negative to say about this cute little machine. It has a timer, absolutely non-stick surface, it flips (hence the belgium waffles) and it makes one giant round and thick waffle. I don't think anyone would go for seconds. All in all, I am very happy with the product I picked out this time. Check CSN Stores - they have EVERYTHING.

Wishing everyone a good Friday tomorrow !

Thursday, September 2, 2010

We have eggs...

... or I should say, we have one laying chick in the house.

Yesterday when I checked on my lovelies after work, look what I found in the hen house...

You can't see the name on the nest but it's Aimée's nest but it's Anysie that layed the egg. She can't read yet.

First eggs are tiny.

There she is, the star of the coop. She layed another one today, in Aimée's nest again.

Stay-cation :: Cape Sainte-Marie

Approximately 15 km from our home you will find this beauty of a gem - Cape Sainte-Marie. This little seaside village is where you'll find Mavillette Beach. Many of the residents here are seasonal so you can imagine the busy-ness during the summer months and the quietness in the off-season. You can easily spend an entire day here - swimming, sand castle building, bird watching, beachcombing, surfing or cruising with your bike. Which is what Dave and I did last Sunday :