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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Busy Season Has Arrived!

      I hope you had a pleasant summer. We enjoyed lots of fresh salads from the garden.

      In spite of the hot dry season, we did get some good results from some of our efforts.

                 We have been harvesting tomatoes all last week. Time to snap into action. Salsa, ketchup, and sauce. Plenty to work with here. Still more waiting to be picked.

In the spring Marty pruned some of the ancient trees on our and the neighbour's property- yes he asked first, of course.  There are a lot of apples to harvest now. They may not be big or really pretty but they sure taste good!

We found a second-hand press on-line. It was bigger than the picture led us to believe. I am really looking forward to home made cider.

                                                     The dogs are all tuckered out!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tin Treasures

These two antique tin containers hold items in a handy yet attractive way. I think the top one is for a brush and comb but not sure what would be in the two little holders on each side of the mirror.

My guess for the lower one is that it held a hair brush. The bottom is open. Well used and well worn. Still kicking around after all these years.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Vintage Hardware, Architectural Elements

 I found these pieces on Kijiji. Out of town. They arrived today. It appears they are all samples of drawer pulls from the 1920's and 30's. What's not to love? Metal and Bakelite!
I am very fond of the butterscotch colouring too.

                       They may be drawer pulls, but to me they are small architectural elements.

                           Perfect for adding interest, detail, texture, etc. to a shadowbox.

Some of the all-metal pieces have some condition issues. No biggie. Can you imagine the pieces of furniture these would have graced in their own time?

                                Bonus! Many have their original descriptive tags on them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Little "Northern Soul" Adventure

 A pleasant drive in the country brought us to a restaurant Aaron had been talking about.
Northern Soul BBQ was once a very popular food truck and is now a brick and mortar place to go a enjoy some really good food. You can find out more on their Facebook page, HERE
It was worth the drive.

                          Their specialty, ribs! Fall off the bone delicious.

                                  Aaron went for the smoked meat.

                                 It came with a big crunchy pickle.

 Marty and Joshua's eyes were bigger than their bellies. Their poutines came home with us, for later.
This was the pulled pork version.

                              They were huge! This is the "suicide" peppered with hot peppers.

                             The vanilla shake was a nice contrast to the lovely smoky ribs.

We ate outside, looking downhill to fields and the tree line. They will be set up for eating inside soon enough, but it was a perfect day, breezy, under cover, an al fresco luncheon.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Barnfull Of Goodies, A Happy Place

 I mentioned Barnfull of Goodies earlier on the blog and got permission to take some pictures the last time I was there and am sharing now some little teasers of what you might find there, should you drop in for a visit. There is something for every taste.
Outside the shop is always a number of engaging and welcoming arrangements.

                                  Marguerite has a good eye for presenting things well.

                    Just a walk about will send you home with fresh inspiration.

 You will also find salvage pieces to use in your own projects at home.

 From glassware, shabby chic items, and fine pieces too, there are always lots of furnishings to help change things up in every room of your home. Dressers, cabinets, altered vintage pieces, and tables too. It is always changing as things turn over fairly quickly. Excellent prices too.

                                Saxophone anyone?

                               Perhaps a ride somewhere?

                                I love this tin covered trunk in a brown and green snakeskin finish!

                                             Leaded glass. What's not to swoon over?

So, put on your walking shoes and if you are in the Morrisburg area or driving by on your way to points east or west, check it out. It's right on highway 2 and not more than a moment or two from the 401 exit. Open Wednesday through Sunday. More info. HERE.
~thank you Marguerite for letting me take pictures and share on my blog.

Friday, August 12, 2016

How Does your Garden Grow?

 Marty brought in the first corn of the season from our garden. Pretty neat. We have not had any luck with it in the past. And the broccoli looks like broccoli! How cool is that? The first time I grew it I was so amazed by the little heads on it that I admired it too long and it went to seed. Not this time.

 I love squash tendrils. I haven't been that far out recently and have no idea what it is up to at this point. Lots of happy looking leaves.

 Due to the draught like summer we have had and the high temps, this is the year for peppers! They love it and are actually producing a very hopeful number of flowers and the beginnings of fruit. Wow! (Shishito peppers above)

                              The green zebra tomatoes looks pretty happy too so far.

                   Cherry tomatoes by the bunches!

                         Nappa cabbage. Lovely in soup.

                  My other cabbages look good from afar. Slow going for them.

                 The mess of climbing beans show promise with all the blooms on them. We've been enjoying yellow beans with almost every meal.

                                         The corn.

                                               It's taller than Marty!

                                The peppers!

 The squash patch. They sure seem happy this year. You just never know what is going to work.

 Lots of female flowers this year. I am hoping we get lots of fruit this year. Last year was not very good at all for squash.

                           A lone sunflower, left over from last year. A very nice surprise.

The potatoes are a bust, the carrots disappeared, and so there is some disappointment in some of what we planted but other stuff seems okay so far. A little more rain would be nice, that is for sure.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fun & Games

Puppy update, yes, because she is so darn cute and growing so fast.

Her favourite pose, look into my eyes....

Odelia got her own chew toy, at nine she has no need for a teething toy but is very happy indeed to have a new toy of her own. She is not against sharing though and lots of tug of war has ensured.

 She and Addy have become fast friends and Odelia just has to go upstairs to get a break from all the puppy energy. Addy can go up but not down yet.

 Who needs television when you have dogs to entertain you? Lots of WWF going on in the living room.
They are all teeth and growls. Addy copies everything Odelia does.

                                       Good blocking technique.

                               The submissive attack.

                               Wait a minute, who are you again?

                           Lots of long naps afterwards. Growing up takes a lot of energy.


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