October 23, 2014

Happy is my heart!!

I have news! Wonderful news!

Jason and I have just purchased our first home!

We'll be moving there in a month or so (:

It was a crazy, turbulent and emotional journey - the beginning moments of creating our offer on the place to the signing of the mortgage papers two mornings ago. It was a raw experience similar to the way that childbirth and motherhood hits you; That is the only thing I can liken it to. The suspense, the fast pace of gathering documents and emailing them, making phone calls all day long...the uncertainty, the hope and worry..Oh, but it was a very powerful experience that I am grateful for! We have had so many helpers along the way, and so much support that my eyes have been teary more times than I can count these past few weeks from the immense gratitude bursting out of me! Jason's parents have basically been the key players; they helped us in such profound ways that I can never adequately thank them. Our realtor has been a constant, ever-reliable support and good friend to us all. Our mortgage broker was nothing short of a superhero with magical powers! What a ride!

For so many years we have rented, but now we are the proud and delighted owners of the prettiest little farmhouse in the whole world (: and lush, hilly pastureland surrounded by forest...and a gorgeous old barn! And tons of established heirloom gardens! My dream!

I am so happy!

October 6, 2014

Happy customers!

Here are a few pictures of some of my happiest customers!

Their 'owners' thought they were so beautiful in my hen aprons that they took some pictures to share (:
Aren't the beautiful? Yes, the most elegant of chickens!
Thank you Leslie, Kira, Gigi and Jill for taking such lovely photos!


October 2, 2014

October 1, 2014

Our wonderful lunch!

Jude, Ollie and I made these super-yummy fried apple rings for lunch this afternoon, which we ate with cheddar cheese. Oh my goodness, they were good! 

September 24, 2014

food is happening!

Roasted tomato soup in the making (:

Candied pickles! A recipe given to me by my neighbour (:

Gluten-free gingerbread muffins!

Bread and butter pickles this time!

Beautiful green tomato!

Gluten-free pancakes. Completely delicious.

September 20, 2014

the gardens

We had a bit of light frost a few nights ago, but before that happened, I took all these lovely pictures! Many tomatoes have been harvested and are ripening in paper bags and on a shelf beside the window. We picked all the squash, cucumbers and pumpkins. If another frost comes, we have huge tarps at the ready to protect the ground cherries, lettuce, and remaining tomatoes. The growing season started late this year and most of the tomatoes and tomatillos have a ways to go, but I do hope we still get a big harvest! Our canning jars are at the ready to make lots of salsa!!

September 13, 2014

September (:

Our hen Foo Foo went broody, so we just let her do her thing and she ended up hatching out two chicks of her very own. The three of them are currently living in our kitchen in the rabbit hutch. It's a bit cold outside so we are giving the little ones a few weeks to strengthen before we move them out to the chicken ark. Foo Foo is a very good mama and it has been a lovely gift to have them right here in our living space so we can watch her cuddle the chicks, teach them and interact with them. You don't realize, until you take the time to observe, that even a chicken seems to love her babies. Motherhood is amazing, really.

The boys, doing what they do all day!

The old girls are settling in nicely (: I had to shear Magpie (black ewe), as I couldn't get her burrs out. There was basically a wall of them amassed on her chest and shoulders, the poor girl. It was a riproar of a time too, let me tell you! She kicked and leaped and tried everything to get out of her shearing session, but Jason held on to her tightly, and I clipped as quickly as I could. Afterwards, you could see in her eyes that she felt much better. She was agitated when she first arrived here at the farm and I mistook that for her demeanor, when really it was just a bunch of burrs at the base of her wool, prickly right against her skin. Now she is a super snuggly sheep, and she lets me pet her all over. She even licked my nose and buried her head into my shoulder to give me a sheep hug. So sweet.

Here Jude is holding Ollie's chicken. She is very tolerant and lets both the boys 'catch' her. Jude declared that he loved her, and wanted to give her a new name and so he called her Beautiful Leaf (:

Eggs collected in the afternoon.

A quick dinner on a busy night for two hungry little boys!

Yum yum sand cake banquet!


Outside tea

We love caterpillars!

A dapper grasshopper

After harvesting tomatoes, cucumbers and cucamelons, we had a little feast on the picnic table. Jude, who has said many a time that he hates cucumbers, ate 3/4 of one! Ollie ate the little yellow tomatoes (:

September is flying by at a rapid speed, it is true. I don't quite know how we got to this point. Summer was so fleeting, and already I am clad in layers; the air is chilly, the house is chilly! 
I am not ready to be cold yet. Hopefully there will be more warm days to enjoy!

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