Christmas Mantel

Christmas Mantel

Monday, December 11, 2017

December Snow

Hello dear friends, our weather forecast is calling for about 10 cm of snow by tomorrow morning which is great news for those of you looking forward to a white Christmas!   The long term forecast shows temperatures well below freezing so any snow we get should stick around for a while.  

I am practicing my night photography using a tripod.  Judging by the number of photos I have deleted compared to the number of photos kept it appears that more practice is in order!😥

This little stone section of our home was part of the renovations we had done about 3 years ago.  We call it the portico entry and it is the nearest entrance to our old driveway.  Inside the portico entry we have a coat closet (the first one in our old stone house!), a little area to sit to put on boots or shoes, and a bathroom with a walk in shower.  

I have quite a case of Christmas spirit this year and have been putting up trees inside and outside.  This tree is in our gazebo.  

It is quite simply decorated with lights, a garland and miniature decorations.  Later I will take some additional photos of the decorations which I think look wonderful covered in snow.

This is a view down the lane towards the barn.

The koi pond is now covered for the winter.  The fish are dormant and will over-winter in the pond.  At the deepest section the pond is about 5 feet deep.  A bubbler will run all winter allowing the fish to have oxygen.  The gazebo Christmas tree is just visible in the distance.

Part of the front of our house.

The snow is coming down more quickly than I thought!  The summer furniture is now the winter furniture.

This is a partly new and partly salvaged fence which will run between the portico entry and the fence that runs just behind the gazebo.  Next year we will add a gate.  The other side of the fence is a secluded little area that we are calling the Secret Garden.

I hope that you enjoyed this refreshing little stroll in the snow.  Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Mantel

Hello dear friends, it has been quite a while since I have posted an update on our activities. Time gets away from us!  We are not going to be hosting any dinners this year at the farm so that we can focus on our ongoing never ending renovations!  😩  Even though our home is off limits this year we have started to enjoy the season's festivities beginning this past weekend with a tour of a home in our neighbourhood that had at least one Christmas tree in each room!  Every tree had a theme and the number of ornaments was astonishing.  I cant imagine taking down and packing up all of the decorations every must be quite the organizational feat!

Our new dining room is becoming one of the most admired rooms in our home.  This stone wall was previously an outside wall on the back of our old farmhouse and care was taken in the design of the addition to allow us to enjoy the stonework as one of the interior walls.  We have not yet finished this room but as we get closer to Christmas I hope to be able to share more photos of this area.  This past summer we made a day trip to some antique markets and shops and came home with a few finds including this electric fireplace.  It makes the dining room very cozy!  For now I am sharing some photos I took this evening and will have more to share soon!

~Wishing everyone a great week and thank you for visiting!~

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mid Autumn at the Farm

Hello dear friends, where does the time go?  We are approaching the end of October and while we have not yet had Hallowe'en many stores already have Christmas decorations out!  Not so fast I say!  

We have had some very unsettled weather at the farm.  Although we have had some lovely fall colours we havent had the glorious display we have had in other years.  We have had several days of high winds which have stripped most of the leaves off of the trees.  

This year we have noted that we have been absolutely over run with chipmunks.  They are everywhere...running along the split cedar fence, in the hedge, in the stone wall and even running along our retaining wall behind the house.  Even if we cant see them we can hear them rustling in the leaves.  They are quite bold and have even been scurrying across our driveway right in front of the dogs.

We have had some nice misty mornings.  This is the view of the hen house and run from one of our decks.

We have been gradually downsizing our flock.  Because we have fewer sheep they havent been spending as much time grazing pasture across the road.  On a particularly nice weekend we sent them over for a change of pace....and here they are coming back home.

Colourful leaves in a gust of wind.

The lawns have had the final cut for the season.  It is always a rush at this time of year to try to get just one more wheel barrow of weeds or to get the last of the bulbs planted.  On a warm fall day it is just too easy to spend the day outside puttering.  I do find that by the end of the fall I am looking forward to a break from the garden to rest and recharge my batteries for the following year.

This pretty little rose never did live up to the pink colour promised on the tag and I dont think it has ever been more than about 12 inches tall.  Still it is very pretty.

I am quite a fan of wave petunias.  These are starting to get a little tired but they are great annuals for planters and baskets.  I love this shade of deep red although deep purple has always been my favourite.

This weekend promises to be very wet so we are turning our attentions back to our interior renovations.  We have a busy winter planned involving a new kitchen...more on that later!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Garden Snippets

Hello dear friends, it has been a while since I posted anything so I thought I would share a few quick photos of snippets from the garden.

We have two of these lovely concrete urns on our landing.  Chrysanthemums are widely available right now and I have been adding them to planters.

We recently added some laying hens to our collection.  Having fresh eggs every day is one of the many benefits of having a farm.  Recently however the hens have staged an escape from the hen house and while they enjoy the freedom they can destroy a garden in record time!

We have had a frost already and while the last week has been quite warm the flowers are now past their prime.

This waterfall in under review and will probably be moved to a different part of the koi pond next year.

I almost didnt see this little fellow curled up in the garden.

Pretty Holly has been struggling with arthritis in her hips and spine and was recently diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. Her brother Drakk also developed the same condition which is not unusual in aging German Shepherds.  For now she is reasonably comfortable and is still able to amble around the property keeping an eye on things and we are enjoying being able to spend extra time with her.

The sedum is doing very well at this time of year.

Our ginko bilboa tree has lovely yellow leaves.  I love the shape!

Papery hydrangea flowers.

The chickens are out again!

For our Canadian visitors I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Early Sunday Views At The Farm

Hello dear friends, summer is quickly coming to a close here at the farm.  The days have been unseasonably warm and the nights cool creating some lovely misty views.  I took a little stroll this morning and have some photos to share with you.

A view of the sheep pasture across the road.  Our neighbours love to see "their" sheep grazing this large field!  We are surrounded by rolling hills and Belwood River comes to a gentle and meandering end in the valley.

At 7 am the mist is still quite thick.

A view down our road towards Belwood Lake which is only just visible in the distance on a clear day.

Our little arbour was finally finished earlier this year.

Our old adirondack bench has seen better days but is being saved so we can reproduce it.

The sun is just starting to rise.

The mist will soon clear.

I love seed heads.  Unfortunately it will produce another crop of weeds for next year!

The leaves are gradually starting to change although it seems only slowly.  

Now it is time for coffee and breakfast!  I hope you enjoyed this brief stroll.  Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labour Day Weekend at the Farm

Hello dear friends, the last long weekend of the summer has come and gone.There is definitely a feeling of fall in the air here at the farm and with the changing seasons come changing priorities!   It is time for baking, comfort foods and getting ready to build our new kitchen!

I love to bake bread and while some people struggle with yeast  dough I have always had great success.  In fact if I forget about it the dough will actually ooze over the top of the bowl.  This is a large Paderno ceramic bowl that is my favourite for making bread dough.

I also made a couple of loaves of banana coconut bread which is one of my current favourites.

We are still working on raised beds around the south side of the house.  Pretty Holly approves so far.

We have lots of activity at the koi pond.  The largest koi are now about 10" and there are lots of little koi to add to the collection.  In addition to the koi we have an assortment of leopard frogs that frequent the pond.  The water lilies are perennials and will remain in the pond year round.

A little pollinator visiting a sedum.

It seems that the leaves are a little slow to change colour this year.

On the north side of the house we have a waterfall garden.  

An old bird bath is next to the water garden.

The waterfall garden also has a collection of frogs.  The stones around the pond also provide a home for a rather large garter snake.  We have several snakes that spend their time in our stone retaining wall and stone staircase....the longest one is about 3 feet!  I know that they are beneficial creatures but they always startle me. 

Our apple trees are old and gnarly.  We dont actually eat any of the fruit but the sheep love all of the windfall apples.

 The blackberries are doing very well.  

This terrace is next to the waterfall garden.  We haven't really used this area very much this year.

We have had some very strong winds here at the farm.  Our tiki hut blew over in a windstorm and suffered some damage.

 Now it is time to try to untangle the sheets from the clothesline! 

~Thank you for visiting~