Friday, May 18, 2018

Long Weekend!

Hello dear friends, at this time of the year it seems that the garden changes by the day!   I have snapped a few photos over the last couple of days to share with you.

We have 3 ponds at the farm.  Ponds are fascinating!  As we are on vacation for the next week I will try to write a post about ponds but for now I am sharing a picture of an ornamental grass that I received from my mother years ago.  It is actually rather invasive when used in the gardens but last year we discovered that it is quite happy to live in plastic pots in some of our water features.  Here it is coming up in our waterfall pond.

I have had somewhat disappointing results with some of our bulbs this year.  We were overrun with rabbits this year and have an incredible number of chipmunks.  We have had a poor showing of some bulbs that I didnt think those rodents found attractive                                          and   others plantings have been decimated. 

 I love allium.  I have had different varieties at the farm and they multiply reliably.  The trick of course is not to be too impatient and spear them with the garden fork!  This clump has lovely fat buds.

It is always fun to get some good photos of our sheep and lambs.  These two lambs are enjoying the warmth of this old manure pile.  Committed gardeners know the value of adding composted manure to the gardens and that is definitely a big advantage to having a farm!

 This little lamb is grazing very early pasture.  At this time of year our flock is still receiving grain and hay but over the next week they will be grazing new and lush pasture across the road giving our pastures a change to grow.

Having our own laying hens is another great advantage we have.  Every day we collect fresh eggs to use for our breakfasts and to use in cooking and baking.

Abby has learned this habit from her sisters.  Although the dogs always have an ample supply of fresh water it seems that fish water is the best.  Abby is still a puppy and we have been watching this situation unfold...we wonder how long before she topples into the pond?

Lake Ophelia in the distance.  The bull rushes are coming up and serve as a natural water purifier by absorbing the nutrients that allow algae to grow.

The lawns have received the first proper cut of the season.  Although I love to mow the lawn it is a very time consuming chore and as we both work full time it is not always possible for us to find the time to properly keep the lawns cut.  This year the crew that looks after our lawns were late getting started and had a hard time cutting through the thick and lush grass.  

The little garden privvy is closed and secured in the winter but in the summer holds our recycling and trash.  It is a pretty little structure and provides some nice photos!

For our Canadian visitors this weekend is a long weekend to celebrate Victoria Day.  Wishing everyone a safe and happy long weekend!  Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Farm In Early May

Hello dear friends, this week we seem to have gone directly from Winter to Summer!  It is hard not to have spring fever when the temperatures are so warm.  The snow is finally gone so a little walkabout was in order.

A view of the moon at 6 am one morning this week.

Last weekend we moved our Adirondack chairs to the fire pit and had a lovely little bonfire.  Crackers, cheese and wine were the perfect accompaniment on a warm late afternoon. 

Pulmonaria is one of my favourite plants and one of the first to bloom here at the farm.

This Sweet Cicely has been a rampant self sower which puts it into the Garden Thug territory.  It has a very deep root and I will try cutting it back severely this year to see if it dies.  The plant is quite pretty and looks delicate but has firmly established itself under our large maple trees.

The daffodils are just starting to bloom.  The tulips have fallen victim to marauding rabbits.

Even the crocuses have been mowed down.

The three stooges!  Abby is fitting in very well.  It is hard to believe that she is already 6 months old!

This week the sheep were happy to have their photos taken.

This little lamb is not dead but is enjoying the sun and warm ground.

I hope that you enjoyed this very quick tour.  Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Weekend with MarieOlive

Hello dear friends,  

Having a farm and both working full time in the city can make it very hard for us to take time out to have fun.  Fortunately for us my sister in law MarieOlive traveled from Montreal to spend this  weekend with us.  She has never been to St. Jacobs and although the weather was very cool and drizzly we had a great time visiting the market.

The market is open year round and even at this time of year there were many outdoor vendors.

There were buckets and buckets of tulips.

There was a horse auction and we paused for a few minutes to watch and take some photos.  The gentleman in the picture is a stranger to us but the event was very crowded so he was captured!

We did not buy any horses!

We did enjoy viewing all of the indoor vendors with an incredible assortment of meats, cheeses and baking!  It was a lovely day and after a little rest we were able to savour the delicious products we purchased.  

We are looking forward to additional visits over the summer when the weather will be warmer.

Thank you for visiting and have a great week.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Early Srping Ice Storm

Hello dear friends, the weather forecast last week predicted a significant storm for us this weekend.  Originally we were expecting up to 60 mm of rain but as the temperatures have been hovering around freezing in the end it turned out to be a 2 day ice storm.  At the farm we received quite a combination of freezing rain, ice pellets and even some snow.  Now the temperatures are hovering just above freezing and it is raining.

I hope that you enjoy the photos of the confused birds that have much to say about the weather!  We kept our feeders topped up over the weekend so that they would have lots to eat.

Let's all wish for more springlike weather soon!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Looking For Signs Of Spring!

Hello dear friends!  According the calendar we should be experiencing spring so I thought that I would take a little walk around the farm to confirm that spring has actually arrived.  😩  The temperatures have been much colder than we should have at this time of year and last Friday we had about 10 cm of snow.  There are a few glimmers of hope!

I love mosses in the garden.

Some daffodils are breaking through the ground.

This looks like a large stone but is actually a big puffy mushroom.  

The rabbits have been very bold this year.  We have had rabbit tracks on the verandas that wrap around our house.  Their boldness astonishes me considering we have 3 large dogs.  Perhaps noshing on my tulips is worth the risk.

It must be spring if we have a robin?

The maple by the little garden shed has buds.

More moss.

This pin oak tree always holds its old leaves well into spring.

Yellow crocuses.

This purple crocus has papery petals.

Lake Ophelia still looks cold although most of the ice has melted.  A heron made an appearance last week and we have a pair of Canada Geese that have stopped by as well.

There are about 25 lambs in the barn.

A particularly porky lamb.

We use marking paint to identify lambs and their mothers.  This allows us to quickly identify if the lamb is a single or twin, and the colour of the paint allows us to match which lambs belong to which ewes.

Our farm renovations are continuing.  We are doing the work ourselves and it is amazing how easily other more pressing issues seem to push the renovations to the side.  We are slowly making progress on our kitchen and I am working the second guest bedroom.  Optimistically I hope to have some updates soon!

~Thank you for visiting~