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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~  

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Early Sunday at the Farm

Hello dear friends, it certainly feels like summer is winding down at the farm.  The days are a little cooler and the nights are much cooler!  We have had 2 nights of single digit temperatures here which make for wonderful sleeping weather.  It is nice to have the cleaner fresher air flowing through our old farmhouse.

Some of the leaves have just started to change colour.  As we have many sugar maples here at the farm we can expect a riot of yellows, oranges and reds once October arrives.

Although it wasnt on the list of things to do I discovered a can of paint that I had left in my garden shed last fall.  I started by painting the door and posts of our chicken coop and since we have had a few dry days I might try to paint some more of it this week.  

I love this echinops.  By the time I returned to the house for the camera the sun had moved just a little higher so I missed being able to photograph the flower heads with rising mist is the distance.

There is still mist in the distance over this old gate.

This old girl is wondering when the farmer is getting up to take the flock across the road to their lush pasture.

All of the cedars are being weighed down with seed heads.

Frau chicken is laying an egg.

This Frau chicken is enjoying some of the grass clippings and weeds from yesterday's gardening activities.

The highbush cranberry is filled with berries.

Yay!!  I finally have phlox that survived being eaten by marauding lambs!

This little garden is almost finished.  The statue is in memory of Jessie, one of many German Shepherds we have had here at the farm.

Now we are coming around to a different side of the house and looking down the lane towards the barn.  We planted this cedar hedge many years ago.

This is along Ash Alley.  The sheep are grazing on the other side in Crab Apple Grove.  Unfortunately Emerald Ash Borer has now been detected in our area and although we have often talked about it we still havent come up with a succession plan for these trees.

Another view of Ash Alley.

A pile of old cedar rails that I am sure we are planning on using for something!  I love the mosses growing on the rails.

The koi pond is still in the shade of another large ash tree.  By late morning the pond will have sun and by mid afternoon the pond will be in full sun.

I believe this to be the work of a wren.  I have discovered another collection of little twigs in my clothespin bag!

I hope you enjoyed this little before breakfast stroll.  Today's project is to continue with painting the second floor windows of our stone farmhouse.  In between the garden will appreciate some more weeding!  

~Thank you for visiting!~

Monday, August 21, 2017

Balcony Views

Hello dear friends, today I am sharing some photos of our second floor balcony.  The balcony opens from the second floor master bedroom and measures about 12 X 12 feet.  I originally had the idea of having a balcony after looking at photos on Carolyn Aiken's lovely blog  We worked closely with a designer when planning our major renovation and this is what we came up with. 

The floor of the balcony is a waterproof membrane that is designed to protect the wiring that runs underneath the flooring.  The floor of the balcony forms part of the covered veranda below.  The membrane is a very light colour and in the sun it is blinding!  We added an indoor/outdoor carpet to cut down on the glare.  

Willow is very good at trialing furniture.  The arm chair is very comfortable.

The love seat is also quite comfortable.

This rather dark shot shows the balcony from the inside of the bedroom.  It is lovely sleeping with the door open at night although the sound of the waterfall in the koi pond below took a bit of getting used to.

We can look down to the koi pond.

Or we can look out towards the chicken coop.

Here is a view from the chicken coop back towards the house.

Walking towards the front of the house looking back.  The balcony gets early morning sun and doesnt get full shade until late afternoon.  We didnt appreciate how hot or bright the balcony would be during the day and were disappointed to not be able to use it until the evenings.  Then we thought about getting a huge off-set umbrella and while the balcony still is very bright and hot we get so much more enjoyment from it.  

This is a view from the balcony looking towards Willoughby gate (and the new driveway which is not visible from this point.)

Looking back towards the original house.

A view towards one of the sheep pastures.

I hope that you enjoyed this little refreshment break.  Now back to work!  Thank you for visiting.