Monday, July 18, 2011


It's hard not to feel good about life when you have a barn full of fluffy, yellow ducklings all quacking and woddling around their proud mother AND you've been swimming in the sea 3 times in one week!!
The ducks are the cutest things. We even have one who, thanks to Jamie and his heart of gold, has taken up residence (illegally) on the kitchen counter.
Sunshine is here and despite weeds of mamoth proportions, we are harvesting peas, beets, chard and.... flowers. We are even remembering to enjoy the summer and make it to the beach. Hurray! We might even allow ourselves to feel a little bit like a flower farm now, albeit in minature. Due to less than perfect weather conditions, stem lengths on many blooms leave a lot to be desired. We are wondering if there is a market for tiny posies or home decor for doll's houses! Asiatics suddenly exploded at the weekend and thanks to our fab local florist we have moved them all to the cooler there until we can get them to market or until we finish our cool room which hasn't had a look in since Dad left in May! From everything being purple for a while, now it's pink. So many pink snapdragons we don't know what to do with them, and thanks to the wind power of Nova Scotia, the stems are knarly and bent, let's hope that we can start a trend for that!
However, the most exciting thing is that we could resist no longer and Sunday was the momentous "unwrapping of the jamon". What joy! It's a blessing that it miraculously escaped all the flies and appears intact. It tastes a little salty but we are not complaining since that just means we have to drink more when eating it which makes it all the more delicious! Though we have refrained from sherry (for the mo). So Jamie gets top marks for his first ever Jamon, he has also been fishing (while I skive off to the boat) but hasn't yet bought home anything tastey. He expertly captured a curious young ground hog in one of our traps that he hadn't even got around to setting. While it was interesting to see one up close, we felt relieved after we had set it free a few miles away across several rivers so that the darn animal wouldn't be making it's way back to create havoc. I am still beavering away producing pickles and jellies for the market, rose petal jelly all sold out so lavendar and lemon is the latest addition. It's just me, Jamie, Eddie and the ducks for now since we don't have any volunteers this week. Lovely to have the space to ourselves once again - plus it means we get to shower outside in peace! (well until the neighbours pop by...)

Illegal duckling in kitchen!

Jamie and Jamon and amazing hawaian shirt