Wednesday, June 29, 2011


20 years ago on this date, I married my best friend and soul mate. It has been a wonderful 20 years and I just couldn't imagine life without him. Happy Anniversary Stan. I love you.

Monday, June 27, 2011

DH's Ten Year Project Finished!

I took this picture this morning when we moved my husband's Corby Starlet aircraft from his shop to the hangar. He has just finished it and he built it all from scratch, (no he did not build from  a kit.) He made every single part by hand except for the engine of course. I am very proud of him and you can tell by the picture that he is also very proud. Congratulations Stan!
DH proudly standing beside his 10 year project

Friday, June 24, 2011


Today was a very productive one. It has been raining all day, so gardening is out. I picked up some fresh strawberries yesterday at the Exeter Farmer's Market and cut some rhubarb from my rhubarb patch and made a batch of strawberry rhubarb jam and a fresh home made strawberry rhubarb pie. I also baked two loaves of bread. I have just hulled some more strawberries to make a batch of just strawberry jam. We had a piece of the pie for lunch today and a sandwich made with the bread and it was delicious. I hope I am not making you hungry!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Home baked bread and strawberry rhubarb pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I thought I would post a picture of my new cupboard tuck from Pam at Primitive Basketcase.
I received it about a week ago before our Postal Strike came to a dead halt. Yes, we have no postal delivery here in Canada right now and we don't know when it will resume :( I saw this cupboard tuck on Pam's site and thought it would make an excellent addition to my new sewing room. I was taught to x-stitch, but it makes me x-eyed...LOL, so I think I will just stick to my quilting. I have been pretty busy. I judged two horse shows on the weekend and last week I painted my screen door on my summer kitchen and on my side porch. I also painted the two cedar chairs on my porch. I will post pictures soon. I have also been working in my gardens most of the day. I want to get them in shape this year. Last summer I was in school and they just got out of hand. Some of them are full of twitch grass and it is hard to get it out.
Beautiful handmade cupboard tuck

Saturday, June 11, 2011


This is what I have been working on this week, one of my gardens. I have it all weeded out and DH brought me some large rocks from around the farm so that I could put them in front of the garden. I was always having problems with little stones getting into the garden because the driveway is right in front of it. This way there is a separation.
DH and I got up early this morning and went to the Farmer's Market at the Western Fair grounds in London and got some great things. We got some fresh eggs, apple cider, fresh vegetables, smoked ham for sandwiches, tomatoes, meat pies, and lots of other fresh goods. We had breakfast there too. They have delicious breakfasts and we always have the bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. Well, back to my gardens. I have many  more to work on. My friend Brenda gave me some great herbs yesterday, some Lovage, which is great in soups and stews, some Garlic Chives, and some Borage. I stopped in at my friend Shirley's Quilt shop on the way home from Brenda's and Shirley gave me some Salad Bernet. So I have all of the new plants replanted also.

Showing the newly added rocks in front of the garden

one of my birdhouses in the garden

Butterfly house in the garden
My little Herb Garden

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Today was my Uncle George's birthday and seeing we have a Postal strike going on here in Canada, I hand delivered a birthday card to him from DH and myself. I also baked him one of my home made rhubarb loaves. They are moved into their new home now so I got the grand tour. It is quite nice and perfectly suited for them. 
DH and I just finished bailing hay. What a job! It is so hot outside and really high humidity. We had to get it as they are calling for severe thunderstorms over night. At least it is done for the time being, until second cut.
It has been a busy week around here. On Tuesday, we had a horrific storm and a 200 year old maple tree came down across the road and took down the power lines. We had no power for 13 hours.
We did get our huge vegetable garden planted on Monday, so it got lots of rain during the Tuesday storm.
My Uncle George and Aunt Doreen

Sunday, June 5, 2011


I returned home around 10:30 am this morning. I was judging a horse show in Fonda New York, not far from Albany New York. A great show with some great horses to judge. The fairgrounds were nestled at the bottom of a mountain and they told me they were the Catskill mountains. Just gorgeous! I pulled out of my hotel at 3 am this morning and stopped at Dunkin Donuts and grabbed a large black coffee and got onto the New York thruway. I wanted to get home in good time to avoid traffic, and also I miss DH and all our critters when I'm away. As I was driving down the  NY thruway, I started thinking.......what if I get a flat tire? What if I break down? I was wondering what the heck I was doing out here at this time in the morning. Then I thought.....DEER! I must have had about 20 encounters with the critters as dawn approached. At one time I had to come to a complete stop, as there was one just standing in the road in front of me. I am just thankful that there wasn't very much traffic. I left home on Friday and had a nice drive to Fonda. I stopped at my favorite Quilt Shop in Caledonia, New York called the Chestnut Bay Quilt shop and of course I had to buy some Civil War fat quarters. Just up the road in a little historic hamlet called Mumford, I came across a lovely Primitive shop and of course I had to stop and check it out. It was called Primitive Country Gifts and if you are ever in the area, you should check it out. It is in an old 1840's General Store with two floors filled with wonderful goods from antiques, home furnishings, textiles, lighting, and anything primitive you can ever imagine. They sold all kinds of great prim magazines, Mercantile Gatherings, A Primitive Place, and A Simple Life. There was fresh brewed coffee and samplings of homemade jellies and other wonderful preserves. The store smelled wonderful and you were greeted by friendly staff members. Just walking around looking at the great things they had was a great experience. I will definitely stop in there again when I return to New York state. So the weather here is beautiful today, so we are thinking of cutting hay, then hopefully starting to plant the garden.
New York state.
The Catskill Mountains in New York state.
I came across lots of these critters on my journey home!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Tis the season.............Rhubarb season that is. After a busy weekend judging in Nova Scotia, which by the way is just gorgeous out there, I was glad to get home and do some baking. While out there, I had to have seafood chowder every day. I just love it. This morning I thought I would make some rhubarb scones seeing I have so much rhubarb and we just love the stuff. These scones turned out awesome and they are healthy too. The recipe made 8 scones and DH told me that 5 on a plate would look much more interesting than 8 for the picture to put on my Blog, so need I say any more :) I will post the recipe in case anyone would like to try to make a batch.

  1 - 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
  1 cup whole wheat flour 
  1/3 cup sugar 
  2 - 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  1/2 tsp. baking soda
  1/2 tsp. salt
  1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1/2 cup milk  
  1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used lemon yogurt) 
  1 egg 
  2 stalks rhubarb, cut into cubes 

(1) Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
(2) Preheat oven to 400°F.
(3) In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, cinnamon.
(4) In small bowl mix milk,yogurt and egg. Drizzle over dry ingredients stirring with fork to make a dough (dough will be wet and sticky).
(5) Knead in the rhubarb. Stir with stiff spoon or use your fingers.
(6) Form a ball with dough, place on baking sheet, pat down into circle about 8 inches wide and cut into 8 triangles or cut individual rounds with your biscuit cutter to 1/2 inch thick.
Bake in center of oven for 15-25 minutes. Test with toothpick before removing from oven. If top is getting brown but inside is still sticky, cover top with foil while cooking a few minutes more until done. Let cool on wire wrack until warm but not hot.

Serve warm with butter or jam.