Archive for December, 2015

New Addition

December 5, 2015

My brother and his family visited us on Thanksgiving weekend and while exploring in the hayloft, my niece and nephew (Allie and Sam) found a little kitten. It was all alone though we’d seen a feral cat around the past few weeks that was probably the mother. It was too cute to ignore – probably around 4 weeks old and just starting to walk on its own – and Will and I decided to bring it into the house and into our animal family. We’ve named her Rusty and she is a delightful little creature to have around the place. There’s something about a kitten that makes you laugh more than you’d think possible: everything is a toy and the house is a great big adventure castle. Cory is really good with her though he does get jealous when we play with her instead of him. He’ll jump into the game and start fetching tiny cat toys: plastic balls, crumpled up paper and even that fun bookmark with a tassel. Tabbi isn’t impressed but puts up with her until she starts getting too crazy; once you get to be over 100 years old you don’t have much patience for wrestling.

Early days with tiny kitten

Early days with tiny kitten

Cat balancing act

Cat balancing act

Maybe a bit too close for comfort

Maybe a bit too close for comfort

Older kitten starting to show nice pattern on coat

Older kitten starting to show nice pattern on coat

Playful kitten provides hours of entertainment

Playful kitten provides hours of entertainment

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Approaching Solstice

December 3, 2015

Despite all good intentions, I have been very remiss in keeping up on the blog. My excuses include: the season went late, we were a bit short-handed in the latter part of the season and November was extra busy with all the conferences, markets and other activities. I’m back now and there’s lots to tell!

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After months of hard work the barn repair is complete. Thanks to the help of Mom and Dad who repaired and refinished the windows, Bernard who installed windows and doors, the barn doctors who did the big structural repairs, Stephan who helped out with dismantling and replacing and Will who did everything else plus all the metal siding and soffits, it was finished well ahead of the winter weather. We love our beautiful new barn and it will stand for many years to come. There are still a few little holes to patch on the other side where snow blows in in the winter, however I wonder if an old barn can ever be made truly tight?

Garden Peach, one of my favourite heirloom varieties

Garden Peach, one of my favourite heirloom varieties

It was a good year for tomatoes and I miss them already!

It was a good year for tomatoes and I miss them already!

Beautiful load of squash, pumpkins and sweet potatoes

Beautiful load of squash, pumpkins and sweet potatoes

Onions curing

Onions curing

Garlic hanging in the hayloft

Garlic hanging in the hayloft

Late season in the fields

Late season in the fields

Sasso chicks growing up on pasture

Sasso chicks growing up on pasture