The Blessed Hearth

The Blessed Hearth


Friday, July 21, 2017

Farm Journal 4 and More....

Hello everyone.. 
So glad to be actually doing a post finally.. 
We have been at the farm for the last several weeks with no internet or cell phone service.. I thought we would get home more often to do laundry but either our son did it for us or we were just here long enough to wash it and cart it back to the farm and use the clothes line... 
Sorry about that but do want to thank you sweet girls for your emails and messages wondering where we have been.. 
I appreciate you.. 

Here I am.. 
First of all I want to warn you that this is a long post making up for the last several that did not get done.. smile.. 

We are home for the night and then going down to the cottage for the weekend as it is Old Home Week finishing up and we would like to be there.. 
I am at home here doing laundry and Terry is at the farm staining wood for our new back stoop.. 
I am so excited!!.. 
We have been needing it for a long time but there were just so many other things to do.. 
If you get my drift... smile.. 

Just going to post a bunch of pics and explain as I go of the things we have been doing.. 

Collected a big bag of chive blossoms to make Chive Vinegar and then drying some to add to my herbal mixtures.. 

As you know we had Canada Day here on July 1st.. 
We as a family visited Prince Edward Island and had a wonderful time.. 

It is so pretty there..
Here we are travelling up to the north of the Island to Cavendish Beach.. 

Lots of farms there and some with horses ....

The Lupins were spectacular!  
I believe they are the flower of the province.. 
Just borders of them all along the way.. 

We texted the kids as they went over the day before and told them we were almost there.. 
They said to go to Sandspit and to meet them there.. 

As we were walking over toward the Roller Coasters we were spotted by five of the dearest grandsons one could have!

Here they come!  
Just so gorgeous!  Everyone of them!  grin.. 

They had a lot to tell me.. smile.. 

Shonda got her Dad to do the unbelievable!  
After 47 years of being together and him not going on any rides he takes the plunge and gets on a roller coaster!!... 
It was hilarious although I think I was more scared watching then he was riding.. grin.. 

Each family had their own cottage but we all went to the biggest one for a wonderful meal which we all contributed to.. 
This one was ours...

Terry came waltzing in with a bag of chips and a dill pickle dip! 
The grandsons won't forget Grandma taking the big one because she thought that it was the one and only dip that we had taken with us and she wasn't sharing.. 
What a thing for them to remember.. They are still talking about it!! lol....

Aren't they cute?  
I know ... Grandmas!! 

A few pics of the Island for you and especially my friend Becky who lives in Arkansas and would love to visit here some day.. 

The next day we visited a flea market and I bought 2 copper pots.. 
Then we travelled down to Charlottetown to see the Tall Ships.. 

Afterwards it was a big decision where we were going to have supper.. 

Everyone is checking their phones for the best places.. 
We ended up going to a British Fish and Chip place.. 
Totally awesome.. 
Even served in newspaper.. (kind of..  It was a waxed version)... 
All in all a wonderful weekend of memories.. 
Four of our grandsons will be in university this Fall and who knows when we will get another trip like that... 
Thank you, dear Lord !  

On with the show and back to the farm... 

We still don't have our new to us propane stove hooked up.. 
Hopefully by the end of summer.. 
Just more important things to do right now.. 

I happened to be at the kitchen window watching Terry leave in his red truck one morning and caught the cows chasing after him... 

They were all at the fence by the lane when he started up the truck and headed out and then they turned and starting following him.. 
The farmer has a red truck and it was a case of mistaken identity.. 
They thought it was their owner and he often has treats for them.. 
I told Terry last year when it happened that he never had so many ladies chasing him!.. 
Tis funny though,  eh?  

Here is a beet salad I made one day.. 

Loved loved the dressing mixed with the beets.. 
Terry didn't.. of course... lol... 

Drying lots of flowers for potpourris.. 

And having some dear company... 

Big enough to drive here by themselves and they always bring some treats.. 
Leftover graduation cake for Gramps and coffee for Grandma!  

The herb beds are doing wonderful.. 
This was a couple of weeks ago.. 
They grow so much each week.. 
More roses for Old Moss Rose potpourri.. 
Terry made a couple of racks to hold the stampeding herbs.. smile.. 
Lovage and Compfrey.. 

Sorry about so many rose pics but decided not to delete them since I loaded them up.. 
This post is taking quite some time as I had to edit two hundred and more photos plus upload them and now writing.. 
Don't mean to whine but it is hot here today and we do not have air conditioning in this house as we are never here in the summer.. 

On with the show.. 

Haven't taken very many food pics.. 
This is Texas Hash for lunch and one of our faves.. 

A new lamp I bought at the thrift.. The lamp in one place and the shade in another .... 
Love seeing it lit at night on the kitchen table.. 

Made some delicious Popsicles... 
Dill Pickles ones.. 
Very good for you and if you are a dill pickle lover then you would love them.. 
I do but you must be a bonafide pickle lover... 
Just put 6 or so pickles plus a half cup of juice and a half cup of water in a blender or chopper and pour or scoop it into popsicle holder and freeze.. 
Let me know if you like them.. 

Dear Charlie.. 
I love this dog and he is such great company..
He almost touched a skunk last week.. 
Scared me to pieces as I have not had to clean an animal up after that before .. Thank the Lord he was just in contact with the fumes.. Terry spent a while trying to get the thing but it is still out there someplace.. 

We are so blessed with wind coming from the Kent Hills and the Bay of Fundy.. 
Even on these hot days with 32 degrees Celsius which is hot for us the house is quite cool... 

Our farmer came and made hay in our fields last week.. 
There was a good amount.. 
Love that he does it all the old fashioned way just like my Grandpa used to do... 

This is his precious mother who at over 70 years of age still rakes the hay in every field.. 
There aren't a lot of those kind of ladies left, I don't think.. 
I know I am not one... 

Bless her heart... 
Anyway sweet friends this is it for today.. 

Now after this weekend most of our running around will be over except for the odd day trip or drive so I will concentrate on the old farm house itself.. 
We washed all of the windows and put up all different curtains.. 
I am now officially back into lace... 
I know it is hard to imagine but I am loving the feel of it all.. 
I made some valances out of ticking this week, too and will take a few pics for next time.. 
Oh and some food ones.. 
Made some strawberry jam and starting into that kind of thing for the next while.. 
Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries all within a week or two.. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I really hope you will leave a comment here or on Facebook and I will connect with you next time.. 

Praying that all is going well in your lives and that God is real to you.. 
He makes life worth living!  

Friday, June 23, 2017

An Albert County Drive...

Hello dear hearts.. 
Been a bit since I have been able to get here to post.. 
Hope you are all doing well.. 
Such a busy time of year with gardens, grandsons and graduations here with us.. 
Love it all!.. 
Just a few pics tonight that I took last Sunday after church.. It was Father's Day and as my dear Dad is with the Lord the best we can do is to visit his grave.. 

Even though it is way back in the hills it is a gorgeous drive... 

Come along.. 
This part of Albert County is most precious to this country girl.. 
It is where a lot of my roots are and I have probably shared some of this with you dear followers who have been around for a while before.. 
Please bear with me.. smile.. 
My grandparents were born in these hills of Albert County.. 

Gramp grew up in Collier Mountain and Gram in Meadow.. 

The hills are majestic this time of year.. 
Not with their height but with their beautiful trees and greenery.. 
Dear old homesteads still with a mailbox at the end of the lane.. 
And here across the brook is where my grandmother's  house was when she was growing up..  
She walked from here every day to school for a mile or two... 

And every Sunday to this dear old church.. 
She and Gramp lie here in the cemetary along with my Dad and so many more of my family members.. 

The sweetest thing was that when we arrived there was my sweet mother getting back in the car after visiting Dad's grave.. 
I had to snap a quick pic as I thought it was so precious! 

Although, she is married again they often go to their first spouse's grave sites... 
Is that an old fashioned thing to do?  
I love it anyway... 

After they left, I stood by his stone and looked at the Eastern sky and thought that some glad morning the dead in Christ shall rise first... 
Such a glorious hope we have in Him.. 

I actually have four sets of grandparents in this one cemetary.. 
Isn't that lovely...
Yes, I truly am an Albert County girl.. 
Unless you are one you don't quite understand.. grin.. 

On that note I will tell you this .. 
On Tuesday night at Bible Study our pastor was teaching from the book of Isaiah about kings.. 
Anyhow, he asked for our input about what we today would desire in a king if we were to select one.. 
Well, I didn't have the nerve but I told Terry that he should be from Albert County... grin.. 
We thought it was funny! 

Let's keep going.. 
I hope I am not boring you with the same old drive but it is all I have for tonight..  
Lots of hills planted with blueberries around here.. 

And darling old home farms away up in the hills where ever you look .. 

A lot of the old fashioned barns are getting old and not used as farming is either huge or not at all in most of the country.. 

But the good news is that a lot of these old farms are being bought by young couples who have seen the light.. smile.. 
They want to get back to basics and bring their children up on organic meat and fresh veggies and ride their bikes down country lanes.. 
Our close neighbors at the farm are all  young families.. Growing veggies and chickens..  
I chatted with a few of the sweet girls last summer and they were picking berries and making jams, preserving veggies and smoking their pigs.. 
Isn't that great! 

I know!
 Really the world is a bit materialistic place but it thrills my heart when I drive by an old farmhouse at night and the lights are on in the house and I know that there is a family there striving for the simple life.. 
I stepped down from my soap box and on with the drive.. smile.. 

It may be back in the hills but the beauty is breathless.. 
There are many working farms too.. 
Cows and more cows.. 
Do you notice the bank of Blue Flags in front of the cows here.. 
I was telling Terry that I have not seen such an abundance of them growing as there is this year.. 
So pretty.. 

Some retired couples are also buying up these old farms!  
They are farming, too..
They have herb beds and chickens.. 

Herbs have always been a part of the kitchen garden since time began but the last few years I have really joined that wagon train and utilising them as much as I can..

I noticed many places are using raised beds and lots of chickens.. 

Fresh eggs for sale!  
Mom told me she stopped here and bought a couple of dozen and that they were beautiful and only three dollars.. 
She said they were a retired couple who have moved here from the city.. 
Isn't that lovely?

I took a pic of these bushes.. 
They are everywhere and I don't know what they are.. 
Do you? 
Probably some kind of berry???? 

And here on our little old homestead we have chickens growing.. 
This pic was taken a while ago and they are bigger now.. 
These are meat kings which mean they will be in our freezer this fall.. 

We do hope to be on the farm to stay on Monday!
We have had 2 graduations and parties and such .. 
Trips to the cottage, too but I think we are about ready to be there..

Looking forward to it.. 
Quiet mornings with the fog rising above the trees, newspapers at the end of the lane, picking herbs for the lunch salad, cold spring water from the tap, cows in the pasture mooing, chickens peeping, making and doing and the wonderful gorgeous wind that blows through our little hollow... 
Yes, it is time... 

Here is a new book I bought from Amazon.. 

Loved loved my fermented veggies from last year and as they are so healthy as well as delicious then I am interested in what else I can learn.. 

This one is bok choy, green onions, radish and celery... 
I will tell you how it tastes in a few days.. 

Loved her book and would really recommend it to you if you are wanting to try it.. Very healthy way to go and so simple.. 
A back to basics way of preserving for sure.. 

Well, this is all for tonight.. 
Speaking of graduations...
We are so proud of our grandsons.. All five of them!
This year two more have graduated and going to university in the Fall.. That will be four of them and only one left in high school.. 
I will share some of the pics next time. 
We have the last party tomorrow and then I will share a few of the high lights... 
They did so well... 

Thankful to God for all of his blessings with our sweet family... 

Take care dearies and I will try to post sooner next time.. 
We are looking into getting internet at the farm but don't hold your breath!  lol.. 

Thanks for stopping by here or on the FaceBook page and welcome to the new ones.. So glad to have you.. 

God bless.. 

Psalms 103-17
But from everlasting to everlasting, the LORD's mercy is on those who fear him. His righteousness belongs to their children and grandchildren,