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What we’ve been up to…

July 9, 2012

Well, to start with, I want to share some interesting pictures that I took recently…

When I was hunting around in the attic for some drawers to use for library shelves, I came across this written on the bottom of one…

Neat historical document!

The other day, we had this wonderful sunset…

I love the tree silhouettes.

I saw this great, orange full moon recently as well…

I think that’s one of our power lines in front of it.

I snipped off some tips from my mini rose and rooted them. They all look like this now with one cute little bloom…

Alright, enough of the random shots.

We have been able to pick up some farm machinery in the last week. We drove a couple of hours into New Brunswick to get this sickle mower.

The proud new owner! (boys and their toys, eh?)

Here it is in action…

That was the up close shot. Here it is in the back field. The grass was really high!

Can you spot my hubby in this one?

That was pretty funny, I thought!

The next piece was picked up two days ago. It is a tedder. The two wheels with teeth spin around and fluff up the grass so that it dries evenly.

And here it is in action…

The other project we have been working on is converting our garage into an insulated, heated building for whatever we need. At the moment, we will need a place to hang the garlic crop to dry. Trev started by borrowing the neighbour’s skid steer to break up the old cement floor and pile it outside.

That worked really well and saved hours of work with a jackhammer! He was happy.

Then, we had to level the gravel floor and then a layer of plastic was put down with sheets of styrofoam over that.

This shows the steel grid that was then put on.

We then had to tie on some plastic tubing (eventually, hot water will be running through this to heat the floor).

I don’t have a shot of it, but we then added strips of styrofoam under the grid to lift the whole thing up. It will need to be embedded in the cement. We should be able to pour that in the next day or two. We should also be able to bale our hay tomorrow!

Next, I want to show you what our garlic crop looks like now.

We have started to cut the scapes off now. These are the flower stalks that grow up from the center and have to be removed so that the plant puts its energy into the bulb. Scapes taste really good in stir fries, bar-b-qued, or just chopped up fine in dips or potatoes. They have a mild garlic flavour if cooked and a nice, spicy flavour if eaten raw.

They are also really pretty!

These are the scapes from just one row…

Alright, last but not least, the cats continue to become comfortable in the house and have found many spots to laze away their days.

They both like the window ledge in our bedroom. When the window is up, they can smell lots of things through the screen!

Max likes the chairs in the sunporch…

I’m beginning to see that this is Leo’s favourite position!!

Recognize the rug, mom?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2012 2:34 am

    That’s a lot of garlic.

  2. Lori permalink
    July 10, 2012 2:16 pm

    Lovely pictures Carol! Don’t suppose you would like to send some of that garlic my way? Yum.

  3. Glenda permalink
    July 10, 2012 2:30 pm

    Very nice Carol….love seeing the random shots AND the moon pic was great!!! Love to you both….you guys don’t let any grass grow under your feet. 🙂 Hugs, A & G

  4. July 11, 2012 8:12 pm

    I LOVE the writing inside the drawer!! Do you know anything about the history of who lived in your house? It would be really interesting to research.

    What are you planning to do with all that garlic??

    • July 12, 2012 12:43 am

      Yes, I do know the history of our house. It was built with a Gold Rush fortune in the early 1900s. It was the first place built in this area and has a number of neat extras that were not generally done at that time!
      The garlic is for sale as seed or for eating. It all depends on the size of the bulbs. Check out our farm blog at:

  5. Adela permalink
    July 13, 2012 4:07 am

    What a great day on the farm. I love watching the seasons change on the East coast. I can smell the curly garlic. Summer is in full swing.

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