Saturday, June 9, 2012

a lazy saturday

 
that's the mist rising off of Strachans Brook at 5am this morning - isn't it pretty?

yep - we are normally up pretty early but being woken at 4:45 because a cat caught a shrew and now two cats are trying to catch it in the bathroom - NOT fun! 4:45am is not a good time to be up! one more hour and a half would have been good - that's our normal time - but 4:45am sucks pretty bad!
 
it's a beautiful and lazy saturday here at the Manor - jambaloney is down for a nap and i hope to be joining him very soon! we went in to our "big" city on thursday for a variety of appointments and when i say that we hate the "big" city - i really mean HATE. by the way, our "big" city on the island has a population of about 36,000.

for your viewing pleasure, i present four Irish Cobbler potatoes growing in their tires - wooohooo for us!


in other news, jambaloney has been working on our trench this past few days - i love watching him swing the pickax and shovel wearing nothing more than his bug-net suit and rubber boots - teeheehee!


what have i been up to, you ask? well...ya know....the usual....walking around and taking pics of pretty things and such.


in addition to planting out moonflowers, scarlet runner beans and morning glories all around this piece of farm equipment in our yard. morning glories show their blooms in the morning and moonflowers only show their blooms after sunset....oh yes, i will take many pictures to share with you!


oh is there anything on the planet more gorgeous than apple blossoms?


here is some beautiful vetch - we have it growing all over the yard.


here is a big giant patch of wild raspberries growing on our land. our town is called Framboise because framboise is French for raspberry. we will pick, eat, freeze and can a bunch of these babies over the summer. we love raspberries!


here is the future site of my friend Helga's hugel kultur. we plan to have it overturned and ready for when she finally moves to our island.


here's the junkyard. just so that you don't think we got upgraded to hill-billy or something. nope, we are still staying true to white-trash!

 

and here is some delicious salad that we had for lunch. we love eating lots of fresh food!



don't forget about my friend Phelan's blogathon....you can read more about it here and here.


30 comments:

  1. Lazy days are nice one in a while, We have had a lot of rain the past week, but we needed rain.

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    1. Dear Duke - you are definitely right about that - everyone needs a lazy day once in a while! i am glad that you got some rain, dear friend!

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  2. You actually encourage morning glory to grow? I wish I could send you all of mine.

    How about I trade you morning glory for trout :)

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    1. I want in on this deal!

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    2. are you guys both saying that you don't like morning glories?!?!?!? you are both nuts. but that's ok. i like nutty friends. yo dudes - come up for a visit! jambaloney will gladly take you to the best "troutin" spots. he went out again this morning and got us 4 more for breakfast. i sure do wish i could share them with you both!

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  3. I'm going to have to admit, I had to google "shrew". I kind of thought I knew what it was but wasn't sure. An odd looking little thing, huh? So I take it you and jambaloney had your fresh food and so did the cats? LOL! ;-)

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    1. bahahahahaha! it's strange how different things are in different locales, eh 1st Man? i had no idea what your spider was and you didn't know what a shrew was!!! we have tons of shrews and voles here and yes they are odd little creatures but they are also really cute. NO fresh food was had by the cats - our one cat is a really good mouser/shrew/vole catcher but he doesn't eat them - just brings them home like trophies and then we have to find and catch them! i am glad to say that this little shrew was caught and returned to the wild! but man - it sucks to be woken that early!

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  4. There is absolutely nothing in life more beautiful than a "can do" husband swinging a pickax ....unless it's a broom....

    Morning Glories used to adorn my fence in Indiana. In Florida - not only do I not have my beloved fence, I doubt Morning Glories would even grown in this desolate sand.

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    1. lotta joy - you and me both know it! swinging a vacuum and/or doing the dishes works too - bahahahah! i am sorry that you don't have any morning glories - i will take pics for you when mine come up!

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  5. Bonjour mon doux ami canadien Kymber,
    (I hope I said that right, lol).......
    What a beautiful picture of the mist rising from the lake. Sometimes when I see mist or fog rising, I think of the old fairy tale stories. You know the ones we used to read when we were young.

    The cat's got you both up early this morning. I have to ask a silly question, what is a shrew? Is that like a little lizard?
    Getting up real early in the morning, makes for a nap later in the afternoon. I'm feeling a nap calling my name real soon (I was up at 5AM myself).

    I must ask, why is Jambaloney digging a trench? Yes, I agree...there is nothing better than watching your man swing tools (I was watching Bulldog Man last night putting my composter together).

    What pretty pictures of flowers. Apple blossoms are so beautiful and smell wonderful too. What type of apples will you have later?
    I can smell apple butter brewing now, lol.....

    Now that is a very nice plot for Helga, I take it she is planning on moving up there :-) I need to catch that nap, say hello to Helga and give Jambaloney a big hug.

    Je vais vous voir plus tard. Votre Oklahoma ami Sandy (I hope I said that correctly).

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    1. Bienvenue ma chere amie de Oklahoma - (yes, you did a great job speaking en francaise! good for you - tres bon traduction!)

      i love looking at the mist rising off of the brook - and yes, i always think of faeries when i see the mist or the fog! a shrew is like a tiny, tiny little mouse that eats bugs and worms and stuff. and you are right again - when you are up that early and doing lots of work - that definitely calls for a nap later in the day! i hope that you got to enjoy a nap, too.

      jambaloney is digging the trench to make a drainage system for our grey water/flooding basement so that we won't have to rely on our sump pump...it relies on passive gravity and will allow our sump pump to get some rest!

      we have no idea what kind of apples we have as neither tree produced fruit last year - but we are very hopeful for this year. we plan to put in an orchard in a few years but we are just not there yet.

      i am glad that you like Helga's huggie kultur - i hope she does too. and we are trying to get her to move from the entire other side of the country - she lives in British Columbia.

      je vous remercie de ces commentaires en laissant toujours belles! xoxoxox

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    2. Bonjour mon doux ami canadien Kymber,
      That's a great idea digging the trench and not relying on the sump pump.
      I think Helga will love the huggie kultur :-)
      Keep talking with her and she will change her mind.

      Vous êtes un ami doux et si plaisir à parler de vous.
      Vous avez une excellente soirée.
      Vous êtes Oklahoma ami, Sandy xoxoxo

      P.S. Je sais seulement un peu français. Je l'ai ramassé, car ans, j'ai été mariée à un homme de la France.
      Donc, je vais avoir à parler la plupart du temps à vous en anglais.

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  6. Hey sis - I'm thinking the same as Sandy - what's a shrew ? The name alone sounds like it's some sort of prehistoric creature - with a wing span wide enough to darken the sky !

    You've picked a great spot for my hugel kultur sis - thanks so much for that - and I do love it - but please remove the shrews ! I'm hoping they are just some kind of mouse thingy though. Little Wilburs I can handle.

    Okay - that's a good patch of raspberries. I see what you mean now - they're abundant for sure. Sweet ! How awesome - just step out and eat till you pop ! Just us and the shrews ! Bahaha !!

    Really nice pics as always - and the Irish Cobblers will taste yummeh !

    Get some good sleep - love you always ... Helga xoxoxo

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    1. hey back sis - read above - shrews are just little tiny, tiny mice - they are soooo cute though! bahahahaha on the prehistoric creature thing....ya nut! oh and of course we named him Helga's Little Wilbur - bahahahah!

      i told you that i would get you a fantastic spot for you huggie kultur - now all you gotta do is come here and plant it! that is just one patch of raspberries - they actually go all the way from the back of the house and right down to the river - it's awesome! and yep - we just pick and eat 'em on the spot!

      oh the cobblers are gonna be awesome! i think we are going to get a bumper crop - they are growing like mad! i had a little nap and now it's time for supper - yummeh! i love you always back my dearest and sweetest friend - xoxoxoxox!

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    2. Helga,

      I think the cat's will take care of the shrews, lol

      What a beautiful place to live. Wild raspberries, are delicious!!! Yes, I can see some cobblers coming in the near future.
      Have a great evening!!
      Sandy

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    3. Hi Sandy - Now that we have clarification as to what a shrew is - you're right. The cats should take care of them. But then again, they prefer to be project manager ! Bahaha !!

      Cape Breton is one of Canada's most beautiful places - and it would be great to have a Manor beside , right beside, the King and Queen of Framboise. Don't tell them my idea though - they may move before I get there. Lol !!!

      Have a great evening yourself !

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  7. Greetings from a very wet Central Florida. Raining here for the 5th or 6th day. We don't even have to go to the beach. My youngest daughter has her class list for Aug when she starts high school, one of the classes is French, so I may learn some. I have enough trouble with English, so why not another language. Have a good weekend.

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    1. hey Rob buddy - i love rain but 5 or 6 straight days of it gets to be a little much, eh? i am very glad to hear that your daughter will be learning French - she can then teach you, too! we are having a great weekend so far, buddy - i hope that you are having the same!

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  8. That salad looks stupendous ! Beautiful job.

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    1. thanks Jane! i like for food to look pretty...and i like for it to contain fresh, healthy ingredients. xox

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  9. We have shrews and voles here too...and guess what?/ I planted Irish Cobblers too..had never seen them before this year !

    There's is absolutely NOTHING that warms my heart like a man with a broom in his hand....lol

    I love Morning Glories, but I understand that they are poisonous to my chickens, and so, of course, that's where they grow the best, right up the side of the fence...I still like 'em...my hollyhocks are blooming too!

    Have a great Saturday, Kymber...

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    1. Akannie - i hope that you had a fantastic weekend! i am glad that you planted Irish Cobblers - apparently they are strong producers and the potatoes themselves store well and are excellent baked, steamed and roasted! and we are definitely on the same page in regards to men and brooms - bahahahah! i honestly had no idea that morning glories are poisonous for chickens - but then i don't have chickens so no worries there. i love morning glories! i am glad that your hollyhocks are blooming - they are sooo pretty! xo

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  10. I think a lot of preppers ans homesteaders always have projects to do that we forget that Gaod commands us to have a day of rest and it's very important that we do that for ourselves to recharge both physically and mentally no matter if you are religious or not!
    So I usually do a pajama day once a week. Because it changes my mindset to rest mode and no one can ask you to do anything because you are still in your PJs. I have 3 sets of nice flannel pjs but you could use lounge pants. But I found pajama day does not work if you are in sweats or shorts! LOL

    ASR

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    1. ASR - thanks for that reminder! He commands us to have that day of rest to recharge ourselves and for a reason - otherwise we might burn out or just not find the joy in the chores anymore. i love pyjama day - we do it quite often! but in our case we call it naked pyjama day - cuz we love being naked - bahahahahah!

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  11. Very nice, kymber. Love your place.

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    1. thanks 45er buddy - we love our place too. not quite yet a homestead and there is still a ton of work to be done to the land and the house - but all of the green and blue does wonders for the soul. and if it's still a little ugly - oh well, eh?

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  12. Sounds like the two of you are staying busy and having fun....enjoy your summer:)

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    1. MM - we really are enjoying our summer! and keeping busy and always having fun - we keep each other laughing and enjoying ourselves! xox

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  13. We call the junk pile the tinkering pile. It has a much nicer ring to it don't you think? Hahaha. Now you two be careful picking those raspberries when the time comes ... I really wouldn't recommend doing that aux natural! Thanks for sharing your Saturday.

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    1. Sue, buddy - i took a pic of the "nice-looking-side" of our junkyard - trust me, it's not a tinkering pile - it's a true-on junkpile - bahahahahah! and we have learned our lesson about aux natural when it comes to the raspberries - we will be fully-suited up in armour before we head out to pick any - bahahahahah! thanks for stopping by - i have been missing you, hon! xoxoxo

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