Monthly Archives: May 2014

It happens so fast…

Bathroom reno. Day 2

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Molly enjoys the company during the day, but it tires her out.

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Game On… again

To my surprise and delight, the bathroom reno started today! It’s not really a renovation since theyre adding a new room where one never existed. This is full on construction. They’ve cut a hole in the roof big enough to install a 9.5 X 7′ room in aa new dormer. They plan to lift a 6′ X 42″ whirlpool tub in through the roof (I’ll try to get a pic of that!). No pics to share yet but I will post when I can.

And for dinner tonight…

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With butter.

Firsts

If you seek it out, you can get lots of gardening advice. Some say not until after the new moon. Some say watch for the forecast of frost. Others say first of June. I chose to follow the advice of my neighbour and I planted my vegetable garden this morning. Many kinds of tomatoes, 2 kinds of beets, carrots, kale, basil, patty pan squash and some acorn squash. The acorn’s called ‘Celebration’. A fitting name for my first Killaloe garden.  I still have onion seedlings to plant and some more herbs. My neighbours advice was simple – plant when you have the time and the seeds will figure out when to grow.

After all that I went to the park to help weed gardens and plant a tree. A couple of hours of community seemed like the right thing to do.

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And now I’m sitting on the deck at the cottage, warming up after my first swim of the year. May 24 – a full 18 days later than last year. An afternoon of cottage chores will be followed by my first asparagus feed of the year. I bought the asparagus at Grandma’s and it was grown by Cheryl and Frank. I can hardly wait. I bought pounds of it.

My life has changed in ways that I haven’t even discovered yet. What a brilliant move!

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Molly agrees.

Friday dinner

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I suspect ramps will be on the menu for a while yet. Tonight appearing as a pesto-like sauce on a green veg stirfry with poached eggs on top.

The market was amazing! So good to get caught up with my farmer friends and to meet a few new ones. Beets and kale from David’s greenhouse and onions from storage. ‘Valiant’ grape jelly from Jon. Corn relish from Jerry and a yellow vegetable relish from some new vendors that live on Griffith Wagner Road.  Work kept me from getting there early enough for some of David’s asparagus. Hopefully next week.

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I rototilled the garden after work and will plant it up over the weekend. What a great time of year.

Ramps. And my favourite day of the year

I haven’t posted in a while… I got distracted by SPRING. planning gardens, planting fruit trees, strolling through nurseries, and general scheming. It’s been awesome.  

Plums are in blossom these days all over town and the flowers smell like honey and promise of good things to come.

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And ramps AKA wild leeks arrived on the scene. My friend dropped off a big bag they had picked and I’ve been enjoying them daily in pasta and pickles and pesto.

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And to top it all off, tomorrow is my favourite day of the year. At 11 am, the Barry’s Bay farmers market opens for the season. Likely only a small handful of vendors with a limited stock of goods but it will be AMAZING. I’ve been waiting all year!. I’ll likely buy one of everything and I can hardly wait to get caught up with all my farmer friends. It was a long winter for sure.

And so it begins :)

Two weeks ago while I was in Ottawa I bought some currant bushes. A red and a black. Last weekend I went to a plant sale at Melville Church in Eganville and came home with phlox, primrose and sedum. Yesterday my friend Pam brought me a ‘housewarming’ apple tree. A Wolf Ridge apple that she says produces big juicy pie apples.  

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Today I brought home two Evans Tart cherry trees. They are rated for Zone 2 so hopefully they will do well.

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I also potted up the Pussy Willows that I’ve been rooting since I got them as a door prize back in March.

I’ve scoped out the stock and on Saturday when I have the pickup truck I’ll pick up one more apple tree and an apricot tree and maybe some gooseberries.

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I also started on a small veg plot. It’s only about 10 X 12.  No need to get overwhelmed by it right away. There’s enough to keep me occupied already. I’m thinking tomatoes, onions, beans and squash.

And, the garlic I planted in November after I moved in is coming along.

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Between here and my friends place, I have about 125 bulbs planted.  

My friend Betty once told me that the guy at the local nursery told her not to bother planting an avocado tree when she moved into her home in Florida because it wouldn’t produce fruit for 5 years. SHe lived there for about 17 years and felt like she got ripped off for 12 years worth of avocados. On her advice, I’m planting my fruit trees right away.  I figure it’s a good plan.