It’s said: “great things are believed of those who are absent.” If that’s indeed true, I hope I don’t let you down.
It has been a great few weeks since my last post. A lot of things have happened to us and through us. We’ve had a great time visiting with family and enjoying the bounty that’s come from our garden.
My last post spoke of the busy couple of weeks getting the house ready leading up to our vacation. I won’t revisit that, but suffice to say, we enjoyed our little trip to Ontario. Not that is was solely for our amusement – my brother Scott and his fiance Dawn were married. That in itself was reason enough for us to drop everything and head back, but the honor was mine when I was asked to perform their wedding ceremony – to the surprise of everyone in attendance.
It was a beautiful day spent with family and friends.
While in Ontario though, we had a little scare. I ended up in the hospital with a blood clot in my leg. As the doctor said however, I got lucky. The clot was in an arterial vein and I wasn’t at risk of it moving to my heart or lungs – so I was sent on my way with blood thinners to enjoy the rest of the vacation.
Once the newlyweds were married, we all convoyed back to PEI for a “familymoon”.
Scott and Dawn, Scott’s kids Carrie and Ryan, one of Dawn’s daughters, Jordan and her husband Christian, and my Mom spent the week with us to see the life we’ve been making for ourselves.
We did some of the usual touristy stuff – went to the beach (several times), ate some lobster and visited the sights and scenes.
It was hard to see the family leave after only a week here, but we had a tremendous time together.
Vanessa and I weren’t done with the vacation just yet, though. We’ve been mackerel fishing now a couple of times.
I want to take advantage of this as much as we can while the summer is here. There is no catch-limit or license required to catch mackerel here – so while we’re able, we’ll be stocking our freezer with these freebies.
And speaking of freebies, our garden just keeps giving and giving. While our guests were here, we enjoyed produce picked daily from the garden – including broccoli, lettuce, beets, new potatoes and zucchini.
Since our visitors left, the tomatoes are turning, the beans are almost ready and the corn is almost there. We haven’t bought any produce – other than some fruit – in about a month.
What we haven’t been able to eat fresh, we’ve been canning or freezing. We’ve pickled fourteen pounds of beets and have a second crop planted for an early fall harvest.
We’ve also processed fifteen pints of pickles – dill and bread & butter
and have about ten pounds of cabbage fermenting for sauerkraut.
So while we’re not entertaining guests, or fishing, or tending to the vegetable garden we also have our chickens.
We now added six laying hens to our family so we quickly built a brooder for the chicks and Vanessa and I are currently building on a small coop from some of the reclaimed wood from the renovations on the house.
So needless to say our month-long absence is not the result of not having anything to write about, but rather the opposite – we’ve just been too busy to keep up with everything. Hopefully we haven’t lost anyone along the way.
We’ll get back on track, but for now, some pictures from our garden: