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I didn’t bother with Menu Plan Monday this week because there really isn’t much planned.  I did a beef roast on the BBQ yesterday (1 hour per pound with half the burners on low).  So we’ll be eating variations of that most of the week.  I’ve got a chicken to do on Thursday for the rest of the week.  I made pizza on the BBQ for lunch today and that will last a few days too.

I’ve been working on my petticoat border.  I’ve got 1 m more or less finished.  It’s been so hot so I’ve been reading a lot.

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Happy 4th of July to my American friends!

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We had a great time at the ‘cottage’.  I love that the B&B is its own separate house.  It’s bigger than our house!  The weather wasn’t the greatest.  The first day was very wet.  That didn’t stop Ella and Daddy from fishing.  Luckily, there’s a screened in ‘shade shack’ (complete with ping-pong table).  I set up my tunes and my reading and had a great afternoon.

Lots more sunshine on Friday (though still had some rain).  Colin and Ella caught lots of bass.  Ella’s funny, she’ll cut up worms and such for bait, but she doesn’t want to hold her own fish yet.

Daddy almost landed a 2+ft pike.  It was just in front of Ella in this picture, but just as I clicked it jumped completely out of the water and spat out the hook.

This is the fairies’ creek that is usually just a little babbling brook.

Daddy did manage to land one pike -thanks to the great help from his ‘net girl’.

Lots of wildlife this year.  There were swarms of dragonflies.  There was a garter snake in the canoe with Daddy when he had to paddle out to get the line off the dead tree.  There was a dinner plate sized snapping turtle -maybe that’s Snappy who we found a few years ago?  Ella caught this little guy, this is Sheldon the painted turtle.

Something really cool, there were lots of tadpoles in the weeds along the shore.  They were in all stages of development.  Some barely had any legs starting right up to almost no tail left.

The fireworks were fabulous.  It really is amazing how a little village of 600 can put on such a show.

We didn’t want to go home.  Colin and I could stay there forever.  Ella gets homesick.  It’s funny how Ella misses home after only a few days, even when she’s with Colin and I.

Found a beautiful double rainbow.

What’s cooking this week?

Monday:

subs

spaghetti

Tuesday:

leftover subs

McDonald’s -Ella’s last day of swimming

Wednesday:

pizza (likely on the BBQ)

hamburgers

Thursday:

pizza

roast beef on the BBQ

Friday:

sandwiches

pork chops

Saturday:

leftover roast beef

Sunday:

??

Don’t forget to check out I’m an Organizing Junkie for more ideas.

A bunch of Ella’s new school books arrived while we were away.

I didn’t do too much knitting while we were away.  My elbow is still acting up (I may have to give in and see the RNP).   Some times it’s nice to have a whack of uninterrupted (except for fish pictures) time for reading.

Book of Negroes” was really good.  We didn’t get a chance to watch the mini-series this year, though I like to read the book first.

Last weekend you’ll remember was A&S day.  I’ve been wanting to have an impressive project to take, but most times it’s just been knitting.  This time I got my act together and had some embroidery to take.  This is the ruffle for my new petticoat.

Sorry for the poor lighting.  Next time I’ll make sure to find some sunshine.

 

 

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So busy last week getting ready for Guide camp.  I didn’t get time for my Farm Girl Friday post.  So I guess I’ll give you a bit of everything, starting with Menu Plan Monday.

And then I got busy cleaning up and doing groceries and this post turned into a Wednesday post 🙂

Monday: 

ham and cheese bun

pork tenderloin on the BBQ -that was really yummy

Tuesday:

McDonald’s (groceries)

leftover tenderloin

Wednesday:

grilled cheese

tacos

Thursday:

leftover tacos

pancakes

Friday:

tuna

pork chops

Saturday:   A&S Day at Baroness Cate’s

slow cooker beef stroganoff

Sunday:

?

Finally some sunshine.  Colin and Dad hard at the planting.

A very happy sight to see last week – Hard Red Spring Wheat.

475 acres in 11 days, plus 2 days planting for a neighbour too.  One tuckered out Farmer.  We ended up with about 25 acres that just won’t/can’t be planted this year.  Some is STILL underwater and those not underwater are very, very squishy.  It is such a relief to have the crops finally planted.

Look at this beauty growing under my laundry stand.  I have had columbine and Granny’s Bonnets in my garden for years and I’m always amazed at the new combinations that pop up from year to year.  I’ll have to watch for seeds for in my proper garden.

We had a great time at Guide camp this weekend.  Though we did have torrential rain about 10 minutes after the girls arrived.  We had a family campfire dinner planned.  Luckily the folks at the Camp let us use their dining hall AND luckily supper was ham and cheese buns.  They would have been better all hot and melty, but they were good cold too.  The rest of camp was beautiful weather.

Now sleeping, that was another story.  The girls were wound for sound and had the crazies until 11:30.  Ella and a couple of the other girls retreated to the living room in an attempt to get some sleep.  Ella was nearly in tears wanting to sleep.  At least they would sleep in, right?   Nope, they were up and ready to go at 5!!

And finally for Yarn Along/Crafting On, I’ve been working on Grandma’s scarf.  I wish I could memorize the body pattern, but I just can’t seem to figure it out.  I’m really happy with the way it’s turning out.

Nothing extra planned this week.  Though I do still have to clean up from camp (the girls don’t wash so well).  Next week, not so much.  We’ve got something booked on EVERY SINGLE DAY!

 

 

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I started a new project for Crafting On.  Well, really I changed an existing project.

I ripped out the lace scarf I had started for Grandma.  I was just not ‘feeling’ that project.  So I’m using a different yarn and making up the pattern (well combining traditional patterns).

I finally finished Ella’s birthday socks!

Where has this book been all my costuming career???

Lots more great ideas.  There’s a great kirtle in the book that I might use the black wool for.  Last weekend we hit Fabricland in Ottawa (since the one in Pembroke sucks).  They had linen on sale and I picked up some beautiful blue for a jacket/doublet.

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Look!  I’m getting my Keep Calm Craft On post done on time.

Belinda’s sweater is really coming along.  AND I learned a new way to cast off -tubular.  It was easy and it doesn’t seem to want to curl, which is a real bonus for a top-down sweater.

This is Ella’s favourite.

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We really need a Keep Calm Craft On button thingy!

Well, as you can see I forgot about posting again yesterday.  I just can’t seem to wrap my head around posting on Tuesdays.  I did think about it on the weekend but by Tuesday it was gone again.

Belinda’s sweater is coming along nicely.

I’m loving my new book My History: A Memoir by Antonia Fraser.  If you have any interest in history you have to read her biographies.  They are so well written and researched.  Even though they are packed full of information they feel like ‘real’ books.  Mary Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette, The Six Wives of Henry the VIII, The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England (that one is currently on our school shelf), and many more.

Tree guy being lifted up into the poplar.

Can you see the large branch ‘flying’ through the air?

The “after” picture.  Not so nice looking, but all the hollow pieces are down and now, hopefully, if the tree falls it will fall away from the house instead of through it.  AND they saved the tire swing.

Ella scooped up a few pieces for her kitchen.  Including a new tea table.

Ella’s made an addition to her house too.  Now she has room for her fire pit to be inside and some storage.

They had to take down a big tree at Dad’s too.  Wow, no wonder the raccoons have been hanging out in there.

Did NOT know about this!  Colin says they are about 4 ft long.  Luckily, no sign of the bees (Dad is anaphylactic  to bees).

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I’ve been working on Belinda’s sweater some more.  I’ve got the sleeves separated out and am working on the body.  I definitely like the slightly thicker yarn.

I got some new ‘dish cloth’ yarn from Knit Picks and couldn’t resist whipping up a couple new face cloths.  I really love the Knit Picks Dishie, especially their multi-coloured yarns.  It knits up so much nicer than the Bernat cotton I can buy locally.

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