Friday, May 29, 2015

Calgary May 21 - 26th

 Back from a quick trip to Calgary to meet our new nephew Caeden, who was born September 15th and is 8 months old.  A great trip, and we got to celebrate Dion's birthday while we were there as well!

Baby Robins!!

Ruby's Nest, May 11 - 1 egg!

Ruby's Nest May 12 - 2 eggs!

Ruby's Nest May 13 - 3 eggs.  Now 12-14 days of sitting....

Returned from Calgary on May 27th- Babies!
May 28th

Ruby's babies May 29th
 We have two robins sitting on babies near our house.  Ruby has a nest in the cedar tree at human eye-level beside our front door, and Scarlet has a nest in the pine tree, convenient viewing from our living room window.  I was able to catch the laying of Ruby's final egg, and as Google told us the incubation period for Robin eggs is 12-14 days, we knew there might be babies when we returned.  There was!  Scarlet's babies were born a few days earlier and are more advanced, getting feathers already. 
Scarlet's Nest May 11
Scarlet's Babies -- FEED MEEEee!  May 27th
May 28th
May 29th

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Jon and Samson heading out to plant raspberry canes from Aunty Jayne
 Jon and I have always talked about our dream farm and that we would grow raspberries.  So, of course we found ourselves planting raspberry canes last night in the section of the field we have reserved for perennial crops.  We also planted rhubarb and left a spot for asparagus, which we are still sourcing. 
Checking the status of the recently seeded crops
 Tomorrow first thing we head to Calgary to meet our nephew Caeden, who was born in September.  Now that we are a driveable distance away, we hope to see our nieces and nephews more often!
Planting raspberry canes
 Hollywood aka Mr. Samson Salad Mix will be spending the 5 days with his GrandPeople, aka my parents.  Luckily he has already won my Dad's heart, sleeping on the couch with him!
Farmer Jon and his raspberries.  One of the few fruits he can eat raw, which is why we love them so much I guess!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Planting at Sherm's

This curious fox must have a den nearby, we've seen her a few times.  Lookout Sams!

Jon planting the first row at our (Sherm's) place.  Spinach, Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, Dill/Cilantro all in!

Mom and Sams planting potatoes

Enjoying the nice Friday evening and our firepit

Aunty Jayne brought a washer and dryer plus heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, flower transplants, rhubarb and raspberry canes!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Samson the fearless hunter

Caught his first (that we know of) mouse, but was too dumb and let it get away.  Good job buddy!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Preparing the field at Sherm's place

Last night, Pa brought over a tractor and rototiller and set of discs for Jon to prepare the field along our driveway.  It was in summerfallow last year, and came out gorgeous-- black and fine and we're just itching to get planting now!  Manitoba black gold.  We plan to plant half and do the other half of the 2-acre field in cover crop (depending on how much space we need, it's not out of the question that we will run out of space at Mom's and have to use more, lol). Mom, Dad, Jon and I call the farm "Sherm's Place" for the farmer Sherman Myrah that we are buying it from.  He loved the place for nearly 40 years, and we keep discovering more and more to love about it as days go on. 

This morning as Jon finished discing, I washed all the outside windows I could reach and cleaned up some of the gardens beside the house.  I found a raspberry patch, some lily of the valley (my favourite!), irises, day lilies, and a PEONY!  Can't wait to see what else pops up as the season progresses.  Drying lots of stinging nettle right now and made a pot of nettle soup last night that is delicious - used the recipe from Mom's website.

Robin watch-- Photos from May 11 and May 12.  We are going to cage this tree off to protect Mama Robin and eggs from Samson, as it is low and right beside our front door.  Neat to watch the eggs appear!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Samson, the outdoor farm cat

Our little Sammy is doing great, and along with the bunnies, enjoying being outside. 

Our new house!

We got moved in last Thursday!  Here's some photos of our cute little farmhouse.  More to come soon.
Farmer Jon walking through the farmyard

Bunny Bear enjoying her new rabbit tractor

Look what Teri made!!  A kick ass bunny tractor

Caption: "Boiiing!"

Samson checking out my craftsmanship

Living room.  Working on getting a couch still



Kitchen and door to garage, stairs to upstairs (4 bedrooms and bathroom)

Master bedroom, windows overlooking the farmyard

Our bedroom

Epically amazing '70s bathroom.  Complete with wraparound smoky mirrors, flower wallpaper, brown and orange lino, tile countertop, and window in the shower.  Heck yes!!

Mudroom, front entrance

Our house!