Saturday, 3 September 2016

August

Here it is the 3rd of September .  School starts next week... Feels like summer is over..
 August has flown by. It was a very  warm month    but finally  got enough rain to turn everything green again..
 How did I spend my time?  Worked on Christmas tags What you say? Will save that for another post.
Went to  a Sunday Brunch at a local garden center Heeman's.  There were  7 booths of  London restaurants there featuring strawberries which Heeman's are  renown for.
round tables  in main greenhouse  nicely decorated with  geraniums.
 Tried several of the items. 
traditional  waffle with strawberries, mascarpone cheese and candied rosemary from Garlics. Good

My favourite  was , 
 
Warm caramelized shallot tart  brushed with citrus infused Monforte sheep's cheese  finished with macerated strawberries  a cedar crème fraiche  burnt  Soiled Reputation honey and aged balsamic  and black pepper caviar..  





 
For a beverage from Only on King   a White Balsamic  strawberry fennel shrub., went with  strawberry bacon jam on egg toast.
 






Finished up trying  Grassroots  cornbread  with apple and sage sausage with spicy ketchup.
 
Was a  great venue and if  Heeman's holds this event again will  so go. It was the first  time  they tried this.
 
Off then to Appleland's  pre season  tent sale , apples are just starting here. Will go back once apples are in full swing.
 
 
 
 

   To finish up August my travels   a leisurely  drive  to Kincardine to   have a peek at Lake Huron   and  visit  The Saltbox Shoppe looking for a ladder.

 
Strolled along the  Lions boardwalk   .    

 
 Saltbox   shoppe   has rusty things......

Steampunk
   Note the  birdhouse made from  an old honey pail......
 
 I was lucky to find an artisan fair in the park besides the  playhouse.
Beautiful park but no purchases.  
 
 Quick stop at  a  yummy cheese shop. Who knew  they would have Chocolate  cheese....
  

So did I get my ladder? I did .. Nope not a regular ladder  an old wooden one, inspired by one my daughter Rosanne has in her living room . Wanted it  to hold all the  special quilts my Mother had made over the years and gifted me... 
Like  the homey feeling.  Just can't bring myself to use them..
 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

July

 


The first half of summer has flown by. It has been very hot and dry...On those rare  warm summer days without  oppressive humidity I have been enjoying  back deck  usually at breakfast. Faces south so by noon  too warm for me So then  I  find a cool spot on front porch to enjoy  .
Have  managed to plant  enough it is quite private   tho the Japanese beetles have been a challenge.


 Did  a couple of road trips



Quiet road
one with Shirley to Walters Family Theater in Bright  to see an Elvis impersonator . Lots of fun.
First barn I have been in with Chandeliers..      









 Rosanne and I went to  a Christmas in July Xmas card crop.......
Rosanne has posted the cards  we made on her blog.......http://rosannes-blog.blogspot.ca/2016/08/more-christmas-in-july.html  
Did a Saturday  summer road cruise on my own  to explore Woodstock ,Tavistock, Harmony , Kintore and Stratford    just to get rid of  my restlessness..... Stopped at  a favourite   drive in.......
Good soft ice cream  ........ What will August bring?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Game of Thrones Beginner’s Guide: Uncensored (HBO)

My favourite show   Samuel L. Jackson does a  fantastic narration.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Art in the Barn

On Saturday family  got together  for day trip     Art in the Barn at the Dorchester Fairgrounds with  over 230  vendors.  Some tacky but also some very nice    items.

Brittany Sherry Rosanne and myself   
We got an early morning  start  to try to beat the crowds.
 
Blue skies and fresh temperatures
Sherry met a friend..
 By noon dark clouds  had moved in  and the   vending area had gotten very busy.
Crowds building
We all found some treasures. Sherry  got a lovely  sheer  top, and a Dorchester  heritage history  book, Brittany  added to her collection of Coca Cola  trays, Rosanne    purchased soaps  from Jezebel  Wantonly Decadent  Artisan  Soaps and Perfumes  Amusingly  names like Trollop, Harlot and  Floozy.  Rosanne suggested I try the hard shampoo  soap  which is great for taking when on trips..
We  then came back to  have lunch at my home. Made  several items but the  2 I particularly felt were successful were   caprese with  a balsamic reduction
 and Mary Berry scones  with homemade strawberry jam..
Been watching on PBS  The great British Baking Championship. hence the scones. 
 
Had fun  setting the tablescape  
Found a good use for vintage  teacups filled with water and added a tealight.  , great way to use    lonely  cups...
Was a fun day with  my daughters and granddaughter.,

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Cards and Jam

June is one of my favourite  months because of strawberry season.
  Is there nothing better than  strawberry shortcake? Yes I did indulge..
 Had a pint of berries  that needed to be used up . A  search on line   and I found this recipe for   a small batch of  jam at  Chocolate Moosey  .....http://www.chocolatemoosey.com/2012/06/05/small-batch-strawberry-jam-for-holidayrecipeclub/
Happily it makes just one jar. A tiny bit left over for me to taste.. very good . This is a cooked jam using  lemon juice .
 I now have  a treat to share with company; won't it go well with   cream scones.
 
 Made  3 cards  this month   
 The   one on the left is a birthday card embossed with gold   popped up  balloon..  a touch of scallop on one edge.  The middle one   could be birthday or  sympathy  soft calla lily stamp   embossed and die cut edge in navy , Soft pink liner and soft pink on  edge of  callas. The last card is another birthday perfect for a  male.....4 different   stamps,  coloured ,    tho hard to see there is a  sun  just rising in the  picture near the birds  .. a die cut of grasses complete the card.