Monthly Archives: Jul 2017

Chickens, Rabbits, cats and kids.

Chickens, rabbits, cats and kids have been fed and wateredπŸ˜‰

Miss S’s pet rabbit Granite…such a love bug.

 The bread is in the oven. Bun dough rising.

Youngest child learning about Birds.

Morning coffee slurped…well more like sipped.

Saskatoons berries checked…Soon!

First carrot eaten….mmmm!

Lemon Balm picked, smelled…

….and dehydrating for the winter tea.

Oldest is hidden away in her room drawing her Manga or writing her stories.

There is still lunch to be made and dishes to be done. Then cooking supper and whipping up Mr. Bill’s work smoothie by 4:30pm, so I can get the youngest can get to her riding lessons by 6pm. 

The sun is finally shining after the much needed rain that came down this morning. Almost time to go back outside and check on the two hens sitting in some eggs in the chicken tractor-thingy.




I am so thankful that my beans have survived so far! 

They are actually starting to flower. 🌱🌸

I have two kinds planted this year:

  • Contender Bush Bean(55 days)
  • Amethyst Purple Stringless Bush Bean(65 days)

Two trees

We had two big trees fall during a windstorm when we first moved onto this property. The base of the trees rotted out and finally couldn’t hold themselves up any longer. Unfortunately…one landed on the roof of the cabin(first home of my father in-law) and one landed on the outhouse. Both buildings with have to be torn down as they are no longer safe…πŸ˜” 

When our dear family friends came to visit that August, the dad topped the trees for us. He is a logger so walking non-chalantly walked up each tree and cut the tops off. 

Well, we finaly got our butts in gear and bucked the trees up. Firewood season has started. Woohoo!

Beautifully aged lumber

There is a chunk of tree sittig on the roof…

A little electric stove and a wood heater.

The original insulation was shavings

Where is it?

Can you see my little friend hiding beside the black pipe?

We have a lot of these all over our property due to being beside a swampy muskeg area. They can be found in a multitude of browns and greens…😊

When we first moved on the property everything thing we cleaned up had one hiding in, under or tucked away somewhere. They love my greenhouse(dark brown almost black), in the garage(brown to green…depending on where they are found and how long they have been there.)

Love my Toady friends. They help keep the bad bugs at bay…well for the most part.

This guy is about 3inches big and just about as wide when he was flattened out in the grass. He scrunched up and hid in the pipe trench when he realized he had been seen. Haha! 

Family Time

Family time, camping, nature and no devices, except for photography. 

Our youngest daughter(9) experienced camping for the first time. Yes, we lived compltely off grid for 3yrs in our yurt…whichwas very much like camping but not. 

Campsite #1

Smoke from the huge wildfires here in BC

More smoke….

Campsite #2

Mt. Robson

July 13th- growth…

Hen and chicks blooming

Even with the Flea Beetle infestation my 2nd sowing if radish is growing

Carrots are slowly growing.

Frost hit my potatoes hard but they are fighting to grow.

Swiss Chard

Golden beets

Three dill types

My Marigolds are getting lost in the dill.

My little harvest of Blueberries.

Pretties at the driveway.


Bees are loving the blooms

Pickling cuckes are blooming.

Ooo…found a baby cuke!

Hot Peppers

Hot pepper flowers

Echinacea bud.

We have had some crazy frosty nights on our property. The temperature has hit as low as -1c a few nights ago. The days warmed up a few time to +30c, but aren’t getting warmer than +20c. 

My greenhouse is doing well. My garden is slow but growing. 😊



Basil ~ Ocimum Basilicum


My morning harvest

  • Rich moist, well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • 1-2ft tall
  • Flower in July and August

O. Basilicum ~ Genovese O Comune

O. Basilicum ~ Sweet basil

O. Basilicum ‘cinnamon’ ~ Cinnamon basil

O. Basilicum ‘purpurascens’ ~ Dark Opal basil

O. Basilicum~ Thai basil

My favourite herb to grow.