Framing Frustrations

K’s brother arrived mid-morning on Friday as K and I were working on framing. He started his day by building the first gate. After looking at my rough design, he ended up making a small modification of some corner braces that he screwed the 1”x4” frame to. It also allowed for a sturdy gate. It…

We Be Jammin’ – Peach Thyme Jam

Another delicious jam to add to the rotation of fall canning. The flavour is amazing and the perfect mix. Although the peaches didn’t come from our garden (hopefully one day soon they will), the thyme was fresh picked from our herb bed. I recommend this for a scrumptious twist on a classic jam. This makes…

Summer Snow Fence

After trying our hand at building our fence, we offered to help K’s parents build a fence. They had received quotes but couldn’t successfully book a contractor to build the fence. During a trip to visit, I decided to offer to build it if they continued to be unsuccessful in finding someone to build it…

Shag Be Gone

We had a very rainy start to the year. Based on Environment Canada, last year had a lot more precipitation, but we had warmer weather overall, so it feels like this year has been worse. June was one of the wettest and coldest we have had on record. All this moisture has been fantastic for…

We Be Jammin’ – Pear Cardamom

It’s that time of the year where we stock our pantry with the goodies we make from our garden. Unfortunately, I don’t have fruit trees yet because we are still landscaping the yard, but now is the time to try all these great recipes to help me decide what fruit trees I must have in…

What’s Up Doc? Spicy Carrot Pickles!

We have a lot of beautiful carrots coming out of our garden this year. We did a second plant and are now getting these perfect pickle sized carrots, which are perfect for our Spicy Carrot Pickle recipe. If you only have large carrots, no problem, just slice them to the size you want. They make…

Decked Out

The day had finally arrived to have the Duradek put down. After a gruelling and hot weekend, I was looking forward to having an ice-cold beverage on my new deck. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for that day. The deck company came for about 15 minutes then got pulled away to an emergency job….

So you want to be a deck builder.

Day 2 of the deck was much better than the first day. A big part of that was because I had K and my dad working with me so it was much easier and any doubts I had were eased by my dad who had experience with redoing a deck. The only downside was the…

Spongy Softness

The view from our living room and deck was one of the major perks of our house when we bought it. We are not right on the river, but we are just above the houses that are, so we have a beautiful view of the river and the trees that line the far-side of the…

July Comparisons

Another month, another set of comparisons. It was a very wet July for us. Considering our region is considered semi-arid desert and I have mushrooms growing and slugs hanging out, I would safely say it was a wet month. It was interesting to see what did grow despite the lack of blazing sun and 35+…