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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Marineland today.

Well.. today was fun. The plan was to take all three kids to Marineland, but Drew got into a pile of junk food for breakfast and ate himself too sick to go... idiot... So I ended up taking just Joey and Tisha. My friend Tina and her kids came too so it was super fun because I got to go on the rides with the older kids! I finally got to try out a few rides I haven't been on before and took Joey on a few he hasn't been on. Tisha was a bit annoyed that she had to wait for us and wasn't spending the whole day on kiddie rides... but she got to go on a few new ones as well.
We fed the fish and discovered a large snapping turtle in the pond... Joey wanted to eat it. Thanks mom.
At this point my legs are dead.. I am tired.. good night!

Friday, May 28, 2010

strawberries, baby goats, and freakish geese

So I've finally uploaded the pictures from our little trip to Happy Rolph's on monday.. also I have some pictures of the strawberries we picked today from the garden.. I can't wait to make something with them once Matt gets home to go buy me butter!!
For those of you who don't know, Happy Rolph's is a free petting farm just outside the city where we can go see all kinds of different farm animals and ducks/geese. They have goats, horse, pony, llamas, sheep, pigs, cow, donkeys, chickens, bunnies, and a pond for ducks. It's a great place to take the kids for an afternoon as they also have picnic areas and a playground. We discovered that we can be the animal's favourite people if we bring chicken scratch instead of the 25 cents a handful animal feed they have there.. the goats will leave you just plain slobbery and the cow will stick her tongue out so far you're amazed it will fit back into her head! (seriously.. it was like a foot long!) I even managed to feed the llama's for the first time ever.
I'm pretty amazed how many strawberries we got from the garden today, considering I thought I picked them all two days ago. I've also decided to let them take over my flower beds as they are much more tasty than my other weeds.

So here's some pics
Crazy Geese.. some of these are hybrids between a meat goose and a canada goose. They are so frickin cool
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Some cute little fishies.. they were shiny and were glittery.. but you can't really see it in the pics.
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and some shots of Andrew in the playground
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These little babies were head butting and everything.. it was so adorable
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and here's today's strawberries and some shots of the boys in the garden. Joey likes to weed the path. I can't believe how many strawberries we got today when I thought I had picked them all two days ago! Looking forwards to baking something delicious with those! They are SO tasty!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Heirloom tomatoes, swimming and it's HOT, OH MY!

So today was another good day. Started out with lounging around watching cartoons with Tisha this morning, then got up and went to dollarama. We found some cool pots for putting tomatoes into on the patio and a candle to put on Amy's grave. Drove up to the cemetery and walked around there looking at old graves for a while.. it's such a sobering thought that so many people lost so many babies.. there are three gravestones I have found so far with 3 or 4 babies on one stone... I'm so grateful that I live in the time I do and most of my children have made it past babyhood!
On the way back I found a really neat garden centre (midway on 4th ave) that offers heirloom varieties of tomatoes! I picked up four, "Black Prince", "Mr.Stripey", "Cherokee Purple", and "Green Zebra." I'm pretty excited about that because the chickens ate half of my tomato plants and they were all heirloom and I really wasn't sure if the new ones would grow fast enough to replace the ones I lost. I also found the elusive Celery plant I've been looking for... for some reason no one has had celery this year.
After the garden centre I drove out to Fort Erie to drop off a friend and then back to my sister in law's for a swim. The cool water was a much appreciated break from the heat of the day.

So if you're interested here's some pics of the tomatoes I picked up today. I"m pretty excited to be growing something other than Roma's for once!

Green Zebra
"Developed in 1985 by tomato breeder Tom Wagner, this is an unusual and exquisite green tomato chosen by Alice Waters for her restaurant, Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, California. The 2-inch round fruit ripens to a yellow-gold with dark-green zebra-like stripes. The flesh is lime-emerald in color that has an invigorating lemon-lime flavor. A great green tomato for brightening up salads and other tomato dishes. Try our Green Zebra Tomato Seeds for your tomato garden and enjoy a wonderful addition of color to your salads and sauces."
Green Zebra

Cherokee Purple
"Heirloom from Tennessee cultivated by Native American Cherokee tribe. Very productive plants producing loads of dusky rose to purple colored, 12 oz.-1 lb., beefsteak tomatoes with deep red colors to the interior flesh and dark shoulders. A very popular market variety because of it's rich, complex and sweet flavors. One of the best tasting heirloom tomatoes."
Cherokee Purple

Mr.Stripey
"Mr. Stripey is a type of heirloom tomatoes with unusually small leaves and a mix of a yellow and red color that can fool some growers into thinking they are picking an unripe tomato. Under good conditions in size, shape and internal structure it may be considered a "beefsteak". Like other heirlooms, Mr. Stripey has an appearance that differs considerably from other tomatoes. In coloration it is generally somewhat more yellow near the stem and more red towards its underside, with gentle stripes of red and yellow blending into each other along the sides. This coloration may extend into the interior of the fruit, which tends to be more yellow than red.
When conditions are right and the fruit is fully ripe the taste will be surprisingly sweet and mild, superior to most store bought varieties. The mild character of the tomato flavor is best used where it is intended to blend in with other flavors such as in a pasta sauce or salad. The flavor in good conditions and when fully ripe is pleasingly sweet when sliced raw - excellent for hors de ouvres. The ripe flesh is soft, juicy and extremely tender."
Mr.Stripey

Black Prince
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Originally from Siberia, this is one of the most popular and favored black tomatoes. Originally introduced from Irkutsk, Russia and is regarded as a "true Siberian tomato" that does very well in cooler climates. Until only recently this was considered a rare variety in the United States. However, it's popularity has grown so much in Russia that there is now a company in Volograd that is producing an extract of the Black Prince called "Black Prince Tomato Oil." The Black Prince tomato is said to have considerable health benefits beyond the presence of lycopene.

These deep garnet round, 2-inch (2-3 oz.) tomatoes are full of juice and incredibly rich fruity flavors. This is a tomato that chefs I deliver to rave about for it's rich flavors. The small fruits contain deep rich colors on the inside. Perfect for patio gardens. Perfect for eating fresh, and in cooking in tomato sauce or other culinary wonders."
Black Prince
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

A new springtime.. time to fight the man! LOL

Well.. let's see.. what's happened recently? Well.. to start.. we now have chickens in the yard and we're working on changing the bylaw to make them legal to keep outside. The current bylaw doesn't prohibit them unless they live outside, so legally they have to sleep in the house at night.
Right now we have four hens named Angel,
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Blackie,
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Baby,
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and Brownie.
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Tisha spent a good bit of time trying to figure out if they like purple or yellow better... They liked yellow
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I have been working on planting the garden and getting it all prepared for the summer. So far we have all heirloom tomatoes and heirloom peppers.. our salsa this year is going to be something else! Also planted are heirloom (purple) carrots, regular carrots, beets, radishes, onions, delicata squash (they are soooo frickin yummy!), Giant pumpkins, strawberries, 3 varieties of salad greens, sugar snap peas, and last years onions are coming up as green onions that need to be eaten before they flower. Today I spent the afternoon spreading straw around as I think this year I'm going to really go hardcore into mulch gardenning, considering how much work goes into weeding I would just rather enjoy my garden and get the best crop with the least amount of work.. so two bales of straw are working their way around my plants. Possibly I should have remembered the allergic reaction I had to straw last year... my throat is really bugging me.. but I just know this is going to be worth it.. so ONWARDS!
I've made a 4 foot cube cage for the chickens to get them to mow my lawn for me. I just move them around to wherever the grass is the longest and they get it short by the end of the day.
Today was pretty exciting because, just as I expected, seeds started sprouting! A few carrots
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and my beets sprouted today!
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I am hoping tomorrow brings even more baby plants!
The green onions that we lost in last year's weeds have come back.. we had a few in a salad today
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The heat today also ripened a few strawberries
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Which miss Tisha quite enjoyed
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We made the paper today with the chickens.
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2587161
We're hoping for a change in the good direction for our chickens to have a legal coop. Fingers crossed that they don't hunt me down from the info in the article and make me get rid of them!
Not much more than that for today. It was a pretty good day. Back to work tomorrow.