Thanksgiving Thermals

side-porchabove, taken today from our side porch 

Warmth – inside and out

Richard’s birthday is Oct. 1, my favourite month in the year, and even better since moving to the mountains! Wow!  The vistas are unbelievable now that colour has popped everywhere and we’ve been having glorious summer temps by day and cool , relaxing evenings.  Mom/Joy gave Richard a pair of long-johns for his birthday, and some other things to keep him warm all winter.  But prior to that he’s been wearing my old aerobics pants under his jeans to work 13 hour days in the neighbour’s potato barn.  He chose this, of course, at the height of our own busy farm season, primarily to meet more of the community and to get away from my nagging.

But now his whole family is coming up from Saint John for the weekend, and we are in full swing making and baking and thawing… Thanksgiving Self-Sufficient Menu:

An organic turkey bred and raised at the bottom of the valley (27 pounder!)

Green Beans from our garden, baked  with maple nut granola,

Carrot Salad (carrots, pumpkin seeds and parsley all home-grown,  dressing is cider vinegar made from our orchard and honey made from the clover field by our neighbour with the turkeys!)

Potatoes from the fields in which Richard’s been working

Pickled Beets and Sweet cukes from our garden,

home-baked bread in the stuffing

To drink?  Our own warm apple cider, of course!

AND for dessert: maple and oak-leaf gingerbread cookies with maple butter icing,  apple crisp from our apples and pumpkin pie made from my very first pumpkin!   We’ll have my toast to my ‘home’-country of England by pouring Bird’s warm custard over these delicacies.

Mmmmmmm………… Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy these photos, with captions, as this blog’s piece de resistance!

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October Dawn (about the time Richard left for the potato fields)
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Smitty and Kitty stay warm by the oven while October dinners bake. 200 year old crazy quilt is THICK and warm!
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Richard, with his ego (swelled head) helping with harvest
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our sedum picked 10 days ago, sitting in water, is still as fresh and bright as the day we put them in the containers!
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Welcome to Blue Belldon Farm (see beginning of blog) the Because Why category for the many reasons we chose this name for our farm
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WEIGHT-WORTHY WUTHERING HEIGHTS… Another early morning in October, this time with fog and mist worthy of Wuthering Heights and my old ‘stompin’ grounds’ on the Yorkshire Moors…
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Our park-like side of the farm, called the Birch Grove
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The front of the laneway
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The new barn door in our living room, with crabapple twigs and their tiny dried apples and leaves (lightly sprayed with PUMP hair-spray to keep them on!)
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This is the 3rd of a succession of lamps/candleabras I’ve made for above dining tables. Made with tin-punched angel-food cake tins and wire/eggcups/metal tart tins. This is a completely original idea and it is NOT on google at present, so if it starts appearing, I’ll know I’ve a ‘leak’ among my blog-readers!
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The cornucopia and gourds (plus one of our tiny sweet corns!) ready for the feast…
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A neighbour who is also a florist dropped this off last night – a tiny landscaped fairy house! Delightful!
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From my kitchen window. Thanks to the local clover honey-maker (going in the carrot salad) and to Mom/Joy for once again cleaning the copper to a shiny autumnal warmth.

 

ADDING SOME PHOTOS OF THE THANKSGIVING GUESTS/MEAL, ETC., INCL. THE 27 LB. TURKEY FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS FARM :

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4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Thermals

  1. Your views are spectacular. I just finished hosting a watercolour workshop taught by another Jane (Blundell) from Australia, she is a master colourist and her knowledge of pigments is unsurpassed. I now know that your sunrise sky can be achieved with quinachradone rose and new gamboge, I can hardly wait to do some plein aire chez toi!

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