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