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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Warm Fall Day


Hello everyone, we have been very busy here at the farm trying to finish off some of our outdoor projects before winter arrives.  As always, some projects get bumped out of the way by other projects, and in general everything takes longer to do than we planned!  In the meantime I have a few quick photos to share with you.


Pretty Holly is obsessed with this old apple tree and the chipmunk or squirrel that lives in it.  We are convinced that the little creature spends its' day hurling insults at her and for her part Holly just cant walk away!  We can usually find her patiently waiting under the tree for something interesting to happen.


We have had several hard frosts already and many of the tender plants have died off.  I found these two little squashes on a vine in one of the flower gardens.


Yesterday was an unseasonably mild day reaching 19 degrees in the late afternoon. A late afternoon haze developed in the distance making it look and feel like early September instead of the beginning of November.  I spent the day in the garden trying to get my bulbs planted.  Sadly I still have many more to plant!  



This project will hopefully done by the end of this weekend,,,,it is our new koi pond!  It measures 11 x 17 feet and is 5 feet deep at the deepest point.  The koi are still in our waterfall pond which is not deep enough to allow them to survive our winter.



I love our old cedar hedge.


The chickens were enjoying the mild weather and spent the day feasting on weeds from the garden.



I had previously mentioned that the power utility was going to be cutting branches off of our large maple trees to help protect the power lines.  As we are in the country we will have power outages during ice storms and sometimes have brown-outs when high winds produce galloping wires.  The work crews dropped off some of the chipped wood in our farm lane to be used as mulch on the gardens.


Tiny little crab apples.


Lounging under the old apple trees.  This is a favourite spot for the sheep.


Sheep love to rub against things.  There are little tufts of wool on most of the lower branches on trees around the farm.



Part of the farmhouse.


More sheep enjoying the unseasonable mild afternoon temperatures.

Wishing everyone a great week!

~thank you for visiting~

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall Garden

Hello dear friends, another vacation week is over and as always so much of the "to-do" list remains undone!  We did however have an enjoyable week with a Thanksgiving dinner, bicycle riding and puttering in the garden.  If the mild weather continues we may still have another 2 or 3 weekends of garden work before putting everything away for the winter. 

We have had a very dry and hot summer so are pleasantly surprised to see the maples put on a glorious display of colour.  This part of our property faces the road and runs along farm lane.  We like the look of split cedar rail fencing however it is not always practical with our collection of dogs who would like nothing more than to sneak through the rails to visit the dog across the road.  Although we live on a country road we still have car traffic and sadly some motorists think that a quiet country road is a license to speed.  Our various fences help to keep our dogs safe.



This part of the fence faces the road at our driveway.


This is a view of our lower lawn.  We like to give different parts of our property names so when we are having important daydreams about gardens we know exactly which part of the property we are referring to! 


This is also part of our lower lawn and we refer to this garden as Tessie's Garden.  It took a great many years for the blue spruce to actually start looking blue.  



This is a view towards the road.  A couple of years ago we had a new driveway constructed to allow heavy equipment to get to our house.  We have plans to continue the driveway to have it sweep around to the front of our house.  As with many projects however nothing is a simple as it seems!  In order to accomplish this task some fencing and a gate need to be moved, new fencing needs to be installed, a formal gate needs to be installed at the road and part of a garden needs to be moved.  In the meantime this little pasture holds much of the top soil that was removed to allow for some construction,  Perhaps next year we will tackle this big project.


Some of our round bales of hay patiently waiting to be moved to the barn.


It seems that we have either a resident squirrel or chipmunk making quick work of some of the apples in the grove.


A view towards the lower garden from the dining terrace area.


These are our two senior-most seniors.  Willow (left) is 10 years old and Drakk is 11 years old,  We are happy to be able to provide a great home in the country for these lovely dogs.


This driveway runs behind our house.  One of the mysteries of this old farm is why the driveway was built at the back of the house instead of at the front.  I regret not having asked the elderly couple that lived next door more questions about the history of our house.  They observed many changes to our property over the decades however as they have both passed away there are some questions we will never have answers to.  We have made many changes since purchasing the farm including adding a stone retaining wall and curving the driveway.  

 This is our dining terrace just off of our formal dining room.  We had hoped to add a second load of gravel to this area this fall but time seems to have slipped away.  There was quite a bit of settling of the ground in this area so have not yet finished it.



Lucy managed to score another apple.


A view towards the barn from our kitchen deck.  Our ever so practical hydro pole is a bit of an eyesore!  but very necessary,


Wishing everyone a great week!

~thank you for visiting!~

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Bicycle Ride


Hello everyone, we enjoyed a glorious Thanksgiving weekend with cool temperatures and sunny skies.  We decided to take advantage of the great weather to take a bicycle ride on a nearby trail.  The Elora Cataract Trail spans some 47 km stretching from Elora to Cataract and is a popular trail for hikers, joggers and cyclists.  In the winter it is a snowmobile trail.


Lovely wooded areas with sunlight streaming into clearings.



The leaves are turning colour and falling.


 We ran into our neighbour walking her new puppy.  Rowdy is a 12 week old Australian Shepherd.



The water levels are managed by the Grand River Conservation Authority.  The Belwood River is part of a flood control management system.  There are cottages along the river.


So peaceful.




This old fallen down bridge has been here for as long as we can remember.  We have no idea how long it has been there.



Almost home!  


 Coming up to our old farmhouse.



 What an interesting fungus in one of our old maples along the road.



That was great excercise, now it is time for coffee.

~thank you for visiting!~

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Prison Break!


Hello everyone, I was dismayed to receive a message early this morning from our neighbours advising me that there were sheep....lots of them!....at their home.  As we are the only sheep farmers in the area it didnt take much sleuthing to determine that they are ours. :)



Heading down the road....


Observing the posted speed limit.....


Stopping for apples....



Before being reunited with a new mum and her little lamb.

We are fortunate that our neighbours took this all in stride.  Just an another example of excitement at Carogil Farm!

~thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Colours of Fall

Hello dear friends, we are heading into fall with cooler temperatures and a fresher feel to the air.  It is time to start thinking about hearty soups and stews along with warm blankets and a roaring fire in the fireplace.  Next weekend will be Thanksgiving!  And we will be taking another week of vacation preparing the garden for winter.  In the meantime though I took a little stroll around the house to look at the leaves.



Leaves are landing on the decks around the house.


Leaves are also falling into the bird baths.


 This is some crazy deformed apple!


Many leaves are still green.  We expected with our hot dry summer that we wouldnt see much fall colour.


Clematis


Beautiful warm colours.


Still working on my little garden shed.  I need to finish painting the windows.


Lucy is an apple thief and sneaks them into the house.



This rose was moved a couple of times and then trampled.  It somehow managed to survive and produce one flower. 


A view down the road.  Sadly we were advised that the power company will be removing many of the branches from our large maples so that they dont interfere with the power lines.  We believe that these maples may be 80 or more years old and they are taller than our house.  From our lawns they look like beautiful mature trees but from the road you can see that over the years many of the branches have been removed turning them into half-trees.  

I am anxiously awaiting my order of bulbs from Vesey's which will be delivered early next week.  Once the bulbs are planted it will be time to put all of the gardening tools away for another season and start working on the inside of our house.

~thank you for visiting~