Cedar Fence

Cedar Fence

Friday, October 12, 2018

Puttering in the Fall Garden


Hello dear friends, traditionally my husband and I like to take the week of Canadian Thanksgiving as a vacation week.  We usually enjoy good weather and take advantage of the time to try to get some garden clean up done.  This year I refrained from ordering vast quantities of bulbs and instead I am focusing on preparing the gardens for next year.


A view of the little garden privy from our kitchen deck.  This little utility structure holds our recycling and trash.


We have several fenced pastures for the sheep.  These sheep are in what we call the "rams' pasture" which is just behind the section of lawn we call "The Grove". 


Several years ago we toured an organic farm.  We wanted to learn more about best practices for farm operations that wanted to focus on ethical farm practices including animal welfare and following the principles of organic farming.  We learned about housing chickens in "rolling cages" which allow the chickens to be protected from predators and the elements while being moved to a fresh section of pasture daily.  


I spotted this little "Please Close The Gate" sign at our local hardware shop.  As it happens we still need a gate for this area but I am told that one should be built shortly!







We have been enjoying fabulous fall colours.  This is a view down our country road.


An interesting fungus on one of our large maples.


A view of our old farmhouse from the road.




This arbour is a bit of an orphan at the moment.  We originally built it many years ago to form an entry from the driveway to the walkway to the house.  When we started our addition we needed to move the arbour and we havent had a proper home for it since.  Over the summer though I have been doing some creative staring and I think we have found a perfect home for it!  Next year we will move it.




We have many types of fencing on our farm.  This is a very old section of page wire fencing that runs along an old pasture along the road in front of our farmhouse.  After a great many cases of escaping sheep we built new fencing that restricts the sheep from this part of our property.  Over the next couple of years we will need to rebuild this fence as we have plans for this part of our property!



A view of our old farmhouse from the road.




The side of our old farmhouse.  The stone building on the right is the original farmhouse which dates to the early 1850s.  The addition on the left was started 4 years ago.  The exterior is finished but we are still working on the interior.




We have gone from summerlike weather just a couple of days ago with temperatures close to 30 degrees Celsius to high winds and daytime temperatures dropping to 10 degrees today.  The winds are sending the leaves flying!




When we moved to the farm over 20 years ago we had several elm trees.  Within a couple of years most of our elm trees succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease and we needed to hire an arbourist to safely cut the trees down.  We were surprised over time to find that some elms were self seeding.  This elm sprouted in our shrub border about 10 years ago and seems to be doing well.




This blue spruce was a transplant from another garden.  It has had some close encounters (and some very close) encounters with the crew that mows our lawns and is a little the worse for the experience.  After some creative staring this area will be expanded and become a memory garden for two of our greatly missed German Shepherds. 


This old apple tree is a hollow shell of its' former self.  We cant believe it is still standing.  After each wind storm we expect to find it toppled over yet here it is, still standing!




A week ago we had a ceremony in honour of my late father for close family members.  We purchased this tulip tree from a local nursery and have planted red tulips to symbolize his birth country which was Holland.


This large stone marks the resting place of our very first ewe.  Over the years we have raised hundreds of sheep here at the farm and it all started with April!  This green plant at the base of the stone is Aegopodium, a terribly invasive ground cover.  As an experiment we fenced this area and added some of our laying hens hoping that they would forage through the area and kill the ground cover but it is possibly too late in the season...we will have to try this again in the spring. 




A curious ewe.






A view towards the back of our old house.  The large tree is an Autumn Ash.  As with all ashes in our area it is only a matter of time before they fall victim to the Emerald Ash Borer.  We have had this tree for about 20 years and will need to think about other trees to replace it.


A slightly different view of the back of our home with the barbecue area and the gazebo.



Sheep swarming one of our farm tractors.


A view of the koi pond.


As the temperatures fall the koi will start to become less active.  The koi will spend the winter in this pond.

After this little photography break it is time to get back to working in the garden!  Thank you for visiting.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Thanksgiving Colours


Hello dear friends and Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!  We have been quite busy at the farm but today I thought I would take a quick little walk around and share some photos of the fall colours.

It has been a bit of a drizzly and misty weekend here but many of the colours are still glorious!



This maple is a transplant from one of our gardens.  The majestic maples that line our road are estimated to be over 100 years old but time is taking its' toll on them.  This spring one of our old maples came down in a windstorm and for the last few years we have been planting new trees as part of a succession plan.


An ornamental acorn birdhouse.  


Mosses on an old apple tree.



A barred plymouth rock hen, one of our new chickens.


Sheep in the distance.


Who knows how old this high bush cranberry is!  It seems to have been here forever.



An old ewe enjoying some solitude.


We purchased this tulip tree at a local nursery two weeks ago in memory of my late father.


Crimson leaves on a maple.







A new oak tree.  The ash trees in the background line the farm lane and were planted many years ago.  We have not been able to decide what to do next as Emerald Ash Borer has traveled to our region-it is just a matter of time before we lose all of our ashes.


Parts of our old barn will need repair soon including this little lean-to.


Our little garden arbour.


Never leave the house without a toy!


Another recent purchase.  As this tree grows I hope it will provide some dappled shade from the hot afternoon sun for our koi pond.




Wishing everyone a lovely Thanksgiving!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Misty Farm Views




 Hello dear friends, where has the summer gone?  Although we are heading back into some warm humid weather we have already had some very cool nights and there seems to be a hint of fall in the air.  Today I am sharing a few quick photos that I took yesterday morning.


Adirondack chairs are my favourite!  We could never have too many!  They are usually on our veranda but we also drag them around to various seating areas on the lawns.  This past weekend we had friends over for one of our "themed" dinners...this time we enjoyed Moroccan food.


A view towards the barn.  The mist was very thick but started to burn off quickly.


A sheep pasture across the road.


A view down our country road.


One of our hay fields.  We did not manage to get it completely cut this year.


More misty hay fields...


Spider art!


And now I must head off to my office in the city.  Have a great week!