The Backyardigans

Well I can’t believe…the END of September. Where did this month go?

We have finally completed our list for the backyard renovation for this summer. Our list got altered a  little bit so there were a couple less projects “to do” this summer and a change of plan for next summer. So even though it’s finished for this year, we will have to start back up in the Spring! phew!

Last summer when we came home from living away, all our lawns and gardens were a mess. That’s what happens when there is no one to care for things. A huge lesson learned. Last Fall we built a new deck and cut down trees. This summer we redid the front lawn and gardens and then started on the backyard. Lots of new gardens and shrubs and plants and lots of yards of bark mulch, a walkway, a fire pit, a fence…I call this post “Backyardigans” because here is where we spent a good part of our free time this summer.

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The Jam Man

My husband loves jams and jellies. Homemade are the very best, and when we browse markets, that is some of the first things he looks for.

Last week when we were on vacation we finished up the backyard project ( well at least for this year). There are still some unfinished major things that will happen next year. But last week we bought some shrubs, one being a chokecherry bush that was full of berries.

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David got the bright idea that he wanted to make chokecherry jelly. He did some research and these berries are very high in antioxidants. He wanted to take advantage of that and even went back and bought a second bush. ( Although I’m not sure how healthy it will all be when he adds 5-6 cups sugar to it for jelly)

Now the jam making…

It’s his thing and I’m not getting involved except to take a couple pics and give a little advice (& help when needed) in the kitchen.

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Moon rising…

What do you get when you roll a super moon, lunar eclipse,harvest moon, and blood moon all in one?

You get the event that only happens once in a “blue moon”? lol

Last night’s moon was a rare lunar event. The last time it occurred was 1982 and the next time it will occur  will be 2033. This is an event that has been talked about for weeks and in Nova Scotia we had a pretty good view.

We took a leisurely drive along the beach last evening when the sun was setting and the moon started to rise…

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And because I don’t have a lens that will capture the spectacular event. Here are a few pics that local photographers captured of the eclipse.

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A lunar eclipse causes the moon to take on a reddish tone and many refer to it as a “blood moon.” This year it is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox, making it a “harvest moon.”

And this next week the tides are expected to be especially high because of the close proximity of the full moon to the Earth and the occurrence near the autumnal equinox. We live in an area where the tides are pretty cool anyway so this should definitely be a beach week. For sure the surfers will be taking full advantage.

Will there be change in our world? History shows that any time there is a lunar event like this, there is BIG change. We shall see…I am just in awe of the beauty as we looked to the sky last evening!

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

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Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese lunar calendar so…that is TODAY!

The most common traditions for celebrating the Chinese festival are eating mooncakes and gazing at the moon, because mooncakes and the moon in Chinese culture are symbols of reunion.

So, here I am eating my mooncakes ( and I will definitely check out the moon tonight) and missing my Chinese friends and thinking about when I will see them again!

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Bridgewater gets ArTsY

This weekend, Friday night and Saturday night, Bridgewater is all lit up with CREATIVITY! It’s the Afterglow Art Festival and this year it’s two evenings.

What is Afterglow Art Festival? It is a free art at night celebration of community creativity held in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. For three years the event has brought together artists of all kinds, from budding young artists to experienced professionals from across Lunenburg County to bring exposure to the talent of our community.

This year our daughter Laura is there with Face Forge.

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Lots of music and activities and artists…

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…floating lanterns, LOTS of them, floating down the river

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🎵 apples and bananas ( I mean pumpkins)🎵🎵

This post made me think of the kids song we always used to sing when my children were little. And today I really wish we still had small children. What a wonderful day!!!

It was our day in the “Valley”.  The Annapolis Valley  is located in the western part of the province formed by a trough between two parallel mountain ranges along the shore of the Bay of Fundy. The Valley  is where all the beautiful farms, orchards and vineyards of Nova Scotia are located.

First Stop… Glad Gardens in Waterville. We have never been to this market but it’s awesome. It just so happens that this weekend they’re hosting the Annual Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers Competition and Weigh Off. The pumpkins (and other veggies) were starting to arrive when we got there. The main event is tomorrow and it looks like fun!! Pumpkins, squash, gourds, sunflowers…even watermelons. Who grows the largest? Some of the largest pumpkins to date have been 1800lbs!! Whoa Baby! We had fun talking about growing LARGE produce with some of the guys and enjoyed browsing the garden. We even got the Japanese Maple Tree we have been wanting.

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Next STOP Berwick. Nova Scotia’s Apple Capital and the whole reason I wanted to come to the Valley! It’s the time of year when all those beautiful apple blossoms from the Spring, turn in to delicious apples and are harvested.

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IMG_8704IMG_8701IMG_8696We stopped at Wheaton’s for a few crafts and apple cider and then it was on to back country roads looking for the perfect U-PICK!

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And it is here in Dempsey Corner that we found the most perfect spot. And where I wished my kids were little again!!!

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We had lunch in the Old Barn. Delicious Squash soup and a homemade biscuit. We chatted with the owner about the history of the farm and what they offer.

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We spent a lovely Fall afternoon wandering the orchards, picking blueberries and apples. Tasting peaches & cream corn, sweet peaches and apricots, and pears. We had chickens and a little goat follow us around and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon! ( just like a pig in mud)

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And for the road…some fresh out of the oven baked goodies to enjoy with our coffee! It was a marvellous day!!

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