Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Camp... Garden... Camp.... Garden....

Camping and gardening have definitely been the theme of this summer!  The boys and I have now spent 30 nights out camping.  Too bad my poor husband has been left behind for most of that, however he insists it hasn't been that bad.  Matt has been scratching a lot of projects off of his to-do list this summer while we have been away (building the greenhouse and wood shed, gravel fill stairs for the backyard, and lots of little projects that have been put off for a long time). 

July is nearly over and I am sure hoping for another few hot spells for my garden and for camping!  Right now though, it is so chilly in my house that I want to light a fire.  The rain is pouring down and it just feels like fall. 

At Fox Lake Campground

Happy to be camping with their friends!

Fox Lake

My garden is really starting to produce!

Out fishing

Taking Hunter for a leap off the dock at Frenchman Lake.

Family water fight at Frenchman Lake.

Dog pile at Little Salmon Lake

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

True Story

My friend found this in her nine year old daughter's journal when everything came home from school for the summer. 

True story.

On Monday my friend Hunter fell in drury creek current and i saved Hunter.  "Hunter i'll save you!" "Help! cold cold cold"
This was from one of the camping trips we did in May to Little Salmon Lake.  Hunter fell off a rock and his friend Lydia helped him out.  Pretty awesome drawing of the event!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Another Garden Tour!

I got home yesterday after spending 10 nights camping with the boys (and even a few nights with Matthew- silly man- having to go to work).  Blogging has been pretty pathetic lately, but hey, summer is here and I am either camping or gardening.

Today's post is another garden tour!  You can look at the post before this one to see the unbelievable growth in the last three weeks.  Hurray for 24 hour daylight!

Almost all of my 18 strawberry plants have berries growing.

Tomato central!

The Long English cucumbers are growing the fastest out of all four varieties I am growing.

Yum!

I am now dreaming of red tomatoes!

The butternut squash plants look like they will have blossoms on them this week.

The zucchini plants got so big I had to kick them out of the greenhouse.

Peas along back, potatoes along the centre, and beans in the front.  A bit squishy, but everything is doing well!

More of my beans, peas, and potatoes.

Beets are still pretty darn small, but my green onions are growing well.

The sad, sad, sad carrots.  I have no clue if these will produce anything this year!

These carrots look just fine though!

I am being overrun with the lettuce!  Time to start sharing.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Greenhouse and Garden Tour

The greenhouse and garden are taking off yet again this year!  This is year three for the raised beds and year one for the greenhouse.  I am learning a bit more each year and am impressed at how well everything is doing.

I started a few plants on my own this year in the house (cucumber, zucchini, and butternut squash), but I started them late.  Next year, I will definitely start them much earlier in the spring.

I was gifted a couple of shelves/storage units to be used in the greenhouse and they are working well in the space.  Everything is still in containers and it is working out quite well.  Next year I was sure I was going to do raised beds in my greenhouse, but now I am second guessing that plan.  Maybe I will continue with the containers!  I will wait and see how the growing season goes and then decide.  

Tomatoes, basil, cilantro, and butternut squash!

A red pepper plant and behind it, banana peppers.  Can you see the pepper already growing on this plant?

Tomato alley!

I cannot wait for red tomatoes!

Look at these fun ones!

The wall of cucumbers.  Actually, there are two walls just of cucumbers!

Zucchini and a couple more cucumber plants.

All the strawberry plants I brought home from Whitehorse are doing well and have doubled in size.  Lots of blossoms!

Just one shot of the raised beds.  Lettuce at the front, and then rest of the row is a combination of beans, peas and potatoes.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

All the reasons May was awesome.

The cranes flew over.

Cavan is learning to be a gentleman.

Card games in the camper.

Sister wives out camping.

Kids canoeing.

Kayaking in the ice.

Learning how to use my kayak!

Learning how to jump a bike.

Fearlessness.

Shed building.

So much sun.

Seed planting.

Hiking with friends.
Greenhouse love.

Field trips.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Yard Projects

My fantastic husband has been busy during May!  I always joke that he is an excellent nurse, but don't let him build anything since it will be mighty fugly in the end.  He has proven me wrong!

Matt built a greenhouse and a woodshed!  Both were made of a combination of purchased materials and scavenged ones.  I think my greenhouse is perfect and I have been happily playing in there every day.  The woodshed will hold about 4.5 cords of wood and is a million times better than have the wood covered in a noisy, flapping tarp.  We will still have to stack some wood outside of the shed, but most of what we need for the winter will be in there.

Thank you, Matthew!

My precious.

Filling the woodshed was not nearly as fun as watching Matt build it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Successful Hobos!

The little hobos were successful in their first bottle return to start off the summer season!  They are saving up for our trip to San Diego next February.  I booked the tickets on aeroplan, but I told the boys they were responsible for coming up with the money to go to Lego Land.  They have been collecting cans/bottles like mad!

Their first return today netted them $109.50.  Pretty impressive haul!  Into the peanut butter collection container it went.

It is going to be a busy summer of can collecting!

Very proud of their money!

Into the can!

Lego Land or bust!

This was their load!