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Tuesday, 27 September 2016


A few pictures taken by Mary on her cell phone:

I didn't get a chance to photograph the show so I am posting Mary's shots.

Lunch was $5.00 and you got to fill your plate from this table. So delicious and plenty of choices.

This is Betty with her quilt the winner of the show. Betty started the club 25 years ago and it was great that her quilt was the overall winner this year. This quilt will now be going to the Canadian National Quilt Show in Toronto, May 2017. Congratulations Betty!

Monday, 26 September 2016


Some months are busier  than others but September tops the list. With our first granddaughter being born and a quilt show Mary was responsible for our agenda was full.

If you are a regular reader you know our granddaughter arrived healthy and safe September 14th. Kate was 9.1 lbs at birth and not to be outdone by her brother she decided to arrive at home; no time for the hospital, call the midwife and get ready for this baby.

All went well and we are delighted to have a new grandchild to spoil.

This past weekend was the quilt show and my sisters came to help Mary and the club get the displays set up.

Friday morning we were busy unloading the trailer and deciding where everything should go.

The ladies were well organized and the job went very smoothly.

The show was a huge success with everyone giving positive feedback on all the displays.

Once we had the frames up it was time for me to leave so I never got pictures of the actual show. I'll post some quilt pictures later if Mary can send me some.

Friday night Casey and Sean arrived and Saturday Jamie and Leanne pulled in so it was the best weekend we've had in a long time. We love to see the kids and my sisters and have some time together, which doesn't happen often enough. Of course the delicious meals everyone prepared were greatly appreciated especially by Mary as she didn't have to cook after a busy day at the show.

I'll post more pictures of the weekend tomorrow.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


It's picture day at school and Owen wanted to wear a bow-tie.

What a handsome dude if I do say so.

He makes his Oma and Grandpa proud.

Monday, 19 September 2016


The North Hastings Quilt Club is hosting the

Festival of Quilts 

which  runs September 24 and 25th from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday and 10 to 3 on Sunday.
 It is held in the Bancroft Curling Club and over 200 quilts will be on display.

Admission is $6.00 and $5.00 for a lunch. Hope to see you there.

This the week we are getting ready for the quilt show. Today I decided to make a rack for the trailer to make it easier to load and unload all the display pieces

I will add two PVC conduit pipes to the top and cover everything with tarps so it will resemble an old covered wagon.

Friday we will take everything to the curling club, unpack and assemble the display frames. Once they are up the ladies will begin arranging and hanging the quilts.

Watch for more information and pictures on Friday.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


Our newest grandchild arrived this morning. She is 9 lbs 1 oz, born at home with the support of the midwife.

Mother and child are doing fine.

Owen is delighted to have a sister

Oma cried when she got the news .... happy tears.

No name yet.

Finally asleep ..................

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Two of our windows developed leaks and we get mist between the glass on cold days.

Fibertec was good enough to replace the glass units and I installed the first replacement this morning.

Fibertec have been very supportive and helpful regarding any questions or concerns we've had with their products. They replied to my e-mails promptly and provided clear instructions for replacing these windows. Thanks Fibertec.

First job was to remove the molding strips from the inside.

Then I took a exacto knife and cut the seal from the outside. This simply allowed us to remove the glass easily from the frame.
The black glazing tape was next and was the biggest part of the job. We tried to get as much out as possible before installing the new glazing tape. This is the first seal between the glass and the frame. It is essential it is installed without any gaps.

Mary worked on some and between the two of us we got most of it off.

Our glass is 3 panes thick and they are heavy. I lifted it into position as Mary watched and guided from the outside.

Once in place I installed the snap in molding without cracking the glass. YEA!!!!!!

Done and ready for winter.

The next frame is much larger and heavier so I will get Nathan to help me with that.

All our chickens are in the freezer and tomorrow we get 6 layers. We are looking forward to fresh free-range eggs in the morning.

Still waiting for that baby.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

Friday, 9 September 2016


Keeping the water containers clean has always been a chore. Every morning we would drain them, hose them off and refill them only to find them stepping into the trough as soon as we left. Naturally this contaminates the water and puts our birds at risk.

Last week these arrived. It's a nipple used to control the flow of water in a bucket.

The chickens peck at the metal rod, pushing it up and allowing a drop or two of water to flow.

I inserted 4, filled the bucket and waited for the action to start. I waited and waited. I have slow birds. They looked, pecked the bucket but not the nipple. What's wrong with my birds?

Some nipples leaked a little so I removed the bucket, added Teflon tape to the nipple and refilled the bucket.

I'll check after lunch to see if it is being used.

Still waiting for the baby.

Up-Date 7 pm

Apparently it didn't take long for the chickens to figure out their new source of drinking water.

This system is so much cleaner and easier to manage, I decided to add a second bucket.

I moved the old bucket to a new location; installed the new white bucket and the chickens didn't miss a beat.

Now I can have 10 gallons of water available which means we can go away for 24 hours and the chickens will be fine.

Each year the system just gets better.

Now if that new baby would just arrive.