The dog days of summer are here. The weather has been wonderful! I love the heat. Although I have to complain about the sun setting WAY too early for my liking. There aren’t enough hours in the day anymore to get the things all done.
The gardens change so much every day. Since the last post, the gladiolas have stopped flowering the Dahlias are now in full colour, the cosmos are putting on a beautiful show and the tomatoes are finally ripening all at once.
I have been very busy in the vegetable garden the last week or so with harvesting many Hungarian hot wax pepper. I have pickled so many jars of them I’m not sure what I am going to do with them all. I also have harvested the first round of beets, they went straight to be pickled. I also made beet jelly for the first time this year and it is awesome!
The potatoes are ready now too! I harvested the whole lot today and out of the maybe 15 plants I put in the ground I filled two three litre baskets.
I also have been keeping myself busy with kitchen things as well. I got a few peach pies made for Nick. I do have to toot my own horn a bit and say that I finally nailed the pie crust, the crispy light layers of crust are just so decadent.
I’ve also made a lot of roasted tomato sauce for the winter too. Its one of Chuck Hughe’s recipes from the show Chucks Day off. It freezes really well, and so it makes for quick winter dinners.
I can’t let a post go out without sharing some pictures of the kids.
Ava got to “climb” a tree this week. She loved being able to see “so far”
I can’t believe that it is September tomorrow. We are heading back to the cottage this weekend, for the final trip for me, the kids might make it back up once more before close up. It will be good to get back into a routine, swimming lessons, and possibly some dance lessons starting soon. As well,Leah will be starting some kindergarten work at home this year. I am really excited to get started on the path of homeschooling. So many new things to come this fall. I can’t wait!
There is something so special about cottage country. The air, the water, the rocks, and not to mention the people. It is as if time kind of stops up there and things are done as they used to be. Outhouses and open cook fires are pretty much the norm, most of the cottages out on the bay don’t have electricity and rely on propane or diesel generators, some have upgraded to solar. Giving the kids a bath involves an old wash tub and using lake water that is run into the tub early in the morning so it has a chance to be warmed by the sun.
Mornings are for the odd jobs, fishing, and hiking in the bush.
Afternoons are spent watching the boats go up and down the river, swimming and lounging on the deck with a good book.
Shore lunches have to be one of my favourite traditions. We all pack into our neighbour’s big boat and head out to an island in the bay and spend the day exploring, fishing, swimming and grilling the sausages we brought for lunch because none of us are avid fishermen.
Nick has been working on getting my grandfather’s smoker up and running, and we are getting ever closer to homemade smoked ribs, Let me tell you they are SO yummy!
We went on a blueberry picking expedition, and turns out there weren’t really many out there. Just lots of horse flies and mosquitos. We did get enough for some waffles and pancakes though.
Ah sunset, my favourite part. We sometimes take the boat out and do a sunset cruise, other times we just sit in the Muskoka chairs on our point and enjoy it from there.
Now we are home again, and the garden is crying for weeding and the tomatoes are ripe for the picking.