Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cherry Lane

Our "Burb" was "jam-packed" with cherry trees, us and all our gear on our way back from Saskatchewan. It was like travelling in a greenhouse.

Planting our new cherry & haskamp fruit trees on Cherry Lane @ Klasse Woods Natural Farm.

Each little tree got planted into a large hole to which was added "two scoops of llama raisins along with some Klasse Woods compost bran". The Kellog's Raisin Bran jingle inspired one of our own.

One big job done that will not need to be repeated.

Praise the Lord for strength & provision. May He grant the increase!
In about three years from now we should have our first crop of cherries, Lord willing.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Beautiful Blossoms

Did you know that spruce trees "blossom"? I didn't until I saw this:

The blossoms progress to this (new needles with clouds of pollen when the branch is bumped):

One of our own beautiful beds of tulips:

The pink tulips almost look like roses:

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Critters & Skitters

Our young men enjoy discovering nature. Here are a few of the critters they've found:

The skitters? Well, they find us! You won't get a picture of one of those here though cause they moment they land ... they're history if at all possible!
We're thankful that there are not yet too many of those. Perhaps the swallows are keeping the skitter population under control? Or is it the cool spring?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Flower Mystery Solved

We've solved the mystery thanks to the latest catalog from Vesey's. Our "skunk lily" is called a "Crown Imperial" - ours are the yellow ones on the right.

Our pink and white flowers in the photo below on the right are hyacinth. Thanks Mother-in-Law & Marci! The Vesey's pictures also verify those:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Favorite

I've always really liked crocuses ... and now we live in Manitoba where the provincial flower is the crocus. That makes it extra special. I like spring and they are the first flowers to welcome spring plus I love the color.

I know that Corbyn posted his favorite crocus pictures, but I like some of the other shots he got as well and I just have to share them with you too:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mystery Flowers

Our perennial beds are full of surprises ... can you help us identify them?

This one looks like a lily, but it would be early for a lily. It smells faintly like a skunk - so for now we're calling it our skunk lily ... it's better than having a skunk living under our deck which is what we first thought when we caught those first whiffs!

The twins are showing you how tall it is. It is also very fragile. The plant droops even in just a little rain shower.

These flowers are shorter, about six inches tall. It is so nice to have blossoms & blooms this early.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Planting a CSA Garden

We put the first potatoes into the soil on May 1, 2009. So far we have planted potatoes, corn, peas, spinach, herbs and some zuchinni (under hot caps).

Daddy supervises Timothy, Benjamin & Bronlin doing what they deem as the "best part" of the job - cutting the seed potatoes while Faith Mattaya gets the cushy job, Overseer of Operations.

Everyone can help plant:

As always, clicking on the picture will open it in a larger window for a close up view.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Give Yourself a Shake

Now I can testify as a nursing mother as well, this shake continues to give me boundless energy (ok, perhaps that is a bit of an overstatement, but I do certainly have more energy when I have my daily breakfast shake) ... Baby Faith and I both get grouchy if I run out of hemp hearts.

Here is another version of my morning shake:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

1 cup milk
1 Tsp. blackstrap molasses
2 tsp. honey
10 drops liquid stevia
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules, optional
4 heaping Tbsp. hemp hearts
1 1/2 tsp. dutch cocoa
14-16 ice cubes

Blend & enjoy!

I'm enjoying the different flavors & the knowledge that I can put so many healthy ingredients into my diet so pleasantly and easily.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Saturday Hike

Saturday Carsyn and I (Corbyn) went with Grampa Klassen and two of our uncles looking for shed antlers in the park. Although we did not find many we did see much to enjoy.

The Prairie Crocus is Manitoba's provincial flower.
They are the first to be out each spring.

Any ideas as to what this picture is of? It shouldn't be to
hard if you think about it.

May 6, Edit note:
The picture above is a colony of ants perhaps just out enjoying the sun? We saw a number of these . Here is a picture from a higher perspective:

Click on any picture for a close-up view.

Friday, May 1, 2009

April Flowers

May I say that Faith Mattaya my favorite April "flower"? ... she certainly is growing!

It is interesting to me to note that she is even more content when I have my daily serving of hemp hearts in my morning milkshake. I shouldn't be surprised though because I feel better myself when I don't miss it. The key is to always have hemp hearts on hand!!!! Check out my earlier post on the Energizing Shake.