Saturday, May 31, 2008

Can you guess that it has been busy? No posts for over a month! Work wise spring is a busy time for me so I just haven't been able to spend the time to blog.... though I have thought about it.

A lot has happened including my Mother's Day gift of a new green house!

As you can see I won't be putting in a traditional garden as our property is currently hard packed clay. The load restrictions are still on so we are unable to bring in any good top soil yet.

I have moved the tomato plants in and am starting some heirloom Armenien Cucumber plants and some just regular green pepper plants

My mother-in-law gave us some purple starter potatoes which we planted in some large garbage containers. As the plants begin to grow we will continue to heap them to encourage the growth of lots of potatoes. We have never done this before so it should prove interesting.

I didn't know what to do with the lids of the garbage containers, but figured that I could turn them upside down and drill drainage holes, fill them with dirt and plant my lettuce. And that is exactly what I did.

The strawberry pot has also been filled and planted with strawberry plants that I purchased from the local gardening shop.

Husband and I were away for two weeks - he was on business and I was on holiday ;)

We spent a few days in Penticton as the Penticton Lakeside Resort, Convention Centre & Casino. We had stayed there a few years ago and it was very nice. This year they are touting how 'green' they are... and in a lot of ways they are trying really hard.

From Penticton we headed to Harrison Hot Springs for the long weekend in May. It was nice but VERY touristy (we didn't know). We had fun looking at the sand castle competition entries. The sand sculptures are built in May and taken down in October. How do the last? They spray the sculpture with a water and glue mixture. My favourite sculpture is shown below "Queen of the Pirates" and the Husband's is the chess match to win the princess.

Can you believe they really are made all of sand?!

The Beach at Harrison Hot Springs

From Harrison we drove south across the border and to the southern part of Washington State. We headed for a conference being held in Kennewick. How ironic - it was a 'snowfighters' conference, at which Husband was a speaker, being held in 38c weather!

Husband has decided to become a 'gentleman farmer' in his own words - he even said he would be willing to have other animals in the future (besides chicken) like raising weiner pigs or sheep. Let me tell you this is a BIG step for him. Yesterday he purchased a tractor...

a Kubota BX 1850 with post hole auger, bucket, snow blade, mower and tiller. All the things we will need to get this property into shape and maintained. We will be selling the Bobcat that we currently own as it is much to big and heavy for this clay.

On the way back from the farm equipment store we came across a grizzly sow and her cub. At least one of the photos I took turned out!