Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fourth of the Seventh

I can almost give a sigh of relief because I am doing very well with my mat making. This is the fourth of the seventh that I have to do--- it being When Cod Was King. I Have started on the Fifth one, Outport Fishing Community. Rest assured, my housework is not getting done. Sure wish I had a Genie in a Bottle......

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fruits of Our Labour

This is the last of the pictures of our harvesting for this year. It is impossible to show ALL of the tomatoes as we ate as they ripened but there were a large amount left in the greenhouse and because the weather is so different this year, we decided to pick them and ripen them inside. As a matter of fact, we are still in the process. The turnip/rutabaga grew well too, as you can see.
Thankfully we had a Wonderful crop this year.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day

Why Wear A Poppy

"Please wear a poppy", the lady said

And held one forth, but I shook my head.

Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,

And her face was old and lined with care;

But beneath the scars the years had made

There remained a smile that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling down the street

Bouncing along on care-free feet

His smile was full of joy and fun,

"Lady", said he, "May I have one?"

When she's pinned it on he turned to say,

"Why do we wear a poppy today?"

The lady smiled in her wistful way

And answered, "This is Remembrance Day,

And the poppy there is the symbol for

The gallant men and women who died in war,

And because they did, you and I are free -

That's why we wear a poppy, you see".

"I had a boy about your size,

With golden hair and big blue eyes,

He loved to play and jump and shout,

Free as a bird he would race about.

As the years went by he learned and grew

And became a man - as you will, too."

:He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,

But he'd seemed with us such a little while

When war broke out and he went away.

I still remember his face that day

When he smiled at me and said "Good-bye,

I'll soon be back, Mom, so please don't cry".

"But the war went on and he had to stay,

And all I could do was wait and pray.

His letters told of the awful fight,

(I can see it still in my dreams at night),

With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,

And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire".

"Till at last, the war was won -

And that's why we wear a poppy, son".

The small boy turned as if to go,

Then said "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know.

That sure did sound like an awful fight,

But your son - did he come back all right?

A tear rolled down each faded cheek;

She shook her head, but didn't speak

I slunk away in a sort of shame,

And if you were me, you'd have done the same;

For our thanks, in giving, is oft delayed,

Though our freedom was bought - and thousands paid.

And so when we see a poppy worn,

Let us reflect on the burden borne

By those who gave their very all

And asked to answer their country's call

That we at home in peace might live.

Then wear a poppy, Remember - and Give!

Lest we forget....

Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Canning Beets

Our crop of beets was as successful as the rest of the veggies this year AND SO yesterday, the entire day went into pickling....Today I am hooking every minute that I can steal away from doing other things, like cleaning my house, for instance. I am half way through the orders so that is not too bad, I guess.

I want to share this picture of the beets because it is worth viewing when completed.....
The recipe is available if anyone would like it....

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another One

Have not had much time to check my blog lately because as you can see I am up to my ears in hooking..... The third of seven mats is completed and here it is..... I added the gent playing the mouth organ because I always loved when people played this instrument at Christmas time when I was a child and into my later years ,when we partied, one or two of the guys would do this as well. This is the first time I have added "him" and this one is for my sister-in-law and because we did some of this mummering/jennying when we were younger, I am sure she will appreciate it. I have the fourth in the frame now "When Cod Was King" also for the same sister-in-law who lives in Saskatchewan and will need them very soon when she arrives for a visit. So offffff to hoooooking!!! Have a great weekend, everyone....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My Mat

Finally getting around to posting a picture of my latest project....."Mummers Mat----Outside Scene".
You may notice that one of the windows of the middle house has a tree in it. When I took the picture, I didn't notice that I had left the trimmings off. Since then I have fixed it but don't have time to do another picture right now... I'm sure you will get the "gist". I am including a close-up picture as well....On to another one.....