Garden • Jun 28th, 2013

The Flower Garden

Last Saturday I looked at my flower garden and couldn't stand it anymore. So I spent an afternoon weathering bouts of searing sunshine and misty rain to dig out almost every plant within it and move them all around.
When I inherited the garden last spring, it took some time just to clear out all the plants that didn't belong in it. I'm not sure how many years it had been left to run wild, but it was overgrown with weeds and had a short row of cedar trees in it I didn't care for. Half of the garden had been in shade, but now it's all in complete sunshine all day long, so some plants simply haven't made the transition.
I took what was left and moved them into more pleasing positions, then realized what the overall problem was. Almost every one of them is of medium height, making for a rather uniform - and boring - garden. Now I need to go buy short plants and tall, spiky plants. My dahlias coming in will at least help fit the latter bill, but I really should run out and get a ton of annuals.
But here's the problem. In…


BCChickensMy Small Town LifeTerrace BC • Jun 26th, 2013

Chicken/Shed Update #2

A couple of days ago I posted about our new chicken coop/run attached to our small shed out back. Since he was working on the building already - jacking it up and installing the coop and run - my husband decided to go ahead and just turn the rest of the shed into a greenhouse/potting shed while he was at it.
He took off all the wood along one wall, and voila! - an old set of windows we've been holding onto for about six years miraculously fit perfectly. Well, almost perfectly. Since the shed itself isn't exactly "square" anymore, the windows don't line up perfectly, either, but that's okay. The first of several greenhouses and cold frames we've planned, it's great to open up the space to put our tomato plants. Terrace can be a cloudy, raining place at times, and tomatoes here need a boost of heat that only a greenhouse can give.
There's hope for tomatoes this summer, yet. We had a number of cherry tomato plants growing already. For father's day I got hubby a beefsteak one. We'll see what we get...


Jun 24th, 2013

Wood For Sale

Need wood? We've got lots, as you can see. Actually, this is nothing. We've sold lots of truckloads since last fall - enough to pay for the cost of having so many trees taken down.
Our neighbors still hate us for what we've done, and no amount of gardening or sprucing up the place will change their mind, probably. Eventually, our orchard will green up the place, but I'm afraid that's still a few years off. Meanwhile, we're stuck with a stark view of our neighbor's house, which, incidently, has hardly a tree on the entire property. (Hmmm.) We're known locally as "the folks who flattened that place on the southside". Sigh. Yep, that's us.
On the plus side, we've nearly finished splitting all those logs. My 16-year-old son handled most of it, with an electric splitter we swapped from a neighbor farther down the road for some cedar chunks and an overgrown rhododendron. I bet my son will be glad to see the end of that job.
And, about half of our fruit trees are in, along with 1,000 strawberry plants, some blackberries and a ton of lettuce. This won't be our most productive year, but we're much further…


ChickensTerrace BCThe Homestead • Jun 21st, 2013

Chicken update

We finally finished the chickens' coop and run. It's embarrassing how long it took to get that done, and even more embarrassing to admit how long our poor chickens lived in a cardboard box in my office!
But they're happy now, and I'm happy they're out of here. Don't get me wrong - I love my chickens, but the smell was getting a little intense! After much (much!) debate, we decided to hang our run off the back of the smaller two outbuildings that came with this house. That meant my husband had to haul out all the wood we'd been storing in there, and he figured as long as he was cutting holes in the walls, he might as well do a complete reno on the shed.
First he had to jack it up and level the building. Next he installed the "coop" part of the chicken coop inside the building and made a door to the outside. (I need to go back and get more photos, I'm realizing). We can shut this door up tight for nighttimes, then open it up again in the morning. The door opens down and acts like a ramp for the chickens to…


BCMy Small Town LifeTerrace BC • Jun 20th, 2013

On the Road to Prince Rupert, Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about my trip to Prince Rupert, BC, with two good friends last week. I live in Terrace, BC, which is a small town about 500 miles due north of Vancouver. It's a small logging town that's in transition and is also somewhat of a base for many mining and natural resource projects around northern British Columbia. Prince Rupert is 1.5 hours away on the coast of Canada.
I left off after our hike on the Butze Rapids Trail. Exhausted, hot and hungry, the three of us made our way into Prince Rupert to eat lunch at the Crest Hotel. We'd ducked into the hotel before our hike to reserve my friend's favorite table. Front and center on the wall of windows looking out over the water, it's the perfect place for watching tankers, tour boats and tugs.
We made it to the hotel just in time and ordered our meals.


My Small Town LifeTerrace BC • Jun 19th, 2013

On the Road to Prince Rupert

A week ago last Saturday I drove with two friends to Prince Rupert, a town about an hour and a half away from Terrace. Prince Rupert is a port town, that is becoming a major player in shipping from North America to China. We didn't get a chance to see the container port, but I'd love to stop by there next time.
Instead, we took our time driving along Highway 16 and taking in the spectacular mountain sights. It was a rare sunny day along the Skeena River, and I got some spectacular photos.
One stop we made was to check out a painting apparently made by First Nations people over a hundred years ago. Trees grew up in front of it, covering it from view until it was "Rediscovered" in 1950 and the trees were cut down to expose it to view. One of my friends knew approximately where it was, so we were driving fairly slowly when we passed the rock outcropping where the face is painted. Just as we passed it I glanced in my rear view mirror, which perfectly framed the red face staring back at me. A quick screech of tires and we pulled off…


Blog TourCowboy Novels • Jun 7th, 2013

Last Stop on My Blog Tour Today! Last Chance to Win!

Today I'm on tour for The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride. I hope you'll join me.
I'll be at I Love Lady Porn, so pop over and comment for your chance to win the grand blog tour prize of a $50 Etsy gift card!
I'll be popping in and out all day to answer questions and chat! See you there!


Cowboy Novels • Jun 6th, 2013

Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

Today I'm on tour for The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride. I hope you'll join me.
I'll be at Kaisy Daisy's Corner, so pop over and comment for your chance to win the grand blog tour prize of a $50 Etsy gift card!
I'll be popping in and out all day to answer questions and chat! See you there!


GiveawayReviews • Jun 5th, 2013

I’m Hosting Kathy Fischer-Brown’s The Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy Today – Giveaway!

Today I'm hosting Kathy Fischer-Brown and reviewing the first book in her The Serpent's Tooth Trilogy - Lord Esterleigh's Daughter. Kathy is hosting a giveaway during her blog tour, so follow the link below to enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card!
The blurbs:
As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.

Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.

Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.

Courting the Devil
Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne…


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