Archive for March, 2013

It Must Be Spring!

Spring has been coming and going, coming and going,and coming and going.  I think it is finally here.  I saw my first Robin today.  The bird feeder is crowded with Red Winged Blackbirds and all sorts of other little brown birds.  There is more dirt than snow in my yard.  And spring fever has hit us all.

I opened the pasture gate this afternoon and let Olivia and the sheep out to graze.  The sheep followed me out right away.  Olivia took her time as usual…

IMG_0001_4Once she cleared the gate she took off as if she couldn’t believe it…free at last!

IMG_0001_5It only took a few minutes before they were heading off with their heads down, finding the fresh green shoots.

IMG_0001_7And speaking of fresh green shoots…I had a wonderful surprise this week.  This is my second spring here, and as the snow melts, I have been watching the garden to see if anything is up.  I am happy to say things are coming up.  There is rhubarb…

IMG_0001_1and daffodils…

IMG_0001_2and crocuses.

IMG_0001_3The tulips and hyacinths are still under snow, but I am sure they are not far behind.

Spring fever always brings out the interior decorator in me.  Not that I am much of a decorator, but it’s usually in the spring that I look at different furniture, or move furniture around.  This week I bought a new couch…well new to me.  Only $120…thanks to Kijiji!

IMG_0001It is just like new, and it’s a hide-a-bed too (how’s your back  Brother Tom?) so there’s now another extra bed for company.  The old blue couch has moved out onto the deck, where it will be perfect for morning coffee, afternoon naps and evening glasses of wine.

IMG_0001_8I have had to put a blanket on it because Emma has been enjoying her naps on it too and she doesn’t always wipe her feet before she jumps up.

So…spring has sprung at Morris Brook Farm.  Can’t wait to see what the next weeks will bring.









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Got Salad?

One of my favourite meals is a green salad with lentil stew.


This lentil stew is one of the best I have ever had.  Here’s the recipe…

2 tbls olive oil

2 shallots, peeled and sliced

2 carrots, peeled and finely diced

3 bay leaves

2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes

1 cup red wine

2 cups of lentils

3 cups of chicken stock

5 ozs of spicy sausage

salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large casserole dish and sweat the shallots and carrots with bay leaves until soft.  Add the tomatoes and reduce until the mixture begins to stick to the bottom of the casserole.  Pour in the wine (mmmmm) and stir to deglaze, then reduce the liquor by half.  Add the lentils and chicken stock and cook in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Fry the sausage, then add to the lentil stew.  Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, or longer if the lentils aren’t cooked yet.  Check the seasoning and serve.

This makes a large casserole full of delicious stew.  You can always leave out the sausage if you prefer…it still tastes very good.  Serve with a green salad and you’ve got a healthy meal.

I am not the only one who likes a green salad…Olivia and the sheep enjoy one too.


And speaking of green things…look what I found out in the field today!


It won’t be long before the critters won’t be eating salad in their pen…they will be out picking their own salad.

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I Have a Dream

We always want something…something different, something more.  We always have wishes, dreams, goals, hopes, and if we work hard and keep focused and never give up…we just might get what we want.

Many years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She had to spend four or five (I don’t remember exactly any more) weeks at the Cancer Clinic in Vancouver.  She had to leave her husband and her home, and go off on her own for treatment.  I lived twelve hours away and was working full-time.   I could not go with her.

I made a commitment to myself that I would write to her every day she was there.  And I did.  Everyday I sent her a bright, cheery card that I filled with writings of my daily activities and my hopes and dreams.

When Mom passed away, I found that bundle of letters in her belongings.  I opened them one night and was amazed at what I read.  All those wishes, dreams, goals and hopes…so many of them had come true.  I had forgotten that I had even hoped for many of the things I now had.  I started to think about all the other things I had once wanted, and now have.

A dog of my own…



A house of my own…



Acreage where I could have animals…




An accounting designation…



and proud nieces to share the day with…



A garden of my own…okay my current garden isn’t much to write home about but it will be.  I have had some beautiful gardens…



It’s important to have goals and dreams, but every now and then, take a moment to remember the goals and dreams from years ago that have come true.  Remember how it felt when you first achieved it.  The joy, the satisfaction, the excitement of  getting exactly what you hoped and planned for.

Take a moment today to look around you.  What do you have now, that was only a dream years ago…

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