HellOooo everyone. Well, it’s been a soggy Fall so far which is really disappointing. When I look back on photos from this time last year, it was beautiful sunshine, crisp Fall days and evenings around the fire pit with hot chocolate!
But, it warmed up the one weekend we went into Vancouver to do some shopping and visit friends. We stayed in a cabin at an RV Park in White Rock
and while Tori went to a meeting, I sat outside at the picnic table and ate my lunch, accompanied by one of the resident cats
In the evening, we joined friends at a local pub for a birthday party and what fun it was. Lots of laughter and Tequila!
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in South Africa, another niece got married. What a beautiful bride she makes – brings tears to my eyes.
Last week began my transition to a new position within my company. I moved over to the Freight Forwarding division, and hit the ground running. Previously, I was arranging the deliveries of containers to our customers which, if am honest, was a little boring. I became a Logistics Coordinator 15 years ago and loved it from the day I started, so I’m really happy to be back in that field again.
Our tomatoes were not ripening on the vine, so I harvested them all and put them in box with an apple in it. Many fruits, including tomatoes and apples produce ethylene gas, which accelerates ripening. Apples produce more ethylene gas than most, so placing them near any other fruit will ripen it faster. It’s working …
I took out the ripened ones and left the others. If the green ones don’t ripen in the next week or so, I’m going to see if I can find a recipe for tomato chutney or something like that. Any suggestions you can give me are welcome. 🙂
While we’re on the subject of our garden, it’s doing okaaay, but not very happy with all the rain, so I’m not too sure if everything’s going to survive. The brussels sprouts are growing – slowly
as are the chard and lettuce. I’ve harvest the chard leaves 3 or 4 times to add to various dishes
A couple of weeks ago, we planted garlic
and covered it with a layer of hay (given to us by our neighbour)
So the plan is to have a lovely crop of garlic by next Summer. It looks like we’re going to get a run of sunshine next week which will allow me to get into the garden and clean it up a little – pull up the tomato plants and harvest the rest of the herbs. Let’s hope the brussels sprouts and butter lettuce perk up a little.
This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and we invited a friend to join us for dinner last night. I haven’t entertained properly for quite a long time and I love doing it, so this was my re-entry back into it again. Instead of having a roast turkey, I made stuffed, roasted turkey breast and, for dessert, Apple Crumble. It took all afternoon to prepare, starting with prepping the vegetables – yes, those are brussels sprouts on the right. I fry them with bacon, garlic and onions. If I don’t, nobody will eat them. But they are much yummier this way. Everyone went up for seconds which warms my heart.
and the apples
And then I could concentrate on the turkey breast using, among other things, herbs from our garden for the stuffing
and decorating the table, starting with a beautiful runner from Africa
And building it from there. The leaves, plates and wine glasses are from the Dollar Store (I’m a bit of a clutz and broke all our expensive wine glasses!) and I bought the napkins on a whim at the grocery store on Saturday. The candle stick holders were a thrift store find a few years ago for a couple of dollars each.
No dinner prep is complete without a cheeky drink (or two)
Dinner was a success, considering it was the first time I’d made turkey that way
The day ended with this beautiful Sunshine Coast sunset taken by a friend.
See you all soon.