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Yardwork at the Farm
September 23, 2011 at 10:02 am 0
We've been doing loads of yardwork at the farm to try and get ready for winter, and to make sure that next years yardwork is much, much, more manageable. Mostly we've been trying to learn how to cut our lawn properly. You laugh, but it's about 3 acres and takes me 5 hours to mow on the riding lawnmower. Apparently grass is very sensitive and there's a right and wrong way to do it - who knew! On the plus side, it's been so dry and hot...and we don't have a sprinkler in place, so I only have to mow once every 2 weeks! We've also been trimming up a lot of trees. They had been left unkempt for about 8 years from the previous owners, and were starting to looking really messy. It's amazing how a nice trim job tidies up a yard quickly! (Don't mind the dead grass!) Before: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1057 After: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1063 We've also been pulling out all the old non-functioning fencing that's around the orchard. The farm used to be a sheep farm, but without any animals for years, and without anyone really taking care of the property, it's really become a mess! So as part of reclaiming the land, we needed to pull out all the metal wires and fences that were tangled in weeds, and made lawnmowing this area impossible. Pulling it out: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1066 Success: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1071 The work at the farm is quite hard, but I can't tell you how amazing it feels to be physically tired from a days work outdoors. It feels so good to breathe in fresh air, work hard, and see the fruits of your labour almost immediately. Unlike my day job running a marketing company, where it can be months before we see results of our work, doing a few hours of yard work shows immediate results. It's got to be good for the soul!
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Life
Sunrise at the Farm
September 14, 2011 at 10:04 am 0
Recently we've been on a bit of a landscaping spree at the farm. We wake up at 530am or so, have a quick coffee and breakfast and then head out to do yard work before the smoking hot sun gets too hot to handle. One of the best parts about waking up so early is to welcome the day properly. Seeing the sky transform from a dark hue, to a misty white, to bright pinks, oranges, and reds. It's one of the hidden joys of waking up so early - and definitely worth it!
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Life
Crazy for Martha Stewart’s Farm
July 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm 0
I have a confession. I have become OBSESSED with Martha Stewart's farm and have spent the last few nights until the wee hours of the morning reading every blog post ever created about her farm, Cantitoe Corners, in Bedford, New York. I've read about her: donkeys chickens sheep horses peony garden tree planting and almost everything in between. I got hooked onto Martha's farm when my friend Angela came to our farm in Niagara and showed me a copy of Martha Stewart Living on her ipad. She just wanted to show me how the digital copies of the magazine have moving images, links to tv commercials, and other cool features. I thought it was cool....but when I found this picture of Martha's Farm I was in rapture! Just look at these pictures and you'll understand why. Isn't it super, insanely, beautiful? I have finally found inspiration for the kind of farm I'd like to create in Niagara!
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Travel
An Argentinean Ranch Weekend: Beef, Cowboys & Country
April 12, 2010 at 11:42 am 2
As a huge advocate of getting WHATEVER you want out of life I wanted to share some of the recent go-ings on happening in my life. I love to travel. Every time I open a magazine and see a beautiful picture of somewhere I’ve never visited I try and figure out how I can get there asap. Last year was a big year for travel, with a big trip to Italy and many smaller trips to Washington, Charleston, Savannah, and all around Ontario. This year is shaping up to be another big year for travel. So far I’ve been to Mexico (ok, it was to get married…but it still counts!). And this week I’m in Argentina! We arrived earlier last week and have been mostly visiting family and taking care of business…until this weekend, when we had the ultimate Argentinian experience.

The Santa Maria Ranch Main House

The Santa Maria Ranch Main House

We went up to the Entre Rios province, about 2.5 hours outside of Buenos Aires, to a ranch! The ranch, called Estancia Santa Maria, offers the Real Gaucho (Cowboy) Experience…and I wanted to see how these Argentinian cowboys do it! We arrived late Saturday afternoon, and after we settled in our room we were offered tea in the dining room. We had tea, toast with dulce de leche and some little baked goodies. Of course that was far too exhausting for us, so we retired to our room and napped for 2 hours! The rooms at the ranch are comfortable and clean, and very country cute!

Cute & cosy rooms at the Santa Maria ranch

Cute & cosy rooms at the Santa Maria ranch

We had a nice dinner of meat empanadas, and a chicken risotto main course. The ranch offers a set menu for all meals, so if you are a picky eater this is not for you. For us it was amazing, to pay for the hotel and four meals and have everything included (except liquor) and not have to make any decisions. We were there to relax! After dinner we watched a movie and then spent some time looking up at the stars – the stars are always amazing in the country! In the morning it was time to go horseback riding with the gaucho. It was a strange (and a bit nerve wracking) experience in the beginning. It’s been years since I’ve been on a horse. But after a few minutes it was more comfortable and it was gorgeous to ride the horses through the pastures, next the sheep, by the cows, and past some very noisy birds. It was nice to just let our thoughts wander as we were riding to the rhythm of the horse. There was no stress, no big decisions, just a nice slow rhythm of the horse.

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When we returned to the farm house we were treated with the original asado – Argentinean barbecue. There were blood sausages (not for me, but others seemed to like them), chorizo sausages, potato salad, green salad, and a gorgeous barbecued beef. It was definitely tasty!

The Argentinean wood burning barbecue

The Argentinean wood burning barbecue

After lunch it was time for another nap…which we managed to do for two hours! The great thing about the ranch is that your stay is for 24 hours… so if you arrive at 5pm you can stay until 5pm the next day. It was much better than having to check out of a hotel at noon, like most North American places. It was a wonderful relaxing weekend out of the city, seeing the countryside, and tasting the local foods from field to table. If you are going to Argentina, a farm experience is not to be missed.
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