Saturday, June 24, 2006

Some Exciting Times on BBF

OK, it's been an exciting couple of weeks here on the farm. My brother Scott and sister-in-common-law Arianne arrived in St Andrews on the 11th. They hung out at the farm for a few days and then as Arianne's allergies got fairly bad so we packed up and headed out to visit my Aunt, Uncle and 3 cousins who live in Charlottown. Katherine, who also has an Aunt and Uncle who live on the island, decided to tag along and visit with them for a few days. Charlottown is quite a beautiful city and has a nice walkable downtown/harbour area. It was great to be with all of them as they were the first family I'd seen since coming out east. However my parents are flying into Quebec City on the 1st of July so I'll see them in a couple weeks too.

So while me and Kath were out on PEI this left Brad and Luke to hold down the farm and take care of Market while we were gone. What could go wrong? Well in fact, nothing went wrong. Hurray! Well, at least nothing went wrong that was their fault, per se. Although, while Brad was baking the muffins for market the oven broke and ended up burning the bunch, so... no muffins for market :).

Yesterday, the four of us took a trip up to Cornhill Nursery which sells tons of different trees, shrubs, flowers and.... FRUIT! We picked up 2 Apple trees, 1 pear tree, 2 Blueberry bushes, 4 grape vines and get this, KIWIS!!! Bet you didn't know that kiwis could tolerate winters as cold as -40C. In fact all the trees we bought and in fact, everything that Cornhill sells is cold hardy enough for NB weather. So now we have to both find a spot and plant our fruit... and then BAM!! Magical fruit for years to come. If you find these types of things exciting, which I do, then these are very exciting times.

6 Comments:

At 6/25/2006 04:04:00 a.m., Anonymous ariane said...

it's ariane. a-r-i-a-n-e. geez!

seriously though, it was great to see you guys! good luck with the markets!

 
At 6/26/2006 07:40:00 a.m., Blogger Mike said...

um... i was just testing to see if you were still reading the blog ariane...

 
At 6/26/2006 04:07:00 p.m., Anonymous Ariane said...

:-p

 
At 6/28/2006 12:33:00 a.m., Blogger anjalouise said...

Dude, that is awesome! There are fruit trees growing everywhere here in Portland. I mean, you could actually feed yourself by walking around and picking fruit off of trees growing on the sidewalk. We have two apple trees, a plum tree, and a GIANT cherry tree (so huge that the cherries are impossible to reach, unless you are a bird or squirrel) in our backyard alone!

 
At 6/29/2006 02:32:00 p.m., Anonymous Aaron said...

So while Mike and Katherine were away, did Luke and Brad have to split the night shift!?! My goodness, talk about sleep deprivation!

 
At 6/30/2006 11:58:00 a.m., Blogger Mike said...

Actually, we put a stop to the night shifts a little while ago. We decided that we better make damn sure that our crops were in fact in danger of being eaten. As it happens, there has been zero damage to our crops since we stopped about 3 weeks ago. Needless to say, we're all real glad we stopped.

 

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