Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fresh Eggs

My Chicken Coop

My coop is nearing completion. I am very happy with how it has turned out. Thanks Dad for building it for me! The wire is up, the roof is on, and it's painted. I just need to dig a trench around it and put a wire skirt about a foot under the dirt to keep the foxes from digging under my coop. Then I'll plant a cute garden around it and make some stone pathways to the front and back door.
But first, I'll show you a nice picture of the milk-glass lamp I bought at Value Village: I love how soft and warm it looks.
And some plants that I had to take a picture of on our Easter Drive.

Ok, Here it is!
I want to plant some sunflowers and pole beans and other beautiful things around the coop. I am also going to put my weather vane beside it.
The entryway for chickens! There is a roost and nesting box inside for them.
This view shows you where the coop is in relation to our yard. That is a pretty big lawn we have to mow. I wish we could have a sheep.
There is a back door that gives me access to the inside of the coop, to collect eggs and clean it out.

Well, that's it for now. I will definitely post more pictures once we actually have chickens and it is all finished!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Binche and Tachie

So we took our Saturday drive out to the reserves about an hour from town. Fort St. James (as small as it seems to us, coming from Kamloops) is sort of the main centre for many of the outlying communities and reserves. There is only one store out that way, and it is about the size of our kitchen, maybe a little smaller. As we drove out that way, it was clear to see how beautiful the land is here.

When we stopped the car and got out at Binche, the silence was the first thing I noticed. So quiet and still, no sound of traffic anywhere. This is by a church at the end of one road. Notice the Canada goose flying across the snow in this picture. Our footsteps broke the silence and startled it away.Some fishing nets hang on a wall outside the old church.
Snow capped mountains in the distance, across the still frozen lake.
Geese swimming where the creek meets the frozen lake.
The water tower in Binche with a boil water advisory sign. Many reserves in Canada have had a notoriously difficult time getting clean drinking water.
An old graveyard on the hill by the church in Binche.
Boat in Binche.
A cross on the door of the church in Binche.
In Tachie, some dogs came up to us to say hello. This one had ghostly blue eyes.
Another old church in Tachie.


Last night my husband and I hosted our first party together and in our new home. It is the first time we have lived somewhere big enough to do that. It was so nice to get together with friends and have them in our home (even if the reason for the party is a sad one, our good friends are moving away). Our big empty house didn't feel so big and empty last night with adults chatting and kids running around. The tulips in the pictures below were a gift to bless our new home. I love tulips!

And the cleanup only took about 10 minutes because we finally have.... A DISHWASHER! Those of you who know me, know that the thing I like least in this world is doing dishes. That being said, we don't often use the dishwasher, except as a giant dish drying rack. But at times (like last night) it is so nice to just be able to load it up and turn it on.

Today we are going on a day trip down some of the roads we haven't been down before, to some of the more remote reserves in the area. I am looking forward to it.

Have a wonderful long weekend and a happy Easter!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Crafting: What to do with those chairs from college

...Make them over. This chair got a bit of abuse in its day. It cracked and then was ripped and picked at. But now it has new life! I just ripped off the old plastic fabric and covered it with some fabric scraps of my own. Then, I sanded and painted the frame with some paint (made for metal), found left over in our house. Ta daa! Nice and easy, and it didn't cost me anything!

And I'll leave you with a picture of one of my calendula blooms in the kitchen!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Crafting! What to do with your Olive Oil Cans

This is an idea that I saw somewhere and wanted to try it out for myself. I love the look and design of my olive oil cans and hate to throw them out when they're empty. So, I decided to turn one into a planter for the kitchen. It was pretty easy and took only a few minutes to complete.
Step One: I took a can opener and took the top off the can. I washed and dried the can really well to get rid of any oily residue.
Step Two: I didn't want to fill up the entire can with dirt and gravel, because I didn't want the plant to get waterlogged and it would be really heavy. So, I found a plastic cup and turned it upside down on the bottom of the can.
Next, I turned the top of the can upside down and placed it on top of the cup, creating a platform for the soil to be packed on, allowing drainage around the sides and through the spout.
Step Three: Finally, I filled the can with potting soil and planted one of my seedlings. I think I may eventually plant nasturtiums in this can. We'll see how it goes.

I also made a few new soap dispensers today - One to hold our dish soap another one for hand soap for our ensuite.
Look! The snow is almost gone in our backyard! Yipee!
You can find the tutorial for these soap dispensers here.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Before and After: The Big Reveal!

Well, it is time to reveal the before and after shots of our living room, dining room, and kitchen. Everything is not finished, but that will take time to get done. We are lacking a lot of furniture and there are other projects I would like to do, but here it is for now. I think it looks very different from before and even my husband likes it! So, with further ado:
The living room before:
And after:
And After:
Dining Room Before:
And After:
After: Oooh! A glimpse in to the kitchen!!!
Kitchen Before:
Countertops Before:
And After:

We painted them with Rustoleum Countertop Paint. Not quite the same as getting new countertops, but almost as good and a lot cheaper!

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