Monday, March 29, 2010

Tenacious

                                                                   
TENACIOUS.

The dictionary says 'in brief' it means; HOLDING FAST, STUBBORN. A few adj. are BULL HEADED, HARD HEADED, WILLFUL, HEADSTRONG and the best PIG HEADED.
These are words that describe to a 'T' our
Little Lizzy.



She and her brother Olly were living in a home where the lady had too many cats and so had to make the decision to give some of them up. A friend of ours who is a another animal lover told us about the young cats because we were looking for a 'barn cat'. We agreed to take the brother and sister. We were told that these cats had never been outside....never stepped on grass...and here they were going to be living in a barn and have access to the great outdoors for the first time in their lives!

Olly is the shy one...well not really shy but usually the more cautious of the two. I think he'd rather be a house cat and be in where it's nice and warm laying on a nice warm quilt on the bed. Now Lizzy...she took to living in the country like a duck to water!



For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while...you know about our two little cat chasing Shih Tzu's and our HUGE Akbash fun loving pup. Just the sight of Shep the Akbash should be enough to keep any cat inside the fence where it's safe...you'd think.







Not Little Lizzy.
Nope.
She struts right out there into the middle of the pack of dogs and follows me where ever I go. The dogs have learned that you don't 'get in her face'. She'll stare them down and walk towards them...back arched walking sideways with that bristle-brush tail of hers.
Nope
No dog is going to get in HER way.






Notice the dogs nose? She doesn't have her claws out.







Yep...that's our Little Lizzy.

Tenacious with a capital 'T'

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lilac Dreams

One day soon I hope our grove will be as pretty as this bush


I named my blog Lilac Lane Cottage because we have a long grove of lilac bushes that follows our lane from the road to our cottage. We moved to the country last June so we have never seen the grove in bloom but I can just imagine how pretty it must be and the scent...I can smell it now! The bushes are starting to leaf out an I find myself watching the weather closely to see if there is a chance we could have a freeze. It was sunny when I got up but the weatherman is predicting rain for this afternoon. As long as we don't get hail I'll be happy! Last year a killer frost hit while the former owners lived here and unfortunately the lilac buds froze and so there were only a few small blossoms that opened up. This year I plan to throw sheets over the grove along the lane to protect them as best I can if the weatherman gives us a frost warning....I just hope I have enough sheet's to do any good! If all goes well I will be able to replace the main picture of my blog with the grove in full bloom....keep your fingers crossed please!

Oooo wouldn't it be lovely to be able to put together a
bouquet like this from your gardens!
I can dream can't I!


What a beautiful colour


I guess butterflies love the colour lilac too


Mmmm what more can I say.....


Oh I like this ring!!
Hey...that's my birthstone!!


Wouldn't you LOVE a bed with these on it?!


What Bride wouldn't want this dress for their Flower Girl

Ok enough dreaming of Lilacs...time to get back to cleaning house!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fur and Feathers


Olly visiting the garden shed.
He hears the chicks inside 

The other day we finally had sunshine...it was a good day to get outside and do some work around the farm. I cleaned the chicken coop and raked some of the soil  around the outside to get ready for when we throw down some grass seed. I will be SO happy to finally have grass and not dirt all around the house. You can just imagine what a mess 3 dogs (one HUGE pup included) can make running and playing in dirt and then coming onto the back porch! In between chores I went in and got my camera and spent time with some of the animals...the cats and chickens were enjoying the sunshine and warm temperature and the dogs were spending time watching the chickens and the cats. I know the dogs wanted to do more than just lay in the sunshine...they were waiting for one of the chickens to fly over the fence or for one of the cats to wander over so they could have some fun! Unfortunately for them everyone was feeling rather lazy and just wanted to lay around and enjoy the sunshine.

Butter Cup hears something


Little Lizzy checking out the chickens
She'd love to chase them but the rooster will come a runnin!


Romeo with his girls


Henrietta getting ready for a dust bath


Olly putting on a show for us
He REALLY wants to visit the chicks!


Henrietta starting her dust bath


She says 'this does wonders for my skin!'


Olly ...daydreaming of butterflies and and bugs
and
little fluffy yellow and black chicks!


 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Our Daily Bread



Today was just one of those dull drizzly days where you can't work outside so you may as well do something constructive inside. It was the perfect day to make bread! I felt like trying something different so I found a recipe for Oatmeal Bread in my Grandmother's old green cookbook as she use to call it. Actually it's The Betty Furnace Westinghouse Cook Book and it's definitely seen better days. It was different from any bread I had made before as it actually made what they called a 'sponge'! It took a bit longer doing it this way but once the sponge was ready the rest of the recipe was the same as usual other than the addition of molasses and oatmeal and an extra packet of yeast. While the dough was rising DH and I headed into town to pick up a few things. I love small towns...most people know you or recognize you and so you spend quite a bit of time talking to people which makes your trip take a bit longer. That turned out to be just the perfect amount of time for rising the dough!

Getting ready to soak the oatmeal


Yeast mixture is ready to make sponge


Mixing the sponge


Sponge is ready for the rest of the ingredients


Adding the molasses and other ingredients


My favorite part...kneading the dough



and kneading....


..and kneading....


It's done the first rising


Done second rising


Ready for the taste test
Wish I'd brushed the tops with melted butter and sprinkled oatmeal on top.
Oh well..next time.




Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mrs Robin Hood

Me and my Hoyt bow

About 5 years ago my husband and I took up archery. I really didn't want to do it but DH wanted to try it so he borrowed a bow from a friend and gave it a whirl. He loved it! So...he borrowed a bow for me to try. I have bad shoulders so I can't pull very hard but once I got used to it I LOVED it. We practiced at home every day and started going to the 3D shoots where you walk trails and shoot at life-like foam targets at different distances (we don't hunt the real thing). It was a blast...it was wonderful getting out in the forest walking the trails to shoot 50 targets and I discovered I LOVE to compete with my husband. At first he beat me every time...but within a couple of months I was beating him! Being the sweetheart he is...he was happy for me and built shelves to show off my plaques and trophies. We bought new bows and started going to shoots in different towns..we loved it and the people were very nice...we always came home dead tired but happy. Eventually we moved and it was too far to drive to our archey club so we gave it up. My hubby still shoots his bow once in a while here on the farm but I haven't picked mine up for a couple of years. Maybe one day I'll take it up again...but if I do...I'm going to practice in secret first so I can still beat the pants of my hubby!
DH practicing at the club


My daughter Angie came to visit from Canada so we took her to a shoot
She loved it!




Angie and DH showing off thier 'bulls eyes' or 12's


There were 'fun shoots' where you had to do different things like shoot backwards at a target 20 yards or more away.


Sometimes you had to wait along the trails for your turn at a target.


This little fellow travelled along with his Mom and Dad and other siblings.
He got a little sleepy along the trail.


Shooting through the trees downhill was always fun NOT!


One of my better days with my old bow

Archery is a fun sport when a husband and wife do it together. My sweet hubby and I REALLY enjoyed hiking through the trails and meeting the people. It was a wonderful way to spend time with each other.
I hope if some of you have thought about trying archery that this will inspire you to go ahead and just DO it.
Hey...it's great exercise too!

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