Diary of a Homestead Vacation

With technical issues beyond my control no matter how much I stomped my feet in a temper tantrum, I conceded defeat to the telephone line Gods and drank a two-four of beer to drown my sorrows.  Maybe not the entire two-four, but 6 is pretty close isn’t it? How about we went on vacation instead, definitely more plausible a scenario…and I can neither confirm nor deny the consumption of beer.


With nothing to do in cyber space, hubby and I dashed off to the Homestead for some well deserved R&R before his 3 week shutdown commenced mid-July.  This being one of those annual things that he is one of the ringleaders for, and it would require him to be there every waking moment, and every comatose one as well.

So a ‘Pre-Shutdown’ spell of relaxation was necessary for him to get geared up for the myriad of things that can and will go wrong (as with any shutdown/maintenance of production equipment) as well as some necessary down time for me as I have had a very, very busy Spring in my ‘Down South’ job that has kept me hopping heading into July.

Which brings us to Days 1, 2 and 3 of my 3 week long blog ‘vacation’.  Where I did absolutely NOTHING.  Nada. Zip. Zilch.  I know, you are totally jealous and wished you were there with me, cold drink in one hand, sunglasses and floppy hat on, lounging on the deck soaking up the sun and the quiet northern atmosphere.

After that, we scrounged up some energy to go bike riding (btw, our butts have finally become accustomed to the not-so-comfy seats since my last butt busting post), and we puttered around the Homestead with various odd jobs before hubby had to head back to the grind.

By the 5th day of July, one of my very favourite things happened…the strawberry farm close by opened its PYO (pick your own) fields.  I then spent two very happy days picking, washing, stemming, slicing, mashing and putting up a LOT of jam.  One of which is our standby strawberry freezer jam for hubby (his very fav), and 3 batches of strawberry lemon marmalade.


I have fallen in love with the stuff since I first made it last year….and for some reason I have felt compelled to give away some of the priceless sugary stuff to clients as gifts (this must mean I either really like them, or I am having brain farts).

strawberries in bowl

After the jam was done, whatever was leftover was hulled and frozen on sheet trays for a taste of summer in the dead of a Canadian winter…oh, and stuffing as many into our yaps as we could.  Nothing tastes as good as a freshly picked strawberry at its peak of ripeness.  We ate bowls of the stuff either alone, or on top of vanilla ice cream.

Once the strawberry-fest-days were finished, it was on to my next favourite fruit picking time of the year…

(to be continued…..)

2 thoughts on “Diary of a Homestead Vacation

  1. I LOVE strawberry season, my poor little plants are finally producing enough to bring into the house for a meal of to use in a recipe if I choose. Usually, I eat more in the garden than in the house. BUT our fruit man is coming on a bi weekly basis, so I buy all my extra strawberries from him. We used to have a U-pick, but the guy sold the place:( and the new owners turned 20 acres of beautiful gardens into a hay field. I kick myself for not buying the place, it was close to the city and I could have worked it through the summer, had a shop front and everything, but the boys were younger and time was an issue.
    I envy your do nadda days, I have 3 rows of potatoes to weed through and hoe, if it quits raining long enough to allow the ground to dry a bit, the grass to mow one more time and I will be kicking up my feet for a day of nadda as well. Peas, raspberries and Saskatoon berries are all in picking mode, but 1 day of picking and freezing and I am on my way into stupified splendor. Maybe a cool can in the hand and my feeties raised.
    With all my guys at work this summer, I find that I have more time, when I FEEL like working, I put in a long day and do not need to worry about what is for supper or if I have a lunch box stuffer bar or dessert handy. I have been finding it hard to cook for 1, what the hell is that all about? Who cooks for 1? Very hard to change that habit, if I try to prepare a meal for me, I would have left overs for 3 days, even with scaling it back a bit. So it has been pastas, fruit and many raw veggies for me, my figure might enjoy this a bit:)
    I await your next write up of fun filled days.

    • I have gotten good at making meals for one with hubby’s work schedule, it isn’t that hard, what you do is make enough for 4 people, eat one portion that day and freeze the other 3 for eating at later dates. I just did that with the black bean and wild rice enchiladas, have 6 prepackaged meals ready to go when I am in the mood for Mexican. I love a fresh pasta sauce dinner made from just picked herbs too, being able to head to the garden and snip off what I need is fabulous, I am going to miss that part come winter. Bummer about your strawberry u-pick being sold, I could definitely see you being great at that…but it wasn’t meant to be or you would have been doing it sooner! Make sure you take some ‘me’ time and enjoy the quiet household while the men are away, you will miss it when they all come traipsing home!

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