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We had a pretty good Labour Day weekend with a healthy mix of work and play. This fall is going to be a very busy one for us with lots on the agenda over the next two months and I tried to take some downtime this weekend before it all starts. I made a list of 10 things that I really needed to accomplish this weekend and got to it. Once that once done, I didn’t feel so bad about relaxing. Setting realistic goals and reaching them feels so good!
One of the fun things we did this weekend was head to my aunt and uncle’s cottage for their annual corn roast. It’s always a great night full of good company and yummy food.
The last of the summer corn was roasted in big pots on an open fire.
This year my cousins’ made pulled pork to pile high on soft buns, along with a huge table full of salads, sides and desserts. My mom brought her beloved Macaroni and Cheese and I made my Dill Bean Salad.
As the sun started to set over the lake, the twinkle lights came on and chairs were pulled up to the fire. It was a great end to a really nice summer.
The dogs were happy to have us home for a few days, with lots of adventures outside to chase chipmunks followed by naps in the sunbeams.
We’re in the middle of a heatwave, which means almost daily swims at my parents’ pool. You know it’s hot when we can convince all the dogs to hop in for a swim.
We hit up an auction one day and didn’t have any luck, but Garrett’s parents scored some great yard sale finds for us on the weekend. They found this old wooden window frame turned into a mirror for only $10!
Along with this industrial style wooden side table with cast iron legs for $10 too. I’ve already set this up beside our couch and I’m on the look out for a nice industrial lamp to go with it.
Of course we picked the hottest day of the summer to add rafters to the inside of the spring house. We’ve already made huge improvements on the outside, but the inside needed some work to keep the roof safe this winter. There were no support beams and we were worried about a big snow fall putting too much weight on it.
My dad found these old boards in his shed and cut the ends on an angle to fit along the roof rafters. He and Garrett pre-drilled holes in the boards and then screwed them in place with long deck screws.
All the junk that we’d accumulated in there had to be pulled out to do this, which meant we could finally sweep out the years of straw and dirt that had made it’s way in there.
It looks so much cleaner now! We’re looking to reopen that window on the other end so that you’ll get more natural light in here and maybe paint it someday too. Now you can see the big metal lids for the reservoir below that was used as a refrigerator.
Under each metal door is a three foot deep tank that was used to store milk jug when this was a dairy farm. There is still a large refrigerator coil from when the system was upgraded sometime in the early 1900s.
In the corner is an old hand pump that was used to bring the water up for the big tubs. It would be great if we could get this working again for watering the chickens!
Speaking of the chickens, they’re getting bigger every day. They’ve been loving all our summer produce scraps and we let them out for a walk around the big run whenever we can. Any day now we’ll start to open their nesting boxes and hopefully see some eggs later this month! I can’t wait!