What's new at the Nikkel's?
We are no longer building saddle trees. We have two saddle fit videos available on our westernsaddlefit.com website. Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, aimed at riders, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo while the six hour series Well Beyond the Basics, aimed more for professionals but understandable by anyone, is available by streaming on Vimeo. (We left this website up because we have had many requests to keep the information available.)
Well, the garden is growing. Potatoes are blooming, as are some of the peas still. You can also see some new rails up on the fence in the background. (I guess 11-12 years is the lifepan of aspen rails in this country...)
We got our first picking of peas today. Just under half a five gallon pail, so they didn't take too long to shell out.
The greenhouse is growing well. Rod just brought in the first green pepper of the year.
The caterpillars are gone and the leaves have grown back on the trees. Now we have grasshoppers...
Most of the wood we collected last fall has been split and put into the shed for next winter.
We have raspberry jam for next winter...
and fresh raspberry pie for tomorrow.
This week was a special one for Rod, where he passed a major milestone in his life.
We had some (kinda goofy) friends over for supper. They made him wear some (kinda goofy) glasses and a (kinda goofy) hat, and gave him some (kinda goofy) presents. Rod's a good sport (he even gave the OK to post this picture publically), and we all had fun!!
They were also the reason we had a new car appear in our driveway! Pretty snazzy, eh? (Look close, it is there!!)
It's apparently a Porsche, in case you couldn't tell...
And out in the shop, there are always trees hanging around
in various stages of production.
But this week Rod built a couple of rather different looking ones...
He didn't figure this out on his own though. We were given invaluable information and help from a very good tree maker and friend, Dennis Lane. Thanks, Dennis!
Lynda, the green house is just 2 x 4 with vapour barrier plastic that we have on the garden. We move it around every year to avoid disease build up and plant directly into the garden. It may not be fancy, but it works!!