Catch up Sunday……

Hi Folks, well another lovely sunny Sunday here in Banchory. The animals are all in fine fettle and Sasha and I are both happy in life. We have had a couple of chilly mornings  and (YES) for you in Canada I had to scrape the ice of the windshield 2 mornings this past week.  Today I did not and after reading my e mails and the CBC news still filled with Trudeau Tid Bits What to do with ourselves. I had an unexpected call from Steph  Koan and Lily Z. It is always wonderful to see these guys as we chat.. It makes the distance between us much shorter  xxx to them.

Chickens fed and watered Llamas fed and watered and the sheep look after them selves. So as I checked the Hothouse, I decided to harvest the tomatoes  and peppers and create a Pilmuir Salsa…

Here are a few pics of the Salsa making.( thanks to my old friend Marilyn who advised me the Pics did not show I try again.)

First wash with Cold Water all the fine tomatoes, peppers and Onions Harvested.
First wash with Cold Water all the fine tomatoes, peppers and Onions Harvested.
Split and remove seeds from all peppers
Split and remove seeds from all peppers.
chop up all Vegetables roughly
chop up all Vegetables roughly.
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Empty food processor and bring to a boil, Stirring Gently….add secret ingredients
While simmering gently 10-15 Minutes Get ready for Bkfst
While simmering gently 10-15 Minutes Get ready for Bkfst, Freshly laid eggs.
I know I know HEART Attack but I cannot resist a good heart Bkfst once in a while....
I know I know HEART Attack but I cannot resist a good heart Bkfst once in a while….

Remove Salsa from heat while  getting the fry up ready…Cool and Bottle.

Let sit for at least a week to meld the peppery flavours...mmmm
Let sit for at least a week to meld the peppery flavours…mmmm

Outside a sunny Sunday here are a few of the beasties.

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There are 18 Sheep, and I adore them ( strange eh?) They are so soft and gentle.

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Lamb Noir
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The K man twin with Lily
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Lily the smaller twin These are the pair I fed by hand every 4 hours in March.
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Thoughtful Melvin
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Lily
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I am in love with the peaceful Tranquility here
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Lily
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A restful peaceful place to live for a while.

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Sasha loves it here.
Sasha loves it here. She is once again a registered Therapy Hound here in Scotland.

Oh Yes the Secret Ingredient  one table spoon of Cognac to each pint while cooling, then placed in the Jars  mmmmmmm Delicioso.

Thanks Giving in Canada……. Harvest Festival …… Scotland…..Hmmmmmm?

Question answered this morning. Canada celebrates Thanks Giving yes two words originally not the feast of the Pilgrims but rather Thanks to the Lord for a wonderful Harvest. A quote from my Friend and brother Apprentice Padre Art Turnbull.

I always remind people that the Canadian Thanksgiving is not the American one that is celebrated with pilgrims and turkey.  Ours is rooted in Christian ritual and has to do with the harvesting in the Fall when the fruit of the earth is brought in to provide sustenance for the winter.  Modern people only know the USA version and are not connected to the rural agricultural source of the food they eat.  There is something important about the giving of thanks in a spiritual way that recognizes our dependence on the Earth.  God is good but we people have to remember to recognize that.  Food cannot be taken for granted.  Ask the people in south Sudan’s rural communities, or the refugees in Jordan, or the people on our hidden away spots in all of the cities.  Robby, have a good Canadian Thanksgiving and God bless.  Cheers, Art

Yes now you have had a reminder. In Scotland their are festivals of Harvest conducted in Kirks through out the land all about the same time as Canadian Thanks Giving, Kirks of all denominations are decorated, food is gathered for food banks ( a sad requirement in the year of our Lord 2015) Prayers are given of thanks for a bountiful harvest, Thanks are given for friends and neighbours. A special prayer is given in many Kirks for Troops serving Queen and Country.

A couple of Photos of Harvest Festival in Scotland.

Looking toward the Cairngorms from my bedroom on this weekend of Thanks Giving.
Looking toward the Cairngorms from my bedroom on this weekend of Thanks Giving.
Harvest Festival St Andrews Kirk
Harvest Festival St Andrews Kirk
No matter how small the congregation. Foodstuffs are donated for the local food banks.
No matter how small the congregation. Foodstuffs are donated for the local food banks.
Bet you were wondering where I would fit in a DOG, a natural choice simply because we all know what DOG is spelt backwards. HAPPY THANKS GIVING One and all.
Bet you were wondering where I would fit in a DOG, a natural choice simply because we all know what DOG is spelt backwards. HAPPY THANKS GIVING One and all.

So now Canadians who read this Blog will now know that our Thanksgiving  means much more than the arrival of the Pilgrims and is much older.

Stay Tuned folks……