Well, the lambs have started arriving!  A sure sign of Spring in these parts.  Every year I post a blog not because I have anything grand or wise to say, but only because they are just so adorable.

Can I just say how much I love their little ears that sag under the tiny weight of their eartag?!?!?  These lambs are pretty small but they are hearty little creatures, they hit the ground running….or maybe I should say bouncing!!

See? Aren’t these babies the cutest?  I wasn’t even kidding!

Now, a few years ago, Hannah bought herself a little bottle baby from Opa, which she named Sweet Willow.  Now, that bottle baby grew up and had a baby last year, a little ram lamb who I got to witness being born in the middle of the night.  Hannah named him Hot Chocolate.  So, this year Sweet Willow was due to lamb out again….and she had twins!  Hannah was so excited!  Two sweet ewe lambs that she named Sweetie and Lily.  We tried to capture Hannah with her new babies, whom she refers to as her nieces….better than granddaughters, I think!  We had the shot all lined up and ready to go when she realized she was getting lambie poop on her jacket!

So, I’ll just show you how precious they are!  Warning…I took a few pictures…..

I wish I could tell you who was who….but I’m honestly not sure…Lily has bigger ears and tighter curls.  Unless I see them together, I can’t tell.  Pretty sure, neither can Hannah 😉

Anyway, welcome to lambing season of 2017!!  I hope to make it down with my camera again so I can share more sweet lambie pictures with you!

To be continued,

Lori

  • Krista - March 20, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    Oh my goodness! These little lambie posts are something to look forward to each spring! What a sweet and special time it must be to be around all these adorable little guys. Too cute.ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - March 20, 2017 - 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Krista!! I certainly love trying to capture their cuteness but they don’t stand still for long!!!ReplyCancel

I know I’m not alone.  I know I’m not the only one out there who loves getting mail – that’s not a bill – in their mailbox.

When I was younger, my cousins, Wendy and Tracy, and I would write to each other all the time.  We’d write one letter, send it to one, then they’d send it on to the next.  We didn’t see each other often as we lived in different provinces, but we always kept in touch that way.  Now, we have Facebook, so even though we don’t write letters anymore to each other, we still have an idea of what’s going on in each others lives.  But it isn’t the same as getting a fat envelope in the mail from one of them.

Last summer, Tracy and her family come east to visit us.  They have 4 kids, of which the two youngest are girls and close in age to my two.  They really connected during the visit and have exchanged a few letters, pretty sure we’re due to send something their way.  I want my kids to have that experience too, of waiting for mail, of sending something out to someone and of the way you connect with someone, even if they are miles upon miles away.

When I was younger, I spent a lot of time with the family who lived next door.  Next door as in where we live now…they were an older couple and I love them dearly.  We wrote letters to each other and left them in a saltines tin nailed to a telephone pole for each other.  We called it Porpoise Post.  I would hop off the bus and scramble down into the ditch to fetch the latest ‘mail’ for them.  It could be a long-winded letter or maybe a silly note or picture.  I wish now that I had kept all those letters and notes.  It would be quite the collection but they were treasures I enjoyed and then eventually tossed away.  The older version of me wishes the younger version valued them more and had hung onto them all.

I love being a part of the Art Swap, this year will be the third year…time…is it yearly….the third one I’ve been a part of.  You can see my other Art Swap posts HERE and HERE and HERE.  It’s fun to make something for someone and send it off, knowing they’ll appreciate whatever you send them.  The organizer of the swap started a Facebook group so as people finish their projects, they’ll post pictures without naming the recipients.  So you wait and hope that maybe this one or that one that caught your eye will land in your mail box.  And then when people do get their packages, its a great spot to send our thanks along to the artist.  I’ve recieved 2 packages so far and haven’t sent mine out yet….just keeping people in suspense! 😉  I’ll be sure to do a post about what I’ve recieved and what I’m sending out!  I have a gameplan, which always helps!

The other fun way to get mail is to sign up for a monthly box subscription.  I had recieved Olive Boxes for a bit, I blogged about a couple of the HERE, HERE and HERE.  I miss getting them and I know there are so many fabulous options on the market now from ones for your kids, your pets or for yourself.  I know a few people whose products are being used in this type of box, which makes me think I should look into subscribing to something with a local spin on it….hmmmm…..off to Google that…..

A blogger I follow, Fat Mum Slim, does a great thing, too, connecting people from all around the world with a penpal in her The Oh So Happy Mail Project.  I decided that this go-round of it I would sign up.  So I have a new friend to send some goodies to from Nova Scotia all the way to Australia!  It’ll be fun to see how that goes and what kind of packages get sent back and forth!  I have no doubt there will blogging done about my Happ Mail!

So, what do you love to find in your mail box?  I keep toying with the idea of organizing some fun snail mail deal, too….I’d love to connect some of my readers with fellow readers.  Let me know your thoughts on that…I’m open to ideas!

To be continued,

Lori

 

  • Jen - March 17, 2017 - 1:33 pm

    Gosh. I’ve been part of so many mail art projects I’m not sure I could list them all. An online group in the early 00s, nervousness.org, now defunct alas, connected a group of us around an altered book project creating all of Prospero’s Books. We were part of many collaborations over the years… shrines, altered dolls, Odd Scraps of Magical Power… very fun stuff. I’ve personally hosted some doozies… 20 Things (20 things created by 20 artists, redistributed so each artist gets one of everything). The post office loved Me! 20 Things Zine. Thinking maybe flat media would be easier. (only a bit) 10 Teeny Things … had to be able to fit into a matchbox. Anyway. All this to say. Yes. I love mail art. I’d love to participate. Please keep me posted!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - March 19, 2017 - 8:08 am

      Sounds like you might be my new go to expert for mail swaps of any sort!!! You’ve been involved in some fun ones! I’ll keep you posted on what I decide! Cheers!ReplyCancel

      • Jen - March 19, 2017 - 8:56 am

        Lori, I look forward to it! 😊ReplyCancel

We have a new addition to our little farm and family!  Meet Ebony, our little Shetland pony, who just joined our family yesterday afternoon.  She’s a little firecracker who, I think, will fit right in around here.

Our girls are horse crazy and have been for quite a while.  But committing to a horse seemed like a huge step.  And honestly, we weren’t even looking for a pony.  But when my friend, Rebecca of Pearl & Daisy, posted a Kijiji ad about a sweet little pony who was looking for a new home, I sent the link to Michael and basically started to beg.  And then I played the winning card…..telling the girls about her….and that pretty much sealed the deal.  There was messages back and forth with Rebecca, asking questions and making arrangements for a visit.

As much as we wanted a pony, we need she had to be the right fit.  So our first visit to Ebony was to meet her and check her out.  And we told the girls if it isn’t a good match then we can’t take her.  Thankfully, it went well, even though it was a springy kind of day and Ebony was feeling it.  I took a few pictures during our visit and I love this one of Lena, sharing breath with Ebony.  This is how Ebony gets to know someone and be comfortable with them.  This was a special moment caught between the two of them, and I love Rebecca’s expression in the background.  Rebecca has two girls who have outgrown Sweet Ebony and so it seems quite perfect that Ebony should find a new home with two girls again.

I’ll admit I was nervous about trailering Ebony home.  But I guess I didn’t need to worry.  She was fine, freaked out, yes, but she did great.  Admittedly, it wasn’t the easiest task to get her on the trailer but with a ramp and some apples for bribery and loads of patience, we got her on.  Huge thanks to Gordon and Morris MacKinnon for the lend of the trailer { and not taking 2 hours to show Michael the cows 😉 } and to Dad for the truck.

When we got her home, we took her straight to her paddock behind the barn and let her run around a bit, showing her the fence line so she wouldn’t try to bolt through it.  I lead her in and out of the barn a few times, too, but she was more interested in grazing on what bits of green grass she could find.   The girls were in the pasture with her but still a bit nervous of her since they don’t know how she’ll react quite yet.  But each visit to the barn they get more and more confident around her and she is settling in quite well.

Today is blowing like mad and cold, cold, cold and we let her out in the paddock and she loves it!  We’re freezing in the barn and she couldn’t care less about the weather!  They make those Shetland ponies tough!  I think her outdoor weather is not going to be the same as ours!  She has a shaggy coat to keep her warm in weather like this!

I’m excited for our family to have this sweet girl in our lives.  I look forward to working with Ebony to get her settled in and hopefully ready to ride again.  The girls will have so much fun with her!  We’ve laid down the ground rules and fully expect no trouble, the girls realize the honour and privilege of being responsible for this precious pony.  I have fond memories of our pony Chestnut that we had growing up, and I’m happy that our irls will have these memories, too.  Chestnut was your typical stubborn pony and I think Ebony may have some of those some pony tendancies, but that’s what builds character, no?  But this face, though…..

I’m sure Ebony will be a popular face on my blog and Instagram.  I’m even toying with giving her her own Instagram account….but we’ll see about that – I’ll let you know!!

Now, we’re off to the barn yet again!

To be continued,

Lori

I’m not done going on about White Point Beach!!  How is it I lived here for 41 years and am just finally realizing this treasure!?!?!  In my last post, I talked about the projects we did during the DIY by the Sea, you can read it HERE.  So, now I’m going to talk about White Point Beach Resort and show you some of my highlights around the resort.  It is an amazing place, truly, it is.  I said on Friday night, shortly after arriving at White Point, that I couldn’t wait to come back, and I hadn’t even left yet!

White Point - DIY by the Sea

White Point Beach Resort opened back in 1928, with its start as a hunting and fishing lodge.  It’s the type of resort that I can envision the old cars rolling in, dropping off families and suitcases at the beginning of the season, and people summering there.  They would spend their days catching up with their resort friends and families over fine dining or along the beach, under a big beach umbrella.  The kids would be running around, boys chasing girls, summer romances blooming.  There would be sailing  and bonfires.  At the end of the day, everyone would tuck into their cabin but I suspect there would be a few teens who would sneak out and get up to no good, too.  I’m sure that was part of the charm of it all for them, too.  In 1980, they switched to being a year-round and became a great destination for conferences and business meetings, too.

Back in 2011, the main lodge caught fire and burned to the ground.  All that history, gone in one night.  The pictures are heartbreaking.  Flames surrounding the beach rock fireplace, a Adirondack chair with a wall of fire behind it…but they began rebuilding right away and within a year, the new lodge was up and in operation.  It boasts of the skills and materials of our province.  But also the belief that White Point has something unique to offer and that with hard work and determination, great things can be accomplished.

I, for one, am very thankful that they rebuilt and continued on part of our province’s legacy.  The history, the memories and the future are all tied to this place.  I feel like Nova Scotia has so much to offer and it is places like White Point Beach Resort that make this place memorable and make our mark in the tourism industry.

One of the things I love about being an interior decorator and working with At Home, is exploring this province, meeting its people and seeing the places we call home or enjoy visiting.  Like I said in my last post, I feel very fortunate getting to go on this DIY retreat, thanks to At Home.  Being freshly inspired changes everything, you see things in a new way.  And sometimes, a get away is exactly what you need to do that.

And I think that the owners of White Point understand that.  Not only did they create a place where folks can get away and connect and relax, but I think when they traveled and sourced some of the amazing artwork and artifacts throughout the resort, they experienced that and brought it back for us to enjoy and experience.  The artwork is so varied, a tin moose head beside stuffed pheasants, folk art beside Aboriginal artwork, carved antlers beside antiques.  Not only is it unique, it will speak to so many from such a wide range of walks of life.  There truly is something for everyone.

Now, of course the main attraction is the beach.  And while I was there in February, the beach was still a huge draw.  Anytime of day, there were people strolling the beach.  I can only imagine how incredible it would be in the summer! The beach at White Point is not like our beaches along the north shore.  The sand is different, the rocks are different, just the way the sand meets the shore is different.  It was so wonderful, chilly perhaps, but wonderful none the less.  Of course I had to check it out….on Friday, Saturday morning and then again Saturday afternoon.  All the in between times we enjoyed it from the main lodge, which is perfectly situated so you can see it from the dining hall, lounge, conference rooms, pool, hot tub…pretty much everywhere!

Friday afternoon on the beach…

Saturday morning on the beach….

Saturday afternoon on the beach….you just never know what you might find….

Sunday morning…..

The other fun thing about White Point is the bunnies.  If you’ve been, you know what I mean!  There are bunnies everywhere!!  And they love people { because they expect you to have treats! }  There are little brown bags of treats by the front door and we always made sure to have some in our pockets as we made our way back and forth from our room to the main lodge.

And the food….oh, the food!!!  Everything was so good and each meal it was hard to decide which to try out first!  The buffets for breakfast and dinner were amazing, so much variety and it was all very tasty.  I did snap a few pictures but it certainly didn’t do the food justice so you’ll just have to trust me and go out for supper, lunch or even breakfast there!  I love that the locals do that, Saturday night that place was  packed!  Lots of families, couples, groups of friends gathered to enjoy a nice evening out.  Chef Alan Crosby’s food is certainly something to rave about! And he even popped in to check out our DIYing 😉  Here’s part of our group, post-dinner on Saturday evening.  We lingered in the dining room for quite a while after the last bite was enjoyed.

All in all, it is an incredible place to spend some time, being creative, making new friends and exploring!  I’m looking forward to finding some excuse to go back with my family this time, I know they would love it here, too.  If you get the chance, I would highly recommend booking at stay at White Point.  You won’t regret it!

To be continued,

Lori

  • Lynn Browna - February 26, 2017 - 10:37 pm

    Are the bunnies out this time of year? Coming next week hoping to see the bunnies. Can’t wait, I’m so excited! Never been there before. See you soon March 4 I’ll be the goofy American with the Philly accent.
    LynnReplyCancel

So, I just spent the most amazing weekend away from home, painting, making new friends and exploring a new-to-me part of Nova Scotia.  When Wendy from Front Porch Mercantile first started talking about DIY by the SEA at White Point Beach Resort back in October, I knew I wanted to be there.  And let me tell you, the weekend did not disappoint!

White Point - DIY by the Sea

Our first night there, we went around the room and talked a little about ourselves and whether or not we had painted before.  Most people hadn’t, which surprised me, I had assumed that people who loved to paint would come to something like this, guess I was wrong…. 😉  But we got right into it, painting up our anchor that night, a nice, easy project to start with.

White Point - DIY by the Sea

Now, I love all the thought that was put into the projects we did.  White Point Beach Resort is an ocean side, old school resort { by old school, I mean spending summers by the ocean, archery, sailing, swimming while living in little cabins along the shore } so our overall theme was nautical.  We painted whales, anchors, and the colours followed suit, lots of reds, blues and turquoises.

White Point - DIY by the Sea

The other thing is that White Point is HUGE on Canada 150 and I love that!  They even have a heart with a maple leaf inside lit up on the bank, very visible from all the ocean side windows in the main lodge.  So, doing a Canadian flag was awesome.  I’m thrilled with how it turned out, the knot on the upper left, and adding the 150 on the bottom.  It’ll be a great reminder of all the fun we’ll be having celebrating this big birthday.

White Point - DIY by the Sea

Even though we were all working with the same supplies, everyone’s projects were so personal and varied.  It was neat to see the thought process everyone put into their work – where they were going to put it, what room, or if they were gifting it to someone, what colours they would like.  So, even though we started with something similar, they all ended up very unique! Here we all are with some of our finished products!

White Point - DIY by the Sea

We did 8 projects in the course of the weekend.  Saturday was doing a lot of first steps on projects and not seeing the end results until later that day or even on Sunday after things completely dried.  Trying to think of how or where you’d use all the different projects made you really stop to think about what colour combination you wanted or where something might look best.  I love how my crate with the jars turned out, they are perfect for the dining room table, but would work equally as well in my living room or kitchen, too.  I guess that’s the benefit to using the colours you love throughout your whole home!

White Point - DIY by the Sea

We certainly had a lot of laughs over the course of the weekend.  Donna Hatt, the Marketing & Product Development Manager, really broke the ice for us on Friday.  I think laughter is a language that unites people.  There was singing, dancing and that was just Pam and Wanda….  The projects were great, hanging out at White Point was amazing, but, again, for me it was the people, making new friends and finally getting to meet Wendy IRL!!  Here’s two of my new friends, Holly and Suzanne, painting a piece of furniture.  I spent a lot of time with these two and my roomie, Tracy, and I’m so thankful for new friends!!  White Point - DIY by the Sea

We may or may not of also ‘borrowed’ a table from the back room and gave it a bit of a makeover, too.  Of course, we didn’t tell Donna that until it was too late and we were packing up to roll out on Sunday. That’s what the girls are working on in the photo above….it give everyone the chance to see the prep work required, how easy it is and how incredible the transformation can be.  We loved doing small projects, but really, I think a lot of us want to paint furniture.  Like Wendy told us, don’t start on your grandmother’s chine cabinet!

Here’s the before:

White Point - DIY by the Sea

And here’s the after:

Ugh – due to technical difficulties, there is no After picture at the moment….maybe next post?

I can’t say enough wonderful things about the weekend.  It was a much needed get-away for me, to be creative, branch out and meet new people.  White Point was amazing, which I’ll talk more about in my next post, and I seriously can’t wait to go back.  This time, I’ll bring the family, I kind of think they’ll love it, too!

Thank you to Wendy and Lise for all your hard work doing the prep work, washing the brushes, trying to keep us in line.  Donna, thank you for all the work you did to make sure we had a fabulous time at White Point and making us feel so welcome!

I especially need to give a huge THANK YOU to At Home on the North Shore for sending me to this weekend retreat! It’s always exciting to get to scout out new ideas to share with our readers and to be freshly inspired by our amazing province and its people.  I feel very fortunate to be able to represent not only the magazine but also our area in this way.

To my new friends, you guys made the weekend for me, so thank you!! Tracy, thanks for not being an axe-murderer 😉

To be continued,

Lori

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tracy [aka: White Point roomie] - February 9, 2017 - 9:11 pm

    It really was one of the best weekends, and thank YOU for not being an axe murderer 😀 It was such a pleasure to meet you and I truly hope we stay in touch my friend. ❤️ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - February 9, 2017 - 9:14 pm

      Tracy, I would love to stay in touch!!! We ended up with so much in common, like not being axe-murderers!!! We’ll just plan weekends away all over the Maritimes!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy @ Front Porch Mercantile - February 9, 2017 - 10:26 pm

    Oh Lori, what a great post, I LOVED meeting you IRL ad I really enjoyed the weekend as well, LOVED everything, and so glad you did too xoReplyCancel