Monday, April 24, 2017

It's slow..but it's coming..









Oli loves Noah..









After the picnic







It's seems so slow to finally get here once you have been teased..Sunday was such  a tease..

It was the first really sunny day w/ scillas and snowdrops..and buds on trees..

It was the day Caramelle and Bécassine came to love with us..lol that is a typo and I am leaving it..live with us is what I had intended to write.


Alain brought his work of art/heart over w/ a friend's trailer and Frédérick helped him set it up..etc..
It..is the chicken coop Alain built for us..it is a mini version of his large coop..

the back corner here  was a busy place till almost 3PM..all 4 boys were there..Mylène came..she had been to the gym..Caroline came she had been running..I came.. I had been making muffins lol..and Jacques kept the boys company getting things that were needed along the way..

it is so cute..  I am leaving it natural..the climate in QC is not ideal for painting decks..wood..white etc..pretty soon the large shrub in back will be bushy, leafy and green..and that side part Alain and Noah are working on is a planter box..much too early to plant in it ..it will come..

Alain gathered everything we needed..even got the chickens and built it all..
Jacques and I both love it..and I gathered my very first warm egg..the next day..the temp was 32F..
I got up at 6.15 like  a farm girl..and they had not laid yet..I woke them up..they were upstairs sleeping;)

Not sure if you spotted the vintage bell..Alain bought that for us for the coop..just so cute..I hung a frame in their coop..laughs ..everyone laughed..I know they appreciate it:)

I'll show you an update when it is finished w/ flowers and shrubs filled in..

I won't show you Noah's hands full of worms..to give to the chickens..because the shot is so clear..you might feel queazy;)

The boys had a picnic..made discoveries in the secret garden..and did what boys do..get filthy.;)

Remember my tulip tip..well it didn't work w/ this mixed bunch





See..they drooped everywhere..same treatment..so I guess you just never know and no one is an expert;)

I named this bouquet Heather;)  
Because..she knows better than me;)


By the way I made these..and they are delicious..from Dorie and Tutti Dolci..
How can you go wrong?:)
See the cut out? My taste test;)

since this is a food blog..I had better stick to the program..




Honestly..every moment/chance/second..I get..I am outside..when the weather permits..

so cooking takes a slight backstage..

and the gardens and girls become first and foremost..

I know I am posting early..but all of a sudden in QC..

everything happens at once..I can't skip a beat for this journal of mine..

The garlic is all up..

Who knew curly parsley was a perennial?Here..

Thyme..oregano..chives..lovage..rhubarb..all poking..up..

I have started seedlings and dahlias..and foolishly maybe..I have planted Ranunculus♥

Time will tell..

Right now..it's..



And FEATHERED FRIENDS .
Grateful.

58 comments:

  1. I love seeing spring come after it's already been here. I went to the mountains last week and saw it come all over again, so beautiful! I love your chickens and have to admit I'm a it jealous. It's on my bucket list :)

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  2. Do it..and with your climate you can have white and elegant..:) Go see Heather Bullard and her coop..it was a few years ago..

    As for me..I kissed Alain..because Jacques can't do these things anymore..and he used to be able to do everything,so having Alain to have done this for us..brought on..such appreciation..

    By the way..I used to be able to do more too;)
    We love watching them..I fed them raisins today;)

    They munch all day long:)

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  3. Oh my gosh, I laughed out loud when I saw the photo of the chicken's head peaking through the hole in the coop! How talented Alain is to make such a lovely small version of their coup for you. I am in awe! Love the farm bell and the little sign on the top - LOL. I hope we see lots of egg dishes in your future :) I see your have drifts of scilla just like here ♥ Wish they lasted longer! You will catch up in no time flat. You can tell you've lots of rain by the muddy legs :) Nothing planted here yet except for the peas. Soon, though! Glad your garlic came up - YAY!

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    1. I may be selling it by the roadside:)

      We all laughed when that chicken..I think Bécassine..kept poking her head out..there is a small screen now..it was just about to happen..she was so curious..wanted to see everything!

      He is talented.. and kind..and believe me this nana is grateful..so fun to watch Susan..you need one..the boys would flip.
      Sidebar..note..Alain takes them for the winter♥
      THANKYOU.

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    2. By the roadside..I meant the garlic☺️

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  4. absolutely lovely pictures but really always enjoy the boy's pictures they are lovely!!
    Hugs!

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  5. Beautiful spring pictures... the kids are adorable..

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  6. Bienvenue aux poulettes, donc ! Dis donc, quel poulailler merveilleux. Je l'adore, avec sa jolie cloche ! Je t'achèterais bien quelques oeufs frais à 5 cents pièce ! Ravissant petit écriteau. La vie est jolie, chez toi, comme touours !
    Bisous
    Hélène

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    1. Toutes les deux amourachées de nouveaux petits animaux:)
      Je t'avoue que c'est un plaisir de dire ..Bonjour les filles le matin;)
      Jacques et moi sommes reconnaissants de ce petit coup d'oeil tellement agréable toute la journée:)

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  7. The boys look so happy and industrious! What glorious weather, beautiful chickens, wonderful flowers and amazing jam cookies! I hope you have more warm days soon. We've had rain and cold and had to turn the heat back on yesterday. Temperatures expected in the upper 80's this week. A roller coaster weather week here in Virginia!

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    1. It should be off here too..May is usually the better month of the two and far prettier:)
      Thank you Tricia!

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  8. That is really exciting news about your own chicken coop. What will you have to do in winter for these hens? Move them indoors with you and Jacques? Ha-ha, that would probably not happen. Imagine you could have an egg hunt each day to see where they laid their eggs. My Scilla and snowdrops have finished here but they are always welcome sights. Your Scilla certainly has spread, mine is getting there. Like baking, I started late. I actually like your tulips drooping more than standing tall. More romantic looking to me. Enjoy the beginning signs of spring. Lilacs are ready to bloom and buds are on the crab apple trees.

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    1. What a nice time of yr when we can get out..Jacques has made jokes about me having them indoors..it's so funny I just keep going over..chatting..Bonjour les filles..I love having them..made my first cake w/ my first eggs this AM..
      Alain is taking them for the winter..he has a large coop and they do well in winter tere..this will be a Spring Summer and Fall thing for us..God Bless Alain lol:)
      The hellebores made it..still small but they made it:) Grateful of that too..

      all those scillas are in the secret garden..not ours..adj to here..
      I have some but not like that..there are seas of them out back..so darn beautiful..soon the fiddleheads/ferns will pop up..
      I like droopy too..I find upright too modern for my chintz love lol:)

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    2. Now that is the best of both worlds, chickens till the tundra freezes over. It would not be easy taking water to them during the snow and icy season. Almost like being a sniwbird yourself and flying south for the winter. I'm so glad your hellebores made it! Just a few more years and you will have flowers. If you want more seed let me know...

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    3. It is the best of both worlds..he evn checks up on them....they are so easy..no walking them..lol..and I get 2 eggs every day..and to me they are pretty!

      I will be so patient w/ the hellebores..I love taking care of plants..people..things..will take a pic raining now..

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    4. PS great name for them: "SNOWBIRDS!"

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  9. Brilliant design on the chicken coop! I am happy for you that spring has arrived. It always brings joy to wander about the garden and see the flowers that have popped up. Sweet boys and muddy knees💕

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    1. ♥It does bring such joy..and such a feeling of hope and beauty..just so lucky to have gardens we all are..so so lucky to be able to get lost in flowers and dirt:)Thanks Ry:)

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  10. I would love to have a coop...husband not so much. You just can't beat fresh eggs.

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    1. Jacques said:"THey'll be your chickens..you take care of them.." And I will:):)
      And now he keeps going to talk to them too..they are magnetic:) A coop would be adorb at your new nest!!!
      Have them build one while doing the house! To match your house!

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  11. Oh, lucky you with a coop and a hen! You'll have the best eggs ever!

    Isn't it fun to see everything coming up? My herbs (oregano, thyme, parsley) are going great guns too and I suspect the mint is -- it has it's own area so it can spread at will. We're going at noon to get pansies and I've been trying to bring my old friends out of hiding to see if they wintered well. We'll see! And I love the tulips -- upright or droopy!

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    1. It is actually too much fun to see everything coming up..it keeps me awake the excitement and anticipation..and I love that these 2 girls get to share it with me♥Again..very grateful..Alain says eventually they will follow me around the garden:)
      I love pansies and their pretty faces..go for it..ALL.

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  12. Aw Monique, a little slice of heaven. I had to laugh when I saw the picture of the hen head poking out to look. You and chickens are a natural. And as always, such beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thank you Donna!
      I thought of you and the farm!!

      Isn't it funny how we slip into each others minds?:)

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  13. I would never have thought of making a posey with the Scillas! You are too smart Monique!
    The chickens and their coop area fabulous...can't wait for more pics!!
    Your Tulips are beautiful however they flop...😊
    Boys look happy and cute...don't kids just love the outdoors!!
    Raining here today...did some ironing! hahaha!! Gonna have some chicken soup that I made...
    Enjoy your day and your week Monique...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Don't tell my girls you're having chicken soup..lol..we just had chicken salad sandwiches out back and I didn't tell them:)
      It's going to rain later..gotta go finish a project outdoors..:)
      SO NICE TO SEE THINGS GROW.:):)

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    2. I will never say the word "CHICKEN" again...hahaha!!

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  14. Oh it begins!
    Your Spring will be spectacular. Can't wait!!!

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    1. Finalement ma belle Caro..le printemps arrive au Québec!!

      You should have seen the line ups for the French elections here in Mtl..68,000 French people from France live here..

      not all voted but I can't even explain the line ups..Patrick Bruel voted here too..such a charmer he is..I love him..so does J..if ever you see him..tell him:)

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  15. The flowers are gorgeous and those your grandsons knees look just like our grandsons' the other day, filthy after playing outside. I grew up on a farm that had a huge chicken house, a thousand times worse than the hogs for sure, and to this day still makes me gag thinking about it.

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    1. Really?

      THis is small..and no smell..Alain has had at least 8-10..never an odor..my oher son-in-law too..

      I guess a big chicken house could do that..

      this is like a B and B for them..apparently compared to where they come from..Divas.:)

      Egg laying divas!!

      Grandsons and dirt..maybe I should of posted Noah's hands full of worms lol;)

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  16. You have chickens!!!!! Hooray, hooray! That is the big thing I miss in a city. I had lots of chickens, and lots of eggs, and I was in heaven at that time in my life. Still hacking away at moving back soon, And your garlic is up? Oh, my, Spring has sprung :) Congratulations to you two on your feathery bebes!

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    1. They are such a delight to me..I know they were to you too👍🐓🐔We only have 2 ..not a slew..but boy I am attached already❤️Best thing for me and my backyard.
      Yes garlic is up..no room for anyhting else mind you now!
      Hope you get anchored soon!In a great little nest👍

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    2. Had to come back to tell you how much I love the chicken poking her head out that tiny little window! And that coop is just beautiful - and so secure against wild beasties!

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    3. He really builds well:) And solid..and he's funny..Jacques is an engineer and always built everything for us..w/ precision..meticulous..lol I think you get it..anyway his hands suffer now and he cannot do things like this anymore..Alain works very very well..but a whole diferent way..the 2 of them together..teasing each other..I love..

      They built our back deck a few summers ago..that was hysterical:)
      Love how they get along:)
      Thanks Katrina..

      and that window..has screnning ..that was during the finishing..made me smile too!

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  17. Sounds like a perfect day! The coop is adorable. You are going to love having fresh eggs. We get a regular delivery from friends who have chickens on their ranch. Which one is poking her head out? Such a cute image! The scilla are gorgeous. I don't think we have them here.

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    1. I noticed you have Bluebonnets:)I think you first shared them..and Lady Bird Johnson and Bluebonnets..
      So far I am loving this..my chickens seem to have turned into twins LOL..I know that one lets me pet her..the other is still shy..I will keep working on them:)Have a beautiful day Sarah~

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  18. Bonjour ma chère Nana,

    Vous avez raison de profiter du soleil et de ces merveilleux moments dans le jardin, dans la nature. Le printemps est une saison que j'adore avec ce mélange de parfum, de fraîcheur et de couleurs acidulées... Les photos avec le tapis de fleurs dans la forêt sont magnifiques. J'ai eu la chance de pouvoir admirer dans nos forêts cette année une floraison incroyable de jonquilles puis à présent depuis une dizaine de jours de muguet.
    J'adore la photo de la poule sortant la tête de sa "maison" !
    Un billet riche, comme à chaque fois... merci ! profitez au mieux !

    Gros bisous 🌸

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    1. J'adore ausii ce temps de l'année..la promesse de tant de beauté..des tapis de fleurs..ce sont les oeuvres d'art de Dame Nature..

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  19. Look at that cozy coop :-) Nothing like having fresh eggs, and my co-workers think I should have a couple chickens. Love the photo of the head poking out. Your baby:-) The scilla are gorgeous. We had gorgeous weather for a few days, and then yesterday was rainy and dreary. The garlic is doing great.

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    1. THis co-blogger;) thinks you and Joe are chicken people too:) You would love it..

      maybe when Joe retires..:)

      It's than rainy and dreary here too now..up and down..:(
      Have a nice day Debbie.

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  20. Loved this post Monique! (I KNOW, I say that every time, but every post is my favourite and I love them!) Your hens, so lovely. I adore the picture of the one peeking out that hole. How curious! Your boys, so sweet and I love that they get along so well. I don't think my grandchildren see each other very often. Three different provinces. It is hard to get together at the same time. All are so far away that accomodation is difficult! Your garden is so beautiful. I love keeping up with all that is popping up and the way it evolves during the summer. So, so gorgeous! THose cookies! I have printed the recipe. Off the shops now to pick up a few last minutes goodies for the tea party! It is going to be so much fun! Wish you could be here! xoxo

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    1. I hope you posted..I am sure it is perfection!Going to see!

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  21. I LOVE the dirty knees and the lopsided socks. And I love the high key photos. so pretty and sweet. I cannot believe you have chickens! How long has this been a dream of yours?

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    1. Ever since Alain got his..my eyes lit up:)
      And I think everyone noticed..
      I mean..they are cute:) And look at their house..you know me:)
      And EGS..how many dogs and cats lay eggs lol:)
      And Jacques does not want an indoor pet.
      You asked a simple question..and look what I did again:)

      The pics came out of the camera on P or auto like that..I think..I was so consumed w/ my chickens moving here!

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  22. Oh, my goodness! I love that they came to "love" with you! And, warm, fresh eggs! JOY!

    Such FUN, sweet photos!! Oh, the preciousness of grands!! Spring is in the air! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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    1. It's finally getting here Tanna:)
      I just had tea w/ you..
      Thinking of you:)x

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  23. Sounds like a perfect spring day, Monique. Enjoy.
    Amalia
    xo

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  24. Your favorite season, yes? A season for boys and flowers and chickens and fairies!

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  25. How fun that you have chickens now! :)

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  26. من خلال شركة سوقنى المتخصصة فى اشهار المواقع الالكترونية تمتع بخصم عند الحصول على دومين خاص باسم شركتك مع ربط موقعك بمحركات البحث عن طريق مسك كلمات واختيار الافضل من الكلمات البحثية

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