Busy Sunday

Even though Daddy could have used a nice quiet, warm day on the chesterfield (he finally succumbed to the cold), we spent the morning planting garlic.  Doesn't sound too bad until I tell you about the morning's blizzard and Renfrew County clay.  It was way too wet and cold to let Ella help, so she had to try to entertain herself.  She did pretty good for an hour but then got too cold.  Ella ended up in tears in the greenhouse.  Daddy let us come in and get Ella warmed up.  We planted about 700 of our 1000 garlic cloves.  Weatherman says it's supposed to warm up a little this week, we'll finish then.


   Ella and I played in the kitchen this afternoon so Daddy could watch his NASCAR  in peace and quiet.  Some days Ella is a little too chatty for Daddy.  Can you see where we are playing?  Love Ella's goofy face.



We got Ella all layered up and headed over to see Grandpa Fletcher before going over to Beachburg.  We trick or treat on Grandma's street since she actually has neighbours.  As you can see, Beachburg got more snow than we did and it actually stayed.  In fact, one road I went down looked like Christmas.  All the evergreens were beautiful with snow.  Everyone loved Ella's fairy princess costume and she got quite the haul.  I think Ella would have done the entire town if I had let her.  She was nearly flying between houses.  She had such fun
We're working in the kitchen this week.  Here's the list of things to do:

  • Check smoke detectors on Monday .
  • Empty and clean out refrigerator, microwave and stove.
  • Wash down counters, cupboards and door frames.
  • Wash windows.
  • Clean ceiling fan.
  • Wash floor.
  • Divide Christmas card list into 5 groups. Write and address one group.
  • Do a quick decor declutter to make holiday decorations more impressive.  This really does make a difference.
  • Make a family wardrobe check. Fill in family wardrobe worksheet. Put any “To Buy” items on shopping list.
  • Perform a tabletop check. Inventory serving pieces, table linens, china and flatware. Will I be ready to set a holiday table? Does anything need polished?
  • Establish good health habits to cushion our family from holiday stress.
  • Begin Christmas gift shopping. Divide master list into 5 groups. Purchase gifts for one-fifth of the list. Wrap gifts as they are purchased. Keep a running total on the budget form.
And here is the form you need for this week:
Wardrobe Planner

    To Buy/Make:
Name:
 
Nice/Casual    
Dressy    
Photo    
     
Andrew was able to get his nets in the water yesterday.  This morning he slipped out to go and see what he caught.  He is fishing in an area he hasn't fished in a few months so he is wondering if that has paid off or not.  We shall see in a couple of hours.
Yesterday we were also planting garlic for next year.  First time doing this so not to sure how it will work.  Hopefully it does for we use alot of garlic in our cooking and also in our brines and smoked fish for markets. 
I was also able to clean some fish eggs so another batch of caviar is on its way to being completed.  
Tomorrow we will be making a run to do our restaurant deliveries for they have been doing without for over a week now for the high winds last week. 
We plan on doing Dufferin Grove this week but it depends on the weather.  Right now it seems like it may be a good possibility but I don't want to count the eggs before they hatch.  The marine weather says for Wednesday winds are going to be 15 knots from the south.  That is not the best conditions but it can be done. 
I best go and open the plant for Andrew will be back shortly.

Hallowe'en

I know a number of my internet friends will disagree, but I really don't have an issue with Ella going out trick or treating.  My sister and I did and we turned out ok  :)

The Celtic celebration of Samhain, which means 'summer's end' in Old Irish is pre-Christian.  It celebrates the end of summer and preparation for the coming winter.  There was also fear of roaming spirits and divination and other pagan rituals.  This aspect of Halloween has been embraced by the growing pagan/Wiccan movement.  There seems to be more and more people going back to the 'old religions'.  I think this is because Christianity and God have been removed from nearly every aspect of every day life.   We all know that nature hates a vacuum and so people find anything to fill the void that has been left by the over-secularization of post 20th century society.

Halloween and actual trick or treating are Christian in origin.  October 31st is All Hallows' Eve, or the evening before All Saints' Day.  In the Middle Ages poor people went from house to house begging for pennies or soul cakes on All Hallow's Eve and in return they promised to pray for the departed on All Soul's Day.  Ella will never dress as anything evil or Satanic.  This year she's going as a ballerina dressed as a Fairy Princess.  It's called making use of last year's dance dress -easy costuming 101.


A soul, a soul, a soul cake
Please good Missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, One for Paul,
One for Him who made us all.

God Bless the master of this house, the mistress also,
And all the little children who around your table grow.
Likewise your men and maidens, your cattle and your store,
And all that dwells within your gates,
we wish you ten times more.

A soul, a soul, ...

The lanes are very dirty and my shoes are very thin,
I've got a little pocket I can put a penny in.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha' penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha' penny, then God bless you!

A soul, a soul,...

Winter Fun

Skating has started for another year.  Our local arena has 'pre-school' skating every Thursday morning, but really it's open to any one.  We had to buy Ella new skates this year, her feet grew 2 sizes.   I was surprised how Ella just hopped on the ice and took off.  I thought she might have to get used to the ice again.

Ella was so happy to wear her new skating outfit.  Grandma finally finished knitting the skirt and sweater.  Ella is so pleased with herself and hopes her little friends from last year come back.  For some reason Ella is still skating with a stiff left knee.  She won' t bend it for anything.  She wants to learn 'tricks' so that's likely how I'll get Ella to finally use that leg.  Can't do waltz jumps with one leg  :)

Since Ella can't read, I'll share with you another Christmas present that I have finished.   I hope the picture is a little clearer than it looks right now.  I'm not sure why it looks blurry uploaded??  Any way, I finished Ella's stocking this afternoon.  It's Falling Snow from the Ravelry website.  I've actually seen some pictures on Ravelry that show this stocking with names knitted in.  I may have to make this stocking again and add Ella's name.  It was such an easy knit that it's really tempting.   In which case, I'll have to find a new home for this one, hmmm...........
I made this flyer to place at the exhibitions and in coffee shops and in the Outpost newsletter.  Now I need to find a cheap way of producing them in high quality format. I have one set of students taking part and have a second class starting in Nov.  It is a beginning.
Oh my goodness, I have got to make a brooch out of this subject.  Thanks Gary. Could it be that my machine work, my shibori and my insanity will all come together.... Let me make this a goal!
Mathematics here I come.
And if you don't understand that comment, do ask.

No Saturday Markets

I thought this wind wouldn't give us a break.  It is blowing outside right now.  Marine weather says this for today and tomorrow. 

"Gale warning in effect.


Wind west 35 knots diminishing to 30 this morning then veering to northwest 25 early this evening. Wind backing to west 20 near noon Friday then increasing to 30 Friday evening." 

Not very good weather for fishing at all. 
So we will bunker down for the weekend and regroup for next week.  Hopefully this weather calms itself and we can return to fishing shortly.
We will be attending a few things in the near future. 
First is the Grey Bruce Food Summit held in Owen Sound on November 8th.  It will be to do a short talk on what we do.  Also a meet and greet session in the afternoon.  It is from 9-4pm. 
Second we have been invited to participate in Terra Madre Day on Friday, December 10 from 6-9pm at the Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), Toronto.  It costs $15 but will be able to sample food from a number of different vendors.  We will be supplying some samples of our smoked fish. 

Sun is shining but the wind is really blowing

Seems a little out of place for late October

White caps....not what a fisherman likes to see.

Wild water

Andrew's boat and gear

Where did all the leaves go?
Today the winds are south 40 gusting to 60km/h.  Later on today they are increasing to southwest 60 gusting to 100km/h.
With these conditions, we won't be able to make it to Dufferin and even the Saturday markets are highly questionable.  The winds for Friday are still quite strong.  But over the weekend it looks like it may relax a bit.  We will keep you updated when we think we can make a run down to city again with product.

Pictures from today






Todays marine weather says this:
Gale warning in effect. 
I think that red banner across the top of the page is permenantly etched there.  It is either a gale warning or wind warning.  I can remember when it use to regularly read - winds calm or winds light.  Hope this system moves on and we can return to the water when they aren't tossing like this.  If it bad like this on shore you really don't want to be out there. 
You can always check out our weather up here by the link on the side of the page.  We check out both sites quite regularly.  But other times we don't need to for we can hear the water and wind. 
We have all the fish ready for market today.  Hopefully the weather holds off till the market is done.
Up here we had to pull out all of our nets and so did the other fishermen.  We have a strong wind warning out and it is going to go up to 70km/h.  I think all the leaves will be blown down for sure by tonight.
So with this strong wind warning out we had to cancel Dufferin this week.  It is possible this wind will be done blowing by Thursday and if it does we can slip the nets back in so we can do Saturday. 
This wind lately has been persistant.  Since the middle of August it started acting up and it hasn't stopped.  Wonder what kind of winter that will bring us. 

Menu Plan Monday -25 October 2010

First of all I need to say something...
TWO MONTHS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!!


I'm going to stop saying I have a quiet week coming up!  I ended up busy last week and missed making a couple things (like the chicken pie and poor knights) and shuffled a couple meals around.  I'm going to try harder to stick to the menu plan this week, our meals are getting too carefree.

Monday:  dance night
roast chicken and dressing
autumnal chowder
Tuesday:  grocery day for those well enough
pb&h for Daddy
bring home something for a treat
Wednesday:
Dutch potato pancakes
leftover chicken
Thursday:   knit night
pizza
chicken sandwiches
Friday:
pizza
roast beef
Saturday:
macaroni and cheese
casserole roasted pork -Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Sunday:
??
hot beef sandwiches

More great ideas at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Look at what we caught when Andrew went fishing today

This is the third deer he got while fishing. 

On another note.  We are planning on being at the last Riverdale market.  The forecast is looking not great but a possibility.  20 knots from the southwest which is sort of off shore for Andrew to get the nets.  The Wiarton Airport is calling for a risk of thunderstorm though.  I guess we will need to wait and see.
The forecast for Wednesday is 35 knots from the southwest which may again allow us to go to get the nets but is pushing it.  Atleast no call for thunderstorms just windy and rain. 
The Christmas season is fast approaching.   I like to get things done early and actually enjoy Christmas the way it should be, not a mad rush to buy everything 'as seen on tv'.  I found a couple of websites that have made my life so much easier.  I now have a Christmas Journal and a plan.  I'm ready for Christmas without all the stress and bother.   The first site is FlyLady.  She has helped me keep my house clean enough and then I found her Christmas journal and what a help that was.  The other site I found was Organized Christmas.  Between these two I have our Christmas all organized and ready.
Christmas Countdown starts today.  It's 'Get Organized Week' and we're working in the Front Entrance.  Here's the tasks for this week:
  • spend 15 minutes every day to get organized and update journal
  • sweep down front porch
  • wash door window and light fixture
  • put up Christmas lights while the weather is still nice
  • start master gift list -usually done and mostly bought by now
  • update Christmas card list and addresses
  • buy any cards if needed and stamps
  • make holiday travel plans
Actually, here's the first form.  They are  for the Master Gift List and stocking stuffer ideas.  I just make the list as long as necessary.

Name:
Ideas:
Buy
Where
Make
Done
Gift/ Stocking

Ella socks

 X  yes  G
Little People beach set
 X  Walmart  S
bubble bath
 X  WM  S

This and That

The week has turned out a little busier than expected.  I certainly didn't expect to spend 2 1/2 hours at the hospital with Ella today.  The doctor says it's only bronchitis, but I think she's picked up my chest infection.  Bronchitis doesn't usually sound like you are coughing up a lung, it's usually dry and hacky sounding.  I won't be surprised if we end up at the walk-in clinic Wednesday.


Tuesday we were so busy weighing and labeling pork and getting it all bagged up and ready for OVFC delivery day today.  Things were slow at delivery day, so that took a good chunk of this morning. 
I made two pots of soup for the church sale today (made the soup yesterday).  Actually I made THREE pots of soup, but I burnt the first one and had to start over.  Luckily I hadn't put in the turkey yet and so only wasted potatoes, stock and milk. 

I did get a chance to make some delicious applesauce cake.  It comes from my Amish Cook's Baking book.  But you can find the recipe over at Amish Cook Online.  It's super easy to make, takes a pint jar of applesauce (the size I can).  It uses salad dressing (I use Hellmans) so there are no extra eggs or oil.  I made a fancy loaf pan and a 9 inch cake out of the recipe, or it makes a 9x13.  It is very yummy and 'easy to eat' according to Colin.  I don't even bother icing it, we eat it like a snack cake or brownie.

This afternoon I helped Colin get the bottle gourds and the bushel gourds out of the garden.  We're hoping they are ripe enough and will dry nicely over the winter. 

Here's a soup recipe to try, it's a good use for Thanksgiving leftovers:

Turkey Chowder
1 onion, chopped fine                      1 c diced carrots

2 c diced potatoes                              1/2 c diced celery
6 c turkey or chicken broth, preferable homemade
5 c or more of chopped turkey, watch for bones and such
4 T butter                                             6T cornstarch
2 c milk, any kind                             2 c mozzarella

Simmer vegetables and broth for 20 minutes until potatoes are soft.  Add the chicken.  In another saucepan, melt butter and stir in cornstarch.  Slowly add milk and stir until very thick.  Add to soup and stir to combine.   Remove from heat and add cheese.  Stir till melted and serve.


I just thought I'd do a quick post and show you all the amazing stir fry that was provided to the vegetarians at our friends' wedding last weekend! It was probably the best stir fry I have ever had, and it even featured shiitake mushrooms - which, as I've mentioned before, I am far too cheap to buy for myself.



The beautiful couple - thanks for having us, guys (and for feeding us so well)!



Paul and I, stuffed full of stir fry and perhaps a bottle of wine in.

Busy

Very busy today, so I thought I'd just post a couple pictures.
  This is on my sideboard on the day we had our first snowflakes.


   Me at  6 and Ella at 4.  How sad that she fits my old costume?  But you know, I didn't have to remind her how to pose, she remembered from seeing the picture.

TRADITIONS

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving.  It's one of my favourite holidays - let's be honest, any holiday where our family gets together is my favourite.  

We have a few traditions associated with this day.  The first one occurs mid afternoon when Ian offers to help set the table.

TRADITION 1

Ian: Would you like help setting the table?

Me: Um... I guess... if you really want to. (I know what's coming)

Ian: There's a lot of people here, do you just want to use paper plates?

Me: No, I want to use the china.

Ian: Are you sure?

Me: Yes, I'm quite sure.

Ian: Should I get the glasses from the kitchen?  You don't want to use the crystal do you?

Me: Yes, I want to use the crystal.

It is the same conversation we will have at Christmas and then again at Easter.  We bought some lovely crystal glasses on a trip to Ireland a few years ago and I think it's funny that Ian never wants use them.  There is a reason for this which I will explain later.


TRADITION 2

Before our meal begins, we go around the table and each person tells what they are most thankful for.  Usually by the time we get to the end there will have been a few laughs and a few tears.  It is the best part of my day.



TRADITION 3

We all eat too much turkey and the trimmings but always seem to have enough room for dessert.


TRADITION 4

The guys do the dishes.  This is the reason that Ian hates to use the crystal glasses...they need to be hand washed.   While I enjoy taking a rest after the meal, I pay for this act of kindness when I get asked a million questions as to where things belong and then for the rest of the week as I try to find all my kitchen gadgets.


TRADITION 5

Relaxing after the meal and dishes are done.  This takes many forms but we seem to congregate together and play a game.  This year we gathered around our outdoor fireplace and watched the stars come out while drinking hot chocolate.  


I think Matthew went a little overboard with the fire but I'll let you be the judge.

The only thing that kept this from being an absolutely perfect day was the absence of Daniel, Olivia, and Adam.  We missed them. : (



I know a lot of people have been waiting patiently for some fresh fish.  So have we.  The winds have been brutal.  We had gale warnings today out and yesterday they were even calling for water spouts.  Never saw one of those but nor do I ever want too.  Last time I said something like that was about a bear, never seeing one that is.  Then one day one showed up on the back porch with only a glass door seperating it and us.  Now I try and watch what I wish for. 
We will have smoked fish and plenty of smoked whitefish.  It is whitefish season right now so everything is being bullied out to deeper water till they are done doing what they do this time of year. 
We do have caviar though.  Let me know how it is.  The first couple of batches are usually the most challenging.  Rusty.... 
We also have fish stock made from whitefish.  I tried to leave some room at the top of each bottle so it can be frozen if you would like to save it for another day.  I hope it is enjoyed and make a quick pot of soup or chowder for you on these brisk days.  I am seeing people enjoying a hot bowl of chowder curled up by a fireplace while the winds blow the snow around outside.....   Oh okay to early for talk of the white stuff. 
See you at Dufferin.  Hope it isn't so windy tomorrow.

Sorry no Riverdale for us this week

The winds have again set us back.  The next few days for wind sounds a bit irritable too.  Thought the marine forecast were wrong today but the winds have picked up considerably. 
Working on caviar though to pass the time.  Also have made some whitefish broth which is a perfect base to a fish soup or chowder. 
We also had some cloth reusable grocery bags made up with our logo on them.  The logo really stands out on them nicely.  Also the bags are kinda cute for they roll up tightly into a little package and can fit nicely into a purse or pocket.
I best run.  Smoking fish for Thursday.
You may have noticed that I love, love, love Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns.   So much so that I even bought another copy of The Knitter's Almanac the last time we were in Toronto.  It's the commemorative edition and has great new pictures.  It's also in hard cover and likely to last longer than my original paperback one.  I can't encourage you enough to pick up this book if you love to knit.  There's a pattern for just about everything, and Elizabeth is so encouraging.  She wants you to be a fearless knitter and learn that you don't have to be tied to a pattern.

The best part of the new edition is the February Baby Sweater (best baby girl sweater ever) has been turned into a February Lady Sweater.   I couldn't wait to get this started and the trip to Picton was a great start.  Well here it is!!!!  I was finished by the next Tuesday -yep, a sweater in one week.  It is such an easy knit.  I made one main change.  Instead of the row of eyelet increases, I continued the raglan increases until there were enough stitches.    It fits wonderfully.  Since it's made from the top down that means the sleeves and body are the right length for me.

I used some old yarn that I've been hanging on to for a very long time.  It's leftover from another sweater but I've been waiting for the right pattern.  The yarn came from Eatons and was their lovely Lady Fair.  Yes I know it's acrylic but it's beautiful.  And sometimes you need an easy to care for sweater that won't make you itchy.  It's 'sayelle' sized wool.  The gauge sizing is my only complaint with this sweater pattern.  In her chapter about aran sweaters,  Elizabeth Zimmerman complains about the habit of sweater designers/companies saying 'certain number of stitches over pattern'.  This is such a hard way to measure gauge.  It is easier to match gauge given over stocking stitch.  Well, the pattern gauge is given over the lace pattern.  I used a 4 1/2mm circular (as suggested by my yarn).   I used about 10 50g balls.  I don't know for sure because a couple of the balls were part-balls left from the other sweater.

I'm probably going to make myself another sweater out of some 'real' wool.  I'll likely wait until the next time we're in Bowmanville and see what new loveliness Tina has in store.  This sweater would be luxurious in a merino/alpaca blend.

Go make yourself one.  You won't be disappointed!

Open-Faced Sandwiches (Rainy Day Lunch)



I have been an embarrassingly bad blogger lately. I keep saying I am going to post more, and then I don't. Fall is by far the busiest time in my year and I just have not had the time for creative cookery. I haven't even had the time for uncreative cookery. No time to even roast a simple squash, one of my most favourite fall activities.

I signed in expecting my followers list to be non-existent, but it hasn't budged. Thank you for sticking by This is Vegan! I wish I could send each and every one of you a cupcake as a consolation prize for my uselessness.

Today I bring you a post featuring a lunch that Paul put together for me one rainy afternoon as I was rushing in between my morning and afternoon shifts at work. He picked up a couple bowls of the daily soup at Kara's Smart Foods (always fresh, always vegan, always makes my stomach grumble while picking up my weekly veggies - this day it was a roasted tomato-basil). He also made delicious open-faced sandwiches on the fluffiest of white breads (banished from our grocery list because of their addictive properties and lack of any substantial nutrition, he went out and bought them from our favourite bakery just for this occassion).

They come together as follows:

Fluffy white buns, halved
Drizzled with olive oil
Topped with caramelized onions, roasted red pepper and alfalfa sprouts
Sprinkled with a little bit of mozzarella Daiya
and put under the broiler for a couple minutes (just until the Daiya melts - you will want to keep a close eye so that your precious sammy doesn't burn).

Best husband ever!

Gig Harbor Helps Fight Breast Cancer...


The Gig Harbor Quilt Festival celebrated 10 years of fundraising for local breast cancer charities yesterday. A wonderful lunch, and silent and live auction of quilts were part of the festivities. I'm sharing some images of some of the goodies that were up for sale for The Cause. The pink baseball cap was signed by champion golfer Phil Mickelson, whose wife is battling the disease. Don't you love the decorated bra - it was also auctioned off. I loved the Tea for Two item and was so impressed about how many local businesses and individuals donated items to help raise funds. During the live auction of donated quilts, the auctioneer gave attendees an opportunity to fill out a card with any amount they felt comfortable with which was to go to a fund for mammograms for women who otherwise would not be covered by insurance to receive that amazing diagnostic service. I worked with a local printer to help put together the 2011 Calendar. It was a spectacular event and I can't wait to hear how much money was raised!


Taste of the Valley in Cobden

Every year Renfrew County puts on a number of events called Taste of the Valley.  We don't participate in many of them because it's during the busy summer season.  But we never miss the October Cobden Taste of the Valley.  We have been a part of the Taste since the beginning.  The first year they were hoping for 500 people, there were 2000!  The last two years there has been closer to 7000.  It's just one long crazy day!  Luckily we get great help from Colin's sister Elizabeth and his mom.  A neighbour lady came this year too as well as Elizabeth's daughter Brittany.  It's great having Brittany along, she runs errands for us when we just can't get away from the tables.

We were able to set up most things last night, so today we only had to pack the eleven coolers of pork.  We must have had about 3 pigs worth of pork with us this year.  This picture is about 8:30 before many people had arrived.  We had just got the bacon started on the griddle, making the hall smell yummy.


This one is from about 1:00 when there was a bit of a lull so Colin could take the time to get a picture.

It is such a long and crazy day.  But very worth while.  We sold out of bacon (150lb) by noon and were out of just about everything by 2.  We brought home only 1 1/2 coolers of pork.  A very good day.  Our brains are fried, throats sore from talking and legs exhausted.  Colin had to come home and chore, hopefully he will be in soon so he can relax.  I picked up subs on the way home because I'm not cooking tonight.  I'm not even sure if I'm doing dishes later!
It's a wonderful day and we meet so many potential customers, but I'm also very glad it's once a year  :)

Off to Orangeville and Owen Sounds market tomorrow

We will be down to OS and Orangeville tomorrow morning but only with smoked fish.  The winds were not suppose to blow today but they did and could continue all weekend.  :( 
So no fresh fish but hoping to make it to Riverdale Tuesday.  All depends on the weather though. 
This wind the last couple of months has been amazing but not in a good way unless you are a wind surfer. 
Hope to be down to Toronto again shortly as soon as we get a wind break.

On the way to Dufferin Market today

Andrew is off to Toronto today.  He will have a little bit of fresh whitefish and some fresh pickerel too. 
I have started to do some caviar up yesterday and will find out tomorrow how it has turned out.  Hopefully if it passes our taste test it will be at market on Saturday.
We are planning at being at all of our markets on Saturday.  I have the smokers going so hoping that we can find some fish. 

Hugli's Adventure

Ella had another great home school outing yesterday.  She and Grandma met up with a bunch of our home school friends at Hugli's Blueberry Ranch in Pembroke.  I was still feeling miserable, so I did groceries instead  :(

The kids had so much fun.  There are a couple of mazes, including a large alphabet corn maze.  Ella's bunch got a little lost around the letter 'M'.  That was fine at the time but caused a little stress around 2am this morning.



They have a bit of a petting zoo.  Ella was quite taken with Valentine the goat.  There were sheep and alpaca too.  It's really great how the children can get up close and personal with the animals.

This impressive fellow (aka Mr. Hugli) made an appearance and fired off the pumpkin canon.  They are so great with the children.  Fun stories about a fin-less shark that needs to be fed pumpkins.

And then there is this.....

The giant pumpkin is eating someone!!!  At first they were going to use the pumpkin cannon to rescue the guy, but then they decided since only legs were left it was too late.
That last picture reminded me of one I found on the camera on the weekend. 


Colin had been taking some pictures and I guess got creative.
Ella appeared on the Global Evening News on Monday (October 11).  She loves to stand by the television and 'help' Bill Coulter do his weather report.  Check out the link, Ella starts out about 14:45 (marker on right) at the beginning of the weather.   She was so excited to see the video today.

John's Photos

Some folks who received invitations to the show but cannot make it since they live on a different continent! asked to see more photos... So here are some that John took bless him, his patience, support and his Nikon.





And a view of the exhibition, although not all of it - as several artsits' work cannot be seen in this shot, scroll down to see more.
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