This blog is about our travels in our solar powered "Airstream" and living off grid, in our passive solar home, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017


We love Farmers Markets. When the kids were little we often got them up early and headed to Elmira on a Saturday morning; now we head north to Combermere, ......... no  kids.

Dave is our farmer of choice who is popular with many other cottagers who wait for him to arrive. His produce isn't priced, simply displayed in pails and sells for a dollar a handful. He sells out before the market is done.

This is where we buy our organic meat, the Shulist Family Farm. We just signed up for the monthly meat share program which runs December to April and delivers a variety of meats the first week each month.

Bob the baker is another popular stand who makes delicious homemade breads that sell quickly.  We make our own so don't buy from Bob very often. The Combermere Market is definitely worth the drive.

Maynooth is holding their garlic festival today so we stopped and enjoyed the market and bought Kimchi from one of the vendors. We grown our own garlic so no need to buy more.

The official start was a poem read by Jill in commemoration of garlic.

If you are up this way be sure to enjoy the many markets throughout the region.

Time now for our Kimchi.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping an eye on us.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


This morning we had frittatas for breakfast. They were delicious. Baked in a muffin pan, the strip of bacon forms the frittata.

On your plate they look like a muffin with bacon forming the base.

Each mini frittata is full of swish-chard, tomatoes, onions, red pepper, parsley, eggs, bacon and cheese.

Mary picked the swish-chard from our garden just outside our kitchen; so close, so convenient.

Now it's my turn to get busy. Mary cooks. I do the dishes.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


This has been the perfect summer for a garden, warm with plenty of moisture. Our gardens are doing very well.

We use netting to keep the deer from enjoying all the greens. Haven't see any deer but this guy comes around regularly.

He has a routine and follows the same route regularly. Usually around 3 he shows up outside our window.

Judging from his size I think he is a first year kit, just learning the skills to survive on his own. He covers a lot of territory but seldom finds what he is looking for.

Tomorrow looks like another wet day so no need to get the garden hose out.

Stay dry and enjoy the day.