First Frost This Morning 28.9F/-1C

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The season's killing frost arrived this morning. Isn't this rather late in the season for it?

I haven't ventured outdoors but looking out the window I see frost sparkles everywhere. As long as you are warm and safe inside, it's a beautiful sight to see.


Crabapple Season

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I was gifted a goodly batch of very red crabapples, moe than I could manage in one day. This is when I became creative.

A batch of crabapple spread quicly came together. I put enough water in the bottom of a large pan and boiled the craabpples, breaking them into bits with a potato masher. I hot water bathed them in 1 cup jars. I did nothing fancy with the crabapples. All I did was cook them down and run them through an antique Foley mill that I inherited from my mother-in-law. They the crabapple suace got sweetened to taste and Voila! there are several jars of Crabapple Spread on the storage shelf.

The next bath I repeated the the bliling process


Open Hike From Valley Mills To Marble Mountain At 1:00 p.m. On Monday, October 23, 2017

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An open hike will be held between Valley Mills and Marble Mountain at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, 23 October, 2017.

We will meet at Marble Mountain Hall at 1:00. From there we will carpool to the Valley Mills Fire Hall and walk over North Mountain, ending at the Marble Mountain Hall.

The hike will take from 2 to 3 hours, at most. The hike is not strenuous. Wear good hiking footwear.

Rain Date: Monday, 23 October, 2017.

This promises to be a fun time. The foliage colours will be brilliant.

All are welcome.


Free Basil Plants! Get 'em While They're Not Cold

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Free basil plants!

I have small ones in the garden and they don't take much cold.

I'll be happy to give them to anyone who comes for them.

They won't last much longer outdoors.

Bring a container. Otherwise they'll go home with you wrapped in newspaper.


The Canadian Sea Turtle Network is asking for help from the public

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The (CSTN) in Sydney receives a handful of calls to its toll free, 24-hour turtle hotline from people around the island who have found an endangered hard-shelled sea turtle stranded or dead on the shoreline, often thrown up on the rocks by a storm or a strong tide.

In 2016, the CSTN launched the Sea Turtle Beach Patrol, an initiative based out of Neil’s Habour in August that surveys provincial beaches in the hopes of better understanding where and how often sea turtles become stranded.

“Many of the leatherback sea turtles found along the shores of Cape Breton have been found tangled in fishing gear,” said Kayla Hamelin, who works with CSTN.

The CSTN research program based out of Neil’s Harbour collaborated with local fisherman to promote the conservation of the species in the local communities.

This research program allowed the fishermen to bring them out to sea to collect data on turtles, which included satellite tagging the turtles in order to follow them on annual migration.

Note - I copied their contact info from their FB page:


2070 Oxford Street, Suite 110

Halifax, Nova Scotia, NS B3L 2T2

(902) 423-6224

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Welcome to Hike Nova Scotia

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Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout our great province.

We strive to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe.

With every step (sic) we’re building a community of outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

Click on the link below for a list activities around N.S.

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Lloyd Spiegel Concert Tuesday Night In Marble Mountain! 7:30

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Get your blues here Tuesday night!

From Australia, blues guitarist Lloyd Spiegel live!

September 19 at 7:30

$20.00 per person

This event will be held in Marble Mountain Hall

Excitement is building!

Check out Lloyd Spiegel on youtube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1_wtQk0V_Q

Amazing musician!

Call Deb Campbell to reserve seats! 623-0828

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A Tree’s Life Tree-Banding Research Program - You Can Participate in the Study

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Would you like to be a Citizen Scientist?

I signed up last spring and more participants are wanted all over North America. There are only 2 participants in all of Nova Scotia and I am one of them. The next closest participant is in Maine.

A Tree’s Life Tree-Banding Research Program - A Tree’s Life is a citizen science study of backyard tree growth in response to global climate change. Your tree can tell us a lot about forests of the future.

Once you sign up, you will be sent a dendrometer, which is a tape measure that you wrap around a red maple and leave it there. Take pictures and email them with the first readings to A Tree's Life. That's it.

Twice a year you are asked to send a reading. That's all you have to do. You get the sense of satisfaction knowing that you are helping scientists monitor red maple trees.

Click on the link below to join in the project.

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Scapes: A Garden Treasure. What to do with the darned things?

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Thank you, Domenica Marchetti, for your book "Preserving Italy". Now I have a great way to preserve garlic scapes.

I'm very glad I bought this book. I usually have at least an inkling of what to do with produce from the garden but scapes had me stumped. It had gotten to the point that when scapes came on, I rued the abundance. "What ever am I going to do with all these?" People are happy to take them and I give a lot of them away but there was still a significant overage of scapes to deal with.

A good many scapes were coarsely ground in the food processor and covered with olive oil or a blend of butter and olive oil. That makes a great spread instead of butter on slabs of grilled peasant bread. Still, there was left a mini mountain of the beauties.

Martin said that pickling scapes this way, see below, is delicious. Is he ever right! I tried them on griddled peasant bread spread with soft cheese and scapes on top of that. Yum. That made a decent, easy lunch.

Ms. Marchetti shared this recipe for free so I'll share it with you.

Zolle Sott’Olio | Pickled Garlic Scapes Makes 2 pints

Pickled garlic scapes, known as "zolle" in Abruzzo, are a specialty of Sulmona. The scapes are first pickled in vinegar and then preserved in oil. Serve pickled scapes with cheese on crostini or as part of an antipasto platter. They are also good on pizza, in sandwiches, and in frittatas.

1 pound garlic scapes

2 cups white wine vinegar (see NOTES)

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Extra-virgin olive oil

Have on hand 4 sterilized half-pint jars (or 2 pint-size jars) and their lids (see NOTES).

Cut the scapes into 1 1/2- to 2-inch lengths, removing any tough parts at the bottom and the thinnest part above the small bulbous tip.

In a saucepan large enough to hold all the scapes, bring the vinegar to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the salt and let it dissolve. Add the scapes to the pot and cover. Return the vinegar to a boil and boil, stirring once or twice, until the scapes have lost their bright green color and are just tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

Drain the scapes in a colander set in the sink. Spread on a clean kitchen towel and let dry for 1 hour. Shuffle them around once or twice during this time to make sure they dry on all sides.

Pack the scapes into the jars, leaving 1 inch head space. Pour enough olive oil into the jars to cover the scapes completely. Use a bubble remover or a clean chopstick to dislodge any air bubbles and press down on the scapes to submerge them.

Screw the lids on tightly and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Let the scapes cure in the refrigerator for 1 week before using, then store them in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. To serve, remove from the jar only as much as you plan to use and let it come to room temperature. Top off the jar with more oil as necessary to keep the remaining scapes submerged.


These pickles have a pronounced vinegar flavor. If you want to soften the flavor, substitute up to 1 cup water for up to 1 cup of the vinegar ~ no more, as you do not want to dilute the preserving ability of the vinegar. You can also add a little sugar to the brine, if you like.

These pickles do not call for sealing in a water bath; they are stored in the refrigerator. However, to minimize the growth of mold or other micro-organisms, I prefer to sterilize the jars and lids. To sterilize jars, wash them with soapy water, rinse, and then boil in a water bath for 10 minutes; or wash in soapy water, rinse, and heat in a 285 F oven for 30 minutes. Wash the lids in hot soapy water, rinse, submerge in simmering water for a few minutes.

Click on the link below for the online recipe.

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BLUEBERRIES! It's That Time Of Year Again

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The blueberries are in peak production now. This is the time to get them either at the store or pick your own. I enjoy sitting in a field listening to birds, feeling the gentle breezes. And, let's be real, swatting bugs. A good breeze helps keep the biting insects away.

Each year I am inspired by a different way to use blueberries. This year it's Ribs with Blueberry Balsamic Barbecue Sauce. That's what I'll give for xmas gifts this year.

You can certainly enjoy this sauce as a vegetarian. It would be great on grilled veggies. How about jazzing up grilled potato wedges and pepper strips? Squash, both winter and summer? I put it on sandwiches, right on the bread like mayo.

The sauce has a list of ingredients but none that are hard to find, just ordinary kitchen staples. The rub for ribs has some kick to it, with a list of good, robust flavours. If you don't like spicy heat, just leave out the chili peppers. it will still be good.

Find the recipe by clicking on the link below.

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