It's a sunny but chilly morning (8C) at the farmette. It's supposed to only go to 22C today, which is fine for a birthday. Yep. Crossed the 58 year mark today. Overall, in pretty good shape, despite the creaks and groans.
I got an early birthday treat on Thursday when younger sister Sandy, older sister Barb, niece Erin and I drove down to the market at St. Jacob's . What a treat!
It was the first time I'd been in any kind of crowd since the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago. Mostly people were courteous and everyone wore masks indoors, at least. So that was good. Here's Erin (blond pony tail) and Barb (backpack) from the back. Barb became our pack pony - we got so much stuff, Sandy and Barb had to take a trip back to car halfway through the shopping!
It was soooo fun. Yakking with the girls all the way down - about an hour's drive. I swear nearly everywhere in the province - except the extreme south, east and north - is about an hour's drive from the farmette.
Anyhow. At this time of year, the concessions were bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and flowers. It was so lovely and colourful and people seemed extremely happy to be out and about.
We checked out every corner of the place. Inside and outside. I hadn't been there since the big fire several years ago, and it did not disappoint.
We did manage to stop for lunch - falafels and donairs in the outdoor courtyard.
Got the best picture of the girls while we stood in line to get our sandwiches. See?
Erin's boyfriend's mum, Jana Pavlasek, is a clothing designer in Toronto, and early on in the pandemic started making masks. Which all three ladies are sporting in this picture. Her company is called individually fashioned or if. I have a couple of lovely tops from when Sandy and I went down to one of her shows pre-pandemic.
But back to the trip. I got a bit overly excited by the abundance of fruit, and wound up with several pounds of blueberries, apricots, peaches and strawberries. Once I got home, I realized I had WAAAAAY too much. So on Friday, I did my farmette best to preserve them - by freezing fruit salad in jars that I can take out, thaw and eat with yogurt for breakfasts. Yum.
We're having the Thornton family over for a double-birthday celebration today - Sandy was born on August 23rd, so we usually do a dual party. Ribs and corn on the cob it will be, and I'm so looking forward to seeing them all again. Hoping everyone is staying healthy and happy. Until next week.