This has been a busy summer here in Nova Scotia and soon I shall be leaving and heading back to Germany. I had car problems and mower problems most of the summer. One car almost burned up and was a write-off and another had a dead battery--as did both mowers. Now, when almost time to go, those things have been solved. All I can say is "Thank heavens!"
The chipmunks and squirrels are busily gathering their food to store for the winter months. I have found some of it under the hoods of our cars, so I shall have to check there before putting them into the garage. This little chipmunk is thinking it over on our deck!
When Hans was here in late spring and early summer, he had raccoons coming every evening. I saw them only once. He fed them; I didn't. We didn't see or hear any coyotes, but Paula and Laurie heard them howling at night at their place. A couple or so years ago I did see a couple of them at the edge of our property.
The picture at right: My three sisters and two brothers-in-law on our deck enjoying drinks before a casual supper. It was Buletten night.
Below, my sister Carol (who lives in New Hampshire) on the left and Anne (who lives in Toronto) on the right.
I served my pineapple squares for dessert (shown in the picture following), a favourite of my sisters, all of whom cooked and contributed wherever we happened to be, whether at Carol's in Hubbards, at Paula's or here at our house. Anne, who lives in Toronto, and doesn't have a house in N.S., certainly did her fair share. Wine and beer flowed no matter where we were. I'm surprised that I haven't gained any weight!
Dieter and Rosie, who live in Nuernberg, Germany but have a cottage on a lake near us in Nova Scotia, came one afternoon for coffee and cake. Rosie brought muffins and Alsatian Apfel Kuchen she baked--shown on the far side of the table (not really a cake, more like a pie; not really a pie either, but very good!). In the forefront are my pineapple squares (made for the second time). We are in our front porch.
We celebrated a couple of big events in mid August--one day apart--at Paula and Laurie's: our sister Anne's and Laurie's birthdays. Carol has a house in Hubbards on the Atlantic shores in the summer, so she was here as well for a couple of days, staying with me. (I also spent an overnight with her in Hubbards.)
The birthday girl and her cake! Carol watching and Paula doing the honours for Anne.
Below, shepherd's pie with ground beef and pork with herbs, vegetables and pureed potatoes. This is a Canadian/British casserole that is a great supper or lunch dish. Many pubs in Great Britain have it
on their menu. I served this at lunch time to Paula, Laurie and our German friend, Dieter. Rosie was back in Germany.
One of the super meals was hosted by Anne and Stephen at Paula and Laurie's: a lobster feed! Note the lobster bibs on second picture below. The lobsters were between 1-1/2 to 2 lbs each.
Another casual dinner I hosted here included spaghetti with sauce Bolognese, tossed salad and garlic French bread. I followed Hans' recipe for the sauce and it was excellent. It includes tomato sauce, red wine, herbs and spices, olive oil, Italian spices, a touch of sugar and Tabasco, garlic and onions. Dessert was Alaska mint pie, a recipe I have had since the 1970s and one my sister Paula remembered having, thus the reason for it as a surprise.
In the two pictures below, we are sitting at the other end of our porch and enjoying the spaghetti.
I look forward to being back in Germany, driving my car and being driven in Hans' but not having to worry about either of them. The Oktoberfests are about to begin there and our first one will be two weeks after my return. Friends will be arriving from Canada to join in the festivities.
Enjoy the lovely fall days that are not far off. I shall get to more blog writing and already have a couple in mind--but that will be after Oktoberfest time!