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Ross

The Really Big Boss is this man, Ross Davidson-Pilon. He is the boss of Studio 404 , a commercial photography studio located in Guelph. Ross was kind enough to offer his gorgeous studio space for a bunch of creative types to hold a show and sale. He spied my camera when I was photographing Frances. Ross has been a successful commercial photographer for over 30 years. The last eleven years he has been exclusively digital. BUT he has an AMAZING collection of vintage cameras in his office that had me drooling. He even has the camera from a U2 bomber. I can’t believe that I haven’t met Ross before in Guelph, but I have spied him driving around on his vintage motorcycle (I snapped a shot of it with my Holga a few years ago). I am glad that Ross allowed a bunch of us to sell our wares out of his space.

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I swear, all this rain this summer is driving me crazy!  The garden however LOVES it.  Some full, hot, summer sun would be perfect to redden up the tomatoes and kick start my precious basil into peek production.  We have been eating yellow beans and fresh summer peas right out of the pods.  I know for a fact that we only managed to collect enough peas for the cooking pot for just one meal.  We all kept munching on them like they were crack from the garden. Sadly, for the moment they have finished (until I plants new seeds, which is on my list for tomorrow).

Observe how tall the tomato plants are…..they are monsters!

Tomato Monsters

Tomato Monsters

Okay, they don’t look that tall using a three year old as a measuring stick.  How about this for size?

Who Knew?

Pretty tall, don’t you think?  Goldie is impressed too!  I wonder how many jars of p’sgetti we will get out of this years crop?

Roma

Green Toms

Green Toms

What garden wouldn’t be complete without Brussel Sprouts?  I can honestly say that I don’t recall seeing any Brussel sprouts the whole time I was in Belgium.  I didn’t notice these on the menu during a trip to Brussels. Do they really come from Brussels?  Wherever they come from they are a super-food and they don’t make your pee smell!  I can’t forget to mention that it was my Dad, who kept insisting that we have sprouts in the garden.  Now when he comes for his weekly visit, he has a chat with the chickens and the sprouts.

Sprouts

Blossoms

Blossoms

Weeding the Kale, Beans and Dill

Weeding the Kale, Beans and Dill

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frost

Thanks to old Jack Frost for supplying the texture and to big old Sun for beaming in some warming light.  Can’t you just feel the warmth of the sun?  Don’t forget to take your daily dose of Vitamin D to help the blues of winter fade away.

I realize that some folks are under the impression that all Canadians talk about is the weather, your point?  I am ready for am early thaw, I am ready to go outside without wearing about 40 pounds worth of sweaters, coats, scarves and all the rest of the paraphernalia that I have been accustomed to so far this year.  Bring on the 7 degrees above 0 tomorrow, bring on the rain, I will do a dance of joy!  Fingers crossed the roof doesn’t leak and the basement doesn’t flood any more than normal, then I will be a happy camper.

This weekend is the 2nd annual Hillside Inside Festival held at the Sleeman Centre in beautiful downtown Guelph.  I think I will go and have a dance or two and take lots and lots of photographs of Hillside people (performers too).  There will lots of friends and the usual Hillside ‘suspects’ milling about and is a good way to spend a rainy day!!

I have been reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and I am quite inspired by her writing.  One of my favourite neighbours lent me her copy, which was dog eared and had many corners turned over.  Normally, a book with too many corners folded annoys me, because I think that the important bits have already been mapped out for me.  Fortunately, this was not the case!  Barbara has eloquently written in print so many of the same ideas and beliefs about food issues that I have had spinning around in my head.  She is able to perfectly articulate those ideas and I am grateful to her wisdom.  I highly recommend that you take some time to read her book and if time is a bit short, visit her website here;  http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/  Very informative and inspiring.

Having been inspired and energized from “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” I decided to make my way up to Rowe Farms outlet and ask about pork.  I swear that if I eat another chicken I will exhale feathers.  Don’t even get me started on the whole fish issue….we have to save that for another day.  Now is the time to eat the ‘other white meat’ as they say (who says that really, anyway?).  Off I went armed with instructions to buy a shoulder cut, rather than one of the more popular cuts that grocery stores only seem to have on display.  Much to my surprise, they already had some handsome yet smallish shoulders in the display.  I have decided that the ‘old’ days of when my Mum used to cook a Sunday roast, it wasn’t just for family get togethers, the purpose was to have meat for the rest of the week too.  A friend reminded me that we don’t necessarily need to eat meat everyday!  That damn corporate brainwashing…. Enough of that.  Our plan is to cook a large shoulder of pork on a Sunday and see how many meals we can stretch from the remaining meat.  Please be advised that I am no Julia Childs, my cooking skills are really quite basic.  I rebelled when my Mum tried her damnedest to teach me how to cook, I often succeeded in burning pots of boiling water!  Yes, I am kicking myself now for not paying attention when I had the opportunity.  Life leason #407:  Listen to your wise mother, cause in the end she was always right!

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