Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Happenings At #9 Farms and The Daffodil Festival


Hello again, here it is May 14, 2019 and I am just getting this post finished up. It is 10:07 pm we are still over here at the inspected kitchen with all the boys putting labels on the jars while I finished up printing them, the song Mr. Blue Sky is playing by ELO and the boys are complaining as Bruce explains to them that this a very big weekend. Colten will be at The Chesapeake Jubilee and we will be at the Outer Banks Baum Center for the Master Gardener Show (which this makes five years we have been vendors there) wow does time fly! Before that we came and shopped every year for many years. Some of the same exact vendors have been there for as long as I can remember. We look forward to every May....IT IS ALWAYS THE THIRD WEEKEND IN MAY. If you are in the Outer banks area this coming weekend it is well worth a visit. As I continue to type it is now another night, my daughter Amanda has been working on a site for us. 
We made another delivery today and Colby cooked his famous hot wings.....while I planted and dug holes and hoed in the fields until I had blisters bleeding on my hands. Now onto the post on what was started right after the Daffodil Festival.....
Which we had an amazing time....as always we love seeing our  market families and visiting with new artist and other vendors. The Gloucester Daffodil festival is one festival you want to come to....it always an well planned event, so many helpers, and a wonderful parade with a huge crowd of great folks.  

When we arrived at the Daffodil Festival for setup Friday night our time is always the same and we are thankful for a Friday night set up. We drive back and forth each day and night which is very hard....we get up at 3:30am to do the chores and Colten of course is here at the house or Colby....so things do get done. When we get back we just have to go behind everything to make sure everything was done. It was cold and rainy when we arrived to the quite beautiful historic town of Gloucester. There were a few vendors setting up but other than that not many where we were. We set up everything as best as we could despite the falling rain and possibility of wind storms. Tents extra weighted and tables out......we headed to the Chik-fil-a by the Walmart in Gloucester and then the Little Caesars pizza for the boys. The drive home is approximately 2:45 minutes or can be longer depending on the Coleman Bridge. 

As you can see the town is decorated and so quaint. 
We actually arrived early Sunday morning the sun was shinning and the alpacas were coming in for the festival for the day. 


Daffodils line the streets. 

The package information


This is my buddy Joel whom we met about a year in half ago at one of the high school shows an his a wood worker. He makes amazing pieces of art out of wood. Inlaid cutting boards which I am proud to own......well he told Bruce at one of early spring shows he was making me something...
GUESS WHAT...……



This beautiful ink pen what an amazing piece of art to own. 

I couldn't believe it, it made me cry to think someone made this for me.... I couldn't believe it!!  But it is so true I use it every day at my table.....and don't even touch it! What a beautiful inlaid wooden pen. 

Now tell me PLEASE isn't this most cutest little house? The true tiny home. 

The moss...….  oh my the texture oh my goodness I love it! More lovely daffodils. 

See the water drops on the daffodil. 


more daffodils....you just cant get enough the beauty is astounding and in so many colors...…
So Sunday morning as we are parking we start talking with this lady whom I hope to see again she was from Kentucky...…. I fell in love with the turtle....and guess what she gave it to me...I was getting ready to buy it and she is like no take it.... I was like no way.....I am a HUGE turtle fan. We actually have a turtle we have had now for more than 13 years.....His name is so difficult Mr. Turtle LOL!!!
It is a red eared slider we got in Florida on the side of the road. When I saw the van I was like STOP.... we were driving our 15 passenger van and mind you this was 2006 we had six kids in the van and we all got out …..we left with Mr. Turtle and this tiny cage....lol now he is in a very large fish tank. 
Here is the card from where the turtle came from a very talented artist Sculptures By Jay

More lovely Daffodils 

The grass is amazing and the shape of the tree 

I love trees always love to paint them and take pics of them 

Perfect tree to paint...am I right? 

Always fascinated by the structures and the age of them 

the walkway into the center of the town. I was not there Saturday as I was at a show before the date was actually made or posted so I had to go and missed the pics of the parade, etc.  but you can view them 
HERE and 
So you can see other pics of the Daffodil Festival from the past. 

I love that their bookmobile has daffodils on it....adorable.
A funny joke...Dusty was just in the spelling bee and one of his words was "bookmobile" he said WHAT???? 
I repeated it...
WHAT??? 
Let me see the paper (this is when I was going over the words) I showed him as I was laughing I used it in a sentence. I explained that when I was a kid we had bookmobiles in the city. Here in the country I haven't seen one but I could be wrong.....I used to LOVE going on the bus and check out books and just pour my afternoon away in those books when I was a child. It was always so exciting when it was bookmobile day.  

The sign that greets you upon arrival. 

I hope I didn't bore ya too much.....but I did want to make this post anyway since my life is so busy there is no time for sit down computer work. All of us work so hard here at Leaf Love Soaps and #9 farms....PLEASE forgive me.....


REMEMBER WE ARE AT 
Friday 5-10pm 
Saturday 10-10pm
Sunday 12-6pm 
THIS WEEKEND

and I will be at the 17th Annual Coastal Gardening Festival at the Baum Center 
GO 
that is Saturday from 9-2:30pm 

Hope to see you soon....
Thanks for stopping by....
Until Next time 
Have a Good One!!
Dawn Gallop  








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Thursday, April 4, 2019

A BIG Weekend Ahead of Us Lots of Pics





Hello and welcome it has already been a busy morning, I came into to drink my coffee and as always wanted to make a blog post......but honestly I have no time as I have so much to do today...as tomorrow I have to set up for the Gloucester Daffodil Festival which is a HUGE event and so well put on, a lot to do for everyone....food, crafts, art, games, learning......the list is endless not to mention BEAUTIFUL....the flowers speak for themselves. You can see some of my pics from last year HERE 
if you can make it out to the festival it is well worth it we are excited. 
The pic above is just the cutest.....Hippy and Miracle riding in the John Deere Gator to the pasture....they used to run right behind me or whomever was taking them but now they have discovered FRESH DEWEY SWEET GRASS awwww so yummy and tasty they just can't help themselves. They were riding up front but Bruce decided to put them in the back and away they went just perfectly fine. Hippy and Miracle were two born recently of seven right now that the moms rejected....you never know why but it happens. One of the kids she kept but Hippy she said no way....so he has been bottle fed since birth and he is doing just fine, we called him Hippy as he had this little tiny hip area which now is not a thing probably how he laid in utero. Miracle born to another doe we call her Peanut she rejected her....well I literally spent three days making her eat and Bruce told me.....she will be a Miracle if she makes it....I never gave up.....and now look.... an adorable little girl goat named Miracle with a heart of gold and runs to us the minute you call her name. Runs as fast as she can. 
Riding away now "momma stay behind us jic" 

Peach habanero jam I made yesterday along with regular peach jam so I will have lots of that this weekend 

Peach Habanero Jam 

This is a queen cell that the queen larvae is inside you can see it I also made a video for you to be able to hear the bees and see them flying around 



 bee larvae 

more pics of the bees look at those worker bees go 


THIS WEEKEND FROM 9-3 at Hickory High School Colby and I will be there along with many many other vendors It is a great show with a tremendous amount of wonderful things to buy....and a lot of my art buddies will be there with their goodies 

This is this Saturday and Sunday Bruce and Colten will be here you can see more of my pics from last year HERE  or go to their site for more info 

Of course I got ya covered with pickles 

Pickles from #9 Farms 

More pickles 

These are the habanero pickles 


I will have eggs too 

These are some of the eggs I collected one afternoon in my new basket from my friend Aylene.....THANK YOU Aylene its perfect 
strawberry jam in my 15qt. copper pot 

strawberry jam 

strawberry jam you can see more pics here of strawberries at #9 Farms 



Every week we meal plan with the help of Colby as he sets what the "boys" want to eat...and of course spaghetti around here is a huge favorite. 

This was my meal chickpea pasta, Tuscan spicy tomato sauce and Tuscan organic kale ......can I get a totally to the MAX YUM Factor .....FABULOUS 

Me making jam on my new gas stove which is like a REALLY BIG DEAL HERE as I have wanted this gas stove my whole married life and finally its is production....have not baked in it yet but that's coming 

You can see how awesome it is it was very expensive and HEAVY to put in but so worth it!! 

I am so VERY VERY VERY HAPPY to have it and my sweet apron from my granddaughters Samantha, Dakota, and Clarrisa 

Some of the plants from the greenhouse this is the pumpkin on a stick which is actually an eggplant 

more pics of the greenhouse I have a video on all my plants 


some of my pepper plants all grown from seeds 

the tomato plants all grown from seeds 

wanted to share my new hat my friend Angela Cartwright she comes to a lot of the shows I am at.   She knits amazing works of art makes her own patterns and everything. This is my new shirt handmade by Stitches by Julia on Etsy. I can't wait to wear this Saturday to show Angela.....she walked over and handed it to me and said this is for you. I LOVE IT! Its adorable in the new spring colors coral and so very soft. The shirt is amazing too...keeps me warm. 
HOPE you guys have a great week, and weekend and if your in the area stop by the shows....Hickory High School and/or Daffodil Festival. 
Dawn Gallop 

#HAPPY SPRING 









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