William and Henrietta Boyd, picture taken before 1910

William and Henrietta Boyd, picture taken before 1910
The very first Boyd's to live in our home, my husband's great great grandparents..now I know where my youngest son gets his looks from!

September 10, 2011

Our newest farm critters, back to school and annual Durham Central Fair!

Good Saturday evening everyone!!
Well, school has started back and everyone is enjoying greatly (me too!), just my daughter who is in gr 11 is not so happy, she's having a few problems and I am frustrated with her school!
Anyhow, with back to school, comes with it our annual Durham Central Fair which opened on Thursday. It was cheapie night so we took the kids, you all know how much it can cost taking 4 kids to the fair right? Well we all got in for $10, kids 13 and under got in free and it was 2 for the price of 1 for adults and parking was free thanks to Tim Hortons for sponsoring the Fair!! The rides were 1 ticket each ($2 a ticket, but considering on any other night the tickets are like $3 each and each ride takes 2 - 3 tickets), so we actually did pretty good. I feel so old knowing that I cannot go on those wicked rides that the kids go on these days, seeing as when I was younger I could handle them, lol, now I just get queasy looking at the kids on the Ring of Fire, and The tomahawk and The Salt and pepper Shaker and the Zipper...makes me want to throw up just watching,, hehe. We made it back home by 9:30 and the kids went straight to be and slept all through the night. The next day was for all the local schools to gather at the fairgrounds and compete in the Farmers Olympics consisting of the manure throw ( with bean bags :D), the tractor pull( riding a tricycle and pulling a square bale of hay), the round hay bale push( where 2 kids had to push a large round bale of hay a certain distance under a certain amount of time), tug of wars and many other events! There was also floats from each school that paraded down the main street in Orono to the fairgrounds, lots of agricultural tours where students got to learn all about farming and making butter and cooking and raising animal etc. All in all, the kids had an awesome time and once again returned home happy but pooped! Nothing says Fall like the tradition of The Fair!!
So the Sunday before we had gone to Lindsay area to pick out some cute little piggies to raise for meat ( sorry kids, don't get too used to them, lol) So we now have Petunia and Petals( yes they are girls). They don't stink like I thought they would and now that they know who's feeding them ( me, lol), they come right up to the front of the shed and snort and look at their food dish and look at me than snort again as if to say " come on feed us we're starving" My hubby has been working so much he hasn't gotten around to making a pen yet and this weekend he is working the Oshawa RibFest, so it's just another task being put off, what else is new!!
A few weeks ago we got a surprise from one of hens that we had thought went missing. We heard some chirping going on inside one of our portable garages, so we took a peek, and low and behold, under our Speckles was some really cute chicks. She had 6 but 3 of them did not make it :( I had to put them in a pet crate in the chicken coop til they get bigger. I'm trying to load some pictures of our piggies and chicks so hopefully it will work!
That's it for now, hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!!
Hugs, Trish


  1. That is neat the fair does a cheapy day. It's a costly event to attend, especially for a family.

    We had our first Denver County Fair last month. It was only for 3-4 days though. Where I come from the fair is huge and a big deal and lasts for almost a month. But for Denver's first one, it wasn't too bad. They can only improve right! Just wish all the fees and rides weren't so expensive.

    Sorry you lost some chicks. I hope the others make it.

    Blessings, Jessica

  2. Good to hear from you again Trish....sounds like you've been keeping busy. It's neat that your fair involves the children so much - our fairs are in the summer, and although the local 4H clubs usually sponsor the fairs and do the exhibiting, the schools aren't involved at all. I haven't been to the fair in years - I miss the food and the exhibits - but not the other weirdness that it seems to attract if you know what I mean! And I can't imagine trying to take a family there! When my hubby told me cheese curds cost $7, Itruly felt OLD and poor!! ;o) Good luck with the piggies and the chicks....nothing cuter than baby chicks! Would love to see some pictures!! Have a blessing-filled Sunday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin