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Monday, September 7, 2009

Last Long Weekend of Summer

This last long weekend of summer is called "Labour Day" weekend, and school for students starts tomorrow bright and early!

Talking about labour, I have been working very hard and long since I got back to work a couple of weeks ago. I worked from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday in order to get everything ready for tomorrow. More student registrations coming in, and phone calls requesting records for those who had moved away...makes it difficult to keep the enrolment list up-to-date!

On Saturday, I drove north to a city to purchase some school supplies and other items. The change in the weather is obvious from these photos.



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Sunday, I had to get the pears canned as they were ripe and ready! First, I picked a large bowl full of grapes so I could use the grape juice in the canning process.


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Juice:



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Finished product:

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Today, I was invited to my friend's farm, and when I came back home (with a bag of fresh produce!) I began baking muffins and tartlets for the staff meeting tomorrow morning. I also have some fruit I'm preparing for a platter... and hopefully that will get us all off to a good start for the school year! Then I'll have to transport all the supplies and goodies in my car in the morning!

Labour Day Weekend, indeed! I need a holiday ;)

9 comments:

  1. Goodness me you have been busy! Talk about a change in the weather.
    Those pears look good, and I bet that the muffins and tartlets will be much appreciated.
    Have a good day to start the new school year off. xx

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  2. Labour indeed :-) Those jars of pears look like they'll be put to good use later in the season. With everyone back to full schedules and labouring away, I'm sure the goodies you bring will be greatly appreciated!

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  3. Hi Flighty ~ Although the day started out a bit overcast, the sun shone from bright little shiny faces! One problem ~ a student lost a tooth outside on the ground and had to borrow a magnifying glass to try and find it (no luck!) Yes, the goodies were enjoyed by all!

    Hi Nikki ~ I'm hoping that the pears will add a taste of summer when the cold weather hits! The staff was most appreciative of the muffins, tarts, and fruit! The day went well, but everyone was 'bushed' by the end of the day!

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  4. Bottling and jarring, very fall-related activities I see.

    Yes the weather has certainly changed down here also...*sigh*

    Thanks for the nudge earlier this week, by the way.

    I found out that Labo(u)r Day began in Canada!
    xx

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  5. I applied for a job in a school library, didn't get it, and was very disappointed. I used to hate pears as a kid, but now like them. Your preserved ones are going to come in very handy over the coming winter months. x

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  6. Hi Liv ~ Thanks for catching up on your blog and for dropping in here, too :) We've had a lovely weekend which was a nice surprise after a bit of rain ~ we finally got about 1 1/2 in. of rain in two days after such dry weather. Fall is showing up here and there! Good ol' Canada for starting the Labour Day weekend to honour all the workers!

    Hi Louise ~ So sorry to hear you didn't get the job at the school library that you were hoping for~ such a disappointment. I hope other opportunities come up. Yes, I'm sure the pears will be very tasty during the winter. Thanks for coming by.

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  7. Weather started to break up in the west of Scotland lately but lovely mornings with dew on the grass and that 'autumnal' smell about it.

    Many congrats on the work with the fruit. i can still remember my mother getting Kilner jars ready for the bottling season....happy days!

    Good eating!

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  8. I'm guessing you are working very hard since we've not seen you around.

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  9. Hi Harry ~ Thanks for dropping around and glad to have brought back memories! We seem to have gone into a lovely late summer ~ a little cooler in the morning and evening, but bright sunshine during the day. Just perfect!

    Hi Nikki ~ You are so right! I have been run off my feet! Putting in lots of extra hours, but we're getting there! It's just a busy busy place! :) I hope to be back blogging soon.

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