A Royal Day

On Tuesday I was at Mission Hill Estates Winery for an event called Taste Of BC. The event was to honour the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge. It was such an exciting event to be a part of. There were about 200 guests and suppliers (those people who were there representing the different commodity groups from the BC Agri-Foods and Seafood sector. That is why I was there representing BC Cattlemen’s Association. If we’re being honest the only reason I got to go was because the really important people from BC Cattlemen’s were all at director meetings in Prince George, however I was more than happy to be a second pick in this instance! In addition, I got to take in this event with my blogging partner Erika Fossen’s oldest 2 daughters Adele and Jade Fossen. They were there representing their 4-H club. They were the lucky ones they got to be very close to William and Kate.

There were several top chefs there with tents set up and each chef had prepared a signature dish prepared with all BC products. The 4-H kids got to stand at the front of each tent and the Duke and Dutchess stopped at each tent and talked with the chefs and sampled the food. I had to stand back while they walked past. It was still such great experience and I am so grateful to have been a part of this special day.


Mission Hills


The view from Mission Hills



The tents where each chef was preparing the decadent dishes


The Duke and Duchess! This pair


Jade Fossen just an arms length away from Prince William!


A Little Of This And A Little Of That

Yesterday was quite an eventful day and had us completing a variety of chores! We have been washing and putting equipment away the last few days. We are all finished making hay and silage for the year, so all the grass that’s left in the field will become pasture for when the cows come home. We like to clean out all the equipment and store it under cover for winter. This helps prevent rust and helps maintain the equipment in good working condition. We pressure wash all the equipment to get all the dirt and built up grass from around all the nooks and cranny’s. With the high dump we actually climb right in and scrape all the silage that is stuck to the inside of the walls.



Inside the high dump scraping off the silage stuck to the walls.


Equipment all washed and “put to sleep” for the winter.

While we were cleaning out the high dump a neighbour pulled in the yard and told us they had some of our cows in their corral. This happens quite often in the fall because the cows are starting to come home from the mountains and some gets their directions to home a bit mixed up and wind up at a neighbours. This is one of the important reasons we brand to identify our animals because tags can rip out and if an animals shows up at a neighbours you need to be able to figure out who it belongs to. So we went to pick them up with the stock trailer and haul them home and drop them off in the pasture with about 50 other pairs that have made their way home already. It has been getting cold at night about 3 degrees and that usual signals to the cows to come home.

I also harvested my garden yesterday. We made quite a haul. It is so great because all the tops of the plants like beet and carrot tops I fed to our pigs and they just loved it!!