After our beach date Evan and I headed to his Nana’s house in Belleville for dinner and a sleepover. His mom was there also, and the three of them together are really funny and make me laugh quite hard. They just love Evan so much and are so proud of him, so they regularly say things to me like “But isn’t he such a nice boy?” (YES). It’s really cute.
They also love to tell me stories of when he was younger, which are my favourite. Like how Evan refused to ride in his uncle’s car when he was a kid because it looked like “it might go too fast,” and about young Evan’s dreams of becoming a garbage man because he liked to collect things. And my favourite, the time they were at a restaurant in Florida and their server accidentally brought four-year-old Evan orange juice with VODKA instead of the plain OJ his mom ordered for him. That is quite the mix-up. I am not sure how that happens. Apparently they had to leave the restaurant because Evan drank it and got all rowdy and started throwing silverware. I die for stories like this. I want to hear them all.
Evan’s Nana grew up in British India, so her staple dishes are pretty different from my own Ukrainian Nana’s, but her cooking is so good! For dinner she made us lentils, curried meatballs (curried meatballs!), and two different kinds of rice as well as vegetables.
SO good. I see where Evan gets his amazing cooking skills from! He is always making his Nana’s lentils and saying that he just can’t make them as good as hers, but I think he is pretty close. I understand though…nothing I make of my Nana’s will ever compare, because Nana’s add their unconditional love. And a ton of salt.
It was a nice visit.
And then on Sunday morning we made our way to Evan’s Dad and Loulou’s, who you may remember have a hobby farm in Tweed.
Remember these little guys?
They have grown!
They are getting so big, and they are just getting more funny looking.
So cute though still.
Evan’s dad and Loulou have been really big on rescuing animals lately, especially birds. Loulou was saying they will go to another farm expecting to bring home one chicken and will somehow get roped into taking home four. They have built quite the bird sanctuary to house all these birds.
During the day all the different chickens and guineafowl just wander around the yard and get into mischief, and then at night they are put into their bird mansion.
They are so funny to watch.
Mango the rooster has been steadily improving since they first rescued him (at his old home the chickens bullied him and pulled out his feathers), and he is looking a lot better these days. He actually let me pet him!
He’s so funny.
I need to introduce you to the newest and cutest edition to the farm. Peanut the piglet!
I die. I just die. How adorable is that sweet little face? She is just 6 weeks old and currently 10lbs and I cannot tell you how badly I wanted to snuggle her. What a little muffin.
Just a baby piggy. Sadly Peanut does not like to be picked up, or I never would have put her down. Loulou said she just squeals like she is being murdered if you try.
Evan’s parents are hoping to eventually house train Peanut and have her live inside, so it will be interesting to see how that goes. I think she is supposed to eventually weigh 100-150lbs. If she stayed that tiny forever I would totally get one to take home as a friend for Winnie. I think Winnie needs a little pig in her life.
I think my favourite animals are still the donkeys Rosie and Zeke though.
Remember those guys? That is the best picture of them.
They are such nice donkeys!
I was feeling brave so I went in their pen and I am pretty sure Zeke fell in love with me. He just followed me around and kept nuzzling up to me.
He makes me really want a pet donkey also, but I don’t feel like that would be ideal for my apartment situation.
I can really feel the love in that picture.
I have to mention my friend Sasha also.
Because she is the best dog ever and I cannot get enough of her.
I have said this before but I will say it again, all of the animals just seem insanely happy. You can tell they are all well-loved and taken care of. I love doing the rounds and visiting them all.
We had a really great time with Evan’s dad and Loulou, and they made us a really great dinner!
Pork chops and sausages grilled on the barbecue, corn on the cob, and grilled bread. I never would have thought of grilling bread, but it was amazing so I am not sure why.
Fun farm times for sure! It almost makes me want a farm of my own, but it is a LOT of work, and I do like my leisure time…