September 1 to 23, 2018
We just finished another fabulous Workaway experience. For three weeks we hosted a delightful young lady, and fellow vegan from Germany, Vanessa. She helped me get the garden off, helped Ken to split wood and we had a blast cooking together.
In three weeks, we managed to pack in a lot of cooking, a lot of fun and a lot of work, too. Our grapes were very productive this year. We picked off around 40 litres of grapes and what we didn’t eat, Vanessa made into juice and canned for the winter. And even though she was not a fan of ‘spicy’, she learned to make and can salsa as well.
She learned a bit about our Ukrainian culture. She helped out at the town perogie bee and learned to make borsch as well. She was a pro at making perogies and we even made 10 dozen vegan perogies at home.
She learned about farming and got to witness how crops were harvested over 50 years ago at the Strathclair Old Iron Club threshing demonstration.
She was very interested in the Canadian wildlife. We managed to see buffalo, deer, beavers and a fox. She really, really wanted to see a bear, but we had no luck.
What I enjoyed the most, was making bread with her. She really missed her good German bread. Canadian bread is too sweet and too soft. Over her three week stay we tried to perfect a great German Seed Bread, with some success. We made bread 6 times. Although most of our tries did not result in the best bread, every single loaf was absolutely delicious, and we ate every morsel. Loaf number 3 was our best.
Vanessa has headed further east to continue her exploration of Canada. I will miss our discussions, her helping hand and her willingness to try anything. Amazing that in three short weeks she became like a daughter to me.