Looking at the weather forecast for the next week in London, has me in mind of looking for some indoor activities to partake in! While the Weather Network is suggesting a 40-60% chance of rain all weekend, Friday, Monday and Tuesday all look to be very wet days. Grab your galoshes and don’t forget your umbrellas folks! Friday is the first day of Autumn and summer is becoming a memory fast. So what can we do to help celebrate autumn this weekend? Let’s take a look;


If the weather holds, this is the last weekend for you to head out to Clovermead to take in their Honey Harvest Festival. For $8 a person or $35 for a group of 5 people, you can see how honey is harvested, dip your own beeswax candles, watch a live bee hive opened and even see a bee beard demonstration at 2:30! There is always the “bee” train for the kiddies to enjoy, straw bale mountain to climb or the “Bee-line” Zip line to race across, plus of course all the farm animals to see and feed. Oh, and don’t forget to sample some of the 12 different honey spreads that Clovermead’s 24 million bees work hard to produce. Bring your own container to fill or just buy some of their famous “summer blossom honey”. You will wonder why you haven’t been there before!


Maybe you would rather stay closer to home and get a little work done in the yard, if the weather holds though. Before you pick up your shovel, head out to Amway or Masonville Place and pick up some compost to amend your garden with. That’s right, Saturday the 24th is the City of London’s Compost Value Day! From 8am to 2 pm you can go to either location and grab 30 litres of compost for a measly $2. Not bad for dirt, hey! For those in the know though, you know how good this stuff is. If you want your pansies to be perky or next years tomatoes to be tops, a little compost goes a long way for the savvy homeowner. Plus, proceeds of the sales goes towards the London & area food bank, Boys & Girls Club of London, St Leonard’s Society, Thames Region Ecological Association, London Composts and Community Garden Project. That is something you can feel good about.


If your green thumb has been smashed too many times by a hammer and you wouldn’t know a bulb from a banana, then why not head to the hardware store and work on a handyman’s project inside instead? Have you checked on your storm windows before installing them for the winter? Why not take a peek and see if there are any cracks that need repairing. While you are at it, grab a brush to scrub off that layer of dirt from last winter’s onslaught, before you install them for the season. It will be dull and gray before we know it. Save yourself some sunshine with nice clean panes, plus save yourself some dollars, by keeping those winter winds outside where they belong!


Baked Honey Ham

Once the day is done, why not treat yourself to a nice hot meal before settling into the fire to take the Autumn chill off. If you got a gallon of honey at Clovermead and are now wondering what to do with it, how about this recipe for a starter – Baked Honey Ham. The perfect ending to a great day. Yum! Have a great weekend London!


BAKED HONEY HAM

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 oven cooking bag
  • 1 (about 6 lbs.) bone-in fully cooked ham
  • 16 oz. (1-1/4 cups) honey
  • 4 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary or thyme, crushed
  • Honey Sauce, recipe follows

Directions:

Place flour in roasting bag and shake to coat inside surface. Place ham in floured bag. Combine honey, lemon pepper and rosemary; pour over ham and close bag with twister. Poke holes in top of bag with fork. Roast at 325°F for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until slightly browned. Remove from oven, let stand 10 minutes. Cut bag and remove ham, following bag manufacturer’s directions. Reserve drippings for sauce. Honey Sauce: Strain drippings and measure; add enough water to equal 2 cups. Add 1/2 cup white wine and bring to boil. Serve with ham.*

*Recipe shared from the National Honey Board

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