Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mirror Lake guests return to the Dairy Farm. What FUN

After filling the milk bottles, Mitchell and Adara are off to feed the baby calves.
Now it is time for milking. Kent helps Adara with a few pulls to get the milk a flowin'

Mitchell is having no trouble feeding this little baby.


Jed and the kids return to the milking parlor to wash the milk bottles out and clean up.



Frosting cookies must be harder then it looks, as Adara holds a frozen pack of vegetables on her head.




Thursday, October 15, 2009

CRAFT SALES are soon to be here.

When you like to craft, quilt, painting, arrange flowers, make candies of all kinds, spice packages, Pepper jellies, making candles, Horse shoe Art, embroider items or Aromatherapy bath products. Next comes selling them, and yes it is that time again for the
MIRROR LAKE CRAFT SALE NOVEMBER 7th from 8-4.
We will have 11 crafters with all over different styles and a large variety.

As time draws closer I have gathered my crafts and gifts. To see what all I have and to see what all I have to get done before the sale. These are some pictures of my crafts only. I am on the Primitive side I like taking older things and give them a new purpose.
But it keeps the old alive. This is an old Rod Iron type basket left primitive in color. Filled with large Vanilla candle greenery with purples and silver along with a little frosted glitter to look like snow.
Could you find a place for this?

The antique oil lamp has been converted to a small electric candle in the OLD oil lamp. The bird is signing in the cage and chalk boards are ready for messages.



The black old lantern has been arranged for a center piece on a table. It has a little tee lite in the center and no cord. The bottom is removable for a year around arrangement. The Silver old lantern has a flicker electric candle and red berries. I have several wood Snowman and Santa's, a few large rusty bells. Little wood buckets and rusty scoops filled with greenery and candles. These again are only my crafts there will be much, much more that day.
Stop in and see us we'll be here!!




Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Need a Crafting Weekend Retreat?

Pam and Linda discuss what their next move is. Their years of experience has taught them discuss before your cut. Vickie doesn't iron anything except material that has to do with quilting.
Teri worked very hard on her mystery quilt. All of this was put together in one night!!

Julie cuts many pieces with accuracy. And then sew all the pieces together later.


Teri lives in a house FULL of guys and they think this quilt top is to much girl for their master bed room. I told her a little pink is good for everyone. Teri put this all together in one weekend too. Vickie put together 2 quilt tops in one weekend. She was a sewin' gal !!




Vickie, Linda, Julie, Pam, Alice, and Teri all look pretty good at Sunday morning's breakfast. Remember they quilted till 2:00a.m. Now Sunday we will see what they get done. Really they all got a lot accomplished. Hope to see them again.
I just read a letter from the LaGrange Co. CVB and there is a Quilt Festival in Shipshewana on June 23- 26. This also runs in conjunction with the Topeka Quilt Show and Sale. Book your room here early!!



Sometimes you just need a weekend away to do the things you love. Like quilt, scrapbook, stamp, knit or any other craft you enjoy. You bring friends that enjoy the same craft and work all weekend on your favorite hobby. You enjoy 2 nights away, 2 FARM full breakfasts, Pizza and snacks for dinner and many hours to work. With 4 six foot tables and plenty of room to work in. When they scrapbook one brings a Cricket and they all use it. Some get a lot of pages done other get only a few fancy pages done. When quilting some work on their own quilting projects. Others bring sewing machines and some do hand work. But at the end of the weekend many hours have been put in and much has been accomplished!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fall is in the air.


Soon the flowers will be gone and the trees will be our color. It does seem a little early but the trees have already started to change colors. Looking across the lake and you are already starting to see oranges and reds. It won't be long and the trees will look like to top photo. This picture was taken in October of 2008.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Beautiful colors of Summer!!

The herbs are grown for cooking such as Parsley, Rose Mary, Fennel, Sage, Basil, Oregano, Chives and more. I freeze my herbs for winter use, so I can use my herbs all year long.
A colorful Star Gazing Lilly.


The White Shasta Daisies are really looking pretty!


The smell of the Red Bee Balm is so sweet.



The Yellow Buttercup bush is big and beautiful!



Thursday, July 23, 2009

If you hve missed your county you still have time to attend the Indiana State Fair! But this is the Noble County Fair.

These 2 showman are first year 4-Her's they're 10 showing sheep that weigh around 125lbs. These young showman walk, hold, and brace lambs for the judge to feel so he can place them by quality.
Showman start out young, but soon they are become 18 and they have turned out to be pretty darn good showman. Those two GOOD looking young men are both my nephews Cody and Nick. Today it was Cody's day he is holding the Grand Champion Ewe and was named the Grand Champion Sr. Showman. Nick was named the Grand Premier Showman over all and will show in the Round Robin tonight. But at State Fair it could all be different.

Alpaca's are becoming more popular every year, this is Z and he is 2 years old. He and Cameron won the Jr. Costume class.


Oh yes, there is more to the fair then animals this is Josh's craft project. He not only did all the wood burning designs he also stained and varnished too. By the way this is a State Fair entry!!



Cake decorating is a tough competition this is the beginners division. This is my niece's cake and it was alternate for State Fair. I love cake decorating But I can't do it. My hat goes off to Makayla!! PLEASE remember there is a lot more to 4-H then animals so ANYONE come join they're are projects for EVERYONE!!




If you are feeling trapped in the 4 walls around you take a step outside to your county fairs. See what young people all around us are doing with some of their time. There are animals that some of us have never seen or know anything about. Indianapolis is where the State Fair is hold it starts Aug. 8 and goes on till Aug. 22. Take a step out of the 4 walls you live in and attend your local county fair or take a short trip to the Indiana State Fair!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

LaGrange County Fair started Saturday July 11

Are You looking at me, what- haven't you ever seen a goat before?
Katie and her horse Ruffus are getting ready to run the 3 legged race. Run down on the horse someone holds the horse and her and Drost run home in a sack. They got 3rd, but what fun!!!

Have you ever saw a sheep wearing a blanket? Why do they do that??


She sits on her calf all the time is what she told me, he's my friend. She said she will cry when it comes time to sell him on Saturday.



This pig is pretty comfortable the 2nd day of the fair, the temperatures are only been in the low 80's so far!!



Saturday, July 11, 2009

Flowers all in bloom!

The Shasty Daisys and Bee Balm are in full bloom now. Summer is well on its way now and the flowers are really starting to grow and fill in their beds.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Sunday night on my front porch.

video--PLAY ME-- HIT THE ARROW BUTTON AND HEAR-On a Spring Sunday night there is a small Amish party down the road. A few young Amish boys and girls playing Volleyball and hanging out. But around 9:00pm things wrap up and the kids get around to go home. One by one the buggies go by with their flashers on and their bass music playing, yes the bass you hear is coming from one or more of these Amish buggies!! All darkness, flashers, a little bit of bass and a whole lot of CLIP-CLOP!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jordan was "ALL" hands on when he came to Mirror Lake and Hogback Hill.


Jordan tried everything when he came to Hogback Hill. He helped feed the baby calves and helped make bottles for feeding. Kent shows Jordan a few things about milking a cow, Jordan holds the Tet and pulls trying to get milk. After Jed showed Jordan how to make the bottles and put the nipples on the assembly line started. Soon they were off feeding the babies.




Jordan was very comfortable and confident when it came to riding Bailey. So after he proved his riding ability I let go of the extra lead rope and let him "do it all". *Helmets are offered and available but not required.








Jordan takes time to play with the farm kittens.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Greenhouses and Produce Market start gearing up for Spring.

Clearspring Produce Auction
Potted plants and flats of vegtables and flowers can be bought here in all quanities. Amish produce farmers bring in ALL kinds of produce and flowers that they grow in their greenhouses of course everything comes in by seasons.






Everyone is getting ready for spring to arrive and we can't hardly wait!
We start making our spring plans, of what flowers we want to plant and where we want to plant them. Then we think of where we want to go and what greenhouses we want to visit.
Here is a list of 10 Greenhouses that are less than 10 minutes away from Mirror Lake B&B.
Rolling Acres, Bontrager Garden Center, Stoney Produce, Nature's Unlimited, Country Garden Center, Farm View Landscaping, Bell's Garden's, Bontrager's in Emma, Clear Spring Greenhouse,
The Produce Auction is most Tuesdays and Thursday's just outside of Emma & Otto's produce.
Peranials, annuals, trees and bushes can be bought at all of these centers. What a GREAT selection!! Come stay & come see for yourself!!!


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Living around Amish communities.

These are some sites around town here in Topeka. This is a Amish school and while the kids are on their lunch hour they enjoy playing outside.




This is Tuesday and hay is for sale at the Topeka sale barn. The hitching racks are full as Amish come to buy hay for their horses. As you can see their hay bin is empty and they look like they're ready to eat, and by looking at their size I bet they can eat a lot of hay.



This is the way the Amish pick their corn a little slower then the way we do it, but it is sure faster then picking by hand!! This corn will be taken to the mill for feed for their horses and cattle.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

We are only 5 minutes from Topeka and soon the auctions will be starting!!

TOPEKA'S AUCTIONS are starting March 17-21 is the Spring Draft Horse sale. Anyone looking for a parade or pulling team, looking for horses to work the fields or a good stallion for breeding this is the place for you!! The CARRIAGE AUCTION is April 16-17 here in Topeka. You just never know what type of antiques you may find here. They range from Sleighs and Carriages, wagon wheels, fur traps, anvils, house hold antiques, horse tack, small farm equipment, lawn ornaments and much more!!!!!
Remember "One man's JUNK is another man's TREASURE"!!
Thursday there are normally 3 ring running, 1. inside ring where you sit in bleachers and they bring the items in on wagons. 2. outside (misc.)ring (where almost anything could be found) and a 3rd ring selling small farm equipment, lawn ornaments, wagon wheels, push plows and MORE! Friday they sell the Sleighs, carriages, horse tack and a whole lot more. I can never go on Friday, but one of these days I am going to take off work and buy a sleigh. Fix it all up, use it for Christmas and who know I might even put a horse on it and use it.

Come a day early and visit Shipshewana's auction on Wednesday then come to the Carriage auction Thursday and Friday. Make a small vacation out of it MIRROR LAKE B&B would make a GREAT place to come back to after the auctions relax and watch a beautiful sunset, eat good food uptown and get some good buys too!!
Other sales of all types that take place at Topeka through out the year also. Checkwww.auctions-usa.com

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Shipshewana, a short drive from Mirror Lake B&B

Spring and summer will soon be here and we will all be making vacation plans. Shipshewana is a small town a short drive from Mirror lake B&B. It was built up around an Amish community, their lifestyle and their trades.
This tree is on the main level of the recently rebuilt Davis Mercantile, it has a basement and 3 floors with about 25 stores. Jo-Jo pretzel's, candles, Vera Bradley, Antiques, quality Quilting supplies, a Scrap booking store, Bakery and Candy and much much more!!!



This is just one of many places to get Quilt material and supplies. If you can't find it here I'm sure there's another store just around the corner.

This Merry-Go-Round is built on the top floor and really works. Many of the horses are hand carved. After your ride you can go to a Puppet show just down the hall.


This is just one of the many ice sculptures that were placed around Shipshewana. This one is in front of the very popular Yoder's department store. It also has a material and variety store, across the way is the Yoder's Hardware and Yoder's grocery store all in one stop.


A STAY AT MIRROR LAKE IS MORE THEN A DESTINATION
IT IS AN AWAKING
A LIFESTYLE ALMOST FORGOTTEN!!

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VIEW MY WEB SITE www.mirrorlakebb.com Hello welcome to Mirror Lake Bed and Breakfast my name is Kathy Fought. I am the owner of Mirror Lake Bed and Breakfast I also own a beauty salon. My husband's name is Jed he and his brother Jim are the owners and operators of Hog Back Hill Holstein. They are dairy and crop farmers we live on a 150 acre farm in northeastern Indiana and we are surrounded by Amish farmers.I enjoy working in my garden or one of my flower beds. Jed and I were both 10 year 4-her's and so were all three of the kids. Our favorites were showing sheep and contest horses we went to MANY show. I also enjoy riding horses we are lucky to have many trails through the woods or work in an arena. We enjoy the rustic, private and peaceful atmosphere, paddle boat rides, fishing, setting around the campfire and watching beautiful sun sets on Mirror Lake. Coming to Mirror lake is more then a destination.... it’s an awaking a life style almost forgotten.