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Qualicum Cheeseworks/Morningstar Farm (Set 2 of 2) (+7 insets!)

Qualicum Cheeseworks/Morningstar Farm (Set 2 of 2) (+7 insets!)
(+7 insets!) (big is better for this pano! :) (Please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" to learn about the insets! :)

Trip Talk: Cheese Snobs
Who doesn't love cheese? I'm sure there are plenty out there but I've been a fan since I first tried it as a kid. As an adult, I've had my trials with it though, because most cheese is high in fat--for many years I was a fiend about keeping the fat in my diet at the lowest possible amount, so usually I'd pass on cheese.

However, when Steve and I changed over to a ketogenic lifestyle, my whole outlook on fat changed. It took me a while to trust the concept that fat doesn't make you fat, but once I proved it to myself, suddenly foods like cheese and sausage were no longer evil and to be avoided at all costs! Hooray for CHEESE!!

Steve and I have become huge fans of cheese and love trying out new types. Visiting Provence, France a couple of years back was like stepping into Cheese Heaven…Europe really has the market cornered in regards to specialty cheeses and we were just blown away by the incredible variety. We have lots of choices here in the US but it's maybe 10% of what you can find in Europe. Well-stocked specialty cheese shops here are really nice but still, they don't come close.

Even though we've developed a pretty good understanding of what makes a good cheese, we are quite happy with non-gourmet cheese--honestly, the extremely minor difference isn't usually worth the high price in our book. Of course there are exceptions…just miles from our home is the Rogue Creamery, home to one of the best Blue Cheeses in the world! When we visit, we take home a wedge of their truly exceptional Rogue River Blue …it is in a class all by itself!

Anyway, whenever we go to a creamery, we love to try the samples and load up all the cheeses that were wonderful. Of course this means we almost always get more cheese than we can possibly eat in the next six months but we can't resist!

Alas, it was a huge disappointment when we entered Qualicum Cheesework's little shop and tried their few offerings. Bland, plain, boring, flavorless, unexceptional in all regards, there wasn't a single cheese that was even remotely special. Talk about feeling disappointed! After the fantastic farm tour and learning about their operation from A to Z, we couldn't wait to dump our coins on the counter and bring home piles of cheeses to remember this place by. They didn't even carry other company's cheeses--but perhaps it would embarrass them when all of the other cheeses sold out and none of theirs was touched?

Steve and I were reminded of the must-miss, overpriced joke of a cheese "festival" we went to last year--organized by Rogue Creamery…they should be ashamed!!--that featured a paltry handful of creameries selling overpriced cheeses stuffed into a tiny tent with far too many people shoving and pushing for air space. Two of the perhaps ten cheeseries were just like Qualicum Cheeseworks and we couldn't understand why they were wasting their time on their horrible attempts at making cheese, especially when compared to the excellent--albeit overpriced--cheeseries right next to them. Truthfully, who am I to talk?--I've never made cheese!--but I have a developed palette and it's not hard to judge the quality of a cheese!

We were also disappointed that Qualicum Cheeseworks didn't offer fresh cream for sale--we'd hoped to buy some for our lovely creamy espressos we have every day. However, their reasoning was fair--they don't pasteurize their cream and it would go bad too quickly to make it worthwhile to keep at their shop. *tears of sadness*

They did, however, have a really cool offering! Fresh milk on tap where you can buy a bottle or bring your own and fill up at a reasonable price! Alas, we don't drink milk (not enough fat, lol!) so we could only watch people filling their bottles, but what a fun idea!

If you take out their shop, Morningstar Farms was a total hit with us. It's the only time we've ever gotten the chance to tour a farm before and learn about the whole process. This was so much fun and one of the countless highlights of our trip!

Today's Pictures
My main picture today would have been perfect for Happy Fence Friday! Morningstar Farms had Holsteins as their majority in dairy cattle, though they had a few Jersey's too. It was wonderful to see them all, and what fine condition their stock was in. Happy, healthy, well-fed and with plenty of room to graze and relax. A total spa for moo-moos! :)

The insets are quite the variety! The first one features a pair of cows, the left of which was mooing non-stop! Unfortunately the graininess of this image was really horrible and I nearly tossed the shot but I couldn't stop looking at this funny expressions on their faces! I decided it was worth the time so I played with filters until I was able to use the image…hopefully you guys find it to be fun and amusing too! :) (If only it was higher quality, I'd have made it my main image!)

Insets 2 and 3 show a brand-new calf! We obviously arrived at the height of their calving season--THREE were born that day, two while we were there! What fun to see them all wet and wobbly, mom licking and nuzzling them towards the milk station! :) What a wonderful experience for us. We didn't actually see them being born but it was such a joy to see them minutes old and standing for the first time, shaking their heads and wagging their tails. Such dear babies. :)

Inset 4--HOLY PSYCHEDELIC MADNESS, BATMAN!! :D LOL, ok, so they had a pair of pot-belly piggies in the petting area and of the two, only this one was illuminated well and standing. Unfortunately it was also a pale greyish-pink and covered in spiky, yellowy-anemic hair. There was absolutely no way to make that ugly pig look nice--and coming from a person who adores piggies, that's saying something. That being said, I couldn't leave this guy out of my lineup--it was time to break out the artistic filters! WHAT FUN! After going to town with layers and filtering, I must admit that I absolutely love this shot--from blah and ugly to fun and fantastic--just to be sure I wasn't crazy, I showed it to Steve, and I was glad to see that he loved it too! :) What do you think? Horrible or neato? :D

The final three pictures show the darling Welsh ponies with a close-up of the chestnut's sleepy face. The final picture shows the interesting massive group of aqua/teal and white-wrapped, round hay bales that are stored next to the big cow barn. All of the ones up-front were just for the ponies and everything behind was for the cattle…and what you see wasn't the whole lot, which was pretty staggering in totality. Given that this area gets about 45 inches of snow during the winter months, it's understandable they have so much hay set aside!

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Pam, it was fun to read about your experiences with farms as a youngster. There are few things as iconic or important in our history. I love that as we're getting older, more and more people are working to preserve aspects of our past farming history. Online resources abound to share past methods. Reenactment farms are located in many places for visiting and festivals revolving around how things once were are grand celebrations I'd love to visit if we're lucky enough some day! I have been rereading the Little House on the Prairie books and now, as a 55-yr old, it's been a great delight to be able to cross-reference on the internet to see and understand all of the aspects of farming and homesteading life back at the 1900's turn of the century. I hope life is treating you well these days, Pammy! :) Stay warm and cozy--it's a cold day here and I bet it is in OK too! *BIG HUGS*

Explored on 3/2/20; highest placement #9.

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37 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Remarquable et belle compilation animale bien captée et admirablement rendue ...!
Bonne et agréable semaine.
4 months ago.
Jolie série !!!!!!!!
4 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Nice soothing "report"!!!!*****
4 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
4 months ago.
uwschu club
Schöne Serie, Janet!
Bei uns gibt es ein Sprichwort: Das Glück der Erde, liegt auf dem Rücken der Pferde
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
Chrissy club
die stehen aber schön in einer Reihe. als hättest du sie darum gebeten
4 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
belles notes , comme d' habitude janet !!
4 months ago.
Ruth club
Lovely shot Janet. I adore cheese :)
4 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome farm series!

Admired in:
4 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Sigue una serie muy interesante. Curioso las vacas distintas. Para mi el queso de oveja
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
 Frank J Casella
Frank J Casella
Good choice to use as the main image, Janet, and I really like how you framed this and the composition balance.
4 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
A picture perfect illustration of cheerful, contented cows! Have a lovely day, Janet
4 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
How cute these are - although to be honest, it wouldn't matter how many filters you used would make that pig any more attractive!!!!! At least I hope he's attractive to another pig!!!! Those horses really look happy in the sun. I love the one of the cows mooing at you.

I had a few farmers in my family, from way back in Wales. So I feel at home with these animals around me, even though it's been over 60 years since I was last in a farm like this.
4 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Inset 1 ist auch mein Favorit, Janet. Da fragt die Kuh: "wer bist denn du?" Und was hast du geantwortet?
4 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Ruesterstaude club
"MOOOOOOOOO!!!" :D :D Translation: My name's Janet, what's yours?!
4 months ago.
RHH club
Enjoyed your description of the visit to the dairy farm, but what a disappointment that their cheeses were so ordinary. I'm surprised they were so casual about visitors, too. Many dairy farms in the US don't allow you anywhere near the cows or the milking parlors out of fear of disease I guess. Must admit that I liked the horse photos the best, especially that horsey grin. Like the fact, too, that you guys do what you want to do when you're traveling - art shows, dairy farms, hiking, whatever.

We, too, love cheeses and blue cheese is one of my favorites, especially Stilton, what the kids used to call "dirty socks cheese." Baked brie, aged cheddar, just thinking of things like that is making my mouth water. A snack around here is often nothing more than a slab of cheese, something we were never allowed as kids (too large a family). It was always on sandwiches and that usually meant a bit of orange coloring that was overwhelmed by the butter, oh but not butter, only margarine.

If you love dappled things you might enjoy this poem by one of my favorite poets, Gerard Manley Hopkins, though perhaps the religious aspect will put you off. The title is Pied Beauty:

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

As to the corona virus, we've wondered whether it would interfere with our travel plans this summer, but are just taking things as they come. Not going to let it worry us and since we pretty much keep to ourselves, we're not too worried about contact with it, though there have been a number of cases here in Spokane. Hven't made up my mind, either, about how much is just media hype and how much is a real danger. There's already been a lot of misinformation in the media, so I'm keeping an open mind at this point.

More catch-up tomorrow, but at least we're home again and have much of the stuff put away and the house more or less in order. Cooking day, too, tomorrow with Eggenues for breakfast - egg, gorgonzola, bacon, tomato and spinach on a muffin. Great combo. Then a Thai curry for lunch and leftovers for supper. Must try those fried cheese tostada shells you mentioned. They really sound delicious and given our love for cheese...

Time for bed. Busy day with Neal and had several grandkids over as well.
4 months ago.
 Vijay Uppar
Vijay Uppar
Beautiful description about farm and soothing atomoshere and cow products are very useful for humans body.and my beautiful compliments to you
4 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club



4 months ago.
neira-Dan club
Belle série d'animaux domestiques
J'adore celles des chevaux
4 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Lovely animal picture.
They look like real Dutch cows !!
4 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A delightful series Janet. I love the PiP top left ;-) We were once in farming and had some beautiful milking cows. A great place to bring the children up. Have a good week ahead!
4 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A terrific rural series of mages and I found the narrative particularly interesting Janet.
Enjoy the week ahead
4 months ago.
 Luciano Favretto
Luciano Favretto club
Bella questa foto di libertà animale,invoglia ad uscire per passeggiare
4 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
★彡 Good work Janet, lovely series.
I have to confess to loving cheese too, but I only have it maybe once every couple of weeks. Watching my cholesterol ;-)
Have a lovely new week 彡★ ⭐
4 months ago.
Annemarie club
lovely bucolic scene
4 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent shot Janet. Thank you for posting to FFF.
4 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful series of rural scenes. Happy animals!
4 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Another super series from the Cheeseworks/Farm............and good to see you concentrated on the animals this time.

My faves are the two PiPs with ponies in........especially the one with the "cheesy" grin, which seemed kind of appropriate.

A shame you were disappointed with the products on offer...........but just think of the money you saved, not buying anything :-)) As for me, well I'm easily pleased.......just give me a slab of bog-standard Cheddar and I'm happy!

I can't wait to see where your next series is set :-)
4 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
funny horse ;-)))
4 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Belles scènes animalières !****************
Bonne nouvelle semaine Janet.
4 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Blue Stilton, Wensleydale, Red Leicester, Chedder just a few of traditional English cheeses, is it raw milk that they are selling? a few farms here sell it. Years ago I had a job where you used to get a bottle of raw milk everyday I couldn't use it in tea the cream content was far to high
4 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Passage hyper rapide, juste le temps de vous féliciter pour ces jolies vues à la ferme !!!!
J'aime l'encart #6 *****
Bonne journée, Janet !
4 months ago.
tiabunna club
There's nothing like contented cows, Janet. You've got me reminiscing about our former farm though we weren't in dairy. A great set of images in any case, even if the cheese disappointed.
4 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
lovely reportage from the farm !!!
4 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A great reportage! Have a nice week.
4 months ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
lovely picture
4 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
HFF Janet Wens je het Allerbeste !
4 months ago.

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