Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Cute and Colorful

On several of the blogs I visited today there were pictures of sweet kitties, so I thought I would share one I took just this morning.
I usually see a lot of great ideas on Pinterest, but rarely do I have to jump right up and get started on something.  These little wood houses were an exception though.  The ones on either end are pretty much copy cats of what I seen online, art by Saskia Obdeijn, but the four in the middle, I came up with myself. My sister commented that I was getting an early start on my Halloween decorations this year, and although they will fit in well with October's décor, I did not have that theme in mind at all. No, these wee houses mean much more to me than a passing season. 
All over the countryside where we live, are abandoned houses.  Usually, they are in the middle of a field surrounded by a few trees.  These were the homesteads of 100 plus years ago. I find them both inviting and lonely, and I know they hold many memories for the folks that still run their farms around them.  That generation is nearly gone though, and so many of the houses are being torn down and the old yard sites are being bulldozed.  I will miss these buildings and the stories they conjured in my mind and often in conversation.
Here is another piece of art that is just meant to be fun and to add some color to my garden. It will likely find its way to a fence or garden shed very soon.  I used to doodle vines like these until an entire page would be filled.  Many a dull lecture was spent this way.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Green Tree Trunks

We've had some rain here lately, and its the kind of rain that thoroughly soaks everything. Now, I've lived near poplars my entire life and I don't ever remember noticing this.  Just look at those trunks! They are the brightest shade of green. As they dried, they turned back to their regular white. I pointed this out to my husband, and he had never noticed this either.  Now every time it rains, I will be checking to see if the trunks are green.
I did nothing to these photos.  They are just straight shots, no special filters or enhancements.  Actually, I think the green was a little brighter than this when looking at it, but here you go.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring 2017 Mug Exchange

It's time for the big reveal!  It seemed like no sooner had I signed up that I received my package in the mail.  Marina was quick! And as it turns out, I had sent her a package back in September for the Fall exchange. I was very eager to see what goodies had been sent my way, but I took my time and savored each little gift, starting with a pretty card - 

Next came the gardening gloves and seeds.  I need new gloves every year and I am looking forward to planting this little mixed packet designed to keep our bees happy and healthy.

Now for the treats!  Marina, how did you know how much I love those cookies?  Maple cookies, specifically Dare maple cookies have been a favourite of my since childhood.  I'm writing this the day of receiving the package on March 23rd, and I'm sure they will be long gone by the time this is published.  There is a lovely selection of chai teas that all sound so delicious, I'm not sure which one to taste first. What's tea time without pretty napkins? These are printed with lovely, bright photos of tulips.

I love to write, so I was very pleased to see this colorful little journal.  It will be perfect for garden planning, or taking along on road trips.  Maybe I need to start a journal on the gardens I visit.  This would be great for that!  See?  Inspired.
Those wee metal frame embellishments have more charm than you can shake a stick at.  I have no idea where I'm going to use them yet, but I will use them!
And then, there is this lovely, mini cookbook.  I love the art throughout and the recipes look very interesting. As I try them, I will write about them here and let you know how they turn out.  They are very different than recipes I am used to and may take some ingenuity on my part to make them work.

And the mug!  Simple. Elegant. Indulgent. I have never owned anything monogrammed with my first initial before, so this is a very special treat. I love it so much.  Thank-you to my new friend Marina!


Another very enjoyable exchange and thank-you so much again to Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose for putting it together.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Cheer On a Gloomy Day

Today is windy, rainy, cold and all around gloomy. So, I thought I'd focus on the brighter side of things, my indoor Easter décor.

Have a very Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Foggy Days

Foggy days can be beautiful, but of course if you're traveling they can be treacherous too. On the day I took these lovely photos, a local 17 year old girl was in a bad accident. For the longest time, the only news we had heard was that her back was broken.  We were terribly worried for her, and I said many a prayer for her and the family.  We found out recently that she is not only going to make a full recovery, but that she is already back at home.  Home of course, is where we do our best healing.  I can't tell you how happy I was to hear this news. Too often, people don't get so lucky. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Flowing Water

I took this photo quite awhile ago, and forgot about it.  I really like how it turned out.  The water carved its way through the snow is such a graceful curve, and for a short time I could hear the water babbling along.  It wasn't long before the flow slowed too much to be heard, but it is still nice to have water in the creek.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Cheer in the Warm Room

Last year, my husband took a small corner of his shop and converted it to a well insulated room to house my grow lights.  It has a small heater on a thermostat and I am able to keep it at the perfect 21 degrees for germinating. In only three days, I have baby dusty miller and petunias.  Hundreds of them!  This is a seed starter mix that I put together myself, which is a 50/50 blend of peat moss and vermiculite. It holds plenty of moisture and resists mildew.  My germination rate has doubled since I switched to this medium.  The lights are on a timer and I should mention, they are not the expensive grow lights, just 2 different types of regular fluorescents, alternating warm and cool spectrums. They are on for about 14 hours a day, only an inch or two from the plants, and on a timer.
When they get a few of their true leaves, I will begin transplanting.  That's where that special mix really comes in handy. Because it is so loose, roots do not get bound up in it, and are easily removed from the tray.  Then they go into soil, and usually just take right off.  They will stay under the lights until my greenhouse is warm enough overnight, usually around the beginning of May.
Here are my babies - so very tiny.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Brighter Days

Good Morning Everyone!
I just wanted to drop in to say hello and say that the weather is finally looking up here. Sunny and 20C is forecast for this afternoon. And to top it off, the winds are supposed to be low, which will be a great relief from yesterday's very high winds. But that didn't hold me back from doing some major yard work. I spent the day cleaning up my favourite area of the yard which is my fire pit and picnic spot. Raking and gathering leaves when it is gusting up to 60 kph is challenging, but it looks great, and I'm looking forward to sitting around the fire later.
There is nothing like beautiful weather to cheer a gal up.  Oh, and did I should mention I've started some seeds.  That helps a lot too.
Everything is still very brown here, but this butterfly brought a little colour back and the way the ice formed overnight was quite beautiful.
Have a lovely weekend...