It feels a little bit like the North Pole at my house right now. The shopping is done, the baking is complete and the house decorated. BUT there just might be a few last minute gifts that are being created.
Quilting stores have Christmas July sales. Crafters start months in advance to knit, sew and create. BUT somehow in my house Continue reading →
There is a wonderful children’s book called Something from Nothing. It’s by one of my favourite Canadian authors of that genre, Phoebe Gilman. I was reminded of this book recently when I decided to create something from nothing. Once the Continue reading →
Sometimes in the midst of chaos there is great beauty. The question is can we stop and recognize it. I think that all the great philosophers must have been gardeners. It gives one time to ponder and draw parallels.
As I grapple with some chaos in my life I am reminded that it’s all about balance. Madly off in all directions with no moderation at all doesn’t allow for equipoise. We all need to build in a daily reminder of gratitude. Then we can sort through the issues and figure out priorities while always keeping our core values staring at us.
I found 5 Vimy Ridge memorial poppies amongst the 2′ tall weeds. Helps bring perspective and balance.
I am most definitely not having a staycation. By it’s very definition it doesn’t describe what I’ve done in my week “off”.
This first week off is always spent balancing between full on construction work (more on that later in the other blog) and gardening. The peas, beans and raspberries are all ready so I’m squeezing in picking and processing around loads of mortar mixed and rocks set. Add some laundry, house cleaning (well only a tiny tiny tiny little bit of that to be honest) and some financial catch up and hat has filled almost every moment of my first 7 days off.
I did make time to go to Lathey Pool with my baby and her baby. Outdoor swimming, followed by an ice cream sundae at the 8th street DQ, was a summer tradition for well over a decade at our house. My friend discovered Spencer’s first tooth at George Ward Pool. Alyssa’s first set of swimming lessons was at Lathey pool — apparently it looks a lot smaller as an adult than as a child! We had a lovely time introducing Baby A to swimming. She likes it a lot better than the tub apparently.
Soccer and biking (last official ride of the season) have both put in an appearance this week and a couple of evenings by the fire pit were lovely. But no other staycation type activities as it always seems like there is a lot of work to catch up on.
BUT before you give me the gears about not slowing down to smell the roses know that a)I love time in the garden and the kitchen, b)time spent at home, to me, is quality time cause I’m pretty darn lucky with where I live and c)we have something else planned for next week and d)I find beauty where I look.
I’m very fond of January which isn’t a statement most people make but perhaps June is my favorite. I’m all about the sunlight and June just can’t be topped for that. It’s like the light goes on and on and on! I’m like a school age child and never want to go to bed because it is still light out.
These next two are from a walk that we finished after 10 one evening this week. The moon has been stellar this week, the twilight lingers on and on and then the morning sun starts peeking out so early.
The plus to all that sun is that everything is growing like crazy! We could certainly use some serious rain but even so it’s all very green except for the trees. They are just plain ugly. Fortunately the worst of the caterpillars seems to be over.
But the flowers and plants are a looking worth a few photos. I’m not sure what a couple of them are but the colours and textures are wonderful! The last one has only been growing for a few months but we will enjoy watching this little beauty pop up.
My plan was for a photo blog today of the incredible display of crocuses the pasture has to offer this year. I will be delaying that because Mother Nature just didn’t cooperate with my time line and the crocuses are still Continue reading →
Good things come to those that wait or so I like to believe. This is the second time we have lucked into greenery for our yard just by being in the right place at the right time.
Our central garden area has been designed for a few years and most of the hard landscaping has been done except for the stone path. What we have lacked is actual plant material other than a stellar crop of weeds.
This year early in the spring we were given some irises and lilies and so started the process of filling in spaces. It’s a big area and we need a lot of plants. We’ve got a copy of Sara William’s “Prairie Xeriscape” and have a list of species we think will do well out here.
Friends of ours just bought a home in an old established neighbourhood and are extending the driveway and putting in a landing at the front of the house. Lucky us, for the time and energy, all of their established plants became ours. It was heavily weed infested but at least a large number of the plants were on our list.
It was tough physical labour getting as much root as possible on every plant. We left one rose behind because the Manchurian elm was bigger than the bush. We took so much the back of the truck was full and yet their front yard didn’t look that stripped. There is a peony plant that is huge!
Once we arrived home it was decision time. South side, north side or on the west side. Put those two together, add what in between. By the time we finished we were working by the truck headlights and atill have 2 bags of lilies to divide and plant today. There are three plants that I am doubtful whether or not they will survive and they are the peony, the clematis and the beautiful hydrangea.
Now we just have to re establish their roots, mulch and add a “few” more plants. It will be next June before we can tell how well they all did but we will keep watering and hope that winter isn’t too harsh on them.