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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Fledgling

 A robin found our front porch roof a good place to build a nest this year. It was a treat this morning to notice one of that nest's occupants was ready to "fly the coop."  Just sitting there, surveying his options.

 The mother flew back at one point, poked him on the back twice and left.  Perhaps she was saying "Get moving!"

                                                     Still thinking about it.


                                                Perhaps a different angle will help.

                                                    And jump! Fly!

                                Can you see his little tail, near the lower left corner.

 From his perch, he flew down to the propane stove.    "Stop watching me! You are making me nervous!"

                           And off he went into a nearby shrub.  Mother was nearby, watching.

Red Currants


The birds kindly left a half cup of red currants on the bush for me. My first harvest. Yum!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fruit Season

               Its been busy around here lately. I always order organic peaches to make jam.

                                          Lots of peach/lime and peach cardamom.

    Marty and the guys went picking strawberries at Wiseacres Organic Farm north of Kingston.  Nice haul. More jam, some cobbler and then it was all over.  Until next year.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kiwi Gardens, Art In The Garden 2017

 We used to go every year before Marty started his job away from here but now that he is home again, it was time to spend a lovely day in the Perth area at "Art in the Garden" at Kiwi Gardens.
The weather held and besides a few sprinkles, there were no thunder storms while we were out.  It did eventually become very hot and muggy but we were done by the point too.

 There seemed to be a good crowd of people and it was nice to see returning artists as well as new ones.  the white lilacs were on their way out but still very fragrant.

                                           And installation of glass among the rocks.

 Large red cocoons? on a bench. you never know what you will happen across while wandering around.

                                   I love these peonies! They look like big fried eggs.

                                       Spiderwort. I like the blue and the yellowish leaves.

           Nope, this isn't some strange overexposure. The leaves really are green and white.

                                                Glass rods among the flowers

                            Here are Joshua and Emma taking pics of those glass rods.

                                    A Celtic knot along the path.

                                      I am not sure what this is but the colour was amazing.

 There were various sized pots with succulents in them. This one was stunning!

 I brought home this papier mache piece, "Free As A Bird."  A little boy on a hummingbird.

Reminds me of "The Little Prince."  It has been finished so it can be outside but it is going into my studio.
There was live music, wonderful food provided by the BrookValley School and lots of fabulous art. If you can, it is worth the trip to check out season 22, in 2018.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Little Maude Lewis Love

 It was almost twenty years ago that we all traveled to visit family in Nova Scotia.  We went to Upper Clements Park, I think it was, my memory could be all wrong, but anyway, there was an exhibit of Maude Lewis art and a copy of her little house.  I eventually got this wee scale model of her home made from clay.

I also got these books about her life and work.
Yesterday Aaron and I attended a presentation of the new film Maudie.  I am pretty sure we were the youngest people in the audience, but it was 2 PM on a Friday afternoon, after all.  We enjoyed the film very much.  It is nice to see some focus on the life of a special artist like Maude Lewis.  If you are able, it is worthwhile seeing the film.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Thirty-Three Years

                                                         Happy Anniversary to us.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rainy Days



As seen near the post office yesterday. I am not a hug fan of tulips but these are the loveliest I have seen.



                                                Oh, so very fragrant, a white lilac.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Car Work

 The garage is the hub of activity this week. Joshua is taking his holiday and spending it here.

                                            Each car needs some sort of work.

                                          Each is at a different place in the process.

   A little maintenance, a little restoration.  Salty winters can cause a lot of damage over many years.

The dogs are pretty happy to have someone else to hang out with after Marty goes to work. Joshua is pretty much pinned down.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Unexpected Yard Sale Finds

 I had the chance to check out a yard sale not far from here.  This is what I found. Some toy dishes and a couple of  yellow birds.

        A wooden squash shaped bowl with fake gourds in it. Two of the pieces are also wooden.

              Wonderful Scottie dog needlepoint, an neat old frame and a Schlitz metal tray.

 A cute Mary had a little lamb cup, and the other three pieces came from the "free pile."

                               My favourite finds today were these old prints in original frames.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Springtime in the Kitchen

 Lots of eggs coming from the chickens. Time for fresh mayonnaise and egg salad.
what do you like in your egg salad? I prefer celery, mustard, and cayenne pepper.

 Shepherd's pie.  I got creative and instead of cooking all the potatoes together, I did them separately.

One of the best parts of summer is fermented lemonade. You just have to be patient and wait for a few days before enjoying it. You can get the recipe here,
 https://wellnessmama.com/2883/probioticlemonade/

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tree Blooms, Ground Birds, and Picking Rocks

        The trees are blooming and things smell lovely here. The decorative crab apple looks lush.


                                     The ancient pear looks ready for a wedding!

                                                     Lilacs are the best part of spring!

                                             Ancient apple trees all abloom.

 Our little orchard. This is its third summer.  Looking forward to some fruit over the next few years. There are peaches, plums, cherries, assorted apples, blueberries, raspberries, and more.

                                       The chickens are pretty happy to be digging in the garden.

 They are not even bothered by the tractor! Of course, IT is uncovering all manner of treats for them.

 A couple of birds found their way to the old manure pile. Lots of goodies to scratch up there.

                     In between the raised beds, this pair pretty much disappears in the leaves

                                        The new rock pile. Those were some big rocks!

                           Here are the treasures unearthed.  The license plate is dated 1929. I took this after dusk so it looks weird.

                                                 We have these hinges in the house.

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