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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thrifted Yellows

 I came across a stack of wonderful vintage yellow Melmac plates at a thrift store recently.  The top one is the same brand that my grandmother's plates were, Rainboware.  We still use them everyday.  There is a very interesting blog on Melmac dishes. You can check it out HERE.

 At Barnfull of Goodies, in Morrisburg I finally bought this neat little set (?) of enamel on cast iron pieces. I have been admiring it for a long time.

                                                I love the veggies painted on them.

 Then there was a yellow pear bowl, with divider. Another thrift store find.  It is an early Pfaltzgraff  chip and dip bowl.

Yellow kitchenware is always welcome. It reminds me of the smaller enamel covered casserole my mom gave me as a wedding gift decades ago, and the larger one which was a most fortuitous yard sale find years ago.  Yellow brightens up the space.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Blueberry Picking @ Rubicon Farm

                          It was our annual trip to Rubicon Farm to pick organic blueberries.

 I spotted this neat looking fungus growing on a stump. Can you see the tiny tree frog in the lower part of the picture?

 It was a warm day. Very sunny. Marty and Joshua filling baskets with great big juicy blueberries.

                                                          Aaron working away.

                                                       Emma gathering berries too.

                                       It was a good haul. Thirty-two quarts of blueberries.

I picked 8 quarts of red currants. Removing the tiny stems takes a lot of time however they make the loveliest jelly! I had help from Jacob this year and that made quick work of it.  Rubicon Farm is currently for sale so if you would love to run an organic blueberry farm check it out HERE.
It is a beautiful spot.

Rainy Season

                                                   It has certainly been a wet summer.

                                                      Most of the flowers are enjoying it.

        Our wee orchard is starting to produce some fruit.  Black raspberries are a real treat.  I have witnessed more wild turkey interest out there. My little blueberry bush offered up just two lovely berries. Well, I saw a lot of flowers on it earlier, however, something else ate them all.  I am sure that critters out on the land behind us are thrilled with these sweet additions to their regular diet.  We may need to work on that for next year.  I hope you are enjoying your own summer.

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.


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