N for Ninebark


Ninebark or Physocarpus  are deciduous shrubs that are easy to grow.  There are several varieties, diablo and  summer wine being two of them.  This native shrub prefers full sun to part shade and  grows in the wild from east coast to Manitoba.  Most shrubs are purchased from garden centres.

The Kestrel and His Prey


I’ve been lucky lately in capturing two different birds of prey through my lens in the garden.  The first was a hawk having a friendly chat with a starling in the back tree.  Then a few days later I spied a different bird of prey landing on the hydro pole across the road.  These photos were taken…

Getting as Close as You Can


The macro setting on cameras is one of my favourites as it allows you to get as close as you can to your subject and see all the fine details.  The Christmas cactus, in pink, white and red,  has been blooming for the past week or so.

It’s All Starting


 After the long hard winter the garden is waking up.  I didn’t think I would be doing any garden review posts yet, but all of a sudden the weather has improved and I’ve been out puttering around the garden doing bits and pieces.   We’ve been taking advantage of some nice days and working outside….

Death of a Gossip


It’s time to mention another favourite mystery series … Hamish Macbeth by M. C. Beaton.  Set in Lochdubh, Scotland, the local policeman sets out to solve crime.  This was the first book in the series and was not available at our local library, but it has recently been re-released.  There are about twenty eight books…

I’ve Got More ‘Purse’onality


I recently finished another tote bag with some of the green yarn that was left over from the latest afghan.  This is a cross body bag, great for when I’m out walking.  It was made using 4 shades of green Loops & Thread Impeccable yarn.

The Honeysuckle as April begins


It is time to check in with the tree following at Lucy’s blog.  I’m following the honeysuckle tree/shrub.   There hasn’t been a lot of change except that a fair bit of the snow around the shrub and the garden has vanished.  The ground is visible in spots.

The Hawk and the Starling

hawk and friend

A few weeks ago the hawk was sitting in the back tree.  It was a snowy day, typical of the past winter, and it just sat there are observed the garden.