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G for Goldfinches

February 18th, 2018

The American or Eastern goldfinch, Carduelis tristis, belongs to the finch family. These cheeky little birds frequent the garden in all seasons.  They flock to the feeders, especially before a storm, ...

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In the Flicker of an Eye

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February 10th, 2018

The Northern flickers are ground feeding woodpeckers that usually come in April through October as they pass through.  They mainly eat ants and beetles but will eat fruit and seeds. I am always thrill...

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Valentine Cup Cozy

a Valentine cup cozy from craftygardener.ca

February 10th, 2018

~ Valentine’s Day – is it a day created by card, chocolate and flower companies to guilt trip you into buying something for someone in your life?  I think it is, but that is me.  It’...

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Shoulder Snuggle

a crochet shoulder snuggle at craftygardener.ca

February 6th, 2018

~ Winter is the time to keep cozy and warm and there is nothing better than wrapping a shawl around your shoulders and sitting by the fire and reading.  And don’t forget a lovely cup of tea.  Aw...

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D for Doves

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February 4th, 2018

There is always an abundance of mourning doves in and around the garden.  They are year round visitors and it is lovely to hear their wooing or cooing call in the spring and summer months. In winter t...

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The Spotted Towhee

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January 30th, 2018

~ The spotted towhee is a western bird and we were lucky to spot some on our last trip to British Columbia. Towhees hop around moving leaves for find food. Above is the male towhee and below is the f...

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Making a Shell Wreath

making a shell wreath at craftygardener.ca

January 27th, 2018

~ I’m a collector of many things and one of those things is shells.  I can’t resist picking up shells when we are visiting British Columbia.  Over the years I’ve collected so many in...

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Searching for Sea Glass

finding sea glass in British Columbia by craftygardener.ca

January 21st, 2018

~ While walking the beaches in British Columbia my eyes were always on the lookout for sea glass.  My quest on this trip was to find sea glass in various colours and sizes. Sea glass can be found on ...

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‘Tea’riffic Mail

a 'tea'riffic prize at craftygardener.ca

January 20th, 2018

Last Friday was a ‘tea’riffic mail day as the mailman left a package in the mailbox that I wasn’t expecting till next week.  I’m so glad it fit into the mailbox as usually a ca...

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Spotting Eagles

Photographing eagles at Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria BC ... craftygardener.ca

January 18th, 2018

E for Eagles. The thing we look for the most when visiting British Columbia is the eagles.  Our favourite place to see them is Goldstream Park in Victoria BC. This year we were so lucky to see many ea...

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How to make a Sea Glass Candle

How to make a sea glass candle at craftygardener.ca

January 15th, 2018

It was so much fun collecting sea glass at the various beaches while in British Columbia.  I now have quite a collection of different colours and sizes.  I wanted to make something fairly quickly to h...

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January 2018

January 13, 2018 sunset at craftygardener.ca

January 14th, 2018

January has been a mixture of weather so far … mild, rain, ice rain, snow, frigid temperatures, a thaw and there is still half a month to go. We arrived home from British Columbia on a mild day,...

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Black Turnstones

a black turnstone at Whiffin Spit, BC ©craftygardener.ca

January 13th, 2018

~ Our latest visit to British Columbia gave us the opportunity to check off many different species of birds, ducks and shore birds. The Black Turnstone was spotted on a rainy day while visiting Whiffi...

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Carrots are Dilly

making dilled carrots at craftygardener.ca

January 12th, 2018

~ It is hard to resist a 10 pound bag of carrots for $1.97 and then come up with lots of recipes to use them all.   Carrot and turnip (rutabaga) or swede as it is called in England are mashed together...

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