The Orb Weaver

an orb weaving spider at

One day in August 2016 I was working in the front garden and came across a large garden spider among the iris leaves.  The colours of yellow and brown and the pattern on the big fat body caught my eye and I had to do some research to find out the type of spider.

Some Craf-tea Ideas

making festive teabags at

Dare I mention that the Christmas season is fast approaching, and now is the time to get a head start on gift making?  These craf-tea ideas for gifts  are all simple to make and can be personalized for any occasion.

The Esquimalt Lagoon

Esquimalt Lagoon, Victoria, British Columbia

One of our most favourite places to visit when in British Columbia is the Esquimalt Lagoon.  This salt water lagoon by the Royal Roads University is a bird sanctuary for migrating birds and also a wildlife refuge area.

Books by the Bay Mysteries

Books by the Bay mystery series by Ellery Adams

The Books by the Bay mystery series by Ellery Adams introduces the main character of Olivia Limoges and her dog Captain Havilland who live in Oyster Bay in North Carolina.  I did start one last year but just couldn’t get into it properly, perhaps because it wasn’t the first one.

The Fall Five

Fall colours at the Bay of Quinte on October 16, 2016 at

Autumn can be an unpredictable season, and this year it seems that summer weather has stretched out into October.  We had the odd couple of frosty mornings but overall the weather has been wonderful.  Nature has been using all the colours in the crayon box to create spectacular and ‘tree’mendous scenes.

How to Make Shell Candles

making shell candles at

Who can resist picking up shells while at the beach?  I know I can’t and have accumulated quite a lot over the years of collecting.   Then comes the question of what to do with them?