Monthly Archives May 2018

The Log Owl

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ Last year I made an owl out of recycled bits and pieces.  I originally used an old cutting board but over the year it split in half and I had to rethink the project.  Here is what the recycled owl looked like at the beginning and the end of gardening season last year. Click the link to see how I made it. The pieces were all taken off and then fastened onto a log.  So here is the new member of the Stumpy Family.  The log also has a hole drilled into the top and I added a solar
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The Turkey Vultures

Categories: 2sDay, Birds, and Lens Friends.

~ For 2sDay I’m sharing some photos of two turkey vultures that was saw on the roof of an old barn along our road.  It was a sunny morning as we were driving home and the vultures were just coming in to land on the roof.  We were able to pull over to the side of the road and get some fantastic photos.  It pays to always take the camera when we go out. I love the lightening rods on the roof of the barn. At first only one of the vultures or buzzards had its wings spread.  They can
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Upcycle a Solar Light

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ On Friday mornings I have started going to a craft session at our local Sport and Wellness Centre with my friend.  Each week there is a different craft to make and you also get to meet some new crafting friends.  The first week we went the session said it was using CD’s.  Thanks Gail for sharing this idea with us. We made a reflector for a solar light using CD’s, gems, and other sparkly bits that would reflect the light once it got dark.  You glue two cd’s together, shiny side out.  Be sure to let the glue dry
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Plant Saucers

Categories: The Garden 2018.

~ Finally the weather has warmed up enough this May to start working in the garden, and by working I mean adding plants and sowing seeds.  The odd night is dropping down to single digit temperatures, about 7 Celsius, but the days are lovely and warming to 20 Celsius or a bit more. The spring blooms are plentiful.  The lilacs just opened and you can get their wonderful scent while sitting on the deck. I purchased a gorgeous pot of pansies on the Easter weekend from our local flower farm. They are hardy plants that bloom in the really cool
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Amazing Sculptures

Categories: British Columbia.

Just look at these amazing sculptures that we saw at the Esquimalt Lagoon and Royal Bay beach.  The artists used driftwood and shells to create these gorgeous creatures. This one, titled McGnarly the Beach Ent created by Drifted Creations, was seen on our visit in December 2018. He is about 10 feet high and is the guardian of the lagoon.  This artist has other creations in Campbell River (dinosaur, eagle, whale) and Oyster River and lots of other places. These are recent additions to the lagoon by artist Paul Lewis.  Our daughter took these photos and sent them to me
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Stash Granny Afghans

Categories: Crochet.

These actually started out as granny stripe afghans but I decided after a few rows of each to change to a granny square pattern.  I decided to change after realizing that I had already done 2 stash afghans in granny stripes and it seemed a square one would work up faster than a stripe one and would keep me warmer while working on it over the winter. The blue/green one had a few balls of variegated yarn and I added in some plain blue and plain green odds and ends.  The other started with a white centre and then used
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Rhubarb

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2018.

Seeing the rhubarb poke through the ground on a chilly day is always a good sign that the garden is awakening after the long winter.  Technically rhubarb is a vegetable but we tend to treat it as being in the fruit category. On April 20, 2018 you can see the rhubarb crowns just poking through the ground after a wicked ice storm late in the season.  The crowns and first leaves are red, but quickly turn to green. And here it is on May 3, 2018, growing quickly with lots of new shoots under those big leaves.  Growing rhubarb doesn’t
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Time for Granny

Categories: Crochet.

Granny squares were one of the first things I learned to crochet, nothing fancy like all the granny squares out there today, just a plain and simple granny square. I still have the very first afghan I made when learning to make granny squares.  It was made in blocks of 12 which were hand stitched together and from time to time I have to restitch parts of it.  I’ve come a long way since then. Around the outside of the 12 blocks I did a row of white and then blue.  The blue rectangles were all edged in white and
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Quails for Q

Categories: Birds, British Columbia, and Lens Friends.

 We loved seeing quail on our visits to British Columbia.  Some research tells me this is a California quail, found along the Pacific coast of the USA and Vancouver Island and the southern part of British Columbia.   They are small to mid size birds in the pheasant family. The distinctive head markings on the male are lovely and don’t you just love that little plume feather on the top of its head?  It’s made up of 6 feathers that curl towards the front.  The female has a little top knot but it doesn’t curl as much as the male one. Here
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