Monthly Archives June 2019

Spoon Chimes

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

I just love tinkling sound of chimes in the garden. The latest addition is some spoon chimes. Many years ago I used to collect souvenir spoons from all the different places we visited when we were living and touring England. Family and friends also sent me spoons from different locations. I used to display them on spoon racks, not sure if they are even popular anymore. For the longest time the spoons got stored away in the cupboard and never used. Inspired from seeing some spoon chimes on a show we love to watch, (Sign Sealed and Delivered or sometimes
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Creating with Old Glass Dishes

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

I’ve got quite a collection of bits and pieces that came from garage sales, the back of the china cupboard or were given to me by friends who know I’ll make something with it. This time I used a pretty dish from a garage sale, a couple of glass risers that were used on a multi tier cake and some other  little dishes. I used silicone all purpose adhesive as I wanted it to dry clear.  After a few minutes I had a cute little trinket stand that stands on a dresser and is a catch all for little bits
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A Whimsical Weekend

Categories: Garden areas, The Garden 2019, and Whimsy.

I’ve added some whimsy to the garden this weekend. I’m working outside in chunks of time as this is my really bad allergy time and it is non stop sneezing and nose blowing. I have quite a collection of garden frogs that are displayed by the bridge in front of a big clump of daylilies. I made a little sign, can’t remember where I first saw this saying, but thought it was cute. At one time I did have a ceramic toad but it either got broken or misplaced. I’ll have to hunt for a new one to complete the
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Banana Bread

Categories: Recipes.

A favourite in our house is banana bread. It doesn’t get made as often as when the three girls lived at home, but every now and then the bananas get too ripe and it is time to make some more. So today the house was filled with the delicious smells of baking. This is an recipe from my mother so I have no idea where it originated from. We just know it tastes good. I still have the handwritten recipe I copied from her files, probably just before or after I got married. My goodness that is 50 years ago
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Splish … Splash

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Garden Projects, Lens Friends, and Whimsy.

Splish Splash I was taking a bath. Does your memory stretch back to that song by Bobby Darin?  I do believe I have that song on a 45 record … have you got any of those? I had made 2 different birdbaths, one for the front and one for the back garden.   The one in the back garden had more visitors than the one in the front garden.  One day it got knocked over and the top came off, and part of it cracked, so it got put in the garage cupboard along with the other one and I
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Iris

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2019.

I love the spring when the perennial iris blooms.  There are a few different varieties in the gardens from the early blooming mini purple to the mid height yellow to the tall purples, maroons and yellows.  Each has their own time to bloom which makes it seems like there is iris in the garden for a long time each spring. I wish I knew the names of the different iris in the garden, I just know they are lovely. There are bearded, Siberian and Japanese to mention just a few. Many of them have special meaning for me. The mini
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Daylilies

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2019.

Daylilies are the perfect perennial for the garden as they require very little care, will grow in hot, sunny locations with little water and seem to tolerate most soil conditions. Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and they come in many varieties and colours.  The inner part called the throat can be a different colour to the actual leaves. Daylilies are perennials and the clumps get bigger each year.  Clumps can be divided in the spring before blooming.  The bigger the clump, the more scapes and then more blooms. Many buds will form on one stem and one bud a day
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The Back Shade Garden

Categories: The Garden 2019.

Is a garden ever complete? probably not, as when you sit back and observe you see something that might be changed. But for now we are saying the back shade garden is complete. Planning for this garden started last year when we started collecting logs from the landfill site. This is how it looked in early spring. Now it has been filled with ferns, trillium, hosta, columbine, bleeding heart and astilbe. We went shopping for all of these plants in the front shade garden. When I looked at the prices at the garden centres I was amazed, and realized we
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Cooking with Rhubarb

Categories: Recipes.

Is rhubarb a vegetable or fruit? It is a perennial plant that is actually a vegetable but we tend to cook it with other fruits and treat it as a fruit. Rhubarb contains calcium, fibre, Vitamin C, iron and manganese. Even though rhubarb is low in calories the recipes made with rhubarb usually contain lots of sugar which makes it a sweet treat. This weekend I made a big dish of apple/rhubarb crumble. You can mix any fruit you wish with the rhubarb to make the crumble dessert. Printable recipe. The recipe is from my favourite British cookery book, The
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A Mosaic Flower Pot

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

One of the Creative Crafting projects was to make a mosaic flower pot using broken china, tile adhesive, grout and of course a clay flower pot. The pieces of broken china were put onto the pot using tile adhesive. It was a slow process getting them all to stick and putting them together like a jigsaw puzzle but with spaces in between. At home, I broke some more china to finish off the pot. Once the pot was covered and dry it was time to add the grout, which is a messy and tedious job. You need to be sure
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