Monthly Archives July 2019

What’s in the Garden? – D

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time for ABC Wednesday and my alphabetical garden tour this week shares what’s in the garden starting with D – birds, plants, whimsy and more. My most favourite flower is daisies. I have both oxeye and shasta varieties in the garden. Other plants beginning with D are daffodils, dianthus, daylilies and of course dandelions. Dandelions are very important to the life cycle of the bees and we do not spray or use insecticides of any sort in our garden.  We have a few varieties of woodpeckers but the little downy is the most timid.  They will stay on the
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The Knitting has been Slow

Categories: Knitting and What's Been Happening?.

I’ve had a few projects on the go, and the going has been slow. About 4 years ago I had cataract surgery and what an improvement it made. But recently over the past several months I have been getting cloudy vision. This occurs when part of the lens covering gets cloudy and effects your vision. After a visit to the optometrist for my annual check up, he told me what the cloudiness was, and not the dry eye syndrome I though it was (was treated for that last year). A referral was made to the eye surgeon and he confirmed
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What’s in the Garden? – C

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

The alphabetical garden tour this week shares wha’s in the garden starting with C – birds, plants, whimsy and more. My favourite bird has to be the cardinals that visit all year round.  This link will take you to lots more cardinal photos. Lots more birds that start with C visit the garden … crows, cowbirds, cedar waxwings. And then there are those adorable little chickadees that flit in and out and really are people friendly.  They cheer up the garden in winter. There are lots of lovely plants beginning with c … coreopsis, cosmos, clematis, calendula, celosia, coneflowers, coral bells,
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Green Heron

Categories: Lens Friends.

A favourite water bird to spot and photograph is the green heron. It is hard to choose which photos to share as we take so many of them. They can be found in lakes, ponds, and marsh areas. I took numerous photos from different angles but they all turned out rather similar.  I love the way the colouring shows up on this one. The green heron is sitting on a plank of wood. Be sure to watch the short video further down in this post to see him walking carefully along, always watching the water for some food. They eat
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An Enjoyable Break

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Eye on the Sky, Out and About, and What's Been Happening?.

We were so lucky to have a week away at a cottage recently. How wonderful to sit by the lake, watch the wildlife, watch the sunset, go for leisurely walks and enjoy the sounds of the lake lapping on shore. The cottage was right on the lake front and we could see the most glorious sunsets in the evenings. Other cottagers and campers would flock to the lake front to view the sunsets. Who could blame them. Even though it was hot during the day it was so lovely to sit by the campfire at night. There were a few
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What’s in the Garden? – B

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

The garden tour this week shares what’s in the garden starting with B. One of my favourite spring blooms are the bleeding hearts.  This perennial plant loves the shady north facing gardens.  The plants get very big and are covered in pink or white blooms.  There are lots of other plants that start with B – beeblam, begonias, bluets and boxwood to mention a few. The bluejays are noisy, year round visitors to the garden.  They love the peanuts and loudly squawk to let you know they are arriving at the feeders. I grow lots of veggies and herbs that
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The Fisguard Lighthouse

Categories: British Columbia, Crafty's Projects, and Nature Crafts.

The Fisguard Lighthouse is a favourite place to visit on our trips to British Columbia. I can’t believe that I haven’t shared photos from this place. As I just completed a craft of a photo of the lighthouse decoupaged onto a shell, this is the perfect time to share both. A few years ago our granddaughter said this was the place she wanted to visit with us. So on a foggy September day off we went to climb the stairs leading up to the lighthouse and then to climb the circular stairs inside. Naturally we had to count the stairs
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What’s in the Garden? – A

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

This week I’m starting an alphebetical garden tour – flowers, birds, wildlife, whimsy and more. This week itt’s all about A. A perennial Anemone Virginianna, was a nice addition to the garden. It blooms in late June or early July. This anemone is also called thimbleweed and it is a native plant of North America. It can grow up to 80 cm tall so is frequently called tall anemone or tall thimbleweed. I grew anemones from small bulbs but they are tender perennials and you need to dig the bulbs each year.  I’ve done this for several years but it
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Decoupage Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Nature Crafts, and Whimsy.

The latest project I’m working on is decoupage rocks. I did a lot of rock painting which was lots of fun but I wanted to change it up a little bit. This craft is fantastic for those that say they can’t paint on rocks. All you have to do is paint the whole rock one colour and then add some photos. My inspiration for this craft came from my mother in law many years ago when she gave us some rocks she had decoupaged. She was a crafter just like me. Unfortunately after about 35 years the flowers on this
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