What’s in the Garden? – D

What’s in the Garden? – D

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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.

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shasta daisy

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 feeders even if there is a disturbance .

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downy woodpecker

Did you see the driftwood spinners that I made after collecting the driftwood on a BC trip.  They are really special because the grandkids helped me collect the wood when we were visiting them in British Columbia.

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driftwood spinners

The danglers are made from old CD’s, marbles, flat gems, shells, polymer clay. driftwood and copper wire.  They are beautiful when the sun sparkles off of them. Some of them stay outside in winter and look lovely when the snow accumulates on them.

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I’m adding to my personal alphabet with the letter D for this week. What words beginning with D are good for your personal alphabet?

D – determined, decisive, dependable,

I found the letter D while wandering around on our walks.

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This is the 25th round for this very popular link up. Be sure to check out what others have found for the letter of the week.

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The Knitting has been Slow

The Knitting has been Slow

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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.

South Eastern Ontario yarn crawl
yarn indulgence

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 that laser surgery would be needed. This is a quick, simple procedure to break away the cloudy part of the covering.

I had this done just recently on my left eye and what a difference it made right away.

scarf pattern from The Robbin's Nest

Up until then knitting and crochet had been done in small chunks as reading the patterns was getting hard.

scarf pattern from The Robbin's Nest
scarf pattern from The Robbin’s Nest

Now I’m making good progress on the scarf pattern. The yarn is wonderful and soft, Colour Select Indus Valley in shades of mauve and teal. This was a free pattern from The Robbins Nest on the South Eastern Ontario yarn crawl. It was only a 2 row pattern, easily remembered after a few rows. I usually knit watching tv in the evenings but the light made it very hard.

But not anymore!

The other pattern I had on the go was the mystery pattern from the yarn crawl. It was much more complicated for me to read, so the progress was very slow. But I was determined to finish it now that I can see so much better.

caplet pattern from the South Eastern Ontario Yarn Crawl
caplet

There were 5 parts to this pattern and I actually worked on part 1 while in British Columbia last April. It’s now July and finally completed. But I knew by the time I got to part 4 it wasn’t turning out how I expected. Perhaps because I used one skein of yarn instead of different colours for each part, perhaps because I made some mistakes in the first couple of parts due to poor vision. But I just didn’t like it. It turned out too small for me, would fit my granddaughter better. So guess what … ripit, ripit, ripit, … that famous frog stitch! But at least I was determined and finished it instead of giving up part way through.

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cowl pattern

Another pattern that was started and abandoned is a Noro cowl with yarn purchased at the Bee Hive Wool Store in Victoria, BC last April. I’ll be working on this one too.

I did finish the Lost Skulls shawl, but can’t show you because it is a gift for someone and they just might be looking at my website. You just never know. Photos later after it has been gifted.

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This is the project bag I made for the yarn crawl to hold one of my projects when I travel around. I recently took it to the cottage and worked on my scarf.

I’m now scheduled for the right eye to be done snd then watch out, my vision will be amazing, I’d really be interested in knowing if any of you have had this type of laser treatment and did it help you.

I keep track of my projects on Ravelry. Are you a member there?

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What’s in the Garden? – C

What’s in the Garden? – C

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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.

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male and female cardinals

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.

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chickadees

There are lots of lovely plants beginning with c … coreopsis, cosmos, clematis, calendula, celosia, coneflowers, coral bells, creeping jenny, coleus and probably more.

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plants beginning with C

I’ve done a lot of crafting with old CD’s

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old CD projects

Chimes are lovely to hear in the garden and each one makes its own sound. Here are some that I’ve made.

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I’m still adding to my personal alphabet with the letter C for this week.

C – crafter, Canadian by choice, cat lover, cheerful,

I found this door handle that resembled a letter C on our travels.

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C
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Green Heron

Green Heron

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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.

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green heron reflection

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.

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watching the water for a snack

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 mostly small fish (minnows, sunfish), and the odd crustacean.

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look at those orange/yellowish legs

The eyes stand out as he/she stared intently at the water and surroundings.

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close up of green heron

The green heron is a short, stocky heron and does not have the long neck seen on the great blue heron.

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green heron

Here is a juvenile green heron that we spotted down by the bay.

Do you have the green heron checked off your bird list?

More heron photos:

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An Enjoyable Break

An Enjoyable Break

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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.

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view from the cottage

The cottage was right on the lake front and we could see the most glorious sunsets in the evenings.

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gorgeous sunsets

Other cottagers and campers would flock to the lake front to view the sunsets. Who could blame them.

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campfire

Even though it was hot during the day it was so lovely to sit by the campfire at night.

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There were a few swan families that would swim by during the day.

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swan family

Such noise when they decide to take off.

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a swan taking off

Lots of geese, on the grass in the mornings and swimming by with their families during the day.

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geese families
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geese on the lake

Another glorious sunset.

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a close up of the sun at sunset

It was a lovely relaxing week. Lovely to go away but even better to get home to your own bed. It makes you appreciate your own home.

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a spectacular sunset

I made a decoupage rock of the sunset by printing the photo onto paper, not photo paper as it is a bit too thick to stick properly. After it was covered in glossy mod podge and dried it was sprayed with a fixative. Now whenever I look at the rock I remember the gorgeous sunsets.

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Other rock projects:

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What’s in the Garden? – B

What’s in the Garden? – B

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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.

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bleeding hearts

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.

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bluejays

I grow lots of veggies and herbs that start with B – beans, basil, borage, beetroot.

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veggies and herbs that start with B

I love bling in the garden and make most of it from wire, marbles, old CDs, keys and anything that sparkles and glitters.  I leave most of it up year round and it sure is pretty in winter.

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My favourite thing for B is my bottle tree.  It has been through a few transitions since 2014. The original trees were made on branches from bushes in the garden. But over time they rot away and collapse. In 2018 I purchased two metal bottle trees and have them by the sign post garden and in the Egyptian Walking onion garden.

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the bottle tree

I love how it sparkles in the sun, catches the snowflakes in winter, and is a great conversation piece.

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A fun challenge I set myself awhile ago was to take photos of things that resemble the letters of the alphabet. Some of these things are from the garden and some from the trips we take out and about.

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things resembling B

I also started a personal alphabet. Have you ever started one of these? It proves to be very interesting.

B- bird watcher, book lover, British by birth,

The more you look the more you see.

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I’m sharing with ABC Wednesday.

This is the 25th round for this very popular link up. Be sure to check out what others have found for the letter of the week.

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