Monthly Archives August 2019

A Flower Frog

Categories: Crafty's Projects.

Do you use a flower frog? Or are you saying what on earth is a flower frog? Flower frogs are usually glass, ceramic or metal items to add to the top of a vase or jug to help arrange your flowers. They had holes in them that you put the flower stems in and they keep the blooms separated, standing straight and the arrangement looks fuller. I was inspired to try making my own flower frogs from some that I saw at a craft show. I used the odds and ends of polymer clay that I had. This is what
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Alphabetical Garden Tour – H

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It is time for the alphabet search at ABC Wednesday. There is always something on the garden tour that starts with H. Some birds beginning with H that we see in the garden are house finch, humming bird and hawk. Things always go quiet when the hawk is around.  He loves to perch up high and get a good view of the garden.  Hummingbirds are a favourite visitor and can be seen frequently flitting in and out of the feeders that I fill with homemade food.  The house finches can be year round visitors but appear most regularly in the spring
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Zucchini in White Sauce

Categories: Recipes.

It is zucchini season and time to come up with a different recipe for using it up. For this casserole I used a white sauce and chopped zucchini. I used my scalloped potato recipe for inspiration. I started with a medium sized zucchini. I forgot to measure it before starting so that I could create a recipe in MyFitnessPal and figure out the calories. It will be a guesstimate, if that is a word. Zucchini is low in calories, but I’m not so sure once you add the sauce. Ingredients: medium zucchini 3 tsp butter 7 tsp flour 2 tsp
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Hunting for Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

Decorating rocks can be addictive. Hunting for hidden rocks can be just as addictive. I have hidden some of my rocks in various places … in and around Victoria BC, the Cobourg Ecology Garden, in Prince Edward County, in Brighton ON, and on beaches on our travels. Let me know if you find/see/keep/rehide one of my rocks, either in a comment or in the contact form. Hidden at the Cobourg Ecology Garden More of my rock projects: Some rocks I’ve found can be seen here.
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What’s in the Garden? – G

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time for ABC Wednesday and my alphabetical garden tour this week shares what’s in the garden starting with G – birds, plants, whimsy and more. There are plenty of plants beginning with G – globe thistle, godetia, geraniums, gazinia, gerbera daisies, and garlic chives. One year I even grew garlic. The goldfinches are year round visitors but the rose breasted grosbeak only visits in the summer months. Then there are those pesky grackles that come to eat all they can. I love garden whimsy and over the years have made several different types of gazing balls.  The big ones
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The Great Blue Heron

Categories: Birds, British Columbia, Down by the Bay, and Lens Friends.

The great blue heron has been spotted at many places we visit … down by the bay, the pond, out west, and in wetlands. It was a challenge choosing some of my favourites to share today. This heron is a large wading bird, in fact it is the largest heron in Canada You can’t see me, I’m hiding in the shrubs at the pond. At Whiffen Spit, BC, the heron sits on a log perch looking out over the water. The herons love to preen themselves and take on some amazing poses while doing it. They appear to be blue-grey
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Alphabetical Garden Tour – F

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

The flowers and foliage on the garden tour include (from top left across)  four o’clocks, fuchsia, feverfew, foxglove, and ferns.  I”m sure you figured out the letter of the week is F. It’s time for my weekly alphabetical garden tour to share what’s in the garden starting with F (birds, plants, whimsy and more). This garden series is not necessarily the garden in its present state. It covers the four seasons and photos are from my garden archives. Feathered friends include finches (both purple and gold), the flycatcher and flickers. The fairies aren’t to be left out.  Every garden deserves some whimsy
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The Lacy Scarf

Categories: Knitting.

I recently finished this lovely lacy scarf pattern. This was a free pattern from The Robbins Nest in Brighton, Ontario which was one of the stores participating in the South Eastern Ontario yarn crawl this past spring. The yarn was lovely and soft, diamond SELECT Indus Valley in shades of mauve and teal. I had started this pattern in late May and even through it was an easy two row pattern to remember I was only knitting a few rows at a time as I needed a laser treatment to clear a cloudy lens so work was limited. Once that
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What’s in the Garden? – E

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time for my weekly alphabetical garden tour to share what’s in the garden starting with D (birds, plants, whimsy and more). with you and with ABC Wednesday. One of my favourite plants to watch develop are the Egyptian Walking Onions.  They are the first to poke through the ground after the snow and they grow tall and have amazing little onion sets at the top of the green stalks. For a couple of years I grew Elephant Ears.  They are tender perennials here in my garden zone in Ontario, Canada but do grow as perennials in other parts of
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