Monthly Archives October 2019

What’s in the Garden? – Q

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

My alphabetical gardening posts have reached Q this week.  It has been a challenge to find things that start with this letter, but with a bit of creativity and searching the photo archives I came up with some things. Our garden is in the Bay of Quinte region.  This is a gorgeous part of the province of Ontario with lots of attractions within driving distance.  When we aren’t gardening one of our favourite things to do is walk by the bay. The garden is a quiet place to sit and relax.  The Muskoka chairs are set up in a shady
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Peanut Mail

Categories: Birds.

Several years ago we converted an old rural mailbox into a bird feeder.   We had put it down on an old tree stump and put a few peanuts in it thinking the chipmunk would like it, but to our surprise the bluejays started going into it to get the peanut mail. It should of been no surprise that the bluejays would source out the peanuts.  So we mounted the old mailbox onto a post and set it up as a permanent feeder station. Here is the bluejay swooping into the mailbox.  I love this photo as it shows the
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Reading Rocks!

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

Reading really does rock! I love reading, actual books over online readers, and created a few reading rocks to leave in some of the little free libraries we’ve seen on our travels. This rock was painted green on both sides. Remember that each side must be totally dry before turning it over. I had a little sketch to follow (upper right corner). The trick to paining rocks is patience … be sure to wait for each section to dry before moving on to the next phase. First white lines were painted on to represent the shelves. Then different coloured rectangles
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Alphabetical Gardening – P

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

I’ve found birds, plants, decorations, and garden spaces for this week’s alphabetical gardening letter P. The pine siskins are cute visitors to the garden.  Their yellow wing bars sets them apart from sparrows and goldfinches. In the Fall I love to add some pumpkin heads to the garden.  These are made by either turning the pumpkin into a planter or by adding bits and pieces from the tool bench to create the faces. The plants in the garden starting with p can be endless … pansies, peonies, petunias, poppies, periwinkle, phlox, prairie coneflowers and parsley.  Each blooms at different times
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Lost Souls Shawl

Categories: Crochet.

The Lost Souls Shawl was made awhile ago but as it was a gift for someone. Now it has been delivered I can finally share it with you. If you look carefully you can see skulls throughout this shawl. This is a pattern I came across on Ravelry, and the best part was it was free. Below is a closer look at the skulls. This was made for a Hallowe’en lover and I’m sure she will enjoy it. I had to try it out with one of the shawl pins a purchased while on the spring South Eastern Ontario yarn
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Pebble Art Daisy

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

This is a cute and very simple little pebble art daisy that I quickly put together with rocks collected from Wicklow Beach. I enjoyed making it and there are more pebble art rocks in the making. You need a round rock, 1 small rock, and 7 smaller rocks. I painted both sides of the round rock black. Be sure to let each side dry before turning over. The small rock was painted yellow on both side, and the smaller rocks were painted white on both side. If needed add a second coat. The smaller rocks were placed to form a
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What’s in the Garden? – O

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

~ O-o-o-o what did I find in the garden that starts with O for this week.  I’m really enjoying this alphabetical gardening challenge each week. The gorgeous orange orioles are frequent summer visitors to the garden.  I make nectar for them but never add any colour.  They also love slices of oranges and will peck at them for nourishment. Blobs of grape jelly are a favourite of theirs too. We had lots in the spring of this year but now they have left for a better climate. orioles I’ve made a grape vine obelisk for the garden.  One year I
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Bags of Warmth

Categories: Sewing.

 Cool weather is here, in fact we have already had our first frost plus a few more. This kind of weather just makes you want to get cozy with a shawl or an afghan and a little added warmth.   I’ve been making these rice bags or stress bags for a few years now.  In fact one year I think everyone on my Christmas list got at least one of some shape or other.  Now you can go out and buy these items but I’m the sort of person that will look at an idea and think to myself “I can make that for
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Good, Bad and Ugly

Categories: Lens Friends.

Caterpillar refers to the larval stage of a moth or butterfly or Lepidoptera.  The word is Latin in origin and means hairy cat.  During the year we see different caterpillars in the garden. The good, the bad and the ugly! Here is a Swallowtail caterpillar, Papilio polyxenes asterius. These like the leaves of carrots and parsley.  I think I grow the parsley just to entice the swallowtail butterfly to lay eggs so I can photograph the caterpillar.  These photos were taken late June. This turns into lovely yellow and black swallowtail butterflies. Monarch caterpillar or Danaus plexippus is munching away
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Alphabetical Gardening – N

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

My alphabetical gardening posts are up to N this week … nuthatches, nasturtiums, ninebark and maybe more. The nuthatch is a winter visitor to the gardens, returning in October and leaving the by the following April.  We get both varieties, the rose breasted and the white breasted.   What fun to see their characteristic upside down pose on the feeders. In February 2019 we rescued a nuthatch that had flown into the window. He was stunned and sat for awhile and soaked up some warmth from my husband’s hand. Then after awhile it flew away. Nasturtiums are an annual that
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