May-be …

… it will get warmer soon. May-be the restrictions set on all of us will start to be gradually lifted. May-be there is a little light at the end of the tunnel.

Until then the garden is a source of enjoyment. The garden changes daily with all the new growth and the arrival of summer birds.

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I was thrilled to capture a photo of the white crowned sparrow, the white throated sparrow and the female red wing blackbird. Both varieties of sparrows are ones that pass through the garden in spring and early fall.

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The resident chipmunk, known as Chippy, loves it under the feeder where he stuffs his cheeks with the fallen seed.

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The yellow and white hyacinths are in bloom in the fence garden. Mr. Bucket, one of my Stumpy family, approves of the lovely aroma. Perhaps he should be Mr Bouquet with Hyacinth! Do you or did you watch The Keeping Up Appearances series?

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An old railway tie at the very back of the garden is turning into its own little eco system. The moss is starting to grow in a few places and there is even a wild raspberry shoot poking through one of the cracks. Nature never fails to amaze me!

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The birds are appearing in pairs now. Mr & Mrs House Finch are enjoying a snack at the safflower feeder.

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The ferns are poking through the ground in the shady gardens. Last year I transplanted a few to the new shady tree garden and they are doing really well.

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When I’m not outside I’m busy stitching on my “Sew Inspired” project. This is a project to sew a little happiness every day.

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I made some craft squares. I was particularly pleased with the knitting square with knitting needles made out of toothpicks and beads and the crochet square where the hook was a child’s plastic hook cut down to fit.

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the plant tables in 2017

As the weather warms up in May, I’m planning my container veggies. I found the above photo to remind me of what it will look like soon. What will I grow this year? Potatoes, tomatoes, beans, lettuce, parsley, peas, are all favourites. The garden centres are now opening up with curb side pickup. I always support local garden centres instead of the big box stores. Now more than ever it is important to support our local, small and Canadian businesses.

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One thing I’m doing is a bit more baking, not that we really need to have those sorts of snacks around when we aren’t getting as much physical exercise as we usually do. But they sure are delicious.

We go for a walk every day, do some reading, connect with friends on social media, try different recipes, drink cups of tea, and try to remember what day it is!

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Photo from 2008 on a trip across Canada on The Canadian. The train is just entering the tunnel but the light is visible at the other end.

There is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Ontario is slowly reopening some businesses as are other provinces and we are slowly flattening the curve. But until that light is fully visible you must stay home, wash your hands, practice social distances if you do go out, and show a lot of patience.

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26 Responses

  1. Nicola Newington

    BC will start re-opening mid-May according to local media. I had a call from my boss yesterday to prepare me for being called in. My husband hasn’t stopped working – he is stressed and needs a holiday!

    • Crafty Gardener

      I read about the restrictions being lifted in BC, our son in law in BC, an electrician, has been working all the time too and been really busy. Here in Ontario a few businesses will be open for curb side pick up and garden centres can open but with lots of restrictions. Stay safe when you go back to work.

  2. Myrtle

    I truly enjoyed your Crafty Garden May-be display Linda. Yes it cold and windy here with the now you see it now you don’t see the sun. Always love to watch your veggies growing and your gardens and all the birds. We have a Chippy here. Have a good Mother’s Day weekend

  3. Lorrie

    How amazing to get the photo of those three birds together. Restrictions are slowly easing here in BC, as I’m sure you know. My husband has been working every day, so it’s not much of a change for him. And I’ve been working at home which has been less than ideal, but we’re getting into a bit of a rhythm with the students and lessons. Enjoy your garden!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Yes, I heard about BC lifting restrictions and easing into things. Hope everything goes well. Here in Ontario, it is a bit slower, but at least it is progressing bit by bit.

  4. Joy

    My goodness Linda you made me laugh about having to wear a mask inside so we don’t eat too much ! how true is that .. all the yoga in the world won’t stop me from gaining weight at this rate!LOL
    Your baking looks so delicious ! .. I love your swing project, it really is so cute and delicate looking .
    We have those sparrows quite often and we weren’t sure what they were, so thank you for the ID on them. We miss our chipmunk family .. they packed up and left after we had the new patio stone work done .. I felt so guilty about disturbing them.
    However we have all sorts of birds and naughty squirrels keeping the back garden lively.
    I just bought a load of native plants from the Loblaw’s garden center .. lots of trillium and jack-in-the pulpit .. I was thrilled to get them .. just planted them yesterday , ahead of this wicked cold weather .. fingers crossed things settle down to near normal eventually .. this has been world shattering .. mother nature is trying to tell us something .. I wish we would learn ? Take care, be well and safe ! Joy 😉

    • Crafty Gardener

      Native plants will be a wonderful addition to your garden Joy. It sure is chilly this morning, and some areas even got some sprinklings of snow. Enjoy the weekend.

  5. betty - NZ

    What fabulous finds in your garden! It’s amazing what you can find there. Love the stitching, too, so encouraging at this time.

    It’s great to see you at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thank you Betty, the garden brings joy all year round, but more so during this stay at home time during the pandemic. Have a good weekend.

  6. Lavender Dreams

    I love the sew inspired stitching! I should at least do something like that in my journal! Love that sweet chipmunk! How cute! Enjoy your weekend! Happy Mother’s day!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Dianne, doing something daily in your journal would be fun too. I also do zentangle drawings and wished I had started doing a bit each day in a little book. But it is never too late to start. We could do with some of your Florida sunshine as it is really cold here, and some places had snow! Sit in the sun and think of me 🙂 Have a lovely weekend.

  7. Eileen

    Hello, I am looking forward to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Love the first Sparrow photo. Mr Chippie and Mr Bucket are cute. Baking and treats are something I enjoy too. Your needle work looks very pretty. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend. PS, thank you for the visit and comment.

  8. Teresa Cypher

    I adore that stump person with the bucket hat! Quite clever! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing all of your lovely photos!

  9. Margie

    I concur about supporting small, local Canadian businesses. That’s how I justify my tea purchases. Hee!

    Last month, New Brunswick allowed 2 isolated households to form a “bubble”. I’m hoping we’ll get to do that in Ontario soon!

    • Crafty Gardener

      I wish we had a local tea business to support, just the big chain of David’s tea, buy at least it is a Canadian company. I buy a lot from Munchie’s, mainly for the free delivery right now. Bubbles would be good, but could cause a lot of issues between people, like how do you choose who would be your first group? Have a good ‘tea’riffic weekend.

  10. Vondean Erickson

    Hi Linda,
    I loved the photos of the birds and chipmunk. Your baking looked so good also.
    It has gotten cooler here and I enjoy that much better than the 90’s we had this past week. Everyone tells me it is too early for that. Guess we have to take what we get.
    Things are looking better here and guess it just takes time and patience. I know I am not alone.
    Have a good weekend.
    Vondean

  11. Anni

    Such a wonderful array of images this week. A garden is a haven of activity this time of year…love your collage displays…decorative & fun to view.
    Your sharing today is much appreciated. Thank you for linking in!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks for stopping by Anni, yes the garden is such a wonderful spot to have. Unfortunately we have had unseasonably cold weather, and even some parts of Ontario had snow yesterday, so not doing as much as usual at this time of the year.

  12. Lea's Menagerie

    What an interesting post!
    Love the birds and gardening photos. So far I have planted potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Not sure what else I want.
    Cute crafts!
    And I have been baking more too – apple tarts – Yum!
    Have a blessed day!

  13. Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe

    This is nature-loaded post birds, flowers and kitchen garden 🙂 I loved seeing a different kind of sparrow. I mostly get to see the house sparrows. I have been enjoying birding from my balcony and that’s the time my soul is the happiest ……

    I loved the craft squares inspired by nature.

    Coming to the baking bit ….. everyone has donned a chef cap; experimenting in the kitchen and dishing out yummies. I so agree with you on no exercise and loads of cheat food hahahhahaaa. But I guess this is keeping people busy and happy.

  14. Jean

    Our area starts “officially” re-opening today in phases. Love that first photo of the sparrows and the blackbird. Your photos sure make me want to get outside and dig in our garden some more. However, we’re having a cold, rainy snap this week. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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