Moving Right into August

Another month has made it’s appearance.  The weather has been changeable – from hot and humid days, to wet and windy ones.  The garden either needs watering or it is water logged with rain!

The beans did amazingly well and I’ve picked lots and lots.  We’ve had several dinners and I’ve frozen lots for the winter.  They came in all shapes and sizes, each with their own taste.

varieties of beans at

But no matter the colour or shape when they were chopped up and put in the steamer they all looked kind of similar.  The different varieties are labelled above if you are interested in that sort of thing.

varieties of beans at

It continues to be a joy to watch the birds in the garden. This one took a bit of identifying in the bird books and online.  It’s a female redwing blackbird and a few of them have been visiting under the feeders for awhile now.

female riding blackbird at

A young oriole as has been enjoying the honeysuckle berries.

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We have been out and about on day trips.  One lovely morning we drove through Prince Edward County, known as The County around here, and visited an artisan market, a local cheese store, a farmers market and a flea market.   I also had a day out with a friend to the Women’s Institute Craft Show and Sale in Picton.  This yearly one day event is always fun to attend.  This year I was really pleased to see Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn truck there.  I’ve been following her on Facebook for awhile now.  I’ve been neglecting my knitting and crochet this summer but it was a joy to touch the yarn and see all the different varieties that she sells.   I’d better get back to knitting soon.

visiting Purlin' J's

I’ve been doing lots of reading.  Sheila Connolly has three different series, The Orchard Mysteries, County Cork Mysteries, and the Museum mysteries.  I’ve been catching up on the orchard and museum series and the County Cork one is new to me.  I really enjoyed the first one and will be getting the others in the series on our next visit to the library.

mystery series by Sheila Connolly

I have been repainting the finger boards in the sign post garden, but so far have no photos of it.  I’ve also been having fun painting mandala rocks.  These aren’t finished and I’ll add a bit more detail soon.  I’ve been collecting lots of flat and roundish rocks on our outings so I can paint more over the winter.

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Besides cooking the beans and our favourite zucchini recipes I’ve also made a Victoria sponge.  I was inspired to make this from The Great British Baking Show.  Do you watch this series?  One of the challenges was to make a Victoria sponge and no recipe was included.  This is a classic cake to make in England and I would think that most of us can make it without a recipe.  I call it the 4-4-4-2 recipe or the 8-8-8-4 recipe if you double it.  The recipe is included in one of my favourite British cookery books, The Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

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I’m sure you are having a wonderful summer.  I’ve been busy but I’ve been neglecting the website but do still share photos on Instagram.  It seems I don’t have the inclination to sit at the computer for a long time and edit and create mosaic images or write long posts.  This one covers a lot of different things and I hope the length didn’t bore you.

Enjoy August.

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The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom

2013 … 2014 … 2015… 2016 … 2017

Growing well: red carpet stonecrop,  ligularia, ferns, sedum,  mint, garlic chives, sorrel, clematis,  rose of sharon, Jerusalem artichoke, canna,  yucca root,

Harvest:  tomatoes, lettuce,  beans, potatoes, radishes,

Blooming:   potentilla, daylilies, hosta,  lady’s mantle,wegelia,  rose campion, coreopsis, heliopsis, lavender, Stella d’oro daylilies, echinacea, false spirea, obedient plant,

the gardener side at




12 Responses

  1. Margie

    I wish that summer would slow down! This is the first time that I’ve seen mandala rocks. Very cool! Your Victorian sponge would be perfect with a cup of tea.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      The Victoria sponge was delicious and so was a cup of a new tea that I purchased at the craft sale, a Wellness Blend called Midday Reset which was an herbal blend of organic peppermint, organic spearmint, lemon grass, ginger and dandelion leaf. Enjoy the day.

  2. Lucy Corrander

    Only yesterday I was thinking how I’d like to be doing some knitting. It’s silly, there’s only any point if a garment or blanket is needed – and the wool etc. can take up a lot of space when one is still surrounded by boxes after moving. But there’s something very pleasant and calming about the physicality of making the needles work and seeing the. fabric grow

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      I have so many afghans and have given so many away I stopped making them even through there are always tempting patterns that I keep finding. I just discovered a new local yarn store so bought some yarn and will hunt out some patterns to make. Time to get those needles and hooks moving again :)

  3. Nicola

    Good to read your update. We love beans chez NicolaKnits too but didn’t grow any this year. I’m afraid I am wishing away August, I’m finding the constant 30+ temps combined with a valley full of smoke to be quite unpleasant. Roll on clear air and rain in September. I hope!

  4. Myrtle

    Loved the photos of the beans, nothing like fresh beans this time of year. The string beans in the stores are terrible Good shot of the female Redwing Blackbird. The books you get from the libraries always sound interesting Linda.

  5. Linda

    Hi Linda…
    Nice to know about the female red winged blackbird.
    Not sure I have ever seen one.
    How nice that you take little day trips…sounds like fun!
    I have been crocheting a few things thus Summer…need to finish them!
    Have a great evening…
    Linda :o)

    ps…yes…love the British baking show!

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      We love day trips, then we can always come home to sleep in our own bed. We have a new local yarn store that just opened so visited this morning and got some yarn and will get those needles and hooks moving again. The Great British Baking show just finished and we will await the next series with different hosts and a new judge. I’ll reserve judgement until we see the first couple of episodes. Are you enjoying the cottage while the weather is hot?

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