Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hearts, Flowers and Chocolates

The weather has been cool this week, no swimming or tea by the pool for me. I have discovered some pretty flowers on my morning walks though that I've captured with my smart phone.
I brought my Valentine teacup and placemats with me to make a few special-for-me teas.
 I've been playing around making a few still life shots.
While out for lunch one day we went into Noela Chocolate and picked up 4 of their delectable  sweets that came in a little wooden box. They were very good chocolates and this week's favourite.
In the kitchen every afternoon I put the kettle on for tea.
A bouquet of lavender mums from the grocery store sits on the table.

I'm linking with:
Friday's Hunt (letter G, week's favourite, in my kitchen) - Thank you Teresa.
Five on Friday - Thank you Amy.
Mosaic Monday



Monday, February 8, 2016

Mosaic Monday #80 Link Up Page

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Of Birds and Beasts

The weather and bare roads were the best we've ever experienced in driving to Florida over the years yet because the Canadian dollar is low, there were much fewer Ontario plates seen.
We're renting the same house as last year and noticed a new home being built on a nearby street. What a difference from the wood framed houses where we live.
Next door has new owners and they're having a dock built on the canal, such an interesting process to watch while floating around in the pool.
 There are still a number of empty lots with burrowing owls inhabiting them.
With all the walking and fresh air Topaz crashes on the couch a couple of times a day.
An avocado tree in our side yard has been producing fruit in abundance. I have to be quick to get any though because the squirrels and iguanas find them a tasty treat. The neighbour told me she went to pick one from their side and an iguana lunged out at her. At dusk today I heard the sound of a branch cracking in a small tree in the backyard and when I went to look, an iguana jumped to the ground and into the canal. 
Here's the beast that took over the dock last year until hubby forced him off with the hose - what a mess he left all over!
 I brought my small heart muffin pans and made a Jiffy cornbread mix for dinner one night.
Afternoon tea continues as a daily ritual only by the pool instead of in front of the fireplace. 
We're having internet issues and I'm not always able to leave comments for some reason but I'm reading posts when time allows during our vacation. 
piZap has some fun heart collages to use this month
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Mosaic Monday #79 Link Up Page

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Artful Blogging Magazine

This week the challenges for Friday's Hunt hosted by Teresa are the letter 'E', week's favourite and sky.
I am excited to share that my blog header is featured in the 2016 spring issue of Artful Blogging magazine under 'favourite banners'. This is a great magazine for ideas, inspiration and some pretty amazing photography.
I have my blog designer Karen Valentine to thank for taking my photos and making such a pretty header.
This week's favourite: In the current issue of RURAL Winter Love magazine I wrote an article about creating a spring basket and featured one I made a couple of years ago. Above is a recent basket I put together with pots of bulbs, a primula and ceramic bird tucked in.  Very easy to do to get a jump on spring.
Sky: Sunrise and sunset as seen from the house in Florida we rent. We're off to stay there again soon and it will be a nice reprieve from shovelling snow and wearing boots.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Mosaic Monday #78 Link Up Page

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New David Austin Roses for 2016

English roses bring to mind the vision of flowers with fine fragrance, pretty colour and a touch of romance.
The 2016 introductions from David Austin all meet this vision and I'm sure will be much sought after this spring.
'The Poets Wife'
I love the name of this richly coloured yellow rose that has a strong appealing scent and will bloom abundantly from early summer until frost.
'The Lady of the Lake'
Here we have a romantic looking and fragrant blush pink rambler that is perfect for an arch, trellis or wall. Reaching a height of 10-15 feet, it is a repeat blooming rose.
'Olivia'
Named for the granddaughter of David Austin, this rose has masses of beautiful fragrant pink blooms, and it too will rebloom. (Thanks to Sally Ferguson for providing the release of David Austin files and photos)
Looking at these beautiful roses makes me think about my gardens and the changes I'll make this year.  As is often the case with gardeners during winter, it's the best time for plans and lists.
When ideas hit me I jot them down in my hard covered journal. It's interesting to look back over the years yet practically every entry has been crossed off as done.
Sitting by the gas fireplace with a cup of tea and a muffin is a cozy place to pull out my garden journal. The siamese cat is one my favourite pieces made back in the late 70s. I suppose you're wondering what she's looking at? Could it be a spider on the ceiling?
Her usual spot is in a basket beside the fireplace and every furbaby that's been in the room has checked her out.
Have you been dreaming about your garden and making a list of 'must have' plants? In my next post I'll share a couple from my list. 
Today the Winter Love issue of my favourite on-line magazine, Rural has been released and I hope you'll have a peek here. I've been a contributor since Jen's (The Light Laughed) vision became a reality. 
Linking with:
Friday's Hunt hosted by Teresa.
Mosaic Monday by me.
No Place Like Home hosted by Sandi.
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