Monday, June 27, 2016

Mosaic Monday #92 - The Final Mosaic Monday

Rather than wait until the end of July as intended, we're all busy with other activities now that summer is here. Therefore, I've decided that #92 will be the final link up post and end of Mosaic Monday.
A big thank you to the regular participants who made this meme enjoyable to host. New friendships formed and we experimented with various programs to create interesting collages. I hope you'll continue to use mosaics in the other memes you link to.
To the bloggers who linked but never visited others or commented, you missed out on meeting some wonderful folks and the sharing that comes from participating.
On this last Mosaic Monday I'm showing some of my favourite collages from over the years.

Monday, June 20, 2016

I've Found my Happy Place

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
There are two days in every week that we should not worry about, 
two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension. 
One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said – yesterday is gone!
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with its impossible adversaries, its burden, its hopeful promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our control. 
Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise.
And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn. 
This leaves only one day – today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we can break down. 
It is not the experience of today that drives people mad – it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
Let us, therefore, live one day at a time!
author unknown
I've always liked this quote and it pretty much sums up what I figured out to be my happy place for blogging. Live one day at a time with a grateful heart for the many blessings that come my way and post bout things I love once a week to keep in touch with my esteemed blogging sisters.
Thank you to to all who enjoy Mosaic Monday and have left kind and encouraging comments that I'm considered a good host. They are humbling, and much appreciated. 
As I stated in my last post though, it's time to move on and hand over the meme to another blogger if anyone is interested.
The pond is always a place of activity, whether from the frogs calling or the 30 plus goldfish jostling each other at feeding time. A neighbour brought over a couple dozen toad tadpoles that were caught in his pool cover but they're either hiding or became lunch for Kermit and his pals.
 The herb planter is filling in nicely...
and most of the garlic scapes from the garden were ready to snip. I'm going to try a pesto recipe from FaceBook with them which looks quite tasty.
This doesn't look like much but it's the tip from a branch on the blue spruce in the backyard. I watched a grackle go around the bottom of the tree and pull a bunch off, leaving them on the ground. Don't know what that's about. lol
My husband and I picked strawberries this morning at 8 am before the temperature soared to almost 90F with chance of a thunderstorm. In need of a knee replacement, he did pretty good crawling along the straw-lined path with his knee brace on.
After seeing a fresh strawberry pie on my friend Beth's FB, I knew a pie was in order for us too. Mine is a baked rendition with a crumble topping and I even made my own pastry in the blender.  Usually I have a Pillsbury box of pie dough in the fridge, it's so easy to use!
Most days afternoon tea is in the teahouse by our pond and I'll leave you with a picture of Topaz who likes to sit out there with us. Today, however I'll stay indoors where it's cool, I have a maple tea brewing in the teapot and it's about ready for me.
Happy Gardening, take time for tea.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Decisions and Changes

Throughout our lives we have many decisions to make that often come about from change.
Myself and a few other bloggers have been grumbling about not being able to use Bloglovin from an iPad without having to sign in each time to leave a comment. This came about after a software update and unfortunately this is how I always visited my feed over coffee in the morning. Now many blogs are neglected because they're not on my Google followers list as well.  I've decided I'll have to take some time and remedy this so as to keep in touch with blogging sisters whom I like to visit.
I think my next decision will not come as a surprise.  It's time.... I plan to pass along the hosting of Mosaic Monday to someone else. After two years of hosting this weekly party my InLinkz account is due in August and I won't be renewing. The text only account is free but it's nice to have a small photo from your post to submit but this account costs a yearly fee in American dollars. 
If you are interested in taking over the Mosaic Monday meme, send me an email or at least pass the information along please. There will be a link up on June 27 and the last one on July 25.
Our garden club tour and tea went very well on Sunday and one of the stars of my garden was this white clematis 'Hyde Hall' which I mistakenly told a few people was 'Langdon Hall' - a senior's moment :-) Two ladies posed in front of it for me . 
I'd like to give a shout out to the two women who still read my blog from the days when I promoted it in my weekly newspaper gardening column.  
Thank you for for continuing to follow my garden musings and announcements about local events. If you have FB and live in Innisfil or surrounding area, I invite you to join the closed group of Innisfil Gardeners I started. 
Hosta garden under the crab apple tree.
A little messy at the end of the table but an enjoyable afternoon cream tea spent with a friend. She took home the tea set and 12 cups and saucers in the background for teas she plans to host at her commercial kitchen. (woo hoo, a decision I'm very happy with!) I made the Mock Devonshire Cream recipe (in the bowl on the right) from Laura Child's Sweet Tea Revenge and it was delicious on our scones. We had Paris Afternoon tea from Murchie's of British Columbia.
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Gardening and Tea Parties

I've attended a couple of presentations at our Wild Birds Unlimited Store on Saturday mornings and afterwards I went into a small family owned bakery for tea and a scone.
Although tea is more fun with a friend, having a silver tray delivered to your table makes it a special tea for one outing.
Our garden club tour and tea party is this Sunday and above is the photo that appeared in the newspaper advertising it. The afternoon the photographer came it was 30C in the shade which is the high 80's for those of us who still use Fahrenheit. The perspiration was running down my face and my hair was damp but all in all, I survived for a half decent shot.
My friend Lucy had a sunroom added to the back of their house and she couldn't wait to have us all for a tea party this week. Fourteen of us each had our own teapot to take to the station set up with hot water and a large selection of tea bags. The table became laden with trays of sandwiches and the sweets were decadent. We talked and ate for over two hours and the time flew by.
The hostess gift I assembled for Lucy which was wrapped in cello with lots of ribbon. I didn't take a photo of my thank you card but mailed it that afternoon when I returned home. Do you send a note, or card of thanks when you've been invited to a tea or luncheon? 
This morning at the monthly Christian Women's Club meeting along with tea and coffee we had strawberry shortcake. Now I can hardly wait to pick berries and make this, and a Victoria Sponge again.
In the garden...I've had to trap chipmunks out as we've become overrun with them. I use a Havaheart cage and release them to the forest not far from our house. These two were inseparable and both ran in for the peanut butter bait together. So far, seven have gone and there are still a number of them scurrying about. Some may think it's cruel to trap and relocate mammals but when they cause damage and become overpopulated without natural predators, it's a safe way to alleviate the problem. 
Rocks in my planters is how I deal with the squirrels. 
Purple stones from the dollar store were added to the tufa trough butterfly for some colour.
Clematis 'Josephine' is starting to bloom and I hope others will be in flower for the tour.
I'm linking to Bernideen's 100th Tea in The Garden Party.
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea
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