Monday, June 22, 2015

Mosaic Monday #47 - As Summer Arrives

With the arrival of summer I've been busy gardening or sitting in the garden by the pond enjoying the birds and blooms. These days I'm not visiting my blogging friends as much and sometimes not leaving a comment for when you're cooped up inside over a long winter, spending as much time out of doors is at the top of the list - even above housecleaning. I am trying to visit everyone at least once a week and if you participate in Mosaic Monday, even then it may take me a couple of days to get around to you.
Every morning there's a blue jay that is trying to train my husband and I to throw peanuts in the shell on the deck for him. We're getting better at heaving a handful out before he starts squawking and alerting other jays and squirrels in the area that the peanuts are out.
Any day now the free for all will start in the serviceberry tree, the berries you see as my background photo. The cedar waxwings will arrive in numbers and every other backyard bird will be trying to get their share. Sometimes the robins will gang up on the other birds and chase them off but the tree is loaded with berries this year and enough for all.
I attended a fairy gardening workshop with a couple of friends on the weekend at a nursery and afterwards we had lunch outside at their cafe. A caesar salad first, then local fresh pickerel with a couple of jumbo shrimp, steamed vegetables, baked potato and a slice of herb butter for the main entree. 
Dessert was a chocolate hazelnut torte with a berry coulis and ice-cream. 
I give presentations on fairy gardens to garden clubs yet find I always pick up something new at a workshop. After all, others have different ideas which prompted me to add a moss basket for height to the above garden and a piece of driftwood with air plants tucked in the crevices. A package of moss was used to hide the soil, and there's now a troll under the bridge. 
One of the fairy gardens at the nursery, this one in an oversize low birdbath. 
Happy summer! 

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44 comments:

  1. Thank you Judith, and I do not know how you do all that you do as is, such a busy woman. Your birds, the event that you attended with the wonderful looking meal, the fairy gardens presentation, all such lovely images of what a week in your life has looked like. Very nice. Hugs from Kentucky USA~

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  2. Good morning, Judith! I can see now why you are so busy, your fairy garden is just so cute. The moss basket and bridge with troll is a great addition. The workshop and luncheon with your friends sounds wonderful and the food looks delicious. The Blue Jays do seem to announce that the peanuts are here, come and get them. And I thank you for iding the serviceberry. The Waxwings do love the berries. Lovely post and images! Thank you for hosting, have a great week ahead.

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  3. The fairy gardens are absolutely magical! I love that you added a troll for a little adventure! Those blue jays are such smart birds ... And so pretty, I think they'd be worth acting as their personal breakfast chef ;). Thans so much for hosting.

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  4. Your fairy gardens are lovely, so whimsical. At present the birds especially the blackbirds are feasting on our cherry trees, they always beat me to it!
    You are so right to be enjoying your garden and not blogging during these long lazy days of summer, there'll be plenty of time for indoor pursuits later in the year..

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  5. Lovely photos of a really beautiful bird, Judith!
    The lunch you had at the cafe looks really delicious, and your fairy garden looks, of course, gorgeous.
    Thank you for hosting MM... and do enjoy the gardening in good conscience! :)

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  6. Now those are cute fairy gardens Judith...I am becoming busy as well and gardening hasn't been in full swing due to weather here...too much rain. So I am not getting around either. I think I would have attended that workshop just for the food after...looks incredible. Enjoy your summer garden!

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  7. Your garden world is so enchanting. I imagine that many dreams happen there.

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  8. Oh my goodness, Judith...I love that photo you designed with the Jays!!...:)JP

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  9. The presentation of the meal begged to be photographed.
    Gotta love those raucous jays. Perfect mosaic for this one.

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  10. I love my blue jay buddy. There are a few but one has 'trained' me as well and he'll come right next to me for his peanuts! :)

    Love that mosaic and all of your pretty photos.

    "Even above housework" ? I say amen to that : )

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  11. Lovely. I like the butterfly hen and chicks!!!!

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  12. The fairy gardens are a chance to do something unique...each one can be whatever you want it to be. I hope you have a beautiful week! Happy Monday, Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  13. I love it all....thanks so much for the party.

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  14. The fairy gardens are pure magic, aren't they? I need to work mine, but I have decided not to spend so much money on it this year. The blue jays int the mosaic are so pretty. Ours have left for the summer. To the mountains perhaps. I miss their noisy chatter. I have to comment on Thursday Tea because I always forget to visit on Thursday: Fabulous. Don't you love Sarah? She was my best bloomer this year. Have a great week.

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  15. I love Fairy Gardens and did them years ago when I worked in a Nursery. Much fun.
    Summer is here~~~Enjoy!
    MB

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  16. Happy Summer, Judith! I know how busy it gets in summer--we have been out hiking when we aren't babysitting. It's so nice to have a daily bluejay visitor! Your lunch with friends looks delicious and I really enjoyed looking at your delightful Fairy Garden themes and ideas. The teapot house is too cute! I hope to make a Fairy Garden one day with my granddaughters when they are older. I like the birth bath container idea.

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  17. It's inspiring to read about your summer activities and watch the pictures of such lovely things. I love the blue jay and the fairy gardens!
    Thanks for always taking the time to visit our blogs and leaving heartwarming comments. Have a great week!

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  18. I love fairy gardens. They add a little whimsy to the garden. Your garden is gorgeous. Enjoy it! Lunch and hazelnut torte ... yum! Happy Monday and thanks so much for hosting!

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  19. Such a wonderful series of mosaics you shared today Judith. Thank you for Mosaic Monday 47. Enjoying your wonderful garden.

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  20. Being outside is wonderful these days. Glad you're enjoying your garden. I'd love to see one of your a fairy garden presentations - I've recently become interested in them and am thinking about creating one. I think the little ones who visit here would enjoy it.
    Your mosaics are beautiful - are you using a new program? Really unique layouts.

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  21. I love your fairy garden Judith. On one of our outings last week we were in a store that had the cutest fairy garden accessories. I think that will be my projrct when we return for BC next month.

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  22. I've been thinking of doing a fairy garden for the grandchildren Judith. How precious! Oh my goodness, what beautiful blue jays! I can never seem to catch a wonderful photo of the birds that visit our feeder like I see on the internet in blogs. Your photography skills are amazing!
    Thank you for hosting us, and have a blessed week.
    Gayle from Behind the Garden Gate

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  23. Judith, you made me hungry!
    Great shots from the bird, i like them.
    Have a nice week ... Frauke

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  24. Everyone where we live has gone back inside. No kids playing on the street. The only time they go outside is to swim. With 100 degrees plus humidity, it's just exhausting to do much outside. Your fairy gardens are lovely and there's so much to see in them. I'm glad you share yours and your knowledge to inspire others to make one.

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  25. A fairy garden does add a nice touch of whimsy to the garden.
    I understand about wanting to be outdoors either working or just relaxing in your lovely garden.

    It is hard to find time for everything!

    Thanks for hosting,
    Carolyn

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  26. Beautiful lunch and beautiful mosaic!

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  27. You have such beautiful fairy gardens, Judith. Is your serviceberry a tree or a bush? I bought one that is a bush although I was looking for a tree form. The birds have pretty much cleaned ours out already, but that's okay...I did get to taste them, and now we have ripe blueberries coming on (and cherries for the birds - they're wormy so I don't eat them.) Enjoy your week. Hugs, Beth

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  28. Happy arrival of summer! Wonderful aspects in your post, such a cute blue bird jay and gorgeous fairy gardens... Lovely to see these aspects, indeed!!! and yummy dishes, too...
    Warm greetings for this start of summer!

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  29. Your yummy meal at the cafe made my mouth water! I even maximized the photo so that I can get a closer view. Hee! Love the updated fairy garden!

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  30. I loved the little garden in the birdbath. Have a lovely week.

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  31. Hope those blue jays don't get you two trained! =D

    Oh, by all means, grab all the summer you can. There's nothing going on at my place that's for sure!

    All of your gardens from large to very small are charming and beautiful!

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  32. Lovely post and photos ! Our Blue jays have all gone for quite a few weeks now . I hear you I have been out in the gardens and yard a lot to . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  33. Oh, your photos are so lovely, Judith! That blue jay really does look as if he's posing for you! Enjoyed seeing the fairy gardens, too, as these continue to be quite popular, don't they?

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  34. I love those Blue Jay birds and the clever mosaic image!
    I'm inspired to try my hand at a faerie garden next Spring - mine could even have a little Leprechaun amongst the miniature plants, ha ha!

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  35. I'm with you Judith on being slower at visiting when the sun is shining, and we all understand :) Your Blue Jay obviously needs no fairy magic to help his breakfast appear at your place and who could resist on either fronts... I'm thinking a fairy garden is needed at our place, although will need to be Crazy Poodle proof!!! Have a lovely week.
    Wren x

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  36. How funny that the blue jay is training you and your hubby, Judith!! I get a flock of,cedar wax wings that show up in a tree at my house every April. They must be on their migration journey.
    How fun to attend a fairy garden workshop! I loved seein the examples.
    I'm in Florida right now, with some family, and we're staying at a beach house in Seacrest. We're enjoying the waves,sand and fun times!

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  37. I like the idea of fairy garden; they're so full of charm and magical things. I imagine you would be excellent at giving workshops, Judith!

    Karen

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  38. I love the fairy gardens Judith. They are so fun and cute. I still would like a serviceberry tree for the back lawn. It would be fun to see all the birds that would visit it. Enjoy your backyard, gardens and weather.

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  39. These blue jays are such a wonderful birds, I'm sure we never had such a beautiful coloured birds in our gardens here. I'm also slow with commenting these weeks, but I do my best to keep up. You had a delicious lunch during the fairy gardening workshop!
    Leave the housecleaning and enjoy your garden Judith, when it is cold and rainy we have time enough for the house again.

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  40. A lovely post Judith! Thank you so much for visiting my blog while I was away. Have a great week.

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  41. Wonderful wonderful wonderful - I missed this week because Don was in the hospital with a very serious condition but our wonderful team of doctors has sorted it all out and he is finally home. I might try and get a mosaic in before the limit is reached. Love the blue jay that is trying to train you.

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  42. That is so NEAT about you giving Fairy Garden workshops - and apparently you should be because you do it so well.

    I need to start experimenting with better mosaics - some folks (like yourself) do such a good job and mine (when I do them) are so boring!

    Well done, ma'am! Hugs!

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  44. Dearest Judith; First of all, so sorry for my belated comment again... I LOVE the first mosaic with sweet blue jay in the circles♪♪♪ (I thought you gave me an idea:-) I wish I could see more varieties birds here like my blogger friends. Your fairy garden is FANTASTIC♡♡♡

    ps: (Just in cast) if you saw I was linking my present post for your next meme, I've changed my mind to linking up next post ,which I'm planning to post later tonight, to you :-) I always love your beautiful post and appreciate your effort for hosting, Dear friend♪
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Canada, xoxo Miyako*

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