Thursday, June 7, 2018

More of This and Some of That

The days were growing warmer.
Were is the key word that sentence.
The last week has been a little chilly.
It does not stop Jackie and I from exploring.
We have taken lots of wonderful walks.
Her favourite path is around the nature trail in town.
There is always something new and exciting on this path.

My little garden is going well. Lots of greenery at the moment with pops of colour and another round of mystery flowers.

Does anyone know what these are?
As it grows,it reminds me a bit of a Lily. Then the outer-covering breaks away and tiny white buds are noticeable.

I do not remember planting these mysterious flowers.

I did however try something new in the garden.
I am starting sunflowers off from seeds.

So far, so good. The little sprouts are quite strong.

Looking closely, I found they have a neighbour.

The little fellow was difficult to spot, at first. Then the ground moved and there he was! He likes to sleep in this little hole during the day. By the time evening comes around, Mr. Toad is off and exploring on his own.

I learned my lesson last summer when I planted and lost quite a few tomato plants. This season, I have kept a few plants in containers mixed with some herbs.

They are doing quite well!

I'm off to do a bit more outside before the rain returns.
I hope you are all well! :)

Monday, May 7, 2018


When last we spoke it was March. And it was really bloody cold.
Then April sprang up out of no where.
It was still really cold.
I was very happy though! My beloved Toronto Maple Leafs made the playoffs!
It was short lived.
They were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in seven games.
Still! That is a big deal.
If you are a Leaf fan, you will understand why.

I have been quite crafty.
I completed my shawl, Wind Rows Shawlette.

I am now working on a pullover, Jess' Birthday Sweater.
I do have pictures but, they are in my Ipod, which is charging downstairs.
The difference between the written pattern and what I have knitted so far is, I have cast on 200 stitches and so far, not done any shaping.
I am a bit on the lazy side as of late. Plus, I really like a baggy sweater.

With April came the start of spring hidden in all that snow.

We started to get a bit excited thinking, maybe, just maybe, Spring has sprung!
Then we had second winter.
No photos.
I was just a bit gobsmacked by it all.

Then more wildlife started to make appearances!

Now it's May!
We were so happy to discover our little Wren has returned!
The couple had disappeared so suddenly last summer.
They had built up their nesting spot and then all of a sudden they were gone.
This past week end, we heard that very distinct little chirp.
I looked out the back patio window and voila!
There he was hard at work on his little nest.

Just down from the Wren nest, we also have a Robin nest!

I don't know if they are exchanging parenting advice but, quite often the Robin comes over to see what the Wren is up to.

Few other feathery friends.

...and not so feathery...

The tulips are more visible! So are the Daffodils!
It is almost a scene out of Alice in Wonderland.

I don't know what these are. If any of you do, please let me know. :)

Finally I have been practicing my watercolours.

That was a longer post than I anticipated. That will teach me to skip a month.
Till next time!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Out and About!

Yesterday I was met with an unexpected day off! What a treat!
I didn't have to be or go anywhere!
So Jackie and I decided to discover new territory.
We hopped in the truck and headed to Frelighsburg. The town hosts a lovely nature path that you can use with cross country skis, snow shoes or just walking.

With any new region we go to explore, Jackie is on high alert!

With my schedule being wide open, we decided to travel to St. Jean sur Richeleau and take advantage of my 50% off coupon at Michael's.
I purchased a small Koi pocket watercolour field kit.

I have been rather busy with my current supplies and needed to replenish my colours.

I also tried out my new pencil set:

I used UNI Mistubishi Pencils, which I found on Amazon.
The drawing is simply titled, Raccoon.

After all that walking and exploring, Jackie and I settled in to binge watch Once Upon a Time and complete a pair of socks.

My next project involves this very colourful string!

It is by Deranged Dyeworks located in Drayton Valley, Alberta. The colour is Radioactive and it is single ply 100% merino wool.
So far it is knitting up beautifully!

Today will be a "take it easy" sort of day.
Too much socializing yesterday.
I hope you are all well.
Talk with you later.