Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ahhh, Summer.

The citizens are happy, summer has finally shown it's face.  Lovely warm sunny days.  I suppose you can call it late spring cleaning but I finally decided to clear out my clothes closet.    The clothes were packed so tight that I could hardly move them and then there were five large plastic storage boxes stacked up on the floor of the closet.  I ended up with three large plastic garbage bags filled with clothes for the Goodwill so now I have a bit of breathing room.   I was going to start on the linen closet this morning but the garden has been neglected of late and the guilt is creeping in.   So, it's outside for me today I expect.

Here are a few pictures taken recently.











Sunday, August 09, 2015

A Moth and other stuff.

The incredibly beautiful perfume coming from the Honeysuckle wafted around me as I walked outside this morning.   It's one of those scents that I wait for each summer.  The Roses, Peonies and Phlox are wonderfully scented as are some of the other flowers but I think the Honeysuckle tops them all.






We've had a few summer like days but now it's turned chilly again.   I'm debating whether to light the wood stove.   Seems a waste of wood as it is suppose to be summer after all.   Still, I'm feeling chilly. 

There have been some young Waxwings after the berries on the Saskatoon Berry tree.   I've tried to get a picture but the tree is only a few feet from the window and when they see me, they fly off.   The Black Currant tree is full of berries again this year.   I'm hoping to pick them before the birds decide to have a feast.   They're not quite ripe enough yet though. 

I noticed a lot of moths around the back door this morning.   Couldn't figure why until I remembered that I had left the porch light on all night.   Here's a big fellow with a head full of fur.







Some pictures of the garden.









Friday, July 24, 2015

Wet and Cold July.

It's July 24 and a balmy +8 outside.   Sorry to be complaining about the weather so much but really........it's suppose to be summer.   Didn't have one this year.   They say it's the worse July in almost half a century.   I've been burning wood all month and myself and everyone else are totally fed up.

We had heavy, heavy rain three days ago that lasted all one day and night.   It flattened most of my large plants to the ground.   I'm devastated.   My poor peonies as well.   They were looking so lovely with huge blooms.   This picture taken the day before. 





One of the rose bushes that's heavily laden with blooms and buds was brought to the ground.   Again this taken the day before.





All the plants that are on the ground, even when the sun does finally show its face and dries things up, won't recover.   Ah well, as my mother says, there's nothing we can do about it.   What amazes me is with all the cold weather the plants have been doing really well.

Here are some pictures taken when there were a few glimpses of sun.








Monday, July 20, 2015

Burnside.

This past few days I've had my daughter and granddaughter here once again but this time my granddaughters partner is here as well.  He flew in from Ontario last Wednesday.   This is the first time I've met him and the first time he's been to this province.   We're having a grand time.  They're been out and about each day coming back at supper time.   This past couple of evenings have been spent drinking wine and regaling each other with stories.   Great fun.   They're going back to the city this morning and flying back to Ontario on Thursday. 

The weather has been dreadful.   Cold and overcast.   No summer this year it seems.   I suppose we have to take it in our stride, not much can be done about it.

My daughter and I went off yesterday morning to take a few pictures.   We ended up in Burnside which is a community just a few minutes drive down the road.  

Burnside.






Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Surprise for Me.

I had a wonderful surprise a few days ago.  My granddaughter who was suppose to fly in from Ontario tomorrow, changed her flight to an earlier date and no one told me.   So, my daughter and granddaughter arrived at my place and gave me the biggest surprise.  They stayed for a few days and it was just wonderful.  After supper one evening we went down to the beach.

Daughter and granddaughter.







Some pictures from around the garden.







The weather hasn't been very good at all but the plants seem to be thriving.  Not a lot of birds around these days either.   I'm hoping it's because they've gone further afield.   I miss the chick a dees and nuthatches as I usually have loads of them.   I did see a chick a dee the other day going off with a pile of nesting material in it's mouth.    

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Brrrrrrr!

I think summer came for a week or so during May.   This morning it's +6C with the wind chill it's +3C.   It's been cold for sometime now with not much sign of let up.  Very disappointing to say the least.  Our summers are very short as it is.   Ah well, we can only hope for some warmth soon.  

Some good news, my granddaughter and her partner will be coming to visit me from Ontario in a week or so.   I'm looking forward to this.  Haven't seen her in some time.  

Despite the cool weather the plants are thriving.   I was a bit disappointed with the white lilac as there weren't many blooms on it this year.   I walked up for the mail a few days ago and noticed the neighbours lilac didn't have many blooms either.   Must have something to do with how winter or spring was.   My yellow Azalea out did itself this year.   Great huge blooms and the perfume coming from it is heady.   The rose bushes also have loads of buds on them.   Seems everything but me likes the cold damp weather. 

We had about ten minutes of sun a few days ago and I saw this Swallow Tail on the Azalea.   I ran for the camera and got these shots.








A few photos of the plants in the garden.





Normally I have lots of bees but have hardly seen any.   I blame it on the cold weather.  I did get this picture.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The snow has finally all disappeared.  The weather has been mostly rainy but we've had a few decent days.  I managed to re-cover the greenhouse with plastic.   A job that needs a day without wind which is hard to find here at times.   Anyway, the day finally presented itself and I got the job done.   It's an easy job but time consuming.   Hauling off all the slats that keep the plastic down, measuring areas, then measuring plastic then nailing the slats down again.  The bottom of the door has rotted so I've taken that off and will try to bang something together to replace it. 

Yesterday we had sun so I did mostly yard work.   I finished weeding one bed and got a start on another.   I felt at the end of the day that I had accomplished something.   I thought to myself, if I had a couple of people here for a few days I'd get it all done.   We got a notice that clean up week starts next Wednesday so I'll have to spend part of the coming weekend clearing out the shed and getting rid of stuff.  

This weekend is a long one, Monday being a holiday.   I expect we'll see an influx of people coming to open their summer houses and cabins.  And so it begins.  Traffic and strange faces up until Labour Day weekend in September. 

New birds have been at the suet feeders for days now.   Yellow Rumped Warblers.   They are so pretty.   Small birds as well. 








The White Throated Sparrows have arrived as well.





And, much to my surprise, what I thought at first was a large nest very high up in a Birch Tree, was a Grouse.  Not a good picture as the dawn was just breaking to the East.