Friday, January 30, 2015

In The Garden, Mostly!

Some pictures from this past week.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fog in January!

Just a few days ago a major winter storm was predicted for the east coast of Canada.   To quote the weather people, "It will be the worst winter storm Canada has seen in ten years."   I'm more than pleased to say, it didn't happen although some of the maritime provinces got hit.   Yesterday we had unseasonably warm temperatures, going up to around plus seven.   By yesterday afternoon fog was to be seen.   In January!!

The sky is clear as I look out the window.   Daylight has arrived so it's time to go fill the bird feeders.  The dear crows will soon fly in.  This morning they will feast on raisin and fruit buns that a friend dropped off for them yesterday and a container of dry cat food.   It looks like it's going to be a glorious day.   I'm happy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sun shiny Day.

Seems it's been a couple of days of endless work what with the new lot of snow we have.  Yesterday I shoveled the two decks and two sets of steps, then shoveled a path down to the driveway again.   Came inside for a break then went out and did the driveway, that's a big job at least for little old me.   Then knocked icicles off the roof as well as using my new roof rake for the first time to haul snow off the roof.   So this morning after walking up for the mail just after daylight, I knocked more icicles off the roof, front and back and then threw up some ice melt disks, a new thing that's suppose to melt through the ice and make a way for the water to run off.  I have my doubts about it working really, but fingers crossed.   Last winter an ice dam built up on the front causing the water from the melting ice to go under the roof, down the walls and over the floor.   What a mess.  Carpets and linoleum had to be taken up and thrown out. 

 The seed catalogues have started to arrive.   Excitement reigns!  I suppose like every insane gardener, I get so excited looking through them that I have to put them aside in order to settle myself down.  Spring doesn't sound that far off now. 

A flock of Evening Grosbeaks arrived the other day.  Beautiful birds.

I intended on doing some sewing over the winter but the needle on the machine broke.  My machine is an old Singer treadle.  It doesn't use electricity, it works by your foot motion.   I absolutely love it and have been using it for years.  

I'd say it must be near a hundred years old.   Anyway, I got in touch with the Singer Company to see if needles were still available and apparently the answer is yes, so I've ordered some. 

And the last picture is of dear Tommy looking out at the snow and wishing it would disappear.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sunny Day in January.

I noticed a strange thing happening about two weeks ago.   I feel I'm becoming myself again.   Let me explain......I was under a lot of stress in 2013 with what Roger was going through and didn't really realize it until coming up to Xmas of that year I really noticed it.  I thought I was "tough" enough to get through it unscathed. .  Then leading up to his passing in January 2014, it seemed to have gotten worse.   Coming up to summer I thought things were getting back to normal, still I thought it strange that the gardening which is a big part of my life, didn't really interest me as usual and that I was doing things in the garden by rote really.  Of course I didn't realize this at the time, it's only now that I think about it, that it makes sense.   Now, as I said, I feel more like myself, more optimistic, and not minding the winter as I did last winter when I seemed to just struggle through.   Well, I'm not going to waffle on about it, just to say I feel good.

We had snow night before last so spent a good part of the morning shoveling.  Did the front and back decks and both sets of steps.   Then shoveled down to the driveway.   Honestly, I really enjoyed it. That's not to say that I like winter any better, haha.  Came in for a bit of a break and then decided to shovel out the driveway.   Got half way through that when I saw a friend coming down the road.  My wood man and all round great helper.  He said I figured you'd be out at this, then took the shovel and did the rest of the driveway for me.   Later in the morning I shoveled a path to the bird feeders.   Woke up to -16 this morning.  The fire had gone out so it's just now warming up in here.  Looks like it's going to be a lovely sunny day with temps rising to -7.  I can handle that much better.

Cats haven't been out much.  Tommy, in particular gets frustrated when the cold and snow stops him from going out so he takes it out on my plants, his teddy and the other cats.

The snow.

Woody earlier this week.

And, to end off, one of the cheeky squirrels.

Sunday, January 04, 2015


-18 degrees last night.  The fire had gone out so it was rather nippy in the house to say the least.  I sometimes envy people who just have to push a button or turn a knob and their house is toasty.  I had all of that for years but eventually chose to move to the country 35 years ago and  now only have a wood stove as my source of heat.   I love it here but don't like the winters.   It can be brutal at times.   I find that the older I get the harder it is on me.   However, it's worth putting up with winter to live in this beautiful area. 

New Years didn't come in with a bang for me.   It never does really.   In bed by eight o'clock as usual and up around four.   I have been spending some time over the holidays on reflection.   A good time for it really.   Two days ago I took down all the decorations.  They had been up long enough and I wanted to get things back to normal.   Now, of course, as happens with crazy gardeners, I'm dreaming of spring and looking through the seed catalogues that have started arriving. 

Jack Frost paid a visit overnight. 

Sunset a few evenings ago.

One wonders how the poor little birds survive.  I do put sunflower seeds and suet blocks out for them so hopefully that helps keep them warm on these cold nights.

The cats are fed up with the winter.  Disgruntled Malachi.

Tommy attacking his teddy.

That's it.  Have to go check on the fire.   I wish you all a wonderful and happy 2015. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December 27th. And No SNOW!

This is the third time I've started this post having deleted the previous two.   I suppose it's been a strange year in some respects.  It's been the first Xmas I've been alone in a very long time.   Unfortunately family couldn't make it either.  This all gave me a lot of time for reflection both on the past and the future.  Maybe that's what I needed so fate stepped in and provided the opportunity.

I was busy with friends coming back and forth this past three days, it was great to see people come and go.  Had some friends in for Xmas dinner and I enjoyed that as well.  My daughter may be able to get out this way next week so fingers crossed.

No snow yet!  I'm thoroughly enjoying it.   I read recently that this time last year we had three feet of snow on the ground.   It's been quite mild some days and I noticed yesterday that my lilac tree has budded.   The plants must be so confused.   I took advantage of the +5 early morning yesterday and went up on the roof to clean the chimney.  Tommy of course came up the ladder with me.   He just has to be with me when I'm outside.   I'll have to go up in the woods sometime today to find some bits of wood to start the morning fire.  I noticed I had run out this morning.  

The spoiled baby.

Lots of birds around.

One of my most favorite gifts.  From my granddaughter, a miniature garden cart with accessories for a fairy garden.   My mind is going round and round now with plans.

Hope you're all enjoying the season and the holidays. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Glitz and Colour of the Season.

Minus 13 overnight last night and this morning.  I got up during the night to check that the water pipes hadn't frozen and put some more wood in the stove.   There was still fire in when I got up for the day so wasn't too bad.   It's turned out to be a nice sunny day but cold. 

I decided to decorate for the holidays this past weekend.   A bit early for me but I had bought a new 7.5 ft. pre-lit tree so was a bit excited to see what it was going to look like.  Young Tommy gave me grief in the beginning but has been surprisingly good since.  Fingers crossed that it remains that way.   My mom gave me some houses from her winter house collection so with the few bits I had myself, I made a little village.   First time and I'm really pleased.   So, without further ado, here's some photos.