Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"In The Garden"

That's where I have been spending time these last few days. We had TWO days in a row without rain!
When the rain finally stops and we get sun everything grows so quickly, including the weeds.
Last year this hydrangea had one blossom on it. I believe I counted 12 this year.
This is a circular garden we made this Spring. A overgrown smoke bush was here. It wasn't in very good shape and I wanted another spot for perennials. We put in a trailing lilac and then hosta's around it. I put some begonias and impatience around the edges too.
Busy as usual at the feeders.
We seem to have two sets of young squirrels. A couple grey ones and three black ones. They chase each other on the deck and stand at the sliding door staring in looking for peanuts.
All the critters can clean out the feeders in the matter of an hour or so.
Terribly blurry but this is Smokey drinking his morning (lactose free) milk. He is rather a messy guy!
Yesterday the male and female Cardinal were around for a few minutes. I was able to quite a few decent shots. I haven't seen any young ones as of yet.
We have managed to get our early (5:30) morning walks in without getting rained on. I could see the red sunrise from our bedroom window this morning so brought the camera when we went out. This was taken just down the street. It started to rain an hour or so later.

Wishing everyone a lovely day!
Robin

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Summertime"

Where do the days go? Between gardening, road trips, visiting with friends, household stuff....Usually in that order ; )
A new little visitor to the feeders these last few days. Hard to tell but he is very tiny.
Chuck and I went for our physicals recently. If you remember we are Canadian so we have "free" healthcare. I made the appointment back in March and the earliest we could get in was this past Monday. I must remember NEVER to book an appointment on a Monday!
Our appointment was for 10:30. We walked out of there at 1:20 in the afternoon! This is a new doctor who took over the practice from our previous doctor. I am so thankful he did as Janice's doctor retired and no one took over his practice. She searched for a doctor and ended up finding one a 1/2 hour drive down the highway.
Anyway, everything is fine and he ended up spending an hour  with us explaining how he approaches healthcare which is quite different then our previous doctor. More preventative then reactive.
On to nicer stuff! A new dress I found recently at "Magnolia Cottage" $10.00 and it fits like it was made for me.
With our continuing rain the gardens are so lush, it is incredible.
Janice's "Josephine" clematis. It is on the brick wall as you walk up her front walkway to the front door.
A rose bush in Janice's front yard.
This past weekend we headed to Orono to visit a few antique shops. What a lovely village! The photo above was taken in the basement of the old Orono Armouries. It had been turned into a multi-vendor antique shop. What a great place.
We wandered around for an hour and a half, so much to look at.
Sorry, the photos somehow got out of order! The portulaca's are lovely right now. I have a few pots out on the back deck.
A perennial that Merv gave me, no idea what it is!
Silly little girl flirting with Chuck!
Here is the Armouries. The building itself was wonderful to look at.
Many had great sales on too.
Gorgeous home just down the street.
The library is housed in a beautiful old house. This is the gazebo in the backyard.
Smokey being his handsome self.
The skies have been so interesting these last few days. On the weekend there was a tornado warning down the road a bit but nothing came of it thankfully.
The days seem to be going by so quickly. It is officially Summer now. Strawberries are ripe and so delicious! Speaking of strawberries, I must end this and head out to get some.

Have a wonderful day!
Robin

Thursday, June 8, 2017

"Come On Up To The House"

After a history filled Saturday we decided to continue on with that theme when we visited Kim on Sunday. After visiting in the morning and a scrumptious lunch we headed out to Bellevue House.  Built in the 1840's, this house was home to Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald from 1848-1849.
Sir John is standing in the corner of the dining room to greet you as you come in.  The house was very dark and it was an overcast day to boot too!
So many different rooms, I believe this was a small parlour off the main one.
This is the front parlour.
Mrs. Macdonald's room. She was a very sickly lady, tragically dying very young. It is very hard to tell but this room was so dark. We all commented that it wouldn't have helped her mood being in such a dark room!
A maid's room.
The guest room was gorgeous. light filled and very large.
The master bedroom. The furniture was magnificent. This house was in tip top condition and extremely clean despite the number of visitors. It felt incredible to walk in the same rooms as our first Prime Minister.
A boot bath! can you imagine trying to get in and out of this thing?
In one of the pantries the original shelving was still in place.
The kitchen fireplace.
Down in the basement were many interesting things.
I love the old crocks.
The laundry room. The contraption in the back washed the clothing, some sort of rock washer?
Beautiful house and so meticulously kept.
All the tour guides were in period costume and were happy to answer any questions.
Despite the dreariness it didn't rain while we were there so we were able to enjoy the gardens. Two young  ladies were weeding and  answered a few questions for us. I wanted to know about the shawl she was wearing. She knit it herself and it wrapped around and buttoned on the back.
The house across the street from Bellevue House. So much to see and do in Kim's city. We will be back!
Look, what is that foreign object in the sky? Is it...yes, it is the sun! We have had two sunny days in a row! Unbelievable! I have gardened and hung out wash, lovely.

We had such a great weekend. I wanted to thank Kim for a lovely day on Sunday. How blessed am I to find such a wonderful bloggy friend and have her live so close we can visit each other. What more can you ask for!

Take care.
Robin

"In The Garden"

That's where I have been spending time these last few days. We had TWO days in a row without rain! When the rain finally stops and ...