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Monday, February 13, 2012

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Well .. Sunday was a kind of lazy day.  It was time to zip off to Dakota Cafe for early breakfast .. the day was overcast and when we arrived at the Cafe, we found out that we’d just missed a full house .. so it was very quiet and relaxing while we were there.

On our return journey home, we noticed some hawks sitting on some lamp posts …  which reminds me that I’d seen some Red Tails at the airport a few weeks ago!

Sunday was really a lazy day.  There were so many things that I could have done … if I had the desire to do so.  Ennui won out.  I know for certain that when the energy arrives, I can clean the house from top to bottom.  Organize the recycling in an amazing manner.

However, Sunday just wasn’t one of those days.

So I wandered outside … checking on the growth of the garlic.  Imagining where I’ll install the pallet composter.  Where I will move the 3 cylinder type composters .. the type that don’t heat up enough.  Oh, wow… the things that I learned in Saturday’s compost session.   My head is still reeling.

A good pal and I are heading out on Wednesday to gather some kelp and seaweed.   I’ve made enquiries for fresh wood chips (the thin branch type, not the woody types).

My gardening world is changing, evolving, growing .. with the new (to me) information that I am learning.

No longer can I depend on my previous knowledge bank of what I thought was good for the garden.  Now…. thanks to my Organic gardening course .. I am learning the basics of what is happening in the soil beneath my feet.   And learning about the practises of big agricultural practises ..I am having second thoughts on what produce I am spending my money on.

And when I wander the aisles of supermarkets .. I am curious as to what chemicals, growth hormones, genetically modified organisms and pesticides that have been used on the vegetables, the meats and other products that I normally purchase.  Breads.  biscuits.  Pet Food.  Fruit . .especially imported fruits.

I’d previously chosen to just ignore the threat of the harmful effects of GMO’s et al .. however, this gardening course is making me look closely at what is happening in our world.

It’s good to be a knowledgeable consumer and to support local organic farmers .. they are our way of the future and I intend to support them.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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I’m liking this quiet time of the year.   So do the birds .. I can see the flurry in the back yard as they flit about the yard.  Flying in the trees .. feasting on the fat in the suet holder and the seeds in the bird feeders.

The yard was super quiet when I went outside to refill the containers.  I missed the presence of the birds of all varieties that are usually visiting.  There must be a lookout, though, because as soon I took down one of the feeders and started refilling it .. I heard a cheerful series of chitter chatter break out!

So, despite the rain that was falling, the little guys were watching for the refills.  Such happy sounds fill the air …. I felt so much better.

The yard is getting a little mucky from the rain .. but that’s no big deal .. all will settle down soon enough.

Still enjoying the relaxing bit of the holidays .. and so I spend some time on a variety of things:  knitting on another scarf;  searching StumbleUpon for more creative ideas to follow.  Kinda restless, but I think this is due to a little too much chocolate!

Spent a few minutes on recycling ..  keeping on top of the tremendous amount of material that quickly accumulates.

Looking forward to spending time in my garden area.  This is like an Aladdin’s treasure trove!  Idea-wise, that is.  All excited about the many little projects that I plan to work on.   Things that don’t cost much money, just need to spend time and create things for the garden.

I have lots of flower and veggie seeds to plant.  Some I’ve had for years and I know that they are still good.

Looking forward to my garlic bulbs sprouting.

Books to read .. fiction and gardening.

So very many things to plan for the spring.

One thing I’ve learned during this busy Christmas Season .. and that is the gift of relaxing.  It’s not an activity that I’ve actually focused on before… and I’m finding that a little bit of time spent in the relaxation mode actually makes me more energized and creative.

Go figure.

However, it really makes a difference.  Sort of “slow down and smell the roses” instead of plowing through them, being busy busy busy.

sigh.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

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 Hmmm … yesterday was Sunday .. it was a dreary, rainy day . .and I just loved it!

Our day started off with a dash to Dakota Cafe .. and .. surprise of all surprises . .Dak had made his famous Won Ton soup!  And it wasn’t a Monday, Wednesday or a Friday.  No questions as to what we had for our brunch.  Mmmmmmmmmm … delicate won tons, great variety of colourful, crunchy vegetables .. all happily contained in a lovely light broth.

The weather was rainy when we left Saanich and once we crossed that magical weather border somewhere along the Pat Bay Highway, the rain ceased.

While we were happily lunching on our won ton soup, and after we’d finished the “Spot the Differences” .. we finally gazed out the window.  I could see the hardy perennials growing away in the little bed outside the window.   The covering of Miracle Mulch that I’d applied to all the growing areas in the outside area was doing it’s job in keeping the soil nice and moist.

The little sunflowers are still growing away.  I’ve left the seed heads for the birds to discover and notice that they really haven’t been feeding on them much.   The Vietnamese coriander is making a good comeback.  I plan to buy a packet of seeds and start a number of plants for Dak .. this is his favourite plant!

The little sweet peas (that I’d sown in the planters .. from the mature seed pods of the summer flowers) were growing very well.  Someone, I can’t remember who, told me that sweet peas are difficult to grow.  Not so.  They sprout quite easily.  And I am so happy that I’ve hoarded all the pods from our backyard (plus my lovely gardening neighbour, M, has given me quite a supply!!) .. watch out!  Next summer I will have sweet peas growing everywhere!  They are so beautiful and perfume the air all summer long!

Anyway, back home and a perfect day to get the inside things done.

I’d seen what I thought was a sale sign at a local gardening centre, so I went shopping.   Drove out there, wandered around .. no plant sale.  It was just wishful thinking on my part.  So I went to Country Grocers to pick up milk and cookies and, oh, no, 30% discount on all plants.  And I saw a vine that was to die for, only $5.99, plus 30% off .. why did I only buy 2???   The little sticker shows that the plant has pink trumpet like flowers and grows 3 metres.   hee hee .. I’ll be propagating these babies!

The rest of the day was spent doing those exciting household chores that everyone just loves!  Laundry, etc.  Then later, I spent some happy time at Stumbleupon, looking at the wonderful crafting and gardening sites.  Oh my there are some wonderfully creative, sharing people out there!

It was simply a marvellous Sunday .. despite any raindrops that fell.

Oh, yes, and I spent a fair bit of time at the windows, and outside, watching the birds cavort about the yard .. that was fun!

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Monday, October 21, 2011

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Up early this morning .. after taking care of little kitty kats, I decide that I can spend some time on this early morning .. tapping away at the keyboard.  So I select my lovely “Chante France” online radio and soon I’m typing away! http://www.chantefrance.com/# listening to lovely music.    I’ve listened to this station for many years … and still love listening to the music.

This weekend has been a mixed bag of weather.  Saturday started out rainy and cloudy and later changed to full sun.

Yesterday the day fared better … bright and sunny all day long.  Early morning we went out to a local lumber place to purchase the final items to finish off our newly finished room at the front .. now our front porch is fully enclosed.

It’s so much fun to finally utilize space that was never ever used.  We’d used the front porch only as a place to pass through .. en route either to the interior of the house or exiting from it.    Now we have a fully enclosed room.  We look forward to finishing the final details.  Paint.  Flooring.

Of course, draperies were needed .. so I made my way over to the local Fabricland.   Only thing was, the store didn’t open till an hour later.  What to do.  Went for a walk around the mall and discovered that all the stores, except for the large drug store … didn’t open till an hour later also!  Hmm….

Met a young mom out with her brood,  turns out they’d arrived an hour too soon for their morning activities also .. so they were setting out for a local restaurant before the hockey games were due to start.  We enjoyed a good conversation, I commented on how well she was managing a little child who was acting up.   He had challenges and they were dealing well with them.  Patience and understanding sure go a long way.

Then I wandered over to the sports complex .. a Home Show was taking place .. however, I decided not to go .. I usually buy something that I never use from these things.  I still have the super fantastic cutting tool that was being demonstrated at the last show I went to.   It’s downstairs somewhere in a box.  Hmm.. perhaps it’s time to dig it out and use it!

I enjoy wandering aimlessly around, with time to spare.   Looked in the windows at the newest library .. closed now, and will open in a few hours.   Check out the exercise programs offered.  Finally ..  meander over to my car, where I solve Sudoku until the fabric store opens.

A steady stream of cars and pedestrians come and go .. I’m not the only one who thinks that the store opens at 10 am!

Finally, the doors open and customers stream inside.  I make my way over to the drapery section, crossing my fingers that the lovely ready-made drapes are still there.

Ok, this is one of those situations where time simply disappears ..a time warp where nothing exists except for the here and now (as Cesar Milan says!).

I visualize the windows that need drapes .. .and determine the number of drapery panels that are needed.  Next, I look around, selecting and cancelling .. a variety of colours.  Some I adore, wild, bold prints.  Nope … a neutral type is more suitable.

Looking for texture .. I put aside some dull gold colour with silver threads running through.  Another pair catch my eye .. a sold colour heading, lovely round rings to hang from the drapery rod.  The lined drapes are a subtle gold colour, with tiny squares of stitched designs.  I do a quick calculation .. even with 50% discount, this will set me back a few hundred.

I make myself do another walk around .. and what do I find .. but 6 panels of drapes that are the twins of my new computer room drapes .. only in a different colour tone .. and omg . .these are truly on sale!!!  So I select the 6 panels (the remaining panels available, lucky me).

Next comes the search for modestly priced drapery rods.   I hunt and hunt through the selection offered .. amazed at the costs, even at 50% off.   Finally I select just the right rods.  Simple, understated, with lovely muted gold leaves set at either end.  Perfect!  And.. they cost more than the panels.  Oh, well, c’est la vie!

I make my way home .. happy with my purchases .. and even though it’s nearly 2 hours since I set out on my shopping adventure .. it’s still early afternoon.

Mugs of Y tea prepared, I chat with my busy DH who is working at full speed to finish all of the work necessary to seal in our “new” room for the winter.   We joke as we make plans for this space … the possibilities .. frivolous .. practical .. fun.

Finally I wander outside .. the sun warms up the yard .. the birds are temporarily absent, visiting other yards I’ll bet.

I look at the pile of bricks where, yesterday, the little Juncos’ were taking turns posing ..  and nearby, the medium-sized plant saucer that was being used as a bath by some of the others.   Early morning on Saturday, I’d looked out the kitchen window and thought that I saw motion in the saucer and at first glance just thought that there was a heavy drop of leaves from the wild and crazy tree.

Looking closer, I soon made out the blurring of wings being flapped about in the water.  OMG, the birds were taking a bath!  Unable to take photos (any outside movement would have caused all birds to fly away) ..I contented myself with just watching and enjoying the living antics of these most wonderous little beings.

Which reminds me .. yesterday, we’d gone to Dakota Cafe for breakfast and on the way out, picked up the latest copy of the newsletter, the Patrician.  Driving away, I opened up this edition and .. was so happy to see a photo of little birds ..printed in the front of the publication!  http://www.flyvfc.com/database/October2011.pdf  This edition is pack full of information on fun trips taken by members.  And the publication is first class .. produced by an amazing designer, Christie Hall.  She’s quite an amazing designer!!

Anyway .. I do go on and the sun is starting to shine.  So I’m off to one of my two leaf sources to fill up several bags of the beautiful leaves.  There are two raked mountains of leaves to be bagged and taken home.

Oh, happy day.

I plan to work away later on … placing newspaper mulch down as a base, starting at the right side of the back yard.  And onto this base I will start shovelling that (magic) Miracle Mulch!

There are still garlic bulbs to plant …. I might just fill some deep pots with soil and bulbs .. and then I can move them about in the full summer sun.

And I plan to propagate some more plants .. like the Santolina .. and then thin out some raspberry canes for placement elsewhere in the yard.

So many fun things to do.   And by occupying myself fully in the yard, I again successfully avoid continuing on the sorting out of my computer room!  Yippee .. that can wait till a rainy day.  Which is also when I’ll be finishing adjusting the drapery panels.  Taking apart the side seams and then pressing, pinning and sewing new seams.    Making two panels out of four.

Boredom?  Not in my life thank you very much.

🙂

Now .. on with my lovely daily life.

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