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Tuesday, January 23, 2011

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So .. yesterday I finished putting away my latest book acquisitions and found another bag that I’d missed!  Here were some treasures!  A few books on glass painting (how timely);  one on stonework and another on brickwork .. in the garden!   And I actually took the time to open them up and look through them.  Excited about the  many ideas now for this spring and summer!

And then today, I was taking little Youbou for his acupuncture treatment, and what did I find tucked away behind the front seat!   Another crafty one “How to Build with Bamboo” .. 19 projects.  Some easy crafts in that one.

The weather has been rather a mixed assortment today.  Already there has been rain, overcast skies!  Sunny skies, followed by overcast.  With a dash of wind thrown in.

Nevertheless .. I’ve gathered an assortment of wood and will shortly go outside to attempt some temporary repairs to our little fence .. the section with the loose and fallen boards.   Really looking forward to new panels replacing the older sections.

I’ve planted rather a large assortment of plants along all of the fence, trying to create a nice deep garden in some areas.   And there are a lot of bulbs intermixed with the perennials, so I’ll have to make some colourful markings so that they won’t be stepped on.

There are some cedars that I planted a few years ago .. .after hand digging a nice deep trench for them .. and placing them a few feet apart, so they will eventually grow into a solid green “fencing”.   When I look at these, I remember my travels, many many years ago .. I was invited to stay at a lady’s home for several days.   And I remember looking out the kitchen window, they had a beautiful tall, solid wall of green cedars totally encircling their yard.  They loved it and so did I.

Such privacy and greenness!  It took quite a few years for the trees to have grown so high and I know that ours will eventually grow and fill out.  I think that they will make a strong growth spurt this year.  And it will be time to trip a few inches off the top so that they will fill out more .. the growth will expand to the side branches.

The joy of gardening lies in the adventures of growing, propagating, and the energizing aspects of all plant life.  Even weeds have their place.  Which reminds me of a CityLine show from last week.  Three Greek sisters were cooking greens (which they highly recommend every day) .. and saying (true) that we don’t eat enough greens.  They even cooked dandelion greens .. ok, that I’ve heard of, but have not tried.  The greens that they cook were huge, they resembled lettuce heads, I swear!   And, no pesticides were used (Ontario) so they were safe to eat.

I must say the few times I’ve prepared greens – chopped & garlic, chopped, quickly cooked in a bit of oil, they were delicious.  Guess it’s time to start doing that again. Easy, quick and nutritious.

I found a good site on trees .. here is a most interesting site:  http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2fZ9bg/listverse.com/2011/07/30/10-magnificent-living-trees/

Lately I’ve been paying more attention to trees, looking through my books, becoming more interested in the types available.   Reading about the incredible job they do in their growth cycle.   When I found the above extremely well written site and read the section 7 about the phenomenal root system from which grew 47,000 Quaking Aspen trees … this added fuel to my desire to learn more.

And .. learn more I shall … because tonight the Organic Master Gardening Course begins!  The snow had cancelled the first two .. so they are scheduled to start tonight.

Yippeeeeeeeeeeee ….more hours of gardening talk and learning, learning, learning.

Lovely, lovely .. lovely!


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Wake up today to overcast skies .. yippee ..maybe it will be a cooler day?  Nope, not happening… the weather feels very muggy.  Back in the day, in Ontari-ari-ari-oh!  I seem to remember that days like this soon led to thunder and rain.

However .. seeing that I’ve lived the majority of my life here in lovely ole Victoria .. perhaps my memory is playing tricks.   So perhaps, no thunder,no rain.

Did some yard work this morning .. found a bag of grass seed from 1996 .. and decided that I would use this to spread on the bit of grassy section by the front parking area.

I moved the Rubbermaid containers full of screened soil (from the back yard) over to the front yard … first I brought out the weed-eater and bludgeoned the weeds!   Then I scattered the grass seed quite liberally over the entire area.

I was nearly finished spreading the sieved soil onto the area, amidst the background of chirping birds (no doubt waiting to attack the grass seed) when dh called out that it was time to get cleaned up and proceed to the Dakota Cafe.  It is Won Ton Wednesday, after all!

So I went through the transformation process and was soon scrubbed and clean, ready to make the trip out to Sidney.

Where we dined, once again, on the most delicious won ton soup .. ever!!  What a treat this was!!   Some thin slices of carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, onion (red & green!), a delicate broth and the most yummy won tons ever!

I have started a new habit of just slurping from the bowl, near the end of the soup .. why bother using the spoon for the final dregs of the broth!

Home again, lickety split!  Time for Yorkshire Tea .. in the sun .. and a little snooze (sorry, couldn’t help it .. even though dh thought it was funny!)

Garbed up for the garden and armed with my gravel tools .. I went to the front yard .. Time to finish up the final gravel section.

Using my trusty pickax I dug away at the compacted gravel/soil   …. freeing up a few feet at a time.  Then I shovelled up the loose material and flung it onto the screen (set up on the soil sifter station .. all neatly placed on the large, folded tarp).

I kept up a fast pace for a few hours.  Managed to clear up quite a bit of gravel.  Also was glad to have some positive feedback from neighbours, passing by.  One guy was impressed .. he thought that we’d had some screened gravel delivered to the house.  He was suitably impressed when he found out that I’d screened the whole area.

Another neighbour mentioned that gravel was only $80 a yard .. well, by that, I reckon that I’ve saved us more than $500  .. yippeee!!  Just with my hard labour!

About 6 pm I decided that it was time to stop for the day .. so I sorted my tools, the tarp and the gravel and slowly finished my work area.  I’ll pick up the pace tomorrow morning.  I figure about 5 more hours should finish the job.


It’s been quite a day .. time to relax and rest up for tomorrow!


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