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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Well, this sunny day is the last one in August .. .a new month starts tomorrow!

Today I played around in the garden .. I’ve given up on the tomatoes!   I’d pruned them right back about a month ago and they’ve grown into giants.   So I’ll let them be.  There is still quite a bit of warm weather ahead .. so perhaps I’ll garner a lot of tomatoes.

There are quite a variety of shapes, ranging from clusters of tiny cherry tomatoes to large green pepper shapes.

And I see small cucumbers and zucchini fruits taking shape.

There are a few little ears of corn, fingers crossed that the neighbourhood racoon will ignore these!

The potato plants .. omg .. they just keep on growing and growing .. .I’m just a little impatient . .waiting till they vegetation dies back so I can dig these beauties up!

Finally finished the gravel .. all is done .. and everything looks lovely.

There is still lots to do in the yard.  Pruning the lilac trees.  Weeding.  Creating new little garden areas.  I’m making steady progress.

I’ve put the call in for more “Miracle Mulch” .. just waiting to hear from the owner about delivery .. and then I can start distributing this beautiful product throughout the yard.

Tonight my lovely gardening neighbour gave me a quantity of tiny tomatoes, with instructions on how to prepare them for seeds .. which I can plant next spring!

Spent a lovely few minutes today watching the antics of the local Anna’s.   Twirling in the air .. chirping like mad.  Looked cute, but really, there was a clash of territorial conduct going on.

Yesterday I found the sweetest little fluffy feather of Anna that was stuck on one of the little landing bars of the h/bird feeder.  How special is that.

Later on I found the tiniest feather also .. must also be a h/bird feather .. I do believe.

Hmm .. and these represent good luck .. very special items.

We took time out for Won Ton Wednesday .. delicious down to the last drop.  Dak makes the absolute best Won Ton soup!!!    At the famous Dakota Cafe.

Yesterday’s Coronation Street was very poignant.   In that show, Jack Duckworth passed away, he’d been ill.  The show was done very well .. in his passing scene .. the real Vera was there, and there was a scene where they were talking to each other as they used to do.  And then they danced.  It brought tears to my eyes, very very well done.

Kudos to Granada, I’ve noticed that the past two weeks filming was very realistic.  Wonder if they have finally decided to devote more time to the direction and less to the impetus to gain rating statistics!   Even though, here in Canada, we are about 8 months behind.   Next Monday, we start having hour-long shows .. and hopefully this will last for a long time so we won’t be so far behind!

So .. another lovely day, a variety of activities.  I’m nicely tired.  Time to relax.

Up early tomorrow for another activity filled day!


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Wednesday, August 18, 2011

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Another lovely, hot and sunny day in Saanich!

Ventured outside .. overseeing the finished gravel area at the front .. deciding where to finish the gravel bit … then .. hey .. time to go to Dakota Cafe for Won Ton Wednesday.

As usual, a busy time as this is one of the most popular of the 3 Won Ton days!  As usual, the soup is absolutely delicious and I finish every drop of the tasty broth

Busy looking at the dragonflies buzzing around, trying to figure their flight path, when dh points out a big blue is taking a breaking, clinging to some bare twigs on a hedge.   I wanted to take a photo and I so knew that if I went outside, the opportunity would be gone, the dragonfly would have flown away.

So I attempted to take a photo of the blue and yeah!  it turned out!

I wondered if there was a control tower that the dragons tuned in to as they flew through the afternoon.  I can see this mystical tower … damsels would be manning the controls, barking out directions as the minutes flew by!  ha ha ha

Anyway, outside to have a little walk-around and then time to return home.

Garbed for the garden .. I first went on a little walk around the garden to see how things are growing.

A few tomato plants surprised me with a wealth of new fruits!  And one tomato is actually turning red .. yea .. signs for a blt soon!

Collected some of the sweet pea seeds .. for next year!   The squash plants are flowering … and I think that I shall have to clip some new growth, so that perhaps I might get a squash .. or two?

The potato plants, well, will they ever stop flowering?  I want so badly to just dig up one of the plants, just to see how many potatoes there are!  But gardening wisdom states that the plants be left alone till they start to wilt and then it will be time to turn the soil.

I don’t know whether to get excited about a bumper crop or not!  So I’ll stay calm and wait to be surprised.  The garlic crop taught me this lesson!

Spent a few hours on the gravel at the front.   I can see the end of the shovelling .. might take a few more days.   Once done, then I’ll be calling for more  Magic Mulch!!   That stuff is just amazing!  I’ll order four more yards and this might just cover the side yards.

Then, I’ll be looking forward to November or December .. whenever the oak leaves begin falling!

I have a lovely source for these leaves and plan to bag quite a few .. to mix in with hay & manure, and then mix together over the winter.  To create lovely new soil for next year.   My garden soil this year is from the mixture that I kept turning last winter.   And it is so rich.  Everything broke down beautifully, I was quite impressed!  No waiting for a year!

Oh, My .. tonight was Day 5 in the Metereology . and really, my brain is nearing the full limit.

A positive story was given by our instructor .. he’d flown to the States today with his student .. who is working on his Commercial License.

And this student is 82 years of age!  So bye, bye,  “I can’t learn, because I’m ___ years old”.  This blows that theory totally out of the water.

I so want to be like this guy!  Never saying “I can’t .. because (fill in the blank)”

Gotta love this!   Flying rocks.

Anyway, it’s been a day and I intend to spend most of tomorrow with my gravel.  I wonder, am I spending too much time around these tiny pieces of rock?


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