I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetouseness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden.
- Abraham Cowley, "The Garden" (1666)

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Let there be light!

This is a cute video showing the dilemma faced by the incandescent light bulb. The incandescent light bulb casts a warm lovely glow. I read recently that small cracks in the coating of all CFL's emit a harmful light that is damaging to the skin and that you should be sure to put a shade between you and the bulb! This after we were told not to use shades. Arg! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta2ozf_uJJ8

Monday, 24 December 2012


Max in hats
Peroghy marathon

 Winter greens and tree
 These are shots of the BC Provincial museum.
The Old Town section all done up for Christmas

I could live in surroundings like these, so beautiful.

 A visit to Christ Church Cathedral. This stained glass is of The New Jerusalem! Magnificent! On Christmas Eve... Blessings to all! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Looking back, looking ahead

 This years garden was quite a success, with more compost, and also the addition of more flowers and vegetables mixed together. It was a bit unruly, but lush and gorgeous. I cover my newly planted seeds with black plastic nursery trays upturned, to keep the cats from digging them up.
 These foxgloves really took off this year under the shade of the trees.
 This bed was raspberries, sweetpeas, tomatoes, beans, cucumber, parsley, beets, carrots, nasturtiums, and gladiolas in the foreground.
 The front garden is north-facing and planted with more shade loving plants.
 My husband built this bed this year out of driftwood and filled with compost it was very fertile. With peas, arrugula, (which we are still eating in November)lettuce, spinach, pumpkins, cilantro, a volunteer tomato, and all kinds of flowers that my daughter planted from seed in her corner.
So, I saved some seeds for next year. The beans were great and were non GMO, so they will produce true to the original plant, and haven't been tampered with genetically. Looking forward to next years garden, and hope to plant more non-GMO seeds so we can keep harvesting not only good food, but free seeds for the next year!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Thankyou Gypsy YaYa for being my first follower!

Stitchin' and feedin' time

I made this little pin cushion to keep track of my needles,
while my daughter and I have been making Christmas ornaments.
A sure sign that Ozzy and Henry have accepted Max -
they are eating together and even let Max finish off their serving!