Friday, May 23, 2014

A new blog

Since I am unable to repair this blog I have started again over at

More Simple Indulgences

I hope you will join me there.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

~ Where are my pictures ?~

It seems that with the exception of one or two. my post pictures have disappeared. If I can't fix this I shall start a new blog. Please comment here, if you visit, and let me know if you see any photos. Thank you

Friday, May 16, 2014

~ A long weekend ~

We are getting rain with the  sunshine,
but the weather has improved in leaps and bounds
since the beginning of May.
This is the Victoria Day Weekend and when we usually plant annuals.
The Spring bulbs are all flowering,
though I don't think all of them came through the winter.
The cherry trees have flowered, and in today's breeze
the petals are falling like snowflakes !

Friday, May 9, 2014

~ At Last ~

At last, after a few days of sun, and warm rain, the bulbs are starting to flower.
Not many yet, but a promising start. 
I was beginning to fear the extreme cold we had this Winter had killed them.
Even the cherry trees are showing signs of coming back to life.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

~ Selfie ~

I don't often post photos of myself.
It seems the thing to do nowadays is to take a 'selfie'.
So that's what I did.
Five minutes later, I took a fall and cut my eyebrow open 
(when my head hit the floor and my glasses dug in,)
and bruised my knees and an elbow.
Mum always said,
"Pride comes before a fall"

Friday, May 2, 2014

~ Waiting for Spring ~

Rain,  rain and more rain. 
Very little in the garden, still no leaves on the trees. 
Instead I create Spring indoors, myself. 
Thank you for silk flowers, a wonderful invention.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


I am a huge Edward Rutherfurd fan. 
His latest book PARIS is wonderful. 
I have to limit myself to one chapter a night, since I don't want it to end. 
If you have never read any of his books,  treat yourself to one today. 
You won't regret it. 
If you are already a fan, which book is your favorite?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

~ Welcome Robbie..~

My sister Jane's new horse.
His name is Robbie.
She already has a Quarter Horse called Lucky, and a donkey called Daisy. 
This one is an American Paint Tobiano.
I've yet to meet him, but I'm told he's a sweet gentle animal. 
I haven't counted lately, but I think I have more animal 'nephews and nieces' and 'grands' than I have human ones!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

~ Slowly, but surely... ~

A view of the old cemetery, across the street from our back garden.
After a very cold night, today is balmy and dare I say it, very Spring like!! 
So nice to sit in the back garden and enjoy my breakfast cuppa! 
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and it makes me happy!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

~ A few tulips..~

I treated myself to a bunch or two of tulips this week. 
The ones I planted in the Fall are still struggling....
Pink and Purple flowers in my Wal*Mart bargain mason jars. 
Great for candles in the garden and wild flowers.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

~ A late, cool Spring ~

A late cool Spring. 
It reached 9°C today, but that is still below normal. 
The garden is greening up slowly, but very little to show for the dozens of bulbs I planted last Autumn.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

~ Sleep ~

We were up very early yesterday.
  At 6 am the alarm went off and we prepared to go to the
local hospital for my husbands cancer check up.
This has been his first check up after a full year, and happily he is clear! 
 I had forgotten how good it feels to get up early and see the sun rise and the moon set.
I wonder if I can get back into the habit, I'm going to try.
Are you an early riser? 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Garden ♥ Porch ♥ Patio

This is how my garden looks today. Although the sky is blue and the sun is shining it is so cold. We have more snow on the way later this week. It really has been the coldest, 
snowiest Winter for many years.
Beneath the snow there are dozens of Spring bulbs, snoozing away and building up their strength to put a smile on my face in a few short months.
I have been browsing all the gardening boards on Pinterest. There are so many to look at, and inspiration  and envy accompany most of them!
Like these for instance...

These are Mouse Ears Hosta, aren't they lovely. I wonder if they are available here?

How about this for a neat idea?

and this, for a splash of colour in an otherwise forgotten corner.

I love these rustic little fences, planted with old fashioned flowers.

Finally, what would be nicer than this. A spot to laze, snooze or enjoy a refreshing drink and a book after the work is done.

All these photos came from Pinterest.  Now all I need is for the snow to melt, the grass to grow, and the bulbs to start peeping through!

Friday, January 17, 2014

~ A visitor to the garden ~

 These pictures are not as clear as I would like, but were taken through the window.  
This little black squirrel has been visiting us for a few weeks now. 
He's hard to photograph as he moves very quickly. 
He doesn't have the usual 'question mark' for a tail. 
More like a rabbit's tail. 
I'd be interested to know if he was in an accident or if he was born without a tail. 
He is rather sweet!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

~Christmas Eve~

We may not get a white Christmas this year, but we will have a sparkly one.  
An ice storm came through on the weekend, and because of continued low temperatures, 
the ice remains on all the trees. 
There was lots of damage, and may people in South Western Ontario are still without power,
 but it does look pretty.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

~One Happy Island~

 In November my sisters and I had a week in Aruba together.  
Sitting just a few miles off the northern coast of Venezuela, 
we arrived in Aruba after a four and a half hour plane ride. 
We left Canada in cold weather and arrived to a tropical steaminess. 
 Fortunately there is a constant breeze (wind) off the ocean to make it comfortable. 
Aruba is Dutch territory, but most people there (pop.100,000) speak up to four languages. Papiamento,  Dutch, English and Spanish.
Here are a few of the photos I took ..............

Our hotel, the Riu Palace.
A view of the pool and the Caribbean from the terrace.
A view of the hotel from the beach.
Grey parrot...very entertaining.
 Lizards   abound in Aruba.
Beautiful sunsets...
That's all folks!

Monday, November 11, 2013


From left to right; my Great Grand parents holding a collage of their sons who were serving in WW 1 and their regimental badge.
My Grandfather, Horace,  who was injured and invalided out  in WW 1;  Great Uncle Herbert who served in WW 1 and WW 2 and was a career soldier. Uncle Clem, served in the Royal Air Force in WW 2. My father Maurice, served in the Royal Engineers in WW 2

All gone but never forgotten.

Friday, November 1, 2013

~Road Trip~

In October, Ivo and I had a short road trip, just to get away for a few days,  to breathe some fresh air, see the Autumn leaves and take a few photos. We drove to Ottawa, our nation's capital, and from there drove down to Kingston and then home. 

Last night was a wet and windy Halloween. Today is still windy, but dry and warmer. Dare I hope for an Indian summer?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

~Autumn Day~

“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

― George Eliot

Saturday, October 12, 2013

~Happy Thanksgiving~

Babes in the Wood...............
My grand daughters and grand dog took me for a walk in the woods yesterday afternoon.  
It was a gorgeous day. 
I forgot my camera and had to use my (useless) cell phone. 
The pictures came out really bright, but since the woods had such a magical quality 
I decided to edit the photos to reflect this. 
I like how they turned out!
It's a beautiful sunny Autumn weekend here, and it's Thanksgiving. 
We are going to spend some quality time with family and friends. 
Even if it is not Thanksgiving where you live, I hope you do the same.