Saturday, May 31, 2014


This post is for David P. who requested to see this year's crop of Lily-of-the-valley in the cornflower vase.

We had a late cold spring here after a devastating winter, but things seem to have come along rather quickly with the ensuing mad heat. The tulips also took their time, then boom! all at once, and short lived. Oh well, after a very long harsh winter of complaining about cold, no one around here dares to say anything about the warmth we craved in January. We just say...."Guess I'm not dressed appropriately today!"

Here you go David. Hope you enjoy the garden bunny guardians, the little plants and the intoxicating aroma. Couldn't resist the song and I know you will now have to watch the original movie "Lili" with Leslie Caron! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It happens every time

Every time Helen and I go downtown, we are offered assistance of some kind or other.

EVERY time we use the subway, some kind, usually young person comes forward and asks if we need help. We are totally convinced that if this happens with tourists, they will have a wonderful impression of Toronto. This past week, we were even offered assistance in an elevator in 'The Bay'! Granted, we take our time and read signs so as not to get going the wrong way, guess this gives us away as out-of-towners. We consider ourselves pretty "with it" grannies for sure, but we must look like we are totally dazed and confused.

I wonder if it's our get-up??? I mean can urbanites tell suburbanites at a glance? We wondered if it was our grey hair, our glasses or possibly the cigars. Not sure, but we are happy to take all the help we can get.  It's a mad city out there. 

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Another reason

Another reason to watch Graham Norton. BBC. I know, it's late...tape it! I have found several new artists that are fabulous. Keeping up with the trends!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I wonder where the birdies is?

I wonder if this is the elusive artist?

Perhaps in reaction to singing for the "Dodgers"....the "Baltimore Orioles" are showing their displeasure?? Better keep quiet about the "Blue Jays"! I have to say I have never seen an Oriole in these parts before.

Now if you cheer for de "Yankees" or de "Mets" the age old poem might sound like this!

De spring is sprung, de grass is riz
I wonder where de boidies is?
De boid is on de wing, but dat’s absoid,
De wing is on de boid

De grass is riz de trees is green
And in de moitle tree a boid is seen.
A boid is seen and also hoid
And also felt. He dropped a toid.
Dis gets woise

And so de boid what did doit
Has got to die and dat’s a coit
I gets me gat intent on moider
Detoimined dis won’t get no foider
Oh boy! Oh boy! Am I pertoibed

I lifts me gat de boidie choips
I gotta give de squoit de woiks
But in the moitle tree above
There sits a little toitle dove
Remember moitle?

I’ve got me shooter primed but now
2 boids are sitting on de bough
And so, I cannot shoot de dove
Because de spring’s de time for love


Friday, May 23, 2014

Avian Art

The birds have been overly "active" this spring. I guess because the season is so late, they are making up for lost time. They particularly love my navy blue car, which sits on the driveway beneath the spreading ash tree branches. Each day I am greeted with more and more "bird tagging". While changing the sheets the other day, I glimpsed this shape through the sheer curtains. Possibly a self portrait of the perpetrator? Bird art at it's best:) Prior to window cleaning, I'm enjoying this one. Very clever indeed.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The French Knot challenge

Inspired by Carol, teller of tall tales this fabric looked like just the background I could use. Great way to finish the t.v. season for Amazing Race, The Good Wife, Mr. Selfridge, Call the Midwife, and cheer on the end of Dancing With The Stars and The Voice.

I have no idea what I am doing. There are no rules. French knots are mesmerizing. Summer handwork.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Victorian Spirits

The start of summer for real. This means one can switch from Vodka to Gin. Officially. Time to celebrate. How can one not be tempted. It has royal approval, I'm sure.

Happy Victoria Day weekend everyone!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

This long weekend

Prince Charles and Camilla (Prince George's Grandparents)will visit Canada for four days. They arrive tomorrow in Halifax to celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday and will mark the centenary of the First World War and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, which led to Canadian confederation.

This made me ponder about the new generation of royals and how refreshing it is to have little Prince George to focus on. Almost makes me want to smock something. Almost. I think it's wonderful that the little prince is wearing little smocked garments just like his Papa did.

Such a poignant catch. The ring.

Nowadays I think we jump too quickly into "older" looking baby clothes. Let's keep our babes, babies as long as possible. That time is so very fleeting. Think I'll call Judith Marquis just to chat.

Photo Credits: the web

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Country in the city

"The village of Meadowvale was established in the 1820s by Irish immigrants from New York state. In the village's early years, the main industry was milling, with the mills drawing power from the Credit River. Gooderham and Worts owned and operated many businesses in the village in the 1860s and 1870s, including a mill."

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mummy what are Cracker Jacks???

This is how I remember them!

Hot off the press from California. This is how the little family spent Mother's Day in LA!!!

Obviously Zoë enjoyed her hot dog and popcorn, and pop....Luca, loves the whole crowd event and clapping. What a wonderful way to spend Mother's Day! I couldn't have asked for anything cuter than this video! Thanks Michael.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


From my freezer, but you must hurry as supplies are very limited!

It's really, really good. Blueberry ice cream with bits of what is supposed, I guess, to be pie crust, but it's actually like little bits of shortbread cookie that are not soggy! Good dessert. Good cause. Good job Rick Mercer! Just seeing his face when you open the freezer door makes you laugh!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The problem with new appliances

When you get say, a new washer and dryer, you think....oh joy! Then you have to make way for the old to be replaced and the new to be installed.

Let's hope you haven't quite finished installing a new cabinet full of china, or that the chairs are not unbelievably heavy, or that the clothes drying rolling rack doesn't have at least a dozen things that require ironing. How often have you looked behind and under your washer/dryer lately??? It's not pretty.

The hardest thing of all is deciding what to do with the old shirts and felted woolens still lingering on that clothes rack, long after the excitement of making aprons or penny rugs has passed. Then SUDDENLY, you remember that you need outfits for the mice! That's it! You don't need to throw anything just relegate it to a new "project bag".

These are the Country Mice. You KNOW you all have an old suit or pair of pants or shirt with these fabrics!

I have not made one of these Mollie mice yet, but I have knit a sweater for a friend who has. Trickier than it looks...that yarn is like thread! I finally found a use for some very fine yarn that Jane brought me from Chile!

Now, this is a challenge I took in a Webinar. Cynthia Treen is one of my favourite felt people. She makes THE most adorable little felt critters. Her Webinar was fabulous as was she with any questions and comments. I like these rabbits because they don't require clothing. Before I even knew about Cynthia, I realized I had purchased a few of her kits from Purl Soho in NYC.

This is Ms. Cynthia Treen. Just LOOK at that necklace! Is that not the very best???
When you look at her website I'm sure you'll agree we NEED Charlotte Fox!

It's pretty exhausting getting new appliances, especially when you have to whip up and dress a few mice here and there!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

4 years old

In 1981 Jane celebrated her 4th. birthday party. From what I can see and remember, it involved a smocked dress, Peter Rabbit decor and a homemade "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" cake. I'm pretty sure I still have those cake decorations in a cupboard.

Thirty three years ago with a thirty something Daddy counting candles

2014 and another 4 year old celebrating on a glorious day in LA. Yes we know, her birthday is in January, but's LA man!!!!

It's all about "Frozen" these days but I do spy a few Disney Princess' also attending the cake!

That is one fabulous cake!!! Friends, Cannon and Lucy are just about ready to dig in! No one wanted to take off their medals after the potato sack races in the park.

Pretty obvious that our birthday girl is delighted with her party!