Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mornin' !!!

What's your story morning glory??? I do so love morning glories. Planted three this year and surprise, surprise....number one.....

Friday, June 27, 2014

Oh My Goodness

It's always such a pleasure to hear from your grown son. This one is a man of few words, but he never ceases to amaze when he does have something to share. Fortunately for his aging parents, they are usually things like, my job is going really well, we just bought an adorable house, we got two new kitties....not   ... "I'm entering in an obstacle race that involves lots of mud, freezing water, and shocks." These are things that make mothers, in particular, cringe.

I'm glad it's over, I'm glad his knees are still intact and I'm glad someone took these amazing photos of his latest claim to fame. Let's just hope this is a "been there, done that" moment.

In his own words:

"Here's what I did last weekend. 19km mountain race with obstacles up at Whistler. The worst ones were diving under a submerged wall in glacial water and the 10,000 volts of electric shock at the very end of the race. I got shocked twice and it felt like I had been shot each time. Super fun!"

This is my favourite photo of this grueling series.

This is my least favourite photo. Not sure that it's a good thing to see that ambulance by the shock wires!

Not sure about this one either....YIKES

Yeah Gordon!

The moral of this story is that while your children are young, you are constantly trying to equip them with the ability
to be independent and strong so that they will become responsible adults. The only problem is that when they become strong responsible adults they tend to fly the coop to do strong "responsible"??? things. While the other half of the siblings are dancing away in LA, this one is grappling with mud and shock in the mountains. Go figure.

We are immensely proud of our son who is in the best shape of his life at this point both physically and emotionally. As parents, we can't ask for more than that, other than to ask that he might take up ballroom line dancing next :)

Needless to say, this is still his theme song! Never more appropriate than now!
{Rachael, you are a saint! :)}

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Rose Collection - Number 2

This is another finished cushion from the "Rose Collection". Not sure what I had originally intended all this flowery fabric for, but it's making a good base for my lessons.

I learned so much from the wonderful women who taught and attended this class. From tying and embedding knots in the quilt top, to proper measuring and marking, to quilting stitches and sewing it all together with a quilting walking foot. My gosh. There was a lot to take in and even more to remember. The class was very knowledgeable and shared all their insider techniques. THAT is invaluable information and inspiration. The newer quilting techniques don't follow any of the old rules, so it's a bit like colouring outside the lines. I love it.

Monday, June 23, 2014

No excuses needed

One doesn't need an excuse to indulge in strawberries and cream when summer is officially in swing. However, if you feel the least bit guilty, you can always fall back on the Wimbledon tradition. It's a must for the next two weeks.

I'm also watching select soccer matches. I wonder what the tradition is there?

Probably something like chicken wings, rancher fries and beer. Dessert can still be strawberries and cream. Enjoy....whatever your sport :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Everyone in the class finished her project....... IN CLASS!!! This was a hand sewing course instructed by the adorable Carolanne Graham, at the Workroom. Over 4 sessions, we hand constructed an 18 inch pillow cover. This particular pattern is a Sawtooth Star Block.

The sewing Diva - Lindsay Stead, not only stayed up until the wee hours of the morning finishing her signature block, but also whipped up a strawberry shortcake treat for the entire class.

The finished works are as individual as the cast of "characters" who attended the class.

I was/am determined to use up a lot of my rather "vintage" fabrics. One can never have too many cushions!

Just goes to show that old dogs CAN learn new tricks!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A good day

I bought my first Burt's Bees tinted lip balm in Maine, at a little country store with a fabulous bakery. Now it is everywhere and I can't live without it. This documentary was brought to my attention by the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). It is now available on t.v. What a story.

The Tom Waits music at the end is totally perfect for the context of this film and I love the music.

Like Burt says: "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere"

Photo credit

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Makes you want to burst into song!

At last! The Peonies are popping. I had to run outside between rain showers and take pictures with my iphone. Makes me want to join Etta James in full voice.

The Weigela are also bursting forth. It's important to have creative shrubbery these days. If you are wondering, it's pronounced "Why Gee La". It's a fabulous shrub for sun and bright shade. You can probably never have enough. Pretty simple too. Here are pruning tips

The Fleeceflower is also doing very well this year. It's nice to be home at this time of year to fully enjoy the garden!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Another welcome guest

I do believe this is a Swallowtail Butterfly. I think from Goggling it, that it is possibly a female, tiger swallowtail. The colour on the tail would indicate this. What an amazing touch of magic in the spring garden. So excited to see evidence of all these wonderful guests.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Rehearsal

While I myself am off to see The National Ballet of Canada perform Cinderella, my granddaughter will be on stage in LA. I'm so sorry to miss this performance, but Daddy has kindly sent me a video of the rehearsal performed earlier this week.

Good luck to the sweet dancers of the little troupe!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

My little super nova

Rip off all your clothes and get into your dance outfit for a photo for Mamère! The dance recital is this Sunday.

Simply could not resist this new song from Ray LaMontagne. Zoë you're my Super Nova! How appropriate. Wish we could be there to see this year's performance.

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day 2014 - 70 Years

Keep the unity together.

In memory of a Father and a Great Grandfather gone too soon.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June is busting out all over

Just when the French Lilacs are coming to an end, the Persian and Dwarf shrub varieties have burst forth with their intoxicating scent. These lilacs bloom slightly later and the flower clusters are smaller. This profusion of bloom seemed to have happened from one day to the next. Quite astonishing and very welcome in the spring garden. I'll send the scent on the wind to you.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Spring Blossoms Fall Jam

Apple Blossoms

Pear Blossoms

Quince Blossoms

The apple and pear blossoms are over-the-fence neighbour's trees. They are not kept in a manner to produce wonderful fruit, but rather reach out for the sun and drop their labours on the ground. This area must have once been a farm with various fruit trees and oak lined lanes. The street one over is named "Peachtree" we know that somewhere there was once another species, only to be cut down and have a street named after it. The tiny quince that I planted last year yielded a few small fruit, nothing to make jam out of really. I was delighted it made it through the winter and has a few small blooms....perhaps a jam fest this fall.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


You might be sneaking into your neighbour's yard to take photos of apple blossoms and pear blossoms and come across something like this! You must be vewwy, vewwy quiet, and move vewwy vewwy swowy to see wabbits! Let alone get a few pictures. I was going to say "shots" but that doesn't sound quite right :)

You can always click on the photo to embiggen...full screen WABBITS! Then you can see his little cotton tail.