Tuesday, July 29, 2014


The other day I was forced to clear out a cupboard of old magazines. It was time, I was ready....tally ho!

It became quite clear early on, that there were some issues so outdated that they would definitely be in the recycle pile. Some went to people still in the wedding and crafting mode. On the other hand, others needed a bit of reconsideration. Of course, the one with the cake on the front had to be reconsidered. What do you think?

Any one of these delicacies could be enjoyed at anytime. I dutifully cut out the pages to save the recipes, and recycled the rest of the 10 year old magazine. Think I'll start with the first slice of cake. Reminds me of my mother.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Where was this?

Where was this when I was doing all those showers, and tea parties? Almost makes me want to get out the maraschino cherries and cream cheese. Almost.

Needless to say, I love this idea and will make sure there is always a white and a whole wheat in the freezer. Just in case one needs long bread to make impromptu rolled tea sandwiches.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

With a promise of more

It's always handy to be able to distinguish good plant material from weed. I've been quite lax at weeding this year and have never quite gotten to the side area up the hill. This little "volunteer" arrived at the very edge of the path, firmly embedded in the gravel. I've placed the Cheshire guard there to ensure that this very old, unusual colour, single variety remains untrodden until all buds have opened.

It is still anyone's guess as to how this little dancer arrived in my garden.

Friday, July 25, 2014

How can one resist

According to the 'people who knit', EVERYONE is knitting this foxy hood. I was in search of the supplies and sent more than one line of women into rapture at the cuteness of this project which is being widely circulated on Facebook.

Since my granddaughter is heavily into foxes these days, how could I resist? The instructions are available from The Velvet Acorn and are available as an easily downloaded pattern. I purchased mine through Heidi's Etsy shop and can only wait to knit my way through the entire forest of creatures. I also have the rabbit and think that Luca will adore the Dinosaur.

What does the fox say????..........Get knitting!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ready to roll

Slightly behind in class, but getting there. There is much more to this project than it seems. First of all you have to make the little sketch books. Sounds simple enough. Sourcing out the paper and supplies takes leg work, lots of it. Assembling takes time and requires a space devoted to paper, rulers, cutters, linen threads, punches, needles and bookbinding supplies. Once that is accomplished .......

The little Sketchbookery books are assembled and ready

The paints, pencils and pens are amassed and logged

One has to root around and find every available source of watercolour whatever. Pens, pencils, crayons, paints, tins and tins of colour. Little empty jars of artichokes, make the perfect size for water. Get the brushes....don't overlook the value of making little cards to refer to for the perfect shade....

Nothing left but as teacher says to "get at it!"

Indeed. What could be more summery than sitting on the patio with watercolours all around and a perfect summer day ahead. Let the sketching begin. Let the good times roll. And that my dear friends is why these courses always come with a signature cocktail! Cheerio!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Then and now

It's blushing time in the garden. When the spring blossoms come forth on the fruit trees over the fence it's always a lovely time of year. Unfortunately, these old stand fruit trees are not attended to properly. Without proper shaping, pruning and attention, the fruit appears, but is stunted and ends up mainly as ground fall, and the trees themselves are overgrown and wild.

The assumption is that prior to subdivision development, this was once a farm orchard. It's a case of cutting down the trees and naming the streets after them, hence, Peachtree Avenue. I have yet to find the elusive peach. Certainly the old oaks are arranged in perfect rows and must have majestically lined a farm drive.

I so wish past and current owners had taken more interest in and valued more highly the history and antiquity that remains. These trees could be such bountiful beauties.

Apple Blossoms

The blush is on the apples.

Pear Blossoms

The blush is on the pears

On a brighter note, the tomatoes are coming along splendidly. Not long now before we can sample this year's crop. I am hopeful that a variety change to beefsteak will yield tasty reward.

Tomato plants

The Blush is on the tomatoes

Friday, July 18, 2014

If you are looking for me

Guess who is back for summer camp? It's Myles. He's getting a bit older each year...aren't we all. This summer, he's decided to take to the underbrush and scare the pants off me. I rush around worried if I've closed the gate, has he gotten under the fence, where in the world??? After a quietening of the heart, and a small rustle at the edge of the garden, this is the face that appears. Again. Who? ME? You lookin' for ME???? Oh Myles, we do love your antics.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This is why

Jane started it, Gordon seconded it, so the Professor and I had to get on it immediately.

After a coffee meeting with my "gym buddies" {where I go to have my electronics updated and for the coffee, not the gym}, I realized that I'm really not as hip as I thought - since I did not know the song "Rude". It's by a group called Magic, and apparently there is a gym connection there too. My swiftest response was that this is why I like to hang out with these creative young women...they make me feel so young....to which the ever brilliant Louise remarked "That's why we like hanging out with you too! You make us feel so young!" Touché.

This post is for Auntie Helen who will totally approve. The Professor had been sent the photo a long time ago, so that is his contribution '2' the family thread. Irresistible really.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The sweetest wee pies

Ever since seeing Kristina Matisic's "Pie in a Jar" photo on Instagram, I've been obsessed with the idea. I can't find her original inspiring picture which was taken at the Whistler Farmer's Market, but you'll get the idea soon enough. I sure hope I haven't thrown away all those darling little mason jars in one of my fits of tidiness!

Here is a great description/recipe of how to accomplish this darling little treat. Such a fun idea for summer. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: http://satoridesignforliving.com/2012/01/pie-in-a-jar-a-pinterest-fave/

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Great concept

Today is the last day of the soccer "drama". I cannot tell you how many years we sat on the side of soccer fields with our daughter and her cohorts. So long in fact, that an unlikely troupe of mothers became "The Horts" and ventured off to garden societies across the land. That was probably a reaction to the majority of players who picked daisies on the soccer pitch!

Well into University soccer years, I don't remember any of these shenanigans happening at such a rate in women's soccer. There were always a few 'histrionics', but this is so ridiculous, I'm thinking that I'm pushing ballet for the grandkids! :)

This is a fabulously ridiculous rendition of everyday soccer prat falls. Thanks to the Globe and Mail for the head's up!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Do you have any ballet slippers?

When you are watching the DVD of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" performed by The Royal Ballet, it's always nice to wear your pointe shoes. If the slippers are slightly too big for you yet, you may only sit on the couch and pretend for most of the performance.

Or possibly you could stand right in front of the screen and use the stand as a barre for support.

If you are very, very careful and with assistance you might just "try" and get up on pointe knowing that it will only be for a very small moment.

It's harder than it looks!

One of those magic moments shared with a granddaughter!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The ice cream story

"The Girls" have departed and The Professor and I are constantly going over some of the highlights of their all too short visit.

One evening we had a very special ice cream treat in mind. Little did we know that it was so special, it would turn into an impromptu birthday party for a 4-AND A HALF year old. The photos are by iPhone and of course the lights off for the candle. A note went home to LA for Zoë's teachers that this is the ice cream she would like for her birthday in January.

With thanks to "Auntie Bonnie and Uncle Jimmy" for this wonderful idea. It was a huge hit and everyone enjoyed the surprise.
                               Mostly, by a 4-AND A HALF year old!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The American Girl Day

Today was American Girl Doll day. This story involves Yorkdale shopping center, Isabelle the doll of the year, Isabelle's kitty cat Tutu, Isabelle's new outfit with a matching one for her Mama Zoë, a new outfit for Itty Bitty (fortunately unfortunately they didn't have the girl's outfit to match Itty Bitty), a Princess book for Itty - as she was only getting one thing and a crafty t-shirt project. Luckily the only thing in the Disney store was a "Doc McStuffins" (don't ask) lunch box. Whew!

The moments of being 4 AND A HALF....are all too fleeting. Why not indulge now?? We are having such a wonderful time this summer!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Look who I found in the garden

THERE are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
It's not so very, very far away;
You pass the gardner's shed and you just keep straight ahead --
I do so hope they've really come to stay.
There's a little wood, with moss in it and beetles,
And a little stream that quietly runs through;
You wouldn't think they'd dare to come merrymaking there--
Well, they do.

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
They often have a dance on summer nights;
The butterflies and bees make a lovely little breeze,
And the rabbits stand about and hold the lights.
Did you know that they could sit upon the moonbeams
And pick a little star to make a fan,
And dance away up there in the middle of the air?
Well, they can.

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
You cannot think how beautiful they are;
They all stand up and sing when the Fairy Queen and King
Come gently floating down upon their car.
The King is very proud and very handsome;
The Queen--now you can quess who that could be
(She's a little girl all day, but at night she steals away)?
Well -- it's Me!
Rose Fyleman