Thursday, 23 January 2014

Card etc.

Over the years I have enjoyed  blogging but found I was spending  way too much time  on social media. Was also running out of inspiration,  my gardening is limited to a very small garden now  with not a lot of surprises.   For that reason I have renamed my blog  and will  devote it to the cards I enjoy making .  Thanks to all the friends I have made over the years I will be checking in on your blogs.  This weeks card   at Little Red Wagon is  clean and simple.
Here is  what I made.

Thursday, 16 January 2014


This is the card I made for the  challenge Rosanne posted on Little Red Wagon .

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Kraft, White and Black

Challenge this week at Little Red Wagon #203 is Cream Kraft Black and  White.
This is the card I created using Kraft, Black and White.
This card is  mainly Kraft and black with a touch of white in the ribbon. Most of card is made with Stampin Up products.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Where Lighthouses go to Die! Garden

This post  might be considered  a rant so warning  if  you don't want to read a  rant,
 Stop now!
I start by saying that tho we own our house and property we live in an adult lifestyle community and one of the many   bylaws we  abide by,  we can't  have  fences.
 We also live on  a loop so  8 houses  have an open  backyard area.
Over the past 3 to 4 years 7  neighbours have planted gardens , trees and shrubs making a lovely   green space enhance the view all  see .
 I  should also say ....We also live in a small village with Port   the first part of the name....... 
This is my view of the neighbours garden ( using  that word very carefully) directly behind us.
 I have named it  the Garden Where Lighthouses go to Die!.
 A very  interesting garden,  very much  to a specific taste.
Yes , it is  right off my dining room and living room windows ..
Think there should have been a bylaw regarding too much lawn "art".
Last lighthouse to take up residence is  the largest 5 feet tall   set on  adobe tile set in a gravel bed made in a   grave shape, (not kidding  6 x4 feet ) tastefully edged with cement  scallops .Note the decorative ship wheel! An anchor and  ship complete this vignette  The neighbours take great care  to  plant the lighthouses carefully in   stone  gardens  with  edging.  A crane    pecking at the tall grass in main  center   bed...artfully  roped in ....  along with  seagulls, a turtle, pelican and   what looks like a  black  chicken  in another  bed.
Another flourish,   a butterfly on one end of deck , on the other end   an owl to keep away those pesky birds  the other neighbours try  to encourage  with birdfeeders.
 Can you find all 8 lighthouses?

Pilings and posts and ropes, Oh My! 
My neighbours comment when she saw me gardening and planting trees and shrubs  the first year was" I am not a gardener." If only I had known what  that meant..
One of the first  rules of  gardening  I learned  is not to have too much lawn "art".
Why oh why did  I not share  some of my gardening tips with her....
 This where  lighthouses go to die  garden is only  3 years old,  wonder what will happen over the next  3 years......
 I thought I was done planting after 5 trees, 9 shrubs ,many   grasses, roses, day lilies,hostas,  spring bulbs, etc in my tiny back yard....
 I now   see even   more planting   in my future.....wonder what will grow fast and tall  on the edge of garden to  obscure  the  view of the Garden  where  Lighthouses go to die!....

Monday, 2 September 2013

September has arrived!

September  is a beautiful month, full of sunny days, warm temps, cooler nights.This is the start of my favourite season.
Kids have gone back to school , malls are not as crowded.. Oops I think I sound like a senior!
In the garden   tomatoes are starting to ripen,
Lots of tomatoes to still ripen

Canning  stewed tomatoes which come mid winter will be  a  wonderful taste of summer.
one jar at a time as the tomatoes ripen
In the garden;
Yellow clematis is  flowering. If you have not discovered Golden Tiara,  C. tangutica , you are in for a delightful surprise. Renowned for its free-flowering nature and very long season of bloom, this Chinese species adds a stylish new look to the Clematis garden with puffy lantern shaped blooms of brightest gold!
The flowers begin opening in midsummer, dangling freely from bright green foliage. The petal tips curl outward, creating a look like dozens of tiny parachutes landing in the garden! As they open further, they reveal a dark center. The show keeps coming through early fall.Even after the blooms stop, it's hard to miss them, immediately replaced with very large, wispy seed heads of silver. Cut these for Everlasting arrangements or let them remain on the plant into winter, adding extraordinary texture and color. Very showy!Will be trying to dry them this fall.
One note  on this clematis it is considered a noxious weed in Alberta.

Gerbera is putting on a very bright show

Will be planting more of these next spring  added so much to a sunny bed...