Sunday, May 17, 2009

Viking Ribstones

Saturday, the weather was perfect for a road trip to the farm. Plenty of good stops along the way. The first stop was 5 km south of Viking to a small historic site, the Viking Ribstones. These stones carved by aboriginal people long ago, still sit on the top of a hill.

This is the view from the from of the hill to the east and southeast.

The trees beside the stones

The Ribstones


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The weather is rather unpleasant and is sucking the creativity out of me.

To say it rather politely, the weather is really unpleasant. It's cold and nothing is growing. The only blooms in the yard are from the greenhouse and planted last weekend. We don't even have a dandelion blooming. The weather also seems to be sucking all the creativity out of me. Can't think, can't do. Maybe a road trip or a new set of extention tubes will help. Or maybe a gorilla pod.

Pansies from the garden.

Ferns from the garden

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May 12th and it's #%*&@ Snowing

This is my beautiful new lily, planted in the garden Sunday afternoon. As you can see it has started to bloom beautiful white fluffy stuff. Ugh!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Yellow, My Favorite Colour

My favorite colour, for today, is yellow.

And my favorite yellow photo of the day. A little yellow bee on a yellow flower.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Another Beautiful Day

Once again the day spent working in the yard, trimming back nasty rosebushes and invading hazelnuts. (Took an hour off to take pictures for the Fight Club on the Photo Forum) Long, long ago I had a passion for gardening and growing flowers and vegetables. The rule we had for the kids was that they were allowed to go into the garden and pick what they wanted to eat anytime, but the carrots had to be washed in the rainbarrel first. Eating dirt just didn't seem to be right. As our lives got busier there wasn't enough time for gardening. Not sure if there wasn't time for weeding or the weeds started growing faster and the garden patch is now a field of weeds. My daughter has rekindled the urge in me to grow something from seed. Earlier this spring we both started too many seeds, some of them probably a little early as the Zinnas are already 18" high.

This is my daughter back in 1984.

Something new for me this year is square foot gardening. Seems to be easier on the back and hopefully less weeds. Also using this oportunity to clean up an old flower bed beside the shed.

Beside the shed before the clean up.

Beside the shed after clean up and ready for square foot gardening.

The really interesting part of this new gardening venture is that I live on a piece of land that is 3.2 acres, or as the county calls it, 1 hectre more or less. That's more than two times the size of a football field, including end zones, and I'm putting in a garden 3 feet by 18 feet.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hauling dirt and shooting glass

With today's beautiful weather it was a perfect day to spend outside. Part of the day was sprent hauling dirt to renew an old flower bed. It will become the new square foot flower and vegetable patch. But of course, the sunshine was perfect for taking pictures of glass.

A sheet of smoked stained glass with an array of colorful plastic straws and the same glass with a napkin.

A special piece of stained glass "Fish Kisses" made for my daughter.

Which led to the green glass with shadows.

Which led to the broken glass.

Which led to a cooling off period with something unbreakable.