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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

After putting out the Hummingbird feeders ...
and filling them with sugar water ... cleaning ... re filling ...
over and over with no visitors ...
a very welcomed little feathered friend stopped by today and made my heart swell with joy!
I was sitting outside with Archer, a fresh mug of tea, and a finished piece of art , planning on adding some white ink embellishments.  The feeders were busy with Cardinals, Sparrows were on the ground nibbling some bread I had tossed out earlier, a Woodpecker was hanging from the suet basket and I was enjoying the Autumn like temps.
When all of a sudden, I caught a glimpse of  a green flicker.
My IPad was inside ... my camera upstairs ... so I decided to simply savour this moment ... one I had waited ALL Summer long for.
He traveled from one Trumpet to another, and at one point flew into our flowering pear and sat preening for a while.  Oh the beauty ♥
Once he flew away, I headed inside for my IPad and waited.
I managed to snap a few photos {one I posted on Instagram}
Later in the day, I was letting Archer outside and who should be in the Trumpet vine again ?
Hummer had returned.  I grabbed my camera this time.  While I waited for him to fly close enough to get a {fairly} decent picture, I took one of this lovely big bumble ... they love the vines too.  Around this time of year, the garden is a bit wild looking, but the bees and birds are loving it ... and everything grown is for them... so we just simply let it be {let it bee} :-)
And then ... I think I finally got the capture I was hoping for ♥
A flash of harmless lightning
A mist of rainbow dyes
The burnished sunbeams brightening
from flower to flower
he flies
~John Banister Tabb~

Monday, August 24, 2015

Treasures from the Avon ...

Feathers gathered along the Avon River
Stratford, Ontario
Cosmos gathered from my English country garden
together  sitting happily on my art table ♥
We spent last week in Stratford ~ headed to the Theatre to watch
The Sound of Music
The Diary of Anne Frank
... amazing!
strolled along the Avon river
meeting many feathered friends along the way ...
reminding me of home

Friday, August 14, 2015


Home from a lovely get away
Hubby and I were  wine tasting ...
bird watching ...
beach sitting ...
taking in the sights and sounds ...
free as birds ...
walking gardens ...
eating the most delicious meals ...
enjoying slow country drives...
returning home refreshed.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday ...

Hello Monday
Start of a new week
and possibilities
with my lovely boy ... so happy on this holiday Monday
to be out in the country and roaming
thrilled to find bees enjoying fields of clover
and flowers
growing wild and free
swaying in the breeze
savouring it all
Happy August!

Friday, July 31, 2015

those dog days of summer ...

It has been a week of hot humid days ...
especially for those of us with black hair!
dips in the kiddie pool have helped ...
it didn't take long to dry ...
on this last day of July ...
have a wonderful day

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Serenity ...

May you experience
each day
as a sacred gift
woven around
the heart
~John O'Donohue~
hope you are having a wonderful Sunday
xo d

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer gathering ...

I've been walking around my garden and creating bouquets.
My handy gathering bag in one hand and secateurs in the other.
The yarrow and hydrangea have bloomed.
Yarrow, we found out many years ago is a wonderful mosquito deterrent , so we always keep a bouquet of yarrow near our outdoor dining table.  It also dries beautifully, so when it's time to put away the garden furniture at the end of the Season, I will use the dried Yarrow for Autumn wreaths.
I made my gathering bag years ago from an old shower curtain.  The grommets along the top were perfect for simply lacing some twine through.  For "handles" I used 2 branches (saved from a little Maple tree trimming my hubby had done in our front yard).
Of course ... I had to add a quote tag :-)
the branches are handy to hang from another nearby branch to hold the bag as you walk amongst the flowers
Our trumpet vine is in full bloom ...
I am on "hummingbird watch" :-)
the view from my Sparrow Studio where the trumpet vine is trying to reach the window from below!!
it's the perfect avocado pit rooting spot
they love this sunny space
one is more than ready to be potted up.
A few rose of Sharon ... a few Cosmos ... some Hydrangea leaves ... and some purple Clematis to make our lunch table pretty ♥
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