Monday, September 22, 2014

Visions of Autumn in Southern Ontario - Day 1

By definition Autumn is one of the four seasons in North America.  
It is the time of transition between summer and winter.  
It's the time of harvest and the time of year when trees start to shed their leaves, 
the nights become cooler.   

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons.  
Natures colours show all it's glory at this time of year.    
September 22rd on the calendar this year marks the official 1st day of Autumn.

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
Lauren DeStefano, Wither


Sunday, September 21, 2014

More Knitting for Charity

I finished three more sweaters for the Alzheimer's Society Fund Raiser - "Forget-Me-Knot Bears".   They were all handed in at our last Guild meeting.  

Over 60 sweaters were collected from our local knitter's Guild.  It amazed me how each sweater donated was different - ie with embellishments, cables, colours, etc. 

Friday, September 12, 2014


I learned to smock before my first child was born - almost 30 years ago.  I took some classes at a local yarn & craft store and instantly fell in love with smocking. 

Smocking is a dying art and is not as popular as it was at one time and is hard to find smocking supplies.   I kept all the little dresses I made over the years and recently took them out of storage in hopes the grand daughters may wear them. 

I made a number of dresses.  Having two daughters a couple of years apart I sometimes smocked dresses in the same fabric, but different designs.  Those were the days when they wanted to dress alike. 

I didn't own a pleater, and would either pin sheets of dots or iron on the dots to pick up the pleats.   

Perhaps one day the art of smocking will become popular again.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Busy Summer

It's been a busy busy summer this year.   So much for the those lazy hazy days of summer.   Our summer here has been on the cool side.  First time I can remember that lettuce has grown all summer ! 

I haven't posted much but have enjoyed reading all the posts from others.   Our daughter and family, along with their dog moved in with us for a couple months in between a big move to the west coast.   Being empty nesters, our house was once again a hub of activity, especially with a toddler.    They have now made their big move to their new home and we are empty nesters again.  Our house is very quiet !

A couple of weeks ago I went on a business trip.   I haven't had the opportunity to travel for the company in many years.   This trip took me to Richmond, Virginia.    Before my flight home I had a couple of hours to spare and drove to Hopewell, Virginia and took in  a little bit of the history there and visited a couple of plantations.

The drive was beautiful and scenery amazing.   I would have liked to spend more time there to do some more exploring.  

The Weston Plantation - built in 1789 overlooking the Appomattox River in Hopewell

  The Appomattox River - view from the Weston Plantation

Beautiful Crepe Myrtle trees growing everywhere in full bloom. 
We don't have these in our area. 

The Appomattox Plantation built in 1763.  It served as headquarters for General Grant (1864-65) and is now operated by the National Parks Service.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Knitting for Charity

Manni in my back yard
Our local Knitter's Guild took on a project for the Alzheimer's Society of Peel this year.

For the last 16 years the Alzheimer's Society of Peel's fundraising program has included Teddy Bears - the "Forget-me-not Bears".   They have 450 bears available for sale and the monies raised go towards programs and services offered by Alzheimer Peel.   They sell their bears October through December each year.    Each year a different bear is selected and volunteer knitters are encouraged to knit sweaters for the bear. 

This year's bear is called Manni.   A beautiful soft cuddly medium sized GUND bear. 

                 "Teddy Bears bring a smile to everyone's face and warm the heart".  

Alzheimers / Dementia is a sad fatal degenerative disease that affects the brain.   To learn more about the disease you can go to the Alzheimer's Society web page.

I have knit up a number of sweaters for Manni this summer using up my yarn from my stash.   The pattern was provided by the Alzheimer's Society.   The pattern was easy and allowed knitters to be as creative as they wanted to be by adding cables, buttons, etc.

Here are my sweaters so far ..... 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Garden Update - Mid-July 2014

It has been a busy summer so far. The growing season is a couple weeks behind due to one of the harsher winters we've had in a long time.  
However, the garden is slowly coming along nicely.

 Fresh picked greens for dinner  - spinach, baby kale, arugula, three types of lettuce

Garlic is picked and drying.

 I've used as much space as possible this year for growing our own food.  Red/Green lettuce growing in window boxes.

 Savoy cabbage, dinosaur kale and Zinnias, started indoor by seed, growing in planters.
 Mystery yellow blossom, from squash, zucchini, pumpkin?  Most likely planted by the squirrels.  Will soon find out what it is.

 Lemon balm and lemon thyme growing in planter

 Purple pole beans in raised bed

 Mixed greens growing in raised bed : 
Arugula, spinach, tasoi, bok choy, red/green lettuce

 Gold fish are thriving and keeping mosquitos away.  This is their third summer in the rain barrels and are doing very well.   In the winter I bring them inside and keep in a fish tank.

Dinosaur Kale growing in my front flower bed.   
Using every inch of space for growing our own food. 

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