Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Visions of Autumn in Southern Ontario - Day 9

Picking wild organic apples ....  I have enough apples for making a few pies for the freezer.

Since the apples are organic, am going to try making jelly with the the peels and cores. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Visions of Autumn in Southern Ontario - Day 5

Visions of Autumn in Southern Ontario - Day 5

Cooler nights, fall perennials in their prime,  and fall foraging for wild edibles. 


Curly Kale

Puff Ball Mushroom

Visions of Autumn in Southern Ontario - Day 4

Fall hiking......

One of the best times of the year to go hiking.
Temperatures are cooler, fewer mosquitoes - of any, 
amazing scenery .....

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal 
sunshine by staying in the house."

[Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842]”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks 

Small hint of leaves starting to change colour

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Visions of Autumn in Southern Ontario - Day 3

During the autumn season plants start going to seed.  
I collect seeds for my next year's garden

Chipmunk collecting seeds
Lettuce going to seed

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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.

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