My Life is really in the Garden

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Last week I was busy collecting leaves and I found time to go downtown!

How cool is this .. the light from my Ikea desk lamp reflected the surface of my Moroccan tray onto the ceiling ..

How cool is this .. the light from my Ikea desk lamp reflected the surface of my Moroccan tray onto the ceiling ..

Ok, I’m lost in some kind of loopy learning curve .. WordPress has taken away the “slideshow” option button, so I’m not able to list photos as I would like to do.  So these are not in order, but I know I’m not alone.  Frustration with the slideshow (lack of) experience kept me from blogging .. however, today I found that I could enter a number of photos (by holding down the “shift” button and clicking on the photos that I wanted to include) ..

Last week found me driving downtown to visit a lovely little shop where I will be selling my soaps on consignment.   I didn’t take any photos, but will do so the next time I go back downtown.

This lovely little shop is lovely and calm .. there is a retro, honest feel about the place.  The young proprietor, Jenny, is very artistic and creative.  She offers sewing lessons to all ages .. and along one side of the shop is a row of lovely sewing machines and in the middle of the shop is a fantastic large rectangular wooden table.

There are displays of art by local artists … beautiful ….

As I looked around the shop, I noticed a lack of plastic and glitz … the hard-scapes are wood and fabric drapes adorn the interior doorways.

It almost felt as if I  took a step back in time when I entered the shop.  There was a feeling of calm, of not being rushed about … very relaxing.  Plus .. she loves my soaps and since I love making soap .. I’m looking forward to stocking her shelves with my product.  How exciting is this!

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Across the road from this shop .. I noticed more lovely shops .. this rug shop was filled with beautiful carpets .. and I tried my best to get a good picture of that lovely blue and white ceramic object .. don’t know what it is, but loved the colour and design.

And close by .. was this wonderful shop with luxurious carpets

And close by .. was this wonderful shop with luxurious carpets

Further on, there is this great guitar shop.

This is the guitar store, what a magnificent place to discover.

This is the guitar store, what a magnificent place to discover.

But really, what caught my attention. were these magnificent guitars. (see the funky tv set and the gypsy-ish, flamenco-ish painting in the background)

Standing back a few feet .. I could see the antique tv and the flamenco dancer (painting)

Standing back a few feet .. I could see the antique tv and the flamenco dancer (painting)

The sparkly guitars attracted my eyes towards them

The sparkly guitars attracted my eyes towards them

Meanwhile .. back home in my back yard ….

The leaves are tenaciously attached to this wild apple tree.

The leaves are tenaciously attached to this wild apple tree.

And up above .. the skies were just so lovely and blue …

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Lovely lovely love blue skies

Lovely lovely love blue skies

How appropriate it was for me to see this license plate, as I drove home with my huge bags of oak leaves!  The driver noticed me taking a photo and gave me a positive thumbs up wave!   So I laughed!  How true .. no pain .. no gain!

And on the way home, stopped at a light, I saw this impressive license plate .. the driver waved at me .. ha ha ha.. true, no pain, no gain, how appropriate this was!

Out of order  .. but this was my second day and I’d filled nearly 24 or so huge bags with oak leaves for the garden!

 

My second day of gathering oak leaves and I started here.

My second day of gathering oak leaves and I started here.

Only 3 scoops with the handi-hands and the bag is nearly filled!

Only 3 scoops with the handi-hands and the bag is nearly filled!

These are my "handi-hands" totally wonderful for scooping up leaves (or seaweed!!)

These are my “handi-hands” totally wonderful for scooping up leaves (or seaweed!!)

I gathered all the leaves from this area and only stopped when daylight faded!

I gathered all the leaves from this area and only stopped when daylight faded!

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Here are some pics showing the full bags of leaves .. I crammed them into my little car .. here is the back angle …

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And I had to really push to get 8 bags in .. so the front passenger seat went way forward.

06There it is .. short and sweet .. about my daily life .. sometimes in my garden, sometimes in someone else’s  garden and once in a while .. downtown.   But always, always … .watching the skies above.

🙂

 


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What with gathering oak leaves for the garden, continuing my course and making soaps, I’ve been kinda busy … but, oh so very happy.

Thursday, November 27, 2012

Looking through my dashboard, I found this blog that I’d started on Nov 15 but hadn’t posted .. so will share this now!

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Oh .. we are so very lucky here in Victoria!! There have been several days of sunshine, such a welcome from the overcast rainy days.  Although, I really don’t mind those kinds of days … those are the days when I can do the work inside the house.  The work that just doesn’t get done on sunny days .. when the garden calls out to me and I answer readily by going outside.

Or, perhaps it’s time to go on a shopping & exploring day with a good friend.  Or .. actually, I can pick any number of reasons to not do housework .. but, no worries, I always do my fair share of keeping our happy home nice and tidy!

I’ve been so busy lately, feel like I’m on whirling merry-go-round ..but enjoying the ride!

In addition to getting back into soap making, I’ve nearing the end of my landscaping course, normal housework duties and collecting oak leaves for the garden.  So far I think that I’ve collected nearly 30 bags and yesterday I went for more!    There is a lovely large property not far from our home .. with many oak trees and the generous owners of this place allow me to gather as many leaves as I want!  Yesterday found me dashing over there and madly filling as many bags as possible before dusk descended.  Those wonderful handy-hands (large plastic flat circles, with a zig-zag edging) allow me to scoop up  large amount of leaves at one time.  I posted pics last year and will take another today, to show what they look like.

I’d filled about 18 bags and finally accepted the fact that it was too dark to see the leaves clearly, so I stuffed 8 bags into my little car (now, I would have taken a picture of that but it was too dark) and have a collection of 10 more to go back and pick up.  Oh, lovely food for the garden this will be!

I took a few pics from my first sale effort in more than 20 years!  I had set up a table at a flea market on Sunday past … it wasn’t the right venue for my soaps, but it was a start!

I really enjoy talking with people and so I really enjoyed my  first foray into the selling arena.   Although it wasn’t a craft show .. it brought me back to the lovely world of selling things I made and also gave me the opportunity to listen to lovely conversations, feeling the happy energy of people shopping for things that interested them.

And I have made inquiries to join a few more craft sales in the city .. small ones .. more personal than huge organized ones.  Perhaps I’ll try for them next year.  For now though, I am quite content at rejoining my initial excitement at creating soaps … and look forward to playing around with the various combinations.  There is the creative energy that I’ve reconnected with.   So very much fun.

Well .. on with this day ….

🙂