My Life is really in the Garden

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JaneE my cat is such a sweetie .. and I’m curious about garlic ..and admiring the blue skies above

Here is our lovely little kitty – JaneE cat!   She is a Calico Manx and she was born during the “great snow storm” of ’96 (Victoria, BC) which makes her 19 years old!  Doesn’t she look lovely.  She came outside this afternoon to enjoy the sun. … check out the yard .. and visit with me.   I was so happy to have her outside with me.

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Here she is .. sniffing out the catnip plant .. and there is my shadow .. taking this photo of her.

107Something caught her attention .. her hearing has greatly diminished lately …so I think a movement caught her eye.   She can still hear when I tap a spoon against a glass, though.

106She still plays like a kitten!  I bought her a small knitted catnip mouse recently.  It was knitted by a 90 year’s “young” lady from Sidney, BC and these are sold to raise money for protecting cats.  I bought it at Elements Compounding Pharmacy, located nearby.  Anyway, JaneE was batting that little knitted mouse around and we were happy to see her behaving in such a fun, joyful manner!   So .. she still has this playful manner, as you can see in this photo.  I have an airplane windshield to act as a little greenhouse.  Lots of sedums propagated here.  JaneE saw the little opening and within seconds, she was inside, exploring.  What a Cat!

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Lovely skies … so cheerful.

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Ok .. I spent more time looking up ..

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109This garlic was shedding a covering .. strange .. I thought …not having noticed anything like this before.

102And  had to admire the sunlight showing through the strong leaves of the Elephant garlic  …such a sturdy plant.

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And then I started looking more closely at the garlic greens.  Although I’d planted them all the same, pointy ends up .. it appeared that some leaves were growing in a different direction than others.  Some leaves were facing one direction and some were facing a different direction.  Now .. why is that?

104I think winter is over .. it feels like spring is here.  Many of my “winter sown” seeds are ready to pot up.  Kale and Mizuna, fast growing .. are at the 2 leaf stage, it won’t be long before they’ll be big enough.  My assortments of wild flowers and grasses .. I just threw the seeds into the milk containers .. so when they are bigger, I will just lift out small square sections of them and pot them up in 4 ” containers and when ready, I’ll plant them here and there.

A few days ago I picked 3 young daffodil stems.  The flowering capsules were small .. they hadn’t bloomed yet and I thought that I would pick them and take inside to see if they would bloom.  So, the magic of plants has proven itself yet again .. these flowers are nearly ready to escape the tight confines and bloom.  Amazing.  Magic.  Plants. Nature.

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I want to update some boring plastic garden pots and have spent a fair bit of time researching ideas online.  I’ve come up with a few simple ideas and plan to test them out.  Just simple ideas, nothing fancy, mind you .. and plan to do this over the next few days.  I’ll post the results when they are done.

Well, it’s been a day!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

An Great Horned Owl Eastern Screech Owl was visiting my sister’s home a few days ago!  Her DH took some photos and look at this!  Doesn’t look quite real, but it is.   It is still winter  in Peterborough, Ontario and so it is ok to have Christmas garlands decorating the house outside!

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Here in Victoria, BC .. the skies were so blue a few days ago .. this was on Monday .. what a treat.  Note:  I no longer brag to my eastern relatives about how lovely the winters are here in Victoria.  I stopped doing that in 1996 when we experienced a heavy snowfall that brought the city to a crippling halt.   We haven’t had the same situation since, but, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut and not tempt fate!  🙂

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On Monday our little boot camp started our vigorous walk at Gyro Park and this is one of the most gorgeous views along the way.   It was a group decision to hike up a rocky hill to this lovely vantage point.

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What a view!  I felt transported to some far away country .. this is a view quite spectacular, indeed.  It is good to traverse our beautiful city in order to see such beauty.  Of which there is a bounty, n’est-ce pas?  Notice the lack of trees which surely must have existed here .. long, long ago.49

This view was actually seen at the sidewalk level.  Notice a cargo ship off in the distance.

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Incredible skies on Monday!  I love how they frame the faraway mountains, the ocean and the land below .. everything in layers ..

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Puff … puff .. we went up and down these stairs several times.  I just had to click a photo of the shadows of the railing .. painting the surface of the cement steps.

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At one point we saw the bus .. how tempting it would have been to just hop on and travel around the city.  But, no, we were exploring, having adventures, exercising.  No bus for us today!

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Some funky garden art .. au naturel …

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and a heart .. for Valentine’s Day?  A heart for everyday!44

Look .. a baby cloud!  oooohhhhh how sweet!

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Now we were wending our way through streets and neighbourhoods unknown to me.  This area was lovely, a collection of homes that gardened with care … there was a good feeling to the homes.  Sadly, this little home seems to be abandoned, awaiting demolition .. I would have passed by without a second thought when D remarked on the lack of a front stairs!  Sure enough .. there was a weedy garden established there.  She notices everything!!
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One more sky shot … so very cheerful .

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And here is a house being prepared for removal to another location.  Nickle Bros. are well established in this business.   Beautiful home.  Glad to see that it has not been dismantled and will live on in another location!

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Some seagulls were enjoying the quiet calm of the morning, paddling silently in the clear ocean waters ..

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Back home, time for a treat and I started to peel the sticky label off of the organic banana and noticed the words.    Good words.

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A little walk around our own back yard and I could see some daffodils growing away .. there are quite a few in the yard now.  Strong leaves and the flowers will be bursting forth in a week or so.

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Well .. that was a lovely day .. now it is time to sign off and get some zzzzzz’s for another boot camp tomorrow .. Fridays are always the most strenuous!  Makes us appreciate the upcoming weekend.

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