My Life is really in the Garden

Enjoying and sharing the daily discoveries of the beautiful nature that surrounds me in my lovely garden and everywhere else!


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A Saunter through Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary and temporary bling on my fiddle .. oh, it was beautiful for awhile ..

Such lovely skies above .. more sky art which I love …

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I love the “wear two different colour shoe day” theme .. so a few days ago I did that theme again, only this time I wore the lavender on the left and the green on the right!July 26 10

I walked over to a restaurant to meet with long-standing friends of the Coronation Street variety.  And I succumbed to the sweet pleasure of going through the beautiful Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.  Haven’t visited there for awhile and when I first retired, I practically lived there!  A most beautiful and tranquil place to be.July 26 14

Turns out this was a good time to be there … the walkers, groups, birders had come and gone, leaving only blissful solitude for awhile …July 26 13

Little birdies everywhere …..July 26 15

Oh I would love to have a yard like this .. no buildings to mar the view, no vehicles to crowd the roads …July 26 16

.This is where my little Hummingbird nest was recovered, after terrific storms had whipped the branches, causing it to tumble to the ground.  I used to love seeing the little mama zip into her nest, to settle on the tiniest of little eggs.July 26 12

The path meanders and I follow it .. so very happy to be there once again … so calming, so peaceful.July 26 11

Love the shadows on the boardwalk .. painting a temporary design on the wooden walkway, ever changing – ever beautiful.July 26 09

Seems that not so long ago, spring had just arrived, bringing with it the start of life on the trees and bushes ….which is rampant now, so lush and green.July 26 04

Having reached this boardwalk section .. I know that the exit is just ahead and I’ll continue on my merry way on the asphalt covered section of the Goose.July 26 08

Love this rock, unexpected and adds such a strong dignity and calmness, I feel.July 26 07

Feels marvellous to be here …July 26 06

Tranquility ..July 26 05

A few weeks ago .. I just had to embellish my lovely new violin with sparklies ..July 26 19

I just had to have bling on my fiddle so I covered the surface and the sides.  Even my bow didn’t escape this madness .. knowing it was best, I removed the bling and thought I would take a quick pic as a reminder.  There must be another way to add sparkle without damaging the finish and I will figure that one out at a later date.   It did feel great for awhile though.July 26 18

My special place .. where I practise my singing sessions, with the help of my tablet …July 26 02

Tiny little red dragonflies zipping about .. haven’t seen these lovelies before ..July 26 01

Ta da .. the skies seem to say …July 20, 03

Love the Beauforts from the ground and even more spectacular from up above .. when my DH takes me flying and we soar above the earth below.July 20, 02

Such marvellous decadently beautiful sky art …July 20, 01

Another beautiful day has arrived and I’m excited to go outside to see if I configured my  water timers correctly and the yard has been watered in four areas!  Fingers, eyes and toes crossed that it worked.

On with this most awesome and spectacular day!!

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Fall has arrived but I still think it is summer in the garden …

Lucky us with lots of sun happening .. JaneE Kat doing her due diligence by the wash tub water fountain.  She just loves having her showers here …and patrols this area quite often. And then she sits in the sun to dry off.th07

Here is me and my shadow …taking a photo of me!  Another me in another dimension coincidentally occurring in the same timeline?th01And I had planted my potatoes late also .. these are supposed to be purple potatoes.  I’d planted them in a huge oversize container in the back of the yard and they didn’t get much sun at all.  Still, a respectable amount of potatoes despite all that.  And that green thing that looks like a lime is totally strange.  It grew along with the potatoes and is a strange vegetable .. one which I will not eat!th02This is the rose that I’d planted many years ago.  It survives on nothing, I swear.  I don’t water it or feed it and it keeps growing on.  The root system must be very deep.   Anyway, I’d given it a very hard pruning months ago and was surprised to see the new growth.  That’s my kind of plant.  Tough and independent and at the same time, so very beautiful.th03I know that there are many ladybugs in the yard but I really hadn’t seen many until I saw this shiny new one, resting on a bucket lid.  Did it prefer the red colouring?  Seems so.th04The pigmentation is starting to change in the bean plants ..quite pretty, I think.th06Despite this .. all of the pole beans are growing like mad and there are so many flowers and beans growing!th05A morning photo .. dew on the bean leaves .. I like the effect.th10Sweet little Gold Crowned Sparrow .. doing the shuffle shuffle dance, looking for food amongst the fallen leaves of the wild and crazy tree (pear stock).th11

One morning, I saw the White Crowned Sparrow, perched high atop a telephone wire, quite the handsome bird.  http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/white-crowned_sparrowth12

In the backyard, a diminutive Anna perched on a branch of the wild and crazy tree …there are quite a few around the front, sides and back yard ..adding a speedy sparkle to the atmosphere.th14

Oh, la la .. the French Marigold has blossomed, adding a spice of red and gold to the garden.   I’d sowed the seeds after I planted the beans and was surprise to see them (but happy at the same time!)th13-2And the tiny tomatoes keep on growing ..there are quite a few.   I don’t give them any special care and they just flourish.  See the tiny one growing on the left?  Is it a tomato or is it a tiny garden sprite, camouflaging itself so that I wouldn’t notice?  The top part does really look like the kind of headgear that a little sprite would wear during the summer, to blend in and no one could notice. th13There are sunflowers in all stages of growth near the bird feeder.   This one is at the seed forming stage …th08

And this one is at the smorgasbord stage …the birds are feasting on the seeds which are still growing .th09

I know that summer is over and fall has begun.  But when the sun shines so warmly as it has done for the past while .. it’s easy for me to pretend that it is still summer.    With a mug of strong Yorkshire tea in hand, I walk around my bean forest and bask in the joy that a garden brings.  Reliving the steps that I took to prepare the soil, plant the seed, build up the structures for the beans to grow along.

Planning what to do for next year.  Soon enough it will be time to undo all that I have done and stow equipment away for the winter.  Still have another month for that, though.  So I will just continue to wander around and enjoy what is there.

Watching the dancing blue skies above … with the achingly beautiful cloud designs that are constantly changing and adding so much design and texture.

Loving the sight and sounds of the birds as they perch in the trees, fly about the yard and surprise me with their sudden chirps.  The Chickadees, in particular, love to settle on a branch by any one of the bird feeders and demand more food.

JaneE, with her wash tub showers and imperious demands for treats makes me laugh.

The pyracantha berries are nearly all dry .. I spread the orange berries outside in the sun to dry and take them inside for the night.  I hope that the birds will enjoy them during the winter months.

The garden is a busy, happy and magical place to be!

There is much to be learned and there is a lot of wisdom there if one looks closely enough.

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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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