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No matter the language, my garden is my paradise. To watch the lovely birds that nest in the trees and bushes. The bees, butterflies are such a joy to see.

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Spring is here and the Bees are buzzing

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This week is meant to be a rainy one but … the sun is determined to shine and I’ve seen lots of blue skies.

I’ve also seen teacups for the garden at the Burnside Home Hardware:01

Yesterday morning I made a list of things to do and shop for and was all around the town.  At one point, the overcast skies parted and there was lovely sky:

02When I got home, I realized I had taken a sky photo with part of the logo of the one of the few Safeway stores that were being morphed into SaveOn stores the familiar Safeway logo will not exist at the Tillicum Mall any more .. I decided to keep it in the sky photo.  Memories.   03

Back at home I decided to take a little tour of the yard and to see what is going on.  Here is a flowering Salmonberry ..04

Seen from another view (note my “magnificent” water feature -a sump pump in a washtub .. very effective at drowning out traffic noise!)


The dwarf weeping willow (I have 2) is in full pollinating mode and there were several  bees, one big fat one which didn’t like me being so close, I was wearing a black and white shirt and forgot that black is a threatening colour to bees .. and a smaller, thinner bee .. both just bouncing off the flowers.  I took lots of photos, but none show the bees.  I had fun taking them though!

06Again with the blue skies overhead!07The Broccolini is growing away:


And the shallots are looking healthy also!09I see a flower on the Red Currant .. the Anna’s will love these.


Finally .. memories of yesterdays blue skies …


And now it is time to dash out the door.

I was just practising with Windows Live Writer to see if I could create a quick posting.  A bit of a learning curve and it seems to be quite efficient!  (Thanks Timethief!!)



Rainy Saturday, March 8, 2014

My pal D and I went to a most wonderful bead show last Saturday.  It was raining then and it is raining now!  This was a very crafty show and I was so glad that we went.   It was held at the Saanich Fairground.  This machine is used to roll metal and create wire!  I had no idea!   I was told that it is much more economical to make gold wire this way, as it is very expensive to buy.

20These are a variety of punches .. I think this was over $700 so one would need to be a slightly serious jewelry maker to invest in something like this.  I can only admire it.

21More tools for the creation of jewelry ..

23I was almost tempted to purchase some of these kits.   They are a good way to try out a craft without sourcing all the materials needed.

24Here is a close up .. very pretty and quite a variety of stones & colours

22Bling …. bling .. my eyes were dazzled by the sparkling colours ..

25We turned a corner into another large room ..oh no more beads ..

26Embellishing a shoe with rhinestones .. how classy ..

29Beads from Kenya .. all hand painted ..

28I think this was a hand carved bead .. it was rather lovely ..

27And we had to follow the sign into another room .. there were a lot of tables in every room and I loved talking with the artists.   Didn’t have time to visit all the tables this time but I look forward to next year.

30Now, this was a most interesting table .. tea was the focus here!  Teapots, teacups, all things tea!

37I couldn’t resist and bought this little teacup ring!  It is in my garden!

39The crafter was English and lives “across the water” on the Mainland, somewhere in Vancouver!  She was very lively and I spent a lot of time at this table, just looking at the treasures there.

38Then on to another vendor’s table .. these delicate earrings were once oil paintings.  The artist had too many so he decided to cut them up.  How very creative. They were very light

36And this table was magnificent.  These beaded items were truly works of art.  The woman who had created all of these beautiful items was not there, but her son and his wife were proudly presenting them.  I was just so impressed at the quality of work.

35They had actually run out of her business cards so I took a photo

34Apologies, this photos is a little blurry ..but look at the detail of thebeadwork ..

33There is a cafe/deli/fine dining area in Central Saanich that is called “The Roost” .. they grow their own wheat, use organic butter, etc. in their products.  And The Roost was the dining area at the Saanich Fairgrounds!  Better food you cannot find.

32I had already purchased some treats to take home and then at 3 pm (nearing closing time for the Bead show) there was a 50% discount.  How could I not go?  Oh, if only I had a separate freezer at home I would have bought so much more, but I was able to buy a few loaves of their sunflower/poppyseed bread, more treats ..

31And this mixed berry pie! So very decadent!  The filling was 2 inches thick, with locally sourced berries!   This was the pie of the year, folks!

40So, fully laden with these treats, D and I made our way home .. each to surprise our families  with these tasty treats.  And I just enjoyed remembering all of the amazing treasures of art that I had seen that day.