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Sunday, 14 June 2020

Today is the kind of day I wish for every day during the summer months. Not too hot, not too cold, gentle breeze… My perfect kind of day!

Lots of dragonflies around this spring, darning needles too! ©WQuinn 2020

My plan this morning was to move some stones over to the spot we’ll be building our stone wall. The big one, seen in th picture below, was my focus today. Oh I tried and tried, could feel parts of my body stretch I didn’t know existed. I managed to get it on the dolly but it wasn’t centred quite right, so, silly me decides to remove it and try again… It started falling back towards me, knocked me off balance and I went flying, landing with an oof and stars floating above me…like in the cartoons!

The big stone.

I got up, shook myself off and went at it again, then decided it would make a lovely end table just where it was!

I switched to gardening and got along much better.

After dinner, I watered my gardens and took a few dozen pics. Enjoy!

Malva Zebrinas I grew from seed.
Photo of the day, 14 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn

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Sunday, 24 May 2020

It felt like summer today and it was most welcome 😊. (Except for the blackflies…)

I had a few things on my to-do list I wanted to get done today and I’m happy to say I got them done.

One was to get my garden planted. √ that!

One foot gardening. ©WQuinn 2020

I’m trying something new this year…one foot gardening. Now, I skipped using a garden box and went straight for the “in the ground” approach. Fingers crossed it works. My plan was to have two gardens this size, one for veggies and one for a herbal tea garden. I needed to scale back for now and will combine the two in this garden. I had a few seedings I started in early spring and the rest was seed. Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, so perfect timing!

Next on the garden front will be something with sunflowers. I have a few ideas percolating. Covid-19 is making it tricky to get the supplies I need and in a timely manner. I look forward to the day I can walk into a store, browse and purchase what I need and want. Although some stores are open, I just don’t feel safe going yet. Boy, do I miss shopping for annuals and filling my garden with colours!

Robin
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Tonight’s sunset ©WQuinn 2020

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Saturday, 25 April 2020

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©WQuinn Blue hour, Venus and the moon.

Eight months from today is Christmas day… Thanks Mom for the reminder 😘

Today was a fabulous spring day. The sun was shining bright and warm. The occasional light breeze, 15°C, birds chirping…wow. Just beautiful!

We spent the day outside. Mom trimming trees, while I was digging up the grass. The next best thing to having flowers around is preparing a garden.

I haven’t had much luck with box gardening, so decided this year to get back to my roots – the summers of my childhood – and plant a garden in the ground…the good old clay. It can be challenging but with the one square foot garden technique, fertilizer and a little top soil thrown in for good measure…here’s hoping!

I started out with a plan for a herbal tea garden with chamomile, lemon balm, spearmint and peppermint. And a smallish vegetable garden close by. Plus I’d like to have a sunflower garden too… My problem is I want it all and start big, then get overwhelmed and let things slide.

Take this morning, I marked out the garden, 18×13 feet. Dug the perimeter, stopped for a break. Mom joined me and we sat there talking, looking at the large space I had marked out. She managed to convince me to cut it down to 6×6 feet instead…start small and build on it.

6×6 feet garden plot in progress

I’m not sure how many times I thanked her today for saving me. It took me a couple of hours to dig up the 6×6 space…imagine if it was 18×13! I’m stiff and sore but it feels good!

We shared a picnic lunch, listened to the birds and enjoyed our backyard, making plans for the summer.

Getting there!

I’m not sure how well I’ll be moving tomorrow, so likely no gardening, but I was thinking how nice it would be to plein air paint tomorrow. If the weather cooperates, we’ll see.

Have a good night!

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Oh, what an amazingly beautiful day! A high of 14°C, sunshine and a mild breeze.

Dukes bring me a gift…first of the year.

Dukes is not feeling well but managed to go out for a walk this morning, catch a snake and bring it back to me. I intercepted and persuaded him to leave it on the lawn. He wasn’t happy but a few treats made up for it. I moved the snake to a nearby bush and watched it slide away.

Spent the entire afternoon outside doing this and that, pulled a few chairs out of storage, dug up the garlic patch…I didn’t get around to it in the fall and missed planting the garlic. So thought I’d give it a try planting them now.?! Only time will tell if it’ll work.

The garlic patch before
And after…

Boy, was it wet! I left it to dry and will tackle it again tomorrow and then plant the bulbs.

Today’s photo is the amazing moon

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