Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday Morning Post

So good to be out and about with freedom to explore this beautiful province....

This is Cesna, a Goldendoodle that Sophie met the other day at Lake Banook.

The sometimes much maligned Dandelion.

Ron in amongst the trees.

Beach Art at Crystal Crescent Beach.

We had a lunch date yesterday with our niece, Brynn.

Brynn just got back from France 
and she brought us back a great selection of different teas.

Early evening stroll down on the boardwalk yesterday
and came across this camper van.

The fog came in and wrapped itself around us.

Ron was resting on this HUGE log at beach, so I took some shots from this weird angle.

It was hot and humid in city yesterday, so there were more cars than usual
here.....all to cool off!

Washed ashore.....a section of pier or wharf.

I liked the way the wind had blown the sand around this grass.

Friday, May 29, 2015


Our garden is growing/blooming like gangbusters.
Since we had a late start here in Nova Scotia,
everything appears to be in a rush to show itself.

Take these daffs for instance, they are growing under two Japanese Maples
and, I believe, they know they have a 'short window' of time in which to bloom
before the JMs above start to leaf out.

Tulips.....they don't 'make' em like they used to.
Here's their story: these were transplanted from Ron's mother's garden
17 years ago and they have bloomed every year since.
Four years ago I bought a little gift for myself (a retiring gift)
of 150 tulip bulbs and put them in the daff bed above.
They looked spectacular the first year.....all red!!
They never bloomed again.

Every flying insect around, bumble bees, wasps, flies, are loving our azalea bushes.

Here are two more of those 'tranplanted' tulips from 17 years ago in another part of garden.

Looking down a side path into the front garden.
That is a Purple Beech tree above the azalea.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

'Go West Young Man.....'

Well, with the exception of the 'young' part,
that is exactly what we did!!

We went through all of the above communities yesterday to get to Crystal Crescent Beach
which is probably 60 km from our house heading in a westerly direction.

This is what we saw:

There are three white sandy crescent beaches from which to choose.

We decided on the second one and had it to ourselves.

The third beach is a nudist beach.
We thought it was a bit too chilly to go there!
But that didn't stop others as there was a steady steam of hikers
heading over the hill to the third beach.

Sophie was beyond herself with joy!
There was water, sand, Mr.Orangie, Ron, Jim
in any order she wished to use!!

It was a beautiful day and the water was crystal clear......but COLD.

We opted to sit/lie down on the sand and listen to the faint surf,
and to Sophie who was intent on digging a hole all the way to China.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In His Element

After a trip to the ER and a week + of the 'COLD FROM HELL',
Ron is back doing what he likes best.....
pruning the daylights out of everything within reach!!

Here he is pruning the Hemlock that was crowding the Moon Maple
 and the Japanese Bloodgood.


Ron had to go to ER because of chest pain he was having 
while working in the garden 10 days ago.
It was NOT a heart attack.
They figured it was angina pain which went away after a shot of nitro.
All is well now.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

From My Perch

While at the shop on Sunday, I noticed this hiker heading up the hill.

It was windy and cold for most of the day but that didn't stop 
hikers and shoppers from getting outdoors.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Contemplative Monday

The following quote is taken from 'The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh'
and published by 'Shambhala Pocket Classics'.

'Children Of The Earth'

"We humans think we are intelligent, but an orchid, for example,
knows how to produce symmetrical flowers;
a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell.

Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth much at all.

We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail
and join our palms reverently before the butterfly and the magnolia tree.

The feeling of respect for all species will help us to recognize
and cultivate the noblest nature in ourselves."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Eclectic Tastes

I have been thinking about Joni Mitchell's health since
she was admitted to hospital in late March/early April.
I read the latest update (click) and the prognosis looks good.

So, sit back and enjoy.
have a wonderful Sunday all.

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