Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday Morning Post

A 'shop to shore' kind of week.

'Mid-Century Maniac', my shop, has now moved into larger quarters.
It took A LOT of work to do so
but in the end it was worth it.

I can now put kitchen furniture in the shop
which means that our basement has some room in which to move around.

It is still a 'work in progress' as are most shops.

I really enjoy having this focus and meeting people from all over who visit.

Yesterday morning at Lawrencetown Beach....Sophie and I and Ron in the distance.

Looks like Ron is about to give a sermon!!

 Our garden, front and back, is more like a 'woodland garden' than anything else.
We pretty much let things happen on it's least at this point.
Initially when we started with a blank slate,
 we planted everything we could get our hands on using design plans
that were not always adhered to.

We have about four 'ground covers' and I noticed lately that each is asserting themselves.
It will be interesting to see which one has supremacy of certain areas of the garden.
I love ground covers. And since we do not have a grass lawn, these are easier to maintain.

Clematis and Climbing Hydrangea love this rocky area of the garden.
As do some of the Hosta.

Clam shell.

Lone orange flower growing among the Euphorbia 

The highlight of the week was Dad's induction into the Maritime Sport Hall of Fame.
Here he is with most of my siblings:
From the left...Mary Elizabeth (Mim), Fred, Laurie, Cheryl (our 'double first cousin'
who has been more like a sister over the years), yours truly and Paula.


  1. Love that last photo, Jim! How wonderful that your father has lived a long and full life, and now to receive this honor! Just awesome. Your garden is gorgeous ~ a work of art. Your shop is looking good! Have a great weekend. We are having a blast with our niece Heather, who is visiting us from Surabaya, Indonesia.

    1. It was a good week, Louise, all round.
      Enjoy your visit with your niece.

  2. What a lovely family portrait Jim! Your shop is looking super. You have excellent taste - I like the bar stool you have for sale!

    1. I don't know why blogger sometimes post replies twice - sorry! I meant to say too that your woodland garden looks wonderful. Hard to believe that this was all under thick ice not long ago.

    2. I like that 'step-stool' too, Craig, but no room at home for it!
      Blogger has a mind of its own sometimes, eh?
      We like how our garden has turned out. Actually we had no idea where it was going till everything we planted started to grow...and grow....and grow. We may have kept an eye on it, but it really did what it had to do on its own.

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  4. Beautiful photos of your garden. How big is it? There seem to be so many different parts to it. Your father looks a lot like my late pa in law, who died 18 months ago aged 99 and 9 months. Just missed his telegram from the Queen !

    1. Hi Frances, our garden is about 3/4 of an acre. There are different parts to it......a wet area which is affected by the tide levels on occasion, a drier more elevated area, a rocky part, and all i outlined by native Spruce, Aspens, and Birch. We are in 'maintenance mode' now and that is just fine by us.....we can barely keep up with it!
      We are hoping Dad will get that telegram from Her year to go!!

  5. Lovely garden, and ground cover is superb. Your Dad, a great honour, and to see you all there with him, one special photo.

    1. Hi Jean. I love to watch the ground cover do what it does best....COVER!! They are aggressive little plants.

  6. It looks like the battle of the ground covers! And Ron is not about to give a sermon -- he is the supreme leader, marshalling his troops in the ground cover war.

    1. You nailed it, Debra!! It does tend to 'go to his head', however!!

  7. I like the bigger shop room. Wondering what kind of bracket is holding up the chair(s).
    Looks to me as if Ron has already been given a sermon and was considering retaliation.
    Your garden looks so peaceful.

    1. I used brackets used for hanging large power tools...up to 70 lb.
      LOL. Ron does look like he is about to bite somebody's head off!!
      Sharon, our garden is very peaceful. There are a number of places in it where you can almost imagine you are being enveloped by it.

  8. Wonderful shots! I love your shop; looks so colourful and fun. And that photo of Ron looking like he's about to give a sermon is so funny. Does he actually have a serious side? Who knew... And that last image is the best. What a great family you have!

    1. I am happy with the shop, Martha. There are two large windows that allow in a lot of light.
      Oh yes, Ron does have a serious side but his 'lighter' side is dominant.


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