Friday, August 31, 2012

Dirty, Dirty Harry!

Did you watch this?  Well, if you didn't, take a look.  Watch the whole thing through before you shut it off...there is more here than meets the eye.

There is a lot of hoopla today about Mr. Eastwood's speech last night at the RNC...

I know, I am an outsider, but, I loved it.  He was not slick and smooth and polished.  He did not follow a script. He just said what was on his heart.

I liked his friendly, rumpled-hair look.  His approach was not the usual run-of-the-mill...

Yes, he had a crass moment now and then through his little speech but he stood up and was counted on a number of issues.

I love America and I love to watch from the sidelines.  I believe the USA has a major role to play in world politics.

God bless you all, Republican, Democrats or whatever...


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Memory in the Middle of the Week . . .

The bridge from my cello is sitting on my desk now . . .

Recently I was told that if I wasn't playing my cello often the strings needed to be released.  You release the strings and voila!, you have a bridge in your hands.

Love this cello...and the memories attached to it are very sweet...I think I need to re-string and practice!

Maybe in honour of the return-to-school fever I am hearing about, I will do just that!

Even though your life may be eons away from the rhythm of school days, what do you do to honour the return to the little old school house?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to Our Dear Kim . . .

"Our birthdays are feathers 
in the broad wing of time."

-Jean Paul Richter

Sherwin and I are blessed with two beautiful daughters.  Today Kim has a birthday and we are so grateful for her and the blessing she has been to all of us.

"A daughter is a day brightener 
and a heart warmer."  

Happy, happy birthday, Kim...

Love and hugs from Shirley Ann and Sherwin

Sunday, August 12, 2012

One Day Holiday!

We are delighted to have real summer weather right now so thought we should make the most of it and start celebrating our 46th early with a trip to Big Town.

So...if you want to go to town you get on a ferry.

Thought this was made for me...

Church was our first stop of the day, followed by lunch and then we were off to Butchart Gardens.  Very nice to have a year-pass so we can go when we have the whim.

At the entrance gate we saw these most unusual plants...

We always stop at the begonia house...fabulous blooms as usual.

And of course, as you come around the corner on the path, voila!  This is a most usual view of the Gardens...most everybody has seen this photo on some advertisement, somewhere.

I prefer the close-up and personal views of the minute detail you see on every hand.

A trip to the Gardens would not be complete without a stop at The Rose Carousel.  And Sherwin figures this is my favourite horse there...I say, of course, it is the horse of King Arthur!

Since we live in the same climate as Butchart we like to look for new ideas all the time.  If they grow it, there is no reason I cannot grow the same plant in my gardens.

Since my dahlias are blooming like mad here at home I knew we would see their dahlia gardens at their best and sure enough...

It was difficult to pick my favourite...I just looked for the best photo.

And of course, I am very partial to the 'right' pink.

Everywhere we looked we were overwhelmed with the beauty.

It was fun to try to capture the beauty in my camera.

Everything looked quite lovely yesterday.

A good time was had by all!

We took turns calling out to each other...see this, see that!!

Within a couple hours we were at the exit to the main gardens...

where we said good-bye for yet another time...what a blessing.

I know I am most fortunate to have a husband who loves these flower tours as much as I.  Happy Anniversary, husband-of-mine!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Night Already?

It was a very quick week...every day was chock-a-block full of activity here.  Now that we are back in our bedroom and more settled into our house again, I have been trying to divide my days up between gardens, renovations, house.  And the hours just roar past...

Sherwin spent many hours this week working on the highest peek on the house, finishing the window trim and siding on the clerestory window wall.  It was somewhat stressful for him hanging on by his toenails while he got the job completed.  

One afternoon, wanting a change of pace, he started on an anniversary gift for me, which you see below, finished and mounted in our closet...

Isn't that a lovely gift?  Now my scarves handily hang waiting to be worn.  We had looked at some ideas online for custom closets but this is by far the best idea of any I saw.

While out tending one garden or another I came across a couple frogs trying to 'fit in'.  Here is a photo of the frogs, Lucy.  Aren't they gorgeous?

Back onto the roof, he used ropes to make his job as stable as possible.

And back in the garden I found my dahlias blooming like mad, wanting my attention.  I picked a bouquet tonight for Sabbath.  So thankful for the flowers that continue to bloom around here even though they have all been rather neglected this year.

Just before the sun set tonight Sherwin went out to give a final touch up to his work.  It does not look like a particularly large spot but it was fiddly, picky work and he took great care as usual.

Well, those are just brief moments of our week.  How was yours?  Thank you all for stopping by to look.

Have a lovely Sabbath.
God bless and be well.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


But then on the other hand, it could just be that is the way it is supposed to be...

Sometime over Christmas I believe I posted a photo very similar to this...well, I went into my almost deserted greenhouse to water the one tomato plant I am hiding there from the raccoons, and there was a beautiful Amaryllis ready to bloom!  What a glorious surprise.  I watered it, brought it indoors and when I woke this morning it was ablaze with colour.

This beautiful blossom rose from dry soil in a pot stored in the greenhouse for summer.  What I didn't realize was that it would bloom twice in one year.   Hence, the surprise.

Tell me, have you had any surprises this week?  Pleasant or otherwise?

Wishing you the best of surprises.
God bless and be well.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Happy, Happy Birthday!!

Today marks a birthday in our family...Happy Birthday to our son, Alan!

Since we couldn't find you at home at lunch time so we could sing to you ourselves, we decided to send our greetings another way!

Have a great day...our love and good wishes to you!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Oh, Glorious Beginnings . . .

The beginning to a new week is always an opportunity for me...

I can start over with my stern resolves of last week that went nowhere and I can do again those habits that worked well.

We started off the day with placing boards in the portico for the soffit.  But when Sherwin ran into a glitch that he had to fix, I took off for Garden no. 6 and tackled the weeds that have taken up residence there.

As I knelt in the soft damp earth to pull weeds I happened to look up into the Japanese maple to admire its colours and took a second look at the little birdhouse hanging there.

I wish you could see inside the house and see the grass and nesting materials that some bird found to make a home for their new family.  The past few weeks/months have been so demanding, time-wise, that I haven't looked at all the crooks and crannies of my gardens but here was evidence that 'someone' had enjoyed that quiet, shaded spot to raise some babies.

So, between the beautiful sunshine, blue skies, good walk with my husband and evidence of bird renters, I have only gratitude in my heart for a new week.

For you all, I wish the same; hearts full of thankfulness.  Tell me, what is it that makes the start of your week worthy of mention?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Day is Done . . .

Count That Day Lost
by George Eliot

If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day, 
You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay
If, through it all
You've nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost
Then count that day as worse than lost.

(end of the day on Mayne, August 4, 2012)