Wednesday, 24 August 2016

SNAP - Blow Hard & Wish

Linking in with some very Snappy folks along with our hostess Helena at:  SNAP.    Have a peek at what everyone else has found as a two to four photo collection this week & then join in - go on, you know you want to.

This week my collection is from what I think makes a great (pink)  birthday & I should know, I just celebrated last Wednesday my best birthday, ever!







Monday, 22 August 2016

Memorandum Monday - August 22nd

Waving good morning to our hostess, Sian & the other Monday Memo writers & linking in here:  From High In The Sky

Having just enjoyed a couple of weeks off from blogging & blog reading, & in keeping with Sian's theme of what's new or a first, on this Monday, I am happy to report from the patio all the new here.

 New plants for our gardens; a red & white Rose of Sharon & a red Hardy Hibiscus.  I chose the colours in keeping with the plans for a red & white floral front garden display next year as Canada celebrates being a nation for a 150 years.  I also bought 2 kinds of red & white tulips.  Oh the plans!

Hardy Hibiscus
Rose of Sharon

Last week I celebrated a birthday.  Of course that is not new, I do it every year.  What was new about this birthday was the plans I made to celebrate actually turned out according to plans along with some bonus moments.  Normally I live in Plan T or Z ... very rare for a Plan A to work out.

Planned for a horse drawn carriage ride through the Niagara Botanical Gardens.  Bonus; we were the only ones in the carriage & our driver took a little longer in the drive. 
Tom The Horse & Tom The Driver

Conservatory to the left of the entrance

Planned for tea at The Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara On The Lake. Bonus; we were seated by the window in the conservatory. Bonus PLUS; a couple sitting near us had taken a photo of us together (I had asked) & a little later two glasses of pink champagne with strawberries arrived at our table purchased by this couple.  The gentlemen said birthdays need to be celebrated in style.  I was so overwhelmed by this true act of random kindness, I cried.  Not the ugly cry, but the nice big fat joyful tears (truly a bonus in that my eye makeup did not run).

And new this season, rain, the last weekend 2 days of on/off rain!

My thought for the week; "Sometimes I think I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe" ... Diana Britt

Sunday, 21 August 2016

SPSH - First Selections

Sharing with you my catches for the Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt.  To link in please visit Maria's blog for details & list, along with those also participating;  SPSH

The List & My Finds Of The First Nine.

1. A "wild heart" - a naturally occurring heart
2. A footprint or pawprint
3. A skeleton, bone or x-ray
4. A book or magazine read during 2016
5. A porch or deck
6. A camper (caravan)
7. A family gathering
8. A drawing, art project, artistic photograph, scrapbook page, greeting card, or art journal page created by you.
9. Someone playing with, in, or around water

Natural Heart

Book Read

New Deck At Local Pub
Family Gathering

Art Done By Me
Playing In The Water

I will share more next week.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Patio Update

Taking a little cat nap that could last a couple of weeks ...

.. oh & for those liking numbers, today is the month & day equals the year;  8+8=16

Friday, 5 August 2016

Five In Five On The Fifth: August

Five things that have captured your eye, imagination or heart  in 5 minutes on the 5th of the month.  Linking it with the other collectors  & hostess of 5 at:  Sandie

This month I have captured sights, sounds & smells of my patio;  

Time ticking blissfully:

Water flowing in the water feature:

Chimes, which sound so much like church bells, tinkle with the breeze:

Butterfly candle holder; scent of the citronella candle:

Flower pot with solar light; sight & scent:


One Photo, 6 Words: Find - August 5th

Linking in with the other short story tellers, where you choose a one photo to tell a 6 word story, including the word of the week.  Link in with our hostess at Miriam

This week our word is Find.

I find  the fake one works 

this is a fake wasp nest to keep the territorial wasps away

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

SNAP - The Monks In My Garden

Linking in with some very Snappy folks along with our hostess Helena at:  SNAP.    Have a peek at what everyone else has found as a foursome collection this week & then join in - go on, you know you want to.

This week my SNAP collection is about the monks residing in my garden.

Purple Monkshood

Saint Fiacre patron saint of gardeners

White Monkshood

Monk on a swing