Wednesday, 31 August 2016

SNAP - Beware Of Spiders

This SNAP collection comes with a warning - photos of spiders, so I know Ron Weasley will not be viewing.  

Have a peek at what everyone else has found as a visually linked group of 2 to 4 photos collection this week & then join in - go on, you know you want to. Linking in with Helena at: SNAP

Spider Daylily








Monday, 29 August 2016

Memorandum Monday - August 29th

A gracious good morning to you all.  Ah what new finds, new adventures, new ideas have we all be experiencing - well let's find out by connecting with our hostess, Sian & those other Monday wavers at:  From High In The Sky

New nature wonders seen from the patio on Saturday evening were the annual flying ant & seagull show. We see this only one day at year when all the flying queen & drone ants appear to take flight to the waiting, hungry seagulls. I am SO amazed at how many ants there are. 


flying ants covering the Dragon's Bile sedum

Gorging on the ants, the seagulls then become drunk or high on the sweet acid of the ants.  It takes hours for all the ants to appear but less than an hour for the ants to dispatch & then the swooping, diving seagulls are around for about 1-2 hours.  Ah nature.

Also new nature news from the patio, it is this time of the year that the plain hostas start blooming.  Their tall flower stocks have pure white flowers that the hummingbirds adore as I do.  To me, the flowers smell like gardenias & it is for this reason that I grow this type of hosta.  The scent seems to release as the sun sets & if there is a slight breeze the scent wafts over the patio - quite divine.


I grow two clumps of this particular hosta, one near the patio & one near the circle patio at the end of the garden.

Plantain Hosta in flower


And continuing on with the natural wonders, we, Mr Man are is feasting on the ample harvest of the new type of sweet cherry tomatoes.  I have this thing about tomatoes that are not surrounded by mao & toast.


Sweet Lass Cherry Tomatoes





And my last new is that I am feeling total disgust with the behaviour of F1 fans; what is with the booing of the podium finishers. This has happened at quite a few of the races this year.  It is rude & quite un-sportsperson like.  I do not like it. 


Wishing everyone a fantastic week ahead, one that abounds with joy & wonderment.  

My thought for the week:  At some point you gotta let go & sit still & allow contentment to come to you.  Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Sunday, 28 August 2016

2016 SPSH - 2nd Installment

Selections: 10 - 20

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

For this year's SPSH, I think I followed along in spirit, rather than to the law of it, not  my best year for hunting & finding.


From the list:

10. A bicycle
11. Fresh produce
12. A window
13. The moon
14. A buffet of food
15. A team logo
16. A map showing a trip taken during the time period
17. Twins
18. A supermarket cart, basket or trolley full of groceries
19. A seasonal cocktail or beverage
20. Someone laughing


Alternatives - if you're having trouble finding any of the above, you may substitute from this list
alternative 

1: a lighthouse
2: a baby animal or person

Bicycle:
  (no idea why these bikes hang from this willow tree). 


Fresh Fruit



Window:




Moon:




 Buffet:



Team Logo:
University of Guelph Gryphons




Map From Travels Taken During SPSH :





Twins:





Groceries:
I shop with my bags not a trolley



Summer Beverage:



Someone Laughing:




The alternatives:
lighthouse:

baby 
(horse)
 

 
I have only one  left to capture; 21. A photograph of you with a newspaper or calendar page from the time period covered in the Hunt.

















 

Friday, 26 August 2016

One Photo, 6 Words: Love - August 26th

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  Love.



Love this face, miss this girl!


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!

 Cards



 Flowers


 
Cake




Presents

 


(Blessings)

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

Pawprint
Skeleton
Book Read





New Deck At Local Pub
 
Camper
  
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