Sunday, May 31, 2009

Long day outside

What a gorgeous day it was today. Dave and I spent every single minute outside. We came in for lunch and for a late supper. First thing this morning I put a long line of clothes to dry than I set some sun tea to brew on the back deck.

Our son heading out to meet up with friends. They cruised all day on their bikes.

Dave mostly worked in and around the fruit garden. Weeding, putting up trellis' for the grapes and expanding the strawberry bed to accomodate this year's runners. I, on the other hand could be found in the flower gardens - weeding ! and there's lots of it to do.

I saw in a magazine a very rustic looking fence made from twigs. Dave has started to build it but it's not finished. I will post pictures when it's all done.

And at the end of a long day gardening, the tools need to be put away for another day of ''fun in the sun''.
Wishing everyone a good Monday tomorrow and hope you all get to do something that puts a smile on your face.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Clam it

We were told by the claming experts that this weekend was the extremely low tides compared to normal low tides. This means that it's a good time to go diggin for clams. Being refueled by a three hour yoga workshop this morning I jumped at the offer when Dave suggested we go try our luck digging ! By Law, anything under 3'' has to be put back... and we still had a full bucket.

This post is dedicated to my friend Clarisse. She was going on another beach, I wonder how many she got !!!!!

To be honest, Dave dug all these clams but I searched and found holes for him to dig so technically I helped. When we came home, he cleaned our harvest. Tomorrow I will can them for next winter.

Hope everyone is having a joyous weekend.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What's in my garden now

A late afternoon strole in the gardens today revealed color and beauty. And, our wacky wind-chime given to us by friends from Louisiana. It's too dark to read by it says ''Cajun wind chime'' and yes they are Bud Light empties. We use these to scare away the crows from the strawberry patch.

On my way to yoga...

... last night I stopped at Frenchy's for a short visit and here is what I found in less than 5 minutes - gorgeous fabric for my stash, yarn (the black one is super chunky) and these two books. The Knitting without tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman I was going to order from amazon a month ago but I did'nt and last night I paid $1 for it.

I love thrifting !

Monday, May 18, 2009

How was your weekend?

Mine was pretty wet... all three days (it was a holiday weekend here in Canada ''Victoria Day''). With all that rain that fell, we still had fun outside gardening and BBQing. Friday evening I attended a yoga workshop. The yoga studio is in the loft of an old barn and during relaxation we could hear the rain falling on the roof - so peaceful.

Saturday afternoon the sun came out for a few hours.

All day Sunday was pouring rain.

I kinda like rain, when it's not cold and windy

Today we only had light showers so we managed to do some yard work

Hope everyone has a good peaceful week and enjoy doing what it is you'll be doing !

Monday, May 11, 2009

Baby project, frenchy's and flip flops

My niece is expecting their first child in August. Perfect excuse to knit, knit and knit some more. Above is a work in progress which, if planned correctly, will be a baby blanket. The ivory squares are 6 different patterns hence the name of the blanket ''the baby sampler blanket''. I have to follow charts to get the proper pattern. Let's just say that I have to be some place in the house where I will be by myself while knitting. However, the colored blocks are simple stockinette stitches... don't have to follow any chart; bliss. The block in the picture is the diamond sampler.

On to Frenchy's. We stopped for a few short minutes tonight and look what I found. Tons of buttons. Old ones (very old; even smelly), plastic ones, metal ones, tiny ones and giant ones... the two red ones in the red box are wooden; oh baby I'm in heaven.

And this book ''ReadyMade - How to make almost everything''.

It is chuck-full of DIY projects - reuse and recyle objects. Such as the project below - hooks made from empty laundry detergent plastic bottles. (Side note - I would'nt be able to build this because I make my own laundry detergent and reuse the same 10 litre bucket).

Speaking of repurposing, check this out. Eco Yogini had it in her comments yesterday. I am so trying this out with my ugly dirty purple yoga mat. I guess that means I will have ugly purple flip flops this summer :-) And by the way, I encourage you to read her blog... I love it and so will you.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Nice visit

A short trip was in the planning process mid-week last week. Dave and I went to visit Ginette in New Brunswick over the weekend. She's been away on her own for almost 5 years and I still miss her. Sometimes you know, I just get the urge to see her, to be around her gentleness and her kindness. Dave knows, yup he knows just the right time to suggest a visit to Dieppe.

We went to London-Wul Fibre Arts. I bought two kinds of yarn for future projects. I could easily spend hours in that store.

We made it to Shediac where we got to eat the most delicious fish and chips and visit the worlds biggest lobster. It was raining so we only walked up to the monument for a picture (there we are, Ginette and I, and Meeko, on the far left corner of the picture). We even dropped into a Frenchy's.

Speaking of Meeko - he's such a smart puppy.

He wants to play with Puss but Puss is too old for play :-)

Ginette and Meeko.

Wishing everyone a good week !