Category Archives: Gardens

The move is on the back burner, but the garden prospers

Well after months of looking for that perfect piece of land in the country, and not finding anything within an hour commute for my husband, the move is on the back-burner for the time being. Maybe in the fall, if, of course all the painting, fence building, kitchen sink replaced, kitchen counters sanded down and refinished again. Well husband works on his list, I fiddle-faddle in the garden, well, I will be jam making, pie making, canning vegetables, freezing vegetables, and every once in a while I will dust the inside of the house. The other day, hubby swept the side porch of all the twigs and branches Bear loves to chew and tear apart. Then said to me, if I saw a leaf/branch etc. on the porch could I please pick it up? Well didn’t laughter ensue. “Have you seen the inside of the house dear? The 3 inch layer of dust in the living room? If I’m not dusting hun, chances are very slim some leaf will be picked up!”  (In my defence, with all the work he is doing inside the house, the dust he creates, well what’s the point right now?).

My rhubarb did fabulous this year. I made my first strawberry rhubarb pie, and even though it did make a mess on the bottom of my oven (thank goodness we barbecue all summer, because I don’t see me cleaning at the moment), it tasted fabulous, so fabulous I had to give half of it to my best friend, I couldn’t stop eating pie for breakfast, lunch, then supper.

Fresh picked rhubarbrhubarb pie

My herbs are growing exceptionally well. I have already dried quite a bit of thyme, and am pretty sure I will not run out of it this winter. Sadly the nasty chipmunk started to eat my rosemary of all things, so out came the chicken wire!

Rosemary

Rosemary herbThyme
thyme

Oregano and chives

Oregano and chives

Lemon Balm

lemon balm

The squirrels decided my potatoes were tasty, so I nailed down more chicken wire which stopped them in their tracks. The potatoes are now growing wonderfully and I should have a nice early crop in a few weeks. Most I will leave for the fall, then store for the winter.potatoes

My elderberry bush we transplanted last year, is growing fine and along came this beautiful Elderberry Longhorn Beetle. Elderberry Longhorn Beetle

Our two mulberry bushes are producing a lot of fruit this year. After trying to gather the berries by using first a pillow case, we decided it was much easier to just lay down tarp and shake the tree. Mulberry jam coming up.

picking mulberriesusing a tarp to catch mulberries shaking from our treeI am also growing broccoli, brussel sprouts, beets, lettuce, celery, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, radishes, yellow and green beans, pole beans, snow peas, cucumber, green onions, acorn squash and watermelon.

broccoli, brussel sprouts, beets, lettucepotatoes squash snow peas (800x450)pole beans in string maze (528x800)first zucchini of the year (667x800)hot peppersbanana pepperstomatoesOn the other side of the yard are the flower gardens, far too many to add though. We do make sure we have lots of milkweed for the Butterflies.milkweed

Lastly one of our many flower pots filled with flowers, I thought would good look together.flower pot of flowers

I hope you enjoyed viewing a small portion of our gardens, I certainly enjoy spending my mornings digging in the dirt.

A visit to Niagara Falls

I haven’t been to Niagara Falls in years, one of the main reasons was the crowds (something I am not a big fan of being disabled, easily bumped by others, and knocked down). So when my friend Suzanne was visiting me, and had travelled fourteen hours by plane, I figured I would just have to suck it up and deal with my crowd issues. We arrived in Niagara Falls before lunch, giving us plenty of time to walk from the parking lot located at the end of the falls, to the Skylon Tower where we were to have lunch.

The last time I was in the Skylon Tower was on my honeymoon ~ some twenty-eight years ago, it was night, and you really couldn’t see much. This time, we had a beautiful sunny day, so when we were seated in the restaurant, and luckily enough to have a window seat with a direct view of the falls, the scene was spectacular. Well in the restaurant, staff does not bother you as you snap picture after picture.

View of the Canadian and American Falls

Canadian and American Falls

View of the Niagara River from the Skylon Tower

View of the Niagara River from the Skylon Tower

View of the American Falls

View of the American Falls.

After lunch we took the elevator up to the observation deck, where you are outside, protected by a grill, that is large enough for your camera to fit through, enabling you to snap even more dramatic images.

Matt and I on the observation deck of the Skylon Tower

Matt and I on the observation deck of the Skylon Tower

After lunch we spent time walking and exploring the area, buying souvenirs, and of course taking more pictures.

An image of store staff wearing a t-shirt saying "200 years of Peace & Friendship, Canada & the USA"

I loved this t-shirt and the comment made by the staff member “Foreshadowing”

Image of Suzanne and I

Suzanne and I on one of the walking trails in Niagara

Tree lined garden

One of the many gardens surrounding Niagara Falls

Another garden by the falls

Another garden by the falls

I highly recommend you visit Niagara Falls at least once in your lifetime, you certainly will not be disappointed.