Tuesday, December 29, 2015

First Dump of the Season

 Today we are having our first snowstorm.  Already about 4-5" have fallen, and we are expecting another 4" this afternoon.  It feels good to get some snow.

 The old plants have snowtops on them.

The dogwood's colour is accentuated by the snow.

A few days before Christmas this was the scene at a small ski hill.  The snow-making machines were able to make enough snow on one run for people to ski.  The visibility is a bit low, but then you can't see the green grass at the bottom of the hill.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas

Best wishes everyone this Christmas season.  May you all have excellent company, delicious food and hear wonderful music.
Our joyful chaos if about to begin with the first arrival this evening:)
Actually two dogs arrived last weekend so I guess it has already started.
Still hoping for a little snow for the grandkids to play in.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

I Heard the Bells

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, December 18, 2015

Tired of Brown

 I know there are many upsides to the mild weather we have been having -clear roads, less heat for our houses, fewer layers of clothes required, etc.  But I am getting really tired of brown.

 So here is a bit of colour for any of you who may also be feeling blue about the brown.

Chin up folks, spring will come again!

 Buy an amaryllis and bring some bright colour inside.

In three days, the days will be getting longer.  Yeah!

Would some sugar help?  No, best to just bury my nose in a seed catalogue :)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Lavender Tree

I really like lavender but our climate is not very suitable for growing it outside (I've tried a few times unsuccessfully).  Our local grocery store had some trimmed to look like a miniature Christmas tree. Just what I would like for Christmas!
So I suggested that I buy it as an early Christmas present for myself, and here it is, adorned with mini ornaments that I picked up at the Dollar Store. The tag says not to eat it so I assume it has been sprayed with some noxious chemical, but it still smells really nice.  Hopefully, I can keep it going as a houseplant.

Sunday, December 6, 2015


We are having a very mild beginning to December, and the ice on the puddles and ditches has thawed as daytime temperatures are above zero.  It is an el nino year so we may have a mild winter all round.
I remember one year in the early eighties when we had hardly any snow and the rhubarb sprouted in February. Mind you, it did cool down again in March.
So will we have a green Christmas? It has happened before. Most people are enjoying the delay of the snow.  About 4-6" over the holidays would be just right.

I came across some wonderful photos of snowflakes by Don Komarechka. He has compiled 400 different snowflake images into one very beautiful print.  Check it out at www.petapixel.con/2015/12/04/this-snowflake-photo-took-2500-hours-to-create

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Starting with K

 Kale is not my favourite vegetable but I keep growing it because it's the only veg I can still pick in December.  What a stalwart!

I've been knitting.  Neck warmers in particular.  This one is knit with a yarn that has a bit of angora mixed with baby alpaca and fine merino wool -very soft, and stretchy.

The blue bottom of this one is a blend of acrylic yarn and mohair.  I thought the mohair might be a little scratchy on the neck, so the upper part is plain acrylic.  On a cold day, the upper part can be flipped up to cover your chin.