Showing posts with label Canada Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canada Day. Show all posts

June 27, 2017

Lovely Summer Days & Celebrations

Hi there,

Just dropping in to share a few pictures from my recent nature walks.
As you know, I love to get out and about. Well, more than that. It's an absolute necessity for my  over all well-being.
On my walks, I've been lucky to encounter little animals and many other things of beauty. Yesterday we had a mink check us out. He was on the boardwalk and when he saw us he ran for cover, but he did peek out from under a boards to look us over. So curious. It's a trait that I admire in humans and in our fury and flying friends.

Wild Blue Flag Irises. 

I had to lean over the barrier for this one. Love the iris at the bottom. Wish I had a better pic. It would be a lovely one for the drawing/painting board. Maybe I can go back out there and take one today. 😉

Love the shape of these leaves.

Musk mallow. The seeds must have blown into the wild places because this plant is a native of India. White flowers, for me, are hard to capture in a photo. Any pointers?
Water lilies backed up by a winning chorus of frogs.
A huge wasp nest. 

  Sights and sounds.
What no seeds?

To those who ask, I didn't make the cut off date for an entry in the juried art show. Last year it was held in September, and I was hoping or the same this year.  I did, however, go to the opening night to cheer the others on. There were approximately 186 entries. And what a wonderful array of great paintings!

As a country, we are celebrating 150 years of Confederation on July 1st. U2 along with some other great bands will be entertaining us on Parliament Hill.

Speaking of celebrations, to my American friends do have a wonderful, safe and happy 4th! 

I've decided to take a little hiatus from blogging. Thank you so much following my blog and for reading along. I do appreciate each and every one of you and I love to read your comments!  In the meantime, you can find me here.


June 30, 2015

A Quick and Easy Project

Hair Bands
A few years ago, I saw knitted hair bands some where, so I thought I’d try and whip up a few of my own; they look great with a matching sweater, shawl, etc.

Since my supply has dwindled, (the seem to disappear ~ a bit like socks in a washing machine) I am knitting a few more, so I thought I'd share the pattern.  All you need is a set of 4mm/U.S. 6 and some left over fingering weight yarn.

 (You can also cast on a few more stitches for a larger version.)

Here's a free pattern in exchange for a random act of kindness. (Sharing a smile will do.) 
Using long tail cast on, cast on 36 sts. Transfer to three 4mm/U.S.6 double-pointed needles; 12 sts each needle and join in the round and knit 14-18 rows, depending on how thick you would like the band.
Bind off loosely using a stretchy bind off. Weave in ends. Roll right side ends towards each other to meet in the middle.

For Jeny’s Stretchy Bind Off
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Happy Canada Day! 

And A Happy 4th to my friends in the U.S.!

July 01, 2014

What a Difference

 Organic ingredients include: kale, parsnips, celery, zucchini, cucumber, apple, yellow beet, peppers, lemon, parsley, and ginger. I generally use half a bunch of parsley, and if I can find organic cilantro, I add a bit of that too...
Shocking Kermit Green
Once you find the proper amount of each ingredient to satisfy your taste buds, it's a tasty drink.

 Fruit Smoothies another powerhouse drink. Great for breakfast.
Juicing is popular these days for good reason.  Benefits for the above ingredients are as follows: lemon purifies the blood and a two tablespoons of parsley fulfills your Vitamin C requirement for the day. Cilantro reportedly removes heavy metals from the body. Of course, kale is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. Celery helps to lower blood pressure and the list of benefits goes on and on...

The above produce was for more than one person, but wine glass full is enough. I've been juicing since February and it has boosted my energy. Plus I've been told, it makes your eyes sparkle.
On the flip side, it quickly and completely flattens the kitchen, but I think it's worth it!


 I'm certain I have enough knitting patterns to last me for two lifetimes.  But I couldn't resist this fabulous collection from NNK. Also enclosed another beautifully printed pattern for a cloche and this cute and clever gauge checker/bookmark.

 Happy Canada Day!!!

And finally to my great neighbours in the United States of America have a safe and Happy 4th!

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