blooms…

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lots of blooms today…

early this morning I got a few shots… this one is the orchid that is reblooming…

  
the first bud is almost open… have had this orchid for at least a couple of years, and it has just been sitting in a corner of the dining room, quietly going about its business…

a picture of blooms from a bouquet that came in today…

 

certainly brighten up the day…

finally tonight took this picture of the beautiful orchid my friend brought me in January after I had lent her my car… today it dropped the last flower…

 

amazingly it has been blooming for five months… going to put it in the corner with the other one, lol…  

flower blossoms sure do make me happy… remind me of my beloved who was always bringing  home orchids for me… my life has been so blessed

relaxing…

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had a quiet relaxing morning as I didn’t start work until eleven… lovely to be able to putter around the house…

began to unwind on the drive home as we took the scenic route along Wellington Crescent… such a pretty drive, even went through the Park… 

arrived home to find my friends in the garden with the cushions already on the chairs…

 
had a great couple of hours enjoying our time together as the sun set… lots of laughs and interesting conversation in a beautiful setting… although we might have spotted a couple of mosquitoes

 
the newly potted plants look great…  

I love this weather and the time I get to spend outside…

finished…

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up way too early and had a five am hot tub … put out all the cushions so the garden would be ready when I got home from the Diabetes Walk that some of my colleagues and I were taking part in…

 
walked over to the Park and met our group… three were doing the 10 km walk, two of us did the five km one, and one did about three kilometres before getting a bit lost…

It was a beautiful day for a walk and about three hundred people participated in a number of options… we had a great time and saw a few friends doing some of the more strenuous runs… 

this is what we saw ahead of us as we began…

 
the Park is so beautiful at this time of year and we got to walk around the Formal Gardens with their wonderful canopy of trees… had to get a shot of these beauties as we walked by…

  
once we all finished we headed out for brunch and had fun… great to spend time with these amazing folks outside of the office…

got home and rested my weary feet in the garden… sadly I have a few blisters… finally finished book five of Game of Thrones as I sat out there…

kids came for dinner and we ate outside for the second day in a row… still no bugs…

finished planting all the flowers that we picked up yesterday, except for one iris which I haven’t quite figured out where to put, lol…

  
enjoying a few quiet minutes by the pond before heading in… think a hot tub is in the plans for a bit later…

gardening…

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what a wonderful day…

up early, had breakfast and headed into the garden… set out the cushions and cleaned all the tables… took out all the plants from the dining room and set them beside the pond

  
got all the water plants into the pond and then took a little break…

  
still looks a bit empty

  
before long the water hyacinth will multiply and the water lilies will pop up to the surface and fill in with green lily pads…

the kids came over and my grandson and his friend worked away in the side garden cleaning up two years worth of weeds… looking very nice… I am so happy that we got this done as last year I just pretended there wasn’t anything there, lol…

my daughter and I went to a couple of garden centres and got most of the plants I will need…

the little boys picked up twigs and swept the decks while we were gone… had pizza for supper and they headed home…

filled the planters around the deck, made three baskets, and planted about seven pots before I finally came in tonight…

took a few breaks to read and watch the goldfinches at the feeder…

all around, an excellent day…

plodding…

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laying in my swing by the pond enjoying the sound of the water running down and over the rocks…  

  
beautiful out… looks like it made it to 27 and it is still 20 right now… gonna put out those plants tomorrow:-)…

early this morning a very chatty bird was at the front feeder… didn’t get a good shot because it was dancing from perch to perch… think it might have been some type of small woodpecker

  
nice shot of the orchid as it gets ready to bloom again… rather slow process but fun to watch day by day…

 

there’s a robin singing in the tree above me as the solar lights come on around the pond… 
  
spent some time today thinking of friends who are struggling with various problems… wishing there was more to do than sending good vibes their way to support them in these difficult days… remembering back to similar difficulties in my life and how dark the days were as I plodded one step after the other… and wishing them the kind of peace I have since received, further down the road…

amazing what a person can get through and how life really does get better…

fancy…

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what a wonderful afternoon and evening…

left work at 2:30 as I’d put in a couple of extra hours since yesterday…

  
had a bit of fun at the mall… got some fancy tea, fancy soap, fancy underwear and a pair of fancy shorts (or culottes)…

got home and booked a flight to Ottawa… sat out in the garden for a short time and then headed out for a BS birthday dinner in a convertible

  
enjoyed a delicious dinner, lots of laughs and good conversation… two hours flew by…

  
fabulous group of women… we have been through a lifetime together… 

I couldn’t have better friends…

frost…

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as the weather is supposed to be back to normal here, I moved a basket of flowers outside this morning, to one of the planters at the front… looked beautiful…

  
took a few minutes to put out the solar lights that I picked up yesterday… 

 

the creek is very high from all that rain on the weekend… was rather surprised how full it was…

once I got home from work I stuck the lights into the ground around the pond… looking forward to seeing how they look after dark…

gorgeous day so I ate my dinner on the deck… yay spring

still a chance of frost, so I have brought the flowers back in, lol… 

one of these days I’m sure they will be able to go out and stay… preferably before they die from being in the house…

moments…

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spent a lovely hour sitting by the pond as I waited for my car to have an oil change and bath…

watched this family of geese…  

 

they are the only inhabitants at the moment… I have been there when there were many families but that must have been later in the season…

  
busy babies

  
I was thinking the water must be cold as they paddled along for a short stint in the pond… it was a special moment

spent the afternoon in the garden…

 
saw goldfinches…

  a black and white warbler… maybe a yellow warbler but it moved too quickly for me to get a photo… 

 
and this cute sparrow…

day filled with special moments… great to have the time to enjoy them…

broken…

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woke up to this

  
part way through the night the wind finally died down… apparently it was gusting into the 90 km per hour range at the airport, which is close to where I live… the whole house shook for a good part of the evening… didn’t really sleep well until it slowed down…

cold with a bit of wind during the day, but eventually the sun came out and melted the majority of the snow

my daughter and the little boys came over for supper and she helped me put the swing back on its feet… sadly one of the spokes on the umbrella part of it broke, so we will have to see about getting that repaired

 
the ground is covered with elm seeds, leaves, twigs and small branches that have come down… good news is that the tree stayed right where it was supposed to…

didn’t get out today but had a good walk on the treadmill

had a fun time taking a few shots of the lobelia… I do love the flowers and enjoy taking the pictures…

 

 

windy…

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had planned to go and pick up some mulch at Home Depot today but it has been rainy and windy all day so I decided to stay home…

lots of TV and a bit of reading…

watered all the plants in the dining room and made sure they were doing well as they wait for warm weather to arrive so they can get into the garden…

  
the ground is covered with elm seeds as they have been blowing off the trees all day long… with all this rain, will  have lots of weeds to pull out of the garden, lol…

bit tense for the last hour or so, as the wind has really picked up… around 60 km per hour…

looked out and saw my swing blown over…

  
it is very heavy so I was shocked to see it up against the rain barrel…

just hoping the elm tree next door remains standing… a few years ago a whole section of it came down between the two houses…

might be a long night… not sure when the snow is going to start… crazy weather…

wish George was here tonight…

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