Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Oops - SPSH Link In Date Correction

Just so no one (other than me) is confused.  The third SPSH link up is next Friday, August 31st.  

Sorry for any panic or confusion.  My nimble fingers sometimes have a mind of their own ... I'll say no more.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Me On Monday - A Birthday In Paris

Good Morning -  I will be around to catch up with you all later today.

Yes we had a whirl wind week of vacation & at the start of it Mr Man & I decided to totally disconnect from any & all social media to pay 100% attention to each other & what we were doing.  It was marvelous.

Today's post has me starting at the end of our whirlwind week.

We celebrated my birthday, Friday,  in Paris.  We had, le thé de l'après-midi, afternoon tea,  at a marvelous little historic bed & breakfast hotel along the river just as you leave Paris.  Everything about it was scrumptious & to top it off, as though The Universe knew, the owners had two very entertaining Siamese cats.  

We were seated on the verandah & able to see the river.  By the time our tea lunch was over, it was getting too humid to sit outside, so we were back inside poking about the history of the hotel.
When we first arrived in Paris, we wanted to take in some of the history so we started by visiting some of the oldest churches, a beautiful public park & we wandered about the shops, I bought nothing but still fun to window shop.  The streets were fairly busy but I liked the fact that there were benches everywhere, beautiful floral baskets on every light pole, huge containers of flowers & not one public urinal to be seen.  

Ah yes Paris was everything I had hoped for.  The drive there wasn't as long as I thought it would be, so for all my Ontario readers, a day trip out to Paris is worth the drive.  Oh did I not mention this was Paris, Ontario!

I'll be back Thursday with the other marvelous places we visited during our vacation.  

Don't forget Friday the 31st is the 3rd link up for the SPSH.   

À toute à l'heure!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Me On Monday August 20th

Greetings & Salutations All.  Another hot weekend in the books. 
Toad Lily - not in my garden.

My garden is definitely tired, as I stroll about I hear the little flower heads nodding & saying "you cannot expect more women, we've given you a bloom full".
Another sign that the season is moving too fast (for me), is that the Niagara region peaches are ready & for sale - these are the best peaches in all the world.  Juicy, sweet, oh so good.  I can easily eat 4 in a row, I just dislike the peeling.  I know some that eat the fuzz skin - blah!

In this photo my only comment is "NOOOOOO"  It's one of my Burning Bushes turning already!   Too soon.

The geese have arrived to gleam the wheat field - oh so noisy in the morning.  Right now it's only about 2 flocks, soon it will be many more.  Word spreads fast in the goose world. 

More crafting at a card workshop Sunday evening.  I stamp with more confidence when with the demonstrator than I do at home.  I'm good with the die cutting & embossing, it's just the stamping that still has me in doubts.  There were 3 cards, I got only two done, the third one had a lot of fussy cutting & I ran out of time.  Looks like I have homework!

I am currently reading three books by the same author; Alexander McCall Smith.  Two are part of the 44 Scotland Street series.  I really like little Bertie in this series. The third book is from the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series.  Easy, pleasant reads. 

I'm not going to be around on Thursday for Take Three Thursday,  we are off the patio having a few whirlwind adventures, but I will see you next Monday.  

Be well my friends, seize the day.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Take Three Thursday - Tea

So many t's today ...
In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take 1 - 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.   What have you noticed this week?  
See what others have noticed:  
Maggie at Farmer's Wife Day by Day 

Eileen at  A Bracelet of Days

I like going out for afternoon tea, it is something that I have enjoyed even as a younger person.  My Gran use to make afternoon tea special when I stayed with her & my Mother at times would go all out for at home tea parties.  When I watch Downton Abbey, the afternoon tea are some of my favourite moments.  I like the dress/hat part too.  I have a couple of books of how to conduct tea parties properly (col).  

Before the barn I rode at was sold, I use to organize an afternoon tea outing with the ladies.  We would all dress up, hats, dresses & sometimes gloves.  Such fun to get out of our normal barn attire.  Now that everyone is riding at different barns, there does not seem to be the interest in gathering ... alas change.

Many of the tea places that I have enjoyed this treat at, have either closed shop or raised the prices that make this a maybe once a year treat... alas change.  

Never mind, here's three of my happy memory Afternoon Tea outings.

Tea Exploring In Burlington

Afternoon Tea On The Lawn at Castle Kilbride

Tea at Taylor's Tearoom - a favourite

Monday, 6 August 2018

Me On A Monday - August 6th

Today is a holiday for some in Canada.  In Ontario some know it as Civic Day, some as Simcoe Day & even it goes by John Galt Day in our area.  For us in Ontario it is not what is called a Stat (statutory) holiday, so many businesses are open for all or part of the day.  Government associated businesses are closed.  Mr Man & I both have the day off - bonus & it's a tea party day!

But with hot dry weather it's no holiday for the local farmers.

And with that the Winter Wheat is harvested, the straw baled, the rolls or shreddies as we call them, have been loaded & taken away.
For now, in the evenings the wild geese will gleam the fields of any grain left, during the day the neighbourhood children will ride their dirt bikes in the empty field, some will allow their dogs to run free in the open field & in the late Autumn the field will be turned over for a spring planting of corn. 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Five In Five On The 5th - Armed In August

Today I am joining in with Sandie's monthly meme of taking five photos in five minutes on the 5th of the month.  You can go here to link in & to see what others have shared.  Sandie at Itchifingers

Mr Man & I had an errand to run today but once done we thought we would take a less direct drive home to maybe find some items on the SPSH.  We saw some lake side views along one roadway & decided to pull into a business's parking lot to get a closer look.  Surely a marina would have bells!
Enticing Lake Views

Turns out the parking lot was that of one of the many branches of the  Royal Canadian Legion.  Found nothing for the SPSH but did find some interesting things for today's agenda - 5 in 5 on the 5th.

Saw lots of geese as I walked down to the lake's edge.  They must be military geese because it was a mine field of goose poop!

As I found nothing for the SPSH I got back into the car & we drove around the buildings to discover a very interesting display of real military items; 

 a tank - Howitzer  ( the sign says do not sit,stand or climb on the 109 Howitzer tank)

an armored personnel carrier -

F86 Super Sabre



Thursday, 2 August 2018

Take Three Thursday - Light

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take 1 - 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.   What have you noticed this week?  
See what others have noticed:  
Maggie at Farmer's Wife Day by Day
Karen at Random Reflections
Eileen at  A Bracelet of Days
Melissa at Daily Life - Bits & Piece

These three four are lights & ceiling medallions from a stately home we had visited, Dundurn Castle.  Such detail work in the medallions along with the beauty of glass for that time period.  

Dundurn Castle (now museum) is a  40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813. Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family.  Today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab.