Saturday, August 1, 2015

Early Morning with Coneflowers and Butterflies

Every single day, early in the morning before I go to work, my routine goes like this ..... bring Muning {our cat who thinks she's a princess!} outside to her enclosed playpen for some morning sun,  let Katniss and Peeta {our Muscovy ducks} out of their duck house, feed the "girls" {our chickens} and collect eggs from the coop, visit my veggie garden to either water the crops, pluck weeds or harvest whatever is ready for harvest, finally spend some quiet time in my meditation garden.

Surrounded by colorful and fragrant flowers and green bushes, this is where I can be still and enjoy God's gifts. Everyday is different and beautiful. This particular morning, red admiral butterflies are feeding on coneflowers. What a sight to behold! .... and .... "In moments like this, I sing out a song, I sing out a love song to Jesus!"

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Memories of My {Spring} Peonies

August is just a round the corner. Summer is almost half way through. In my garden,  day lilies, phlox, daisies and coneflowers are in full bloom. The Rose of Sharon are budding telling me that the last batch of summer flowers will come very soon. It seems only yesterday that my lilacs, hyacith and irises were the star of the show. And oh, how can I forget those spring delicate peonies that smelled so sweet and heavenly! 

Still, I remember ....

.... that kind of excitement when I saw the buds starting to blossom.

.... that sigh of relief when most of the buds turned into beautiful blossoms before a heavy spring rainfall!

... that everyday I harvested blooms we can't get enough of, yes even our Muning shared our daily peony fix!

.... that almost all vases in the house were filled with peonies. It was truly a lovely spring and thanks to these gorgeous peonies.

Come September, I will start dividing and replanting some of them to make sure that next spring will once again be as gorgeous, colorful and elegant as these peonies!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

DIY | Repurposed Goat Feeder!

Back in spring, when we started cleaning the former goats and lambs' area in our property, I saw a this very heavy and very dirty wood goat feeder. The wheels inside my head started spinning! I knew i have to keep it and repurpose it into something useful for the veggie garden we are building. My dear poor hubby just stared and me and said : "Really? This? You know how dirty it is right?" I did not answer his questions but my smile and the twinkle in my eyes {as if I've seen a treasure} said it all!

Cleaning it was not a joke! It took several power washing, serious scrubbing, sanding and staining before I can finally say "That is what I want!". Thanks to my hubby who did 60% of the work :-)

It is so heavy that it took us several minutes to move it {we were literally moving it inch by inch because I can't lift my side of the bench and there's no way hubby can carry it by himself}. The perfect place for it is under the huge maple trees where there is abundant shade in the middle of the day and the perfrect vantage point when the sun is setting in the early evenings

Again keeping with the rustic theme of our veggie garden, we used whatever we have in the house to embellish our little nook under the maple trees. Hubby laid some broken stepping stones from previous project, while I took some throw pillows from the main house. We also planted some hostas on both sides of the bench and added a splash of color by placing an old water can which I got for a garage sale.

From trash to treasure .....

You can just imagine how thankful we are when admiring gorgeous sunset like this while sitting on our wooden bench that once a upon a time was a goat feeder to rescued goats.

Life is good!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Colors of Pow Wow

What a colorful weekend!

Hubby and I joined the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Pow Wow. It was our first time to witness this kind of festivity. After watching the colorful display of traditional clothes, soulful singing and dancing to drum tunes, we knew this will not be the last!

Pow wow is the First Nation's way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones. This event is held once a year and everyone is welcome to join the feast. For me, this is a perfect way to immerse in a culture rich in history and stories of perseverance, tragedy and survival. 

"If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never new." 
                                                                                                                         - Pocahontas

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