Thursday, 24 July 2014

Bits & Bobs.......





Just a few random shots from the last few weeks...

A small thrifty buy...pretty painted jar...perfect for putting beach glass we find at the beach..odd shaped shells and stones...if we don't put them away..we usually lose the beach glass!

I collect shoes!!! Thought this one was like an Aladdins lamp!!! Love the crockery and the hand painted flowers... 

Blue and white glass jar with lid...sits proudly on the kitchen shelf...has Belgium written on the bottom...

Small hand embroidered tablecloth...
Also has LUNCH and DINNER embroidered on the corners...so cute!

Also a larger linen tablecloth...with flowers...very heavy linen...

I love finding beautiful linens while thrifting...


 Scrabble board...one of many...while out at the cottage with my SIL a few weeks ago...

Amazingly I actually won a few games!!

Seagulls are always plentiful at the cottage...

Sometimes they even look regal...

Bottom picture looks like they are comparing notes after a hard day!!






This day I put together a couple of succulents in some vintage dishes I had...

I had stones from the beach...which I added on top...

I will bring them in for the winter...

They look lovely all winter...

I added some waxy begonias to the centre of the longer dish...

they are looking fabulous! 











I always make a weekend arrangement at the cottage...with whatever is in bloom...

This was the Sweet Pea weekend...in my vintage 3 holed vase...

I think they looked perfect!

I am hoping for a Hydrangea arrangement this weekend...they were quite large last weekend...but didn't have time!!


this blooming Milkweed was teaming with ants this day...

I found the blooms were not as spectacular this year....perhaps old man winter had something to do with that!!!



Hope you are all having a great day...

Off to the lake...

Friends coming out on Saturday for a sleepover...hope the rain holds off...

If not...we can always tell stories...listen to music...play euchre...we will have fun...for sure!!

Perhaps...(I say that jokingly)...a few cocktails! tee hee hee!!!

                             

Hope you all have a great weekend...

See you at the end of it!!

                   Cheers!   :o)
                      linda

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Poolside.......


We are so lucky to also have a beautiful place to sit and muse...here at home.
Our backyard is like a tiny oasis...full of beautiful lush plants...wildlife...and sunshine.
Take a stroll with me...and see how it is...poolside.








I believe my wee friend Red, planted this sunflower seed for me in my planter...

It is getting so tall...

Can hardly wait for it to bloom!!! 


The Daylilies are nearly finished their blooming...

Perhaps next week, all the stalks will have to be chopped off...

And the leaves cut back....not my favorite gardening task...but very necessary... 


The Purple Coneflowers are opening up....love these flowers...so pretty!
 













The Balloon flowers are really good this year...

Lots more buds to open....

See how they look like Balloons? 

Such a gorgeous deep bluey-mauve...






Goose Neck Loosestrife coming into full bloom...

These last for weeks, and the leaves in Fall are a beautiful yellow colour...

Hope I got the name right....anyone??

Lilies have not opened yet....but look at all the seeds!!!









Strawberry plant has revived, and looks like some new foliage...

Wonder if I will get anymore berries??































My grasses are getting big!!!

This is Oat Grass...

And it is getting its tiny stalks of Oat like plumes... 
This guy has attached himself to one of the garden mirrors...

Guess he wanted to get a look at himself!!

 Finally had the new decking and new wall painted...

Picked the same blue as the cottage...we liked it so much!!




Ivy looking good in my Frog planter...

The Ivy growing all around the fence, is actually starting to put out berries....

Thought this was a wee bit early....
 
 As the sun sets on another day...in our backyard oasis...

Thanks for stopping by!

Miss V is due up from her nap...glad I got this post done...

We will be taking her out to the backyard...to enjoy all that it has to offer...

She can play with her boats and beachball!!

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Hope you are all having a great day....

Bit cooler today....windy...some cloud...I'll take it!!!

It is fish night here....picked up some Perch...it is soaking in buttermilk...amazing what the buttermilk does...plumps up the fish, and makes it so flaky...I have fried rice cooking...and I think some bok choy on the side....nice and healthy!!


Enjoy the rest of your day...

Thanks for all your lovely comments on the b'day party...still smiling about that one!!


                        Cheers!    :o)
                          linda
               

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

PARTY!!!! ....and a lot of smiles and laughs!!



 Uncle Jeff...sunglasses!!
               Auntie Lissa .............Mommy not looking too pleased!

Please Papa...open faster!!

                         Hugging her wee friend Sam.....


                                Bubble Guppie cupcake.....playing the piano with Auntie Lissa...


                         PHEW!!!

                               what a party!!!

              Lots of goings on...running around...playing with balloons...hugging wee friends...

                  and a few cupcakes made by her Mommy's friend..Bubble Guppies no less!!

 


            These last 3 were taken by my son...
                        at least he got her in focus!!

 




Hope you all had a great day...

Still hot as h*** here...

Oh well...not gonna complain...I know...I just did!

BBQ again tonight...

Pork tenderloin...taters...fresh yellow beans...

                                                              Greek salad on the side....yummy!

               Enjoy the rest of your day...

               Going back to the cottage on Thursday...counting down the days!

                                   Cheers!  :o)
                                        linda