Monday, 29 September 2008

The Secret Garden

Come with me for a walk in a secret garden. I first discovered this ecology garden several years ago and had not had an opportunity to pay a return visit until recently. It is tucked away in a corner and is not obvious until you step inside.

Once there, you discover a haven for wildlife and bees with sweet peas and flowering herbs. The garden has matured a lot since my last visit.

A little bird bath or pool hidden in the undergrowth and a plaque describing the intention of this wilderness.

Echinacea a little past their best and pretty hollyhocks ~ what a beautiful pink!

So where is this secret garden? Take a walk along the boardwalk and you will discover the harbour and then the beach ~ deserted now that Labour Day has passed and families have gone home.

Actually, it is Cobourg. Last time we were there, the town was packed for the Waterfront Festival. At the end of summer, it seems that people are no longer interested in spending days at the beach, even though the weather was gorgeous.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Delightful Designs

I would like to introduce you to a small business that I came across this summer. Little Dove Designs is dedicated to cross stitch samplers and the talent behind these delightful designs is Faye Walsh.

Faye is a very talented lady and she has produced some beautiful sampler kits. There are some charming samplers for the home; for special life events including anniversaries and births and seasonal celebrations.

I purchased a sampler kit via eBay, but you can also purchase directly from Faye's website. Service is personal and fast and shipping is free worldwide! With thoughts turning to Christmas, I will be planning another visit to Little Dove Designs soon.

Those of you who read my blog and have blogs related to needlework, please help to spread the word about this wonderful small business.

*Photo copyright Little Dove Designs ~ used with permission.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Blogging Friends Forever

This post is long overdue, but I was on a blogging break when I was presented with this award, then away on vacation and since then, I have been unable to get online.

Tracy at Pink Purl shared the Blogging Friends Forever Award* when she posted here. I am most grateful for Tracy's friendship and believe that we will be friends forever ~ with or without our blogs ~ we may be online friends at the moment, but I believe that the day will dawn when we get to meet in person. Thanks Tracy!

Now I believe that I have to share this award with four dedicated followers of this blog and one nominee who is new to my blog and who also lives in a different part of the world.

My dedicated followers are: Heidi at Celebrate The Seasons; Isobel at The Cosy Corner; Mia at Mias Landliv; Priscilla at Priscilla's Cottage and my new nominee is Julia at Primrose Corner.

Thank you ladies for being true blogging friends and visiting regularly. I appreciate your comments and it is always nice to know that someone is actually enjoying reading my blog.


After a difficult week of trying to resolve certain issues surrounding my inability to get online; I finally got my internet connection back, only to discover that I could not access my e-mail! Today, I thought that I would update my blog and I now find that I can't load photographs onto Blogger......aaaaaaggggghhhh!!!!

I may not be the most technically minded person, but I am reaching the end of my patience with all these problems.

One thing that I did notice however, is the gift of time. It really is astonishing to see just how much time there is in a day when I don't log onto the computer first thing in the morning to check my e-mail, then remain logged on until early evening in case of business correspondence or orders.

It is certainly making me rethink the time I spend sitting in front of this machine. I always thought that life was simpler when I didn't use all this technology. I must be getting old...

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Tell It To The Bees

I've just finished reading Tottering In My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble. Midge is an Ontario gardener and I stumbled across her book earlier in the year at a flea market. It is an entertaining as well as informative read, whether you have your own garden to tend or are an armchair gardener.

One aspect of gardening that Midge discusses and which greatly intrigued me was the notion of telling the bees. I had never come across this before and I decided to investigate further.

Apparently, the tradition of telling the bees the news dates back to Medieval England. Bees were told the significant events in a community such as births, marriages and deaths. Telling the bees the news ensured that they did not take offence and stop producing honey.

The Bee Boy's Song

Bees! Bees! Hark to your Bees!
'Hide from your neighbours as much as you please,
But all that has happened, to us you must tell,
Or else we will give you no honey to sell!'

A maiden in her glory,
Upon her wedding day,
Must tell her Bees the story
Or else they'll fly away.
Fly away - die away -
Dwindle down and leave you!
But if you don't deceive your Bees
Your Bees will not deceive you.

Marriage, birth or buryin'
News across the seas,
All you're sad or merry in,
You must tell the Bees,
Tell 'em coming in an' out
Where the Fanners fan.
'Cause the Bees are just about
As curious as a man!

Don't you wait where trees are,
When the lightnings play,
Nor don't you hate where Bees are
Or else they'll pine away -
Pine away - dwine away -
Anything to leave you!
But if you never grieve your Bees,
Your Bees will never grieve you.

Rudyard Kipling

Monday, 8 September 2008

At One With Nature

We returned from a few days away last week, having paid a return visit to a resort on the border of Algonquin Park. Some of you may remember that I posted about our last visit here. This is the first time that we have visited during the summer months and we had the hottest weather and most sunshine of the entire summer.

This is the scene that greeted us on our first morning after the fog lifted from the lake and the sun came out. There is still a hint of morning mist above the lake.

We ventured out in a motor boat and were able to explore the full length of the lake for the first time. On previous visits, we had been restricted in terms of distance travelled because we had gone out by canoe. Actually, we did make a short canoe trip on our last morning, which was very peaceful, but I am still feeling the effects of all that paddling!

We found the wildlife very tame ~ at least this chipmunk, who showed up frequently for tasty snacks of sunflower seeds and peanuts. As you can probably tell from the photograph, he was pouching most of them and then disappearing off into the bush to hide them for later.

We had a peaceful and relaxing break and feel refreshed for getting away from the city to enjoy nature.

On a personal note, I have really enjoyed taking a blogging break and now hope to catch up with you all over the next week or so. It is always good to have a change of scene and new experiences, but it is also good to be back at home and slowly adjusting to my normal routine.