Friday, 25 September 2009

Shades of Green

Isn't this fun? I have never attempted a photo collage before until I saw one on Rosie's blog and she kindly told me how she made it.

Yesterday, I went for a walk in the neighbourhood and took a few photographs. I am really enjoying the different shades of green at the moment and rather than post each photo individually, I thought that I would show them as a collage. As you see, there are some hints of the Autumn colour to come.

This photo seemed worthy of more space though. I spotted this tree some time ago and kept meaning to take a photograph, so I made a detour to do so. If only trees could talk, what an interesting tale they would tell.

If you would like to hear a fictional account of the life of an oak tree, I would recommend that you listen to this. It is such an interesting series on Radio 4 and I am so glad that it is still available. I think that I will listen to it again soon.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Autumn Delights

It has been a while since I had time to sit down and enjoy a magazine. I first saw the Cath Kidston magazine on e-Bay and thought about bidding for it, but decided to find out whether I was getting a good deal first. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that those nice people at Cath Kidston post them out for free! I contacted them and this arrived a couple of days ago ~ I've already dropped big hints for Santa to get me a new sewing box....

Country Living has been a favourite of mine for quite some time and I always look forward to its arrival in the shops. With two magazines to enjoy and a seasonal sunflower mug which I bought in the supermarket, I was all set to enjoy a nice cup of tea and a few minutes of relaxation.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Stop To Smell The Roses

There is something quite beautiful about roses and I was fortunate enough to be given these three beauties. I have to admit that they didn't have much of a scent (I adore sticking my nose in old roses and inhaling their perfume), but their colour was a gorgeous red.

I don't really feel I even have time to stop and smell the roses these days. I'm not complaining, but the only opportunity that I have had to just be and not rush around was when I saw my osteopath this morning and I was lying on her table!

I worked the entire weekend teaching two groups about preparing for labour and birth and I'm working again this evening. Tomorrow, I head off to university for the start of classes and we have an assessment on Thursday, for which I have been trying to squeeze in some study.

So whatever your week holds, I do hope that you have time to pause for a moment and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Ragged Falls

Ragged Falls ~ a wild waterfall located just outside Algonquin Park ~ seemed like the ideal place for a picnic lunch. What could be better than sitting on a rock in the sunshine enjoying the sound of the bubbling water?

We actually found a nice flat rock on which to spread the picnic rug and enjoy our lunch. The only problem being that while we were eating our chicken, the mosquitoes were eating us!

I enjoyed the scenic beauty of the place, but paid a high price when I came away with bites all over my back.

A week later, I can still see the bites and they are still itching!

I wanted to share these photographs, but I am having an extremely busy time reading and preparing for the official start of my university course next week. I'm also attending a conference on Friday and working all weekend!

So if you don't see me for a while, you will know that I have my head in my books ~ preparing for examinations.

The good news is that I passed the Ethics module, which is a relief. It is many years since I had to sit down and write a piece of academic work, but at least it seems like I haven't forgotten how to go about it.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Lake of Bays

Lake of Bays is an area situated to the north-east of Moskoka and is composed of three communities situated around the lake.

An area of natural beauty and an ideal spot for admiring the scenery or taking to the water in a boat and exploring.

I love the sight of echinacea growing wild at the water's edge.

And the many cottage adjacent to the lake. It was a perfect afternoon with a cloudless sky.

Sunday, 6 September 2009


I love looking at cloud formations. It is so therapeutic to spend time just staring at the sky in all its majesty and let my mind wander.

Sometimes I imagine pictures in the clouds or they remind me of snow-topped mountains.

On days when they are back-lit by the sun, they look like a stairway to heaven.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

30,000 Islands

We went up north for a couple of days and returned home yesterday afternoon. On Sunday, we took a trip from Parry Sound aboard the Island Queen and explored Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands.
The cruise took us around some of the most beautiful parts of Georgian Bay where we were able to experience some of the natural wilderness and seclusion of the region. Many of the islands are so remote that they are virtually untouched by man and it is possible to appreciate their rugged beauty, as the boat navigates through narrow channels and close to the shoreline.

The islands are part of the Canadian Shield, also known as precambrian shield : the shoreline is formed from granite and the area is designated by the United Nations as a World Biosphere Reserve.

The sharp-eyed amongst you may notice that the passengers were wearing jackets ~ it was a very cold day for August and in order to be able to spend time on deck, it was necessary to be warmly dressed. Who would expect to need a hat and gloves in August?!?

Some of the islands are inhabited and are used as holiday homes. The accommodation varies from modest cottages to million-dollar mansions. Access to these homes is by water.

The cruise included many of the outer islands before the open waters of Georgian Bay.

The weather did improve towards the end of our three-hour cruise and there were some breaks in the cloud cover and the sun appeared.

I must admit that I went into the cabin for a while after I had been on deck for about 90 minutes ~ my back was aching from prolonged standing and I needed to thaw out!

This photo was taken towards the end of the trip, but I was still warmly dressed ~ there was a definite chill in the air, even towards the stern of the boat, which was out of the wind.

Some cottagers arrive by plane. Float planes are a common sight in this area.

This cottage took my fancy ~ much more elaborate than its more modest neighbours, but I liked the idea of those big windows that take advantage of the views.

It was a memorable trip and I have the feeling that we may visit the area again in the future ~ there is talk of possibly sailing in this area on our next visit....