Friday, July 11, 2008

The Deck

The deck and one of the back doors with the lovely green plastic chair that I sit in to drink my coffee - not this am due to rain but most every other day

Note to the frugal gardeners among you:

The Weeping Nootka False Cypress was in the hurt plant bin at Humber Nurseries at half price - must be 12 years or so ago - was 50.00 - bought it for 25.00. It was a mere stick and wobbled in the pot. TLC and a bit of water got it to its current state

The red Japanese Maple on the left was a 10.00 yearling bought at a Bonsai show several years ago - now about 12 feet tall

The Hosta in the green pot is a division (one of many many divisions) of one of my first Hostas bought 20 years ago or so - I have given away about 20 such divisions and have kept about 10. I think it originally cost 4.00. The pot was a Loblaws garden centre 9.95 deal

The green plastic chair was 20.00 at Dominion about 8 years ago - the last of the original 4 I bought at the time.

And this Redbud was from LEAF's backyard tree programme - a Toronto city funded initiative to get greenery into peoples' backyards - $25.00. Has your city/town/... a similar programme or have they thought about one?

Raindrops on Redbuds and whiskers on kittens.... These are a few of my favourite things.

Have any of you been watching "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" on CBC-TV - sundays and Mondays. John Barrowman is worth a look.......!!!!

All pictures taken using my Nikon D70s by my DD Katherine

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Saying good bye to one laptop and hello to the new

My dear friend Ainslie (Hi Ainslie!),

has been longing for a blog post so here goes.

My old laptop which is a giant and acquired in a misguided quest to replace my desktop is leaving me tomorrow and will be replaced by a smaller, more compact version (Dell Vostro 1510 - Vostro because it still ships with Windows XP - and who ever thought that Windows XP would be more desirable when its first buggy version arrived on the scene but don't get me started on Vista......)

Very excited!

I just had a small deck put on the back of the house - just big enough for a few pots of plants and a chair for me to sit and have my morning coffee with Arthur (Golden Retriever) at my feet.

I can see these from my deck:


and these will soon be open and happily playing with the clematis:


Puddles approves!