Friday, June 23, 2017

How odd is this cats behaviour? Meet MJ, Garden Cat in training.


As you know I lost my garden cat Beamer a few weeks ago. I miss him terribly. He had a beautiful little spirit. Then...almost immediately I noticed a little black cat that we had nicknamed MJ, following me around the garden. Within a couple days, she was rubbing against my legs. {But no petting or she will "cut you"} Now she is with me pretty much every time I am in the garden, following me and rolling in wood chips and loving the sun. She will go in and lie on the warm greenhouse floor and sleep...just like Beamer did. It is so weird I almost feel like Beamer is telling her what to do. She has been around for a few months but seemed very feral and scared. I did not know if she was homeless or being fed? Her fur was too long to tell if she was emaciated, so of course, we fed her just in case. We call her MJ which is short for Mini Jordan after our larger black cat. So everyone, meet MJ.

I did figure out that she actually has an owner so she is fed and cared for, but she is feral. They couldn't figure out why she wasn't eating as much lately. Oops.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The raised bed has been weeded and...Tomatoes are planted.

This lovely raised bed was so full of weeds and suckers, it took about a half hour to weed. My mom was here and she kept me company while I weeded. It was fun.
The apples are only about 1 1/2 inches across. They look so beautiful.
My sister has her potted Japanese Maples here at my house as well as this lovely peony. This is a little division of my mom's peony. Isn't it pretty.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Three Fruit Trees had to go.

It broke my heart but I had to remove three fruit trees. They were suckering so badly that it was sucking the life out of the garden. It was my two precious Japanese plums and the Rainier Cherry. I truly appreciated my Samurai pruning saw today. It cuts through tree trunks like butter!! I highly recommend it.

Here are the before photos


The During


My Samurai saw
And the after

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I cannot believe I found these at my favourite Consignment Store

I spent time this past weekend with my sister and mom. Mother's Day you know. One of our stops was my favourite Consignment Store. I could not believe what we found!! You know how I love my Crystal. Remember my Christmas post about washing and polishing my crystal for my big family Christmas dinner? It is 39 years old and at Christmas I wished I had enough wine glasses for everyone. That would be eight. I only had four. My sister spotted my crystal at the Consignment Store There were twelve wine glasses and they don't look like they have ever been used. I exercised restraint and only got six. I love to clean, so I spent a bit of time yesterday washing and drying them until they sparkled.


This is my 36 year old clock. It has not been working for the last twenty years or so, so I finally took it in and had it serviced, cleaned and oiled. It is a wind up clock, so this should be done regularly. Now I know. I cannot believe how much I missed it. The wonderful tick tock tick tock......and the bonging every half hour. It has great sentimental value and I just love it.


And at the end of a busy day, I sat down with a glass of wine in my beautiful crystal. new motto...Use the Good Stuff!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Goodbye darling Beamer.

It is the end of an era. My constant companion in the garden, Beamer the Garden Cat, has left us. It was very sudden and we are all reeling. But his life was beautiful so I am trying to focus on the joy he brought to everyone. Even if cats made you nervous, Beamer knew exactly how to break through that nervousness and make you fall head over heels in love with him.

Beamer followed me around in the garden all day every day. Rain or shine, he was like my little shadow. I would bend down to weed and he would smoosh his nose into mine and head butt me. I would always stop and give him a cuddle. I was putty in his paws.

There is a dent in the garden soil inside the greenhouse where he would curl up to nap. It was his favourite place to be. I don't think I'll ever be able to fill in that dent.


Goodbye my little man. Gardening will never be the same without you.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

I found the cutest little vintage glass dome !!

I went out with the best sister in the world {Jessica} yesterday. We went to my favourite store in greater Victoria. The huge consignment store in Oak Bay. One of my finds was this little vintage 'cheese dome'. I immediately thought of my 6" Pink Mosser Glass cake stand. I was hoping it would fit. What I loved about this glass dome was the similarity to a set of glasses my parents had when I was young. I loved those glasses! So now I have my own 'feeling' of those glasses. Does that make any sense?