Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Downton Abbey...The best series ever...period.

Spoiler Alert.

I cannot believe that we are in the final season of Downton Abbey. I came into it at the beginning of Season 4 and was hooked by the end of the episode. Allan and I then binge watched the first three seasons. We fix ourselves a wee glass of Drambuie and sit down on Sunday nights and watch last weeks episode followed by the new. Last nights episode, the marriage of Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, was in my opinion the best episode of Downton Abbey to date. It was action packed, romantic and tearful.

Isn't the wedding reception decor just perfect. Don't you love the food and white bunting.


And then there was Lord Grantham's cough that scares me a bit. Allan and I have a theory and it involves the impending hospital decision. When Mr. Barrow went for a job interview in a rundown house of former splendour, my heart wanted him to fall in love with the elderly owner pining for the old days, and together they could bring the house back to its glory days.

Then at the end when Mr. Branson and Sibby arrive back home to stay....I actually called out!!
The photo's in this post are from pbs.org. They had some wonderful behind the scenes photos, so I've included a few here. Aren't they fun!!
Edith taking a selfie with her gold iPhone. Love it.

A drone. How unexpected.


Anna and Mr. Bates.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Eating my own oranges....I grew that!

Today I was moving the last three large Lavender Hidcote's from my yard to the yard next door. They were hanging over our sidewalk making it hard to walk through one part of the garden to another. So I moved them to the new Lavender Walk in the large vegetable garden. It is going to be beautiful.

I went to the greenhouse to get supplies and noticed the two ripe oranges and snipped them off to take to the kitchen. So now I am sitting, nice and warm and eating one of my own oranges. If that isn't the best gardening experience ever!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A few blooms in the greenhouse and the house.

A beautiful electric pink geranium. I'm wintering this for my sister.


Blooming Tete a Tete Narcissus and cherry branches
I have no idea if the cherries will flower.

Tete a Tete Narcissus


Miltonia Orchid


More Cymbidium buds. I should have lots of flowers in a couple weeks.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Where do you go when it is too cold to be outside? The greenhouse of course.

Owari Satsuma Mandarin

For about 35 years I've had a winter ritual of sorts. I'm in the yard admiring, working or just strolling around. It's winter...so I get cold and head for the greenhouse. It is warm, and humid and just smells so good. Especially when the citrus trees are flowering like they are right now. This past weekend my sister and the best brother-in-law in the world came over to visit. We were working in the yard on a project...and got cold...so we went into the greenhouse to warm up. They were admiring the citrus trees and asked if the little orange tree was a mandarin orange. It is. I picked them each one...and they loved them. The oranges are super juicy and sweet now. They liked them so much it made my day. I grow food because I love to feed people. Nothing, but nothing makes me feel better than someone liking what I feed them, especially when I've grown it myself.


Baby Meyer Lemons.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

All the bloggers are talking about 'The life-changing magic of tidying up'

I read a lot of blogs. Every now and then it seems all the bloggers are on the same page. This time literally. I started seeing this book popping up everywhere. People were tackling a lot of clutter, mess and disorder. Other times they just wanted to kick up their organization to a new level. I immediately ran out and got myself a copy. I have had to put reading aside for a few weeks while I give my all to the store through our busiest time of year. I have never felt so committed to a project as this one, so what I am going to do is chronical the process for you. I'm not a hoarder, rather I'm a collector. At least that is what I tell myself. I come from a long line of 'collectors'. This will be a long process, but I'm up to the task.