Monday, July 13, 2015

Cooper Benjamin

This is eldest GD,s new baby. He is 7 weeks and 2 days old and is a Golden Retriever/Doodle.  He came for a visit today and was very well behaved.  He went to the bathroom outside, played and slept.  He's soooooooo cute!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Backyard update

 These flowers are not from my garden, they are a beautiful bouquet that my sister sent to our aunt.
 These are my hanging baskets sitting in basins getting a good drink.  It is so hot that they dry out really fast.

 This is all that is left of the blueberry bush.  I cut it back this morning, ready to be dug out.  There were no signs of any flowers and I should have been getting berries by now.  I couldn't budge it, but hopefully DH will be able to dig it out.  
There were also lots of daisies here as well.  They are now all in the green bin.  They spread like crazy and were even coming up in the lawn.
I don't know what I'll put in this corner as it is quite shady.  The shed (white) faces north and the fence faces east.The tiger lilies like this corner as they are coming up in between the fence and the raised bed in the rocks.  I don't want those either because I have lots in the front yard.
The green in the lower left corner are onions, in a half barrel, that I grew from seed last year and left in over winter.. I was amazed that they survived but they did!

 The pink roses are doing really well.
 I love these red roses.  The picture doesn't do them justice, they are a very deep red.

 The yellow roses are just about finished.  There were several hundred on the bush but last such a short time.
 The pots and planters have all filled in nicely.

 The lilies have just started to flower in the last few days.  Although they are beautiful I am quite disappointed with them.  When I planted them 2 years ago I had pale orange, deep orange, white, deep burgundy and yellow.  I got them as cuttings from a friend so I know that the colours were there at that time.  Now they are all pale or deep orange.  I googled this and apparently this is quite common that the colours will revert to orange!

 The peonies were beautiful for a few days and there were over 75 blooms.  Unfortunately we had two thunderstorms with heavy, heavy rain and the peonies were trashed and there are only a few bedraggled blooms left.

The weather is supposed to cool off this coming week, so hopefully we'll get the blueberry bush out and a few other outside jobs done without sweating to death!!

Bye for now.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Backyard today

My backyard is looking pretty nice at the moment.  I was too late to take pictures of the purple/black irises, allium and a few others as they have finished flowering already.  Sadly the flowers don't last very long.

 This is a beautiful Martha Washington geranium.  I got 3 of them and this is the darkest shade.
 First time I have bought a hanging pot of strawberries.   There are lots of flowers and quite a few berries but I don't think I'll end up with $8.00 worth!!
 Solar lilies.
 These are my solar lilies and they look gorgeous when they are lit up at night.
 My one and only flower on the clematis.  There should be a lot more in a week or so.
 This is a wind spinner that my BFF gave me for my birthday last year.  Very little wind today so it was barely moving.  Yesterday it was very windy and I thought it was going to take off!!
 This is my peony plant.  As you can see, it is huge.  I'm 5'7' and it comes up to my shoulder!  There are approx. 75 buds and will be gorgeous when they all open.  The flowers are white.  I'll have to remember to take a picture when it is in full bloom.  Sadly these flowers only last a few days.
 This is my blueberry bush.  I've had it for about 5 years.  The most berries I've had is 10!  This year it has shot up, the branches are 8-10 feet high.  All the white is fuzz (not bugs) which are turning into leaves.  No sign of any flower buds.  If there are no berries this year I'm going to dig it out and put something else in it's place.  It's too bad as I love blueberries.
 The rhubarb is growing like mad and is ready to pick.
 Two tomato plants coming along nicely.  They have a few flowers.  In the front pot are pattypan squash.  The red things are plastic spoons that I stick in to show where I planted the seeds.
 More squash.  I think these are either green or yellow zucchini.
 Persian yellow rose.  There are over 200 buds on here.  
 Very pretty pansies.
 Lots of petunias, lobelia and other bedding plants.
 Another Martha Washington geranium and more petunias and lobelia.
 Striped hosta and I can't remember the name of the ground cover.
 I think this is pink dianthus.
 Blue/mauve iris.
 Flowering succulent
 White iris.  Very dainty.
That's most of what is flowering in the backyard today.  I'll have to remember to take more pictures when things are further along.

Bye for now.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

2015 Books 1-7

An  Irish Country Doctor
An Irish Country Village
An Irish Country Girl
An Irish Country Courtship
A Dublin Student Doctor
An Irish Country Wedding
Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor
by Patrick Taylor

This is a series of books about the life of an Irish country doctor.  They are fictional but all based in truth.  The author, Patrick Taylor, was an Irish country doctor, from Bangor, who now lives in Canada.  I think he has written 10 books in the series, so far, but I have only read seven of them.  I'm keeping my eye out at the book sales for the other three.
I found these books very interesting because in the early seventies I lived in Belfast, N. Ireland for a couple of years.  The stories take place, mostly, in a fictitious village, just outside Belfast, called Ballybucklebo.  Many of the places mentioned in the books are very familiar to me, as well as the Irish way of life, as the main parts of the books take place in the sixties.
Fingal O'Reilly is the main character in the books and they cover from when he was a student doctor in Dublin through to him taking on a junior partner many years later in Ballybucklebo.

These books are very light reads and would be good summer reads.  Even more interesting if you are familiar with N. Ireland.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Last of the 2014 Books 25-30

Sail by James Patterson & Howard Roughan

Only an hour out of port, the Dunn family's summer getaway to paradise is already turning into the trip from hell.  The three children are miserable-and not shy about showing it.  Katherine Dunne had hoped this vacation would bring back the togetherness they'd lost when her husband died four years earlier.  Maybe if her new husband had joined them it would all have been okay.  Suddenly, a disaster hits-and it's perfect.  Faced with this real threat, the Dunnes rediscover the meaning of family.  But this catastrophe is just a tiny taste of the true danger that lurks ahead-somewhere out there, someone wants to make sure that the Dunne family never leaves paradise alive.

Live to see Tomorrow by Iris Johansen

Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, Catherine Ling was pulled into the Agency at the age of fourteen, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals.  If life has taught her anything it is not to get too attached.  But there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang.  When Luke was kidnapped at the age of two, it nearly broke her.  Now, nine years later, her son has astonishingly been returned-and Catherine vows never to lose him again.  But when her job pulls her away from home, she relies on the brilliant and deadly Hu Chang to safeguard Luke in her absence.
Erin Sullivan, an American journalist with mysterious ties to Hu Chang, has been abducted in Tibet.  If Catherine doesn't agree to spearhead the CIA rescue mission, she knows that Hu Chang himself will go-a possibility she can't risk.  But the job grows more complicated when Catherine meets Richard Cameron, a supposed ally who's clearly not telling all he knows.  Their attraction is immediate, but Catherine isn't at all sure that he can be trusted.  If she's going to rescue this journalist with a story worth killing for, she'll need to keep Cameron very close.  From the treacherous landscape of the Himalayas to the twisting back alleys of San Francisco the clock is ticking for Catherine and those she loves most.  At every turn she faces a ruthless enemy who is determined to keep the truth buried, even if it means that none of them live to see tomorrow.

Susannah's Garden by Debbie Macomber

When Susannah Nelson turned eighteen, she said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake-and never saw him again.  She never saw her brother, Doug, again, either.  He died unexpectedly that same year.
Now, at fifty, Susannah finds herself regretting the path not taken.  Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy.  But she feels that there is something missing in her life.   Not only that, she's balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental twenty-year-old daughter.
Her mother, Vivian, a recent widow, is having difficulty coping and living alone, so Susannah goes home to Colville, Washington.  In returning to her parents' house, her girlhood friends and the garden she's always loved, she also returns to the past-and the choices she made back then.  What she discovers is that things are not always as they once seemed.  Some paths are dead ends.  But some gardens remain beautiful....

Open Secret by Deryn Collier
On a fall day in Kootenay Landing, a local man abandons his van at a remote border crossing and disappears into the bush.  Hours later and miles away another man, known to be a small-time drug dealer, is shot in the forehead along a popular hiking trail.  On the surface, the two incidents seem unrelated.  And yet the two men have been best friends since elementary school.
As Bern Fortin works alongside police constable Maddie Schilling to connect the two cases, they discover secrets with roots buried deep in the past.  Why did Gary Dowd disappear?  Who shot Seymour Melnychuk?  Why was Dr. Sinclair already on the scene?  Who really controls the hills and forests around Kootenay Landing?
Amidst the chaos of the case, a reporter shows up, asking questions about Bern's military past.  Everyone has something to hide, and no one in Kootenay Landing seems willing to talk.  But Bern Fortin is well aware that no secrets can remain buried forever-not even his own.

The Liverpool Basque by Helen Forrester

In the early years of this century, many Basques left their homeland in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain, to seek a better life in the New World.  Most passed through the great port of Liverpool on their way.  The family of little Manuel Echaniz stayed.
The Liverpool Basque is the story of Manuel's childhood and coming of age in the teeming streets of the Mersey docklands.  It is a story of poverty, comradeship, hardship and generosity.  Brought up by women while the men are at sea, Manuel grows up with a fierce pride in his heritage and a powerful will to survive in an era of deprivation and unemployment.  Against all odds, he gets himself an education of sorts, and sets off on the long voyage of his life.

Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay

Suppose you come to pick up your daughter from her job-and find that no one has heard of her and she's never worked there.  If she hasn't been working all day, what has she been doing?
Tim Blake's teenage daughter Sydney is staying with him while she works a summer job at a hotel.  But when one day she fails to arrive home from her shift and the staff at the hotel say they have no Sydney Blake working there, he begins to see his life going into freefall.
What could have made her step out of her life without leaving a trace?  Only one thing convinces Tim that the worst hasn't already happened-the fact that some very scary people seem just as eager as he is to find her.
The question is: who is going to find her first?

That is the end of all the books I read in 2014.