Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Simple Beauty

Hello everyone,
     I have been a bit scarce lately, as I didn't seem to have much time to play with my camera, but after getting chased in from the garden by rain and wind at noon today, I decided it was time to practice with my macro lens for awhile. For those of you who would like to know, I have a Canon Rebel camera that I really enjoy using.

I know, I need lots more practice, but these where just a few pretty things that I came across in my kitchen.It is amazing the simple beauty that you can create with a macro lens.

I found these lacy mugs at the thrift shop last week,-cute eh?

A couple of people have asked me for the name of this pretty teacup, so I am sharing it with all of you just in case you love it too! I hope this helps in your search.

I have been enjoying doing one of my favorite tasks in the garden, dividing and moving my perennials around. There are always areas that need improvement, and this is definitely the cheapest way of adding new color to a bed.We have also been doing some of the not so fun stuff too, like weeding and edging but it is so good to be out in the garden again. A few of you have also asked about our climate here on the Island, and although we do have a late spring, especially this year, from now until October we have pretty near ideal growing conditions. We have good loamy soil and usually enough rain to get by without watering, except for planters etc.In the summer our temperatures are usually in the mid 20's Celsius or some where in the 80's Fahrenheit.We do get a few days of hot humid weather but we also have those lovely Island breezes.Annuals can't go out here though until early June usually because of danger of a late frost, and in the Fall usually early October is when we get a killing frost.The cooler temperatures in spring allows the daffodils,tulips etc. to bloom for a longer period of time, so there are advantages to these long slow springs.Now, I want you all to know they don't call Prince Edward Island the "Garden Province" for nothing!

 Now,don't take my word for it come and check it out for yourself!!!
  I am happy to say that we will soon be having our Japanese visitors coming to our home and garden for tours again.There is a lot I want to get done, so everything will be looking it's best by early June.

Thank you for being patient with me,



Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Hi Carolyn: I think you have that macro down perfect. The flowers are so lovely. I was in the SA this morning and I found nothing as nice as those mugs. Will have to come to your thrift shop. V

Susan said...

Oh, Carolyn, that micro lens must be so neat to have! I know I cannot get really good close-ups with my little Kodak pixel.

Your rose flowers were quite breathtaking.

Take care and have a wonderful rest of the day. Susan

Anonymous said...

Beautiful things.

Deanna said...

Dearest Carolyn,

They are cute for sure.
Lucky you...I would have picked them up in a heart beat if they had been at my favorite thrift shop!
Will be on the look out for some of these cuties.

Always a pleasure to stop by your place!

God bless,

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful pictures I don't have a macro lens yet...maybe someday.

I love your new header ~ glorious!

Raffaella said...

Your wonderful pics are always the best!

Rowan said...

Beautiful photos as always. I really do love that china so it's nice to have you share the maker with us. I suspect it will be hard to locate in the UK though.

June said...

Hi Carolyn,
You know I could look at your pictures all day long. You are capture the most beauty through your lens. I think shooting macro is my favorite too.
I have been out in the garden only three days so far this Spring and I am so far behind that I don't know which end is up right now.
Dale's dad died on the 30th and we have had so much company for the service and now they have all gone home, so i am hoping to get to work in ernest now. I had been digging and dividing today too. My daughters have been asking for some plants for thier beds, so I am digging, digging, digging!
Dale is builing a huge vine trellis for me today. I have to move two riverbank grape and some clematis that are now in too much shade. I also have to move two climbing roses, so he has been so sweet to do this for me. I better start eating my Wheaties, cause I need all the 'go' I can!
Happy gardening...I will be thinking of you!
hugs from here...

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Holy macro these are pretty pictures! :0) Love those mugs!

Made In The South said...

Wow your pictures are great. I to have a Rebel and might have to check out getting that lens.
Your lacey mugs are a great find.
Hope the rain stops for you to get out into the garden soon.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Beautiful pictures, Carolyn! Those new mugs are really sweet! They would have come home with me for sure! Where did you find them? Are you praying for sunshine? I know I am!


Olga said...

Beautiful photography and beautiful things. The mugs are so lovely.

~Shabby~Prim~Delights~ said...

Hi Carolyn...cant wait to see some piccy's of all your work in the garden when its done...I bet it will look amazing. Love you thrift shop finds too.
warm wishes

Miss Jean said...

I have a feeling its not only your great weather, but your green, green thumb as well that keeps your garden looking so magnificent. I wish I could live there!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Carolyn,

Those simple things made my day !
There are so much beauties around us and you captured them very prettily.

I am dreaming to visit your garden, one day. Who knows ?

Enjoy your day !

Beverly said...

Great job on your macro photos, Carolyn. I love those lacy mugs.

Prince Edward Island is at the top of my list of places I want to visit. I will make it there one of these days.

Amanda said...

Your photos are breathtaking, as usual! I just adore your new mugs! I've never seen coffee mugs quite so dainty and feminine! What a lovely find!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Carolyn

Reading your post today prompted me to go to the bookshelf in search of an account of a Victorian garden in Canada.

From a Victorian Garden by Michael Weishan is about Point Ellice House which I now realize is far away from you and Prince Edward Island. Nevertheless, I've enjoyed revisiting this lovely book.

Your photographs are an inspiration, so, as soon as flowers start to bloom in my garden I'll be out with my camera but minus a macro lens I'm afraid.


Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hi Carolyn,
Beautiful pics, and very lovely cups! We have been busy too, my husband is building a garden/tool shed, and I'm the helper and the painter. :) I'll be posting pics of the project soon.
Take care and have a lovely weekend! ~Wendy

María José said...

Lovely pictures and colours!!
Best regards!

Petra said...

O Carolyn your teacup is lovely, and i hope you had a nice mother's day.

Have a nice time at your week.
Greeting Petra.

Cindy said...

Oh my! Lots to ooh and ahh over today!!! I love your pretty photos, and I love those lacy mugs you found. So pretty!
Hugs, Cindy

Katherines Corner said...

Beautiful Carolyn, well done! Hugs.
P.S. I have your lovely blog on my cottages page at Katherines Corner :-)

maría cecilia said...

Carolyn, I´m so surprised that you only have about 20 celsius degrees on summers while here there are 30 or more, sometimes up to 36 celsius degrees, really burning up here!!!