Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sweet Dreams of Summer Bliss

                                                            Hello everyone,
                   I know it is still winter for awhile yet but while going through some of my garden photos from past years I thought you might be in the mood for a little garden reminicing. So my theme for today is some of my favorite garden spaces to relax in our garden.
 The photo above is our screened in porch in summer where we enjoy our meals and just hanging out.
           Sometimes the balcony above is our space of choice however, where we have a great view of the garden and pond.
          Our garden terrace is also a lovely shady spot for a meal or a chat. For more views of the terrace in summer click here or for Breakfast in the Terrace with friends click here.
       This little hideaway is enclosed with rose bushes and a beautybush with clematis to grow over the arbor. The vintage chaise is a very comfortable place to read a book and smell the roses. If you would like a better look at this romantic hideaway click here or for another look click here.
          Our enclosed garden called Martha's Garden is also a quiet place to enjoy the song of the birds and the soothing sound of the  water fountain.The Deutiza bushes put on a great show in early summer.If you wouldlike to see Martha's Garden in all it's splendor click here.

     Not quite as secluded but surrounded by the beauty or the garden enclosed by the picket fence and has two arbors with vines. There is another water fountain with tinkling water in the centre.If you would like to take a Garden Stroll click here.
                  What could be better then relaxing in a hammock with the pond on one side and the garden on the other.
                              You know how I love my garden teas. This one in by several lilac bushes.
This past summer I enjoyed watching nature around our pond as well.

                           Some lovely old green wicker offers a comfy place to sit as well.
                         Another part of the garden that is surrounded by beds and borders.

  Now,if I have made you tired maybe you would like to enjoy sleeping out under the stars.If you would like to see more of the terrace in the twilight hour click here.

Sandra at  Country Cottage Studio  is new to the blogging world and she has honored me by doing a  feature on my post yesterday-hope you can stop in and welcome her to blogland.

  Hope you enjoyed this little reprieve and can now have sweet dreams of summer bliss.

I am joining My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday.

Thank you for visiting me and allowing me to share my dreams with you!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Indoor Spring Garden

                                                               Hello everyone,

                                I am sure you have heard the Chinese saying,  when you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily(flowers) with the other. So when I go to the grocery store I seem to spend more time picking out a few flowers then I do groceries. It seems so uplifting to see the spring bulbs etc. all out in bloom now.
                              I always love our locally grown tulips in the various colors.
                           This week they also had some cheerful little primulas that I couldn't resist, and they can be planted out in the garden when it warms up.
                             I bought these old milk bottles and the carrier a few years ago and they work nicely for various flowers but today it is pretty yellow tulips.

                                        A little bit of spring cheer is good for the soul-don't you think? It has been so cold here lately, but tomorrow our temps will be more spring like, but of course, Spring is still several weeks away here, yet but a break from the cold will be nice.

                            I bought this amaryllis a couple of months ago and it was supposed to be appleblossem pink but for the second year in a row it surprised me by being a vibrant red/ orange.
               No matter, I have enjoyed watching it grow and bloom.

                 That is my little indoor spring garden for now, but I have taken some of my geraniums up from the basement, and cut them back, so hopefully they will soon be putting out some blooms.

 What about you , do you have some spring blooms in your house too ? or maybe you live 'down under' and have lots of outdoor blooms.
 Well, I better go to the kitchen and get some of that' loaf of bread' now, that came home with the flowers!

Enjoy your day!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Afternoon Tea

Hello everyone,
 I have some tea ready for you if you have time for a break.  

                                Some cookies on my heart shaped plate.
                                                Pretty pink hyacinths.
                                                     Some frozen yogurt.
                                                      More cookies.
                                                   or maybe a cupcake?
                                   Don't worry about the dishes-I'll do them after.
                      You might like my some tea in new Shelley teacup that I got last week.

                         Thank you for stopping by and thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post and once again welcome to new followers also.
    I have been doing my homework lately and trying to learn more on photoshop so I can improve my photos for you, but be patient I am a slow learner!

Today, I am joining Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
and Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday.

Take care,

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Victoria by the Sea in Winter

                                                                 Happy Weekend!

              I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It has been very cold here for the past few days and although I enjoy winter I am looking forward to a little break from this bitter cold. In a couple of days it is going above freezing and then some rain-just in case you needed a weather report!
 One day last week we went for a drive when we had had a fresh snowfall so it was beautiful.We usually go to Victoria by the Sea a few times in summer when it is a busy little village with tourists we decided to check it out in winter.
  It is quieter in winter as many of the shops and restaurants are closed for the season.
             It is only a half hour drive from our home.

                Just outside the village is this lovely old church that now has a cafe and a dental office in it.Sad to see so many of our little country church closing down.          
        A little further up the road we went for a walk in the woods where there is a summer tourist attraction-a car life museum.

                                          Sorry,I couldn't resist.
                                               It was a beautiful day for a walk.

                                                        Country roads.

                        Thank you for coming along for the drive.If you would like to see Victoria by the Sea in summer click here.

                                                    I really loved their lupins!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,