Monday, April 29, 2013

My Exciting News!

                                                                      Hello everyone,
                           I have some exciting news to share today. Many of you over the past few years have encouraged me to do a book/magazine of my photos so I decided to take your advice and just do it! So, after putting in a lot of time on the computer going over all my photos from the past few years I have finally completed it!!!
                                It was hard to pick which ones to use. I wanted to use a little mix of garden, tea party and cottage photos.
                         It has 82 pages with over 185 photos in it for your enjoyment!
                                My good friend Snow and I enjoyed many hours together working on the text (Snow has a real gift for writing and is a fun person to work with) and then we added a few more photos we just couldn't leave out.Thank you Snow-can't wait until we can work on the next one! Ha!Ha!
                                                                The back cover.
It was pretty exciting to get the first shipment of books delivered.

                     Thank you to all of you for your encouragement and to my family and friends  as well. It was fun putting it together and I hope you will enjoy it.

It is available to buy or preview through MagCloud just click on the link below

MagCloud will ship to many different countries as well so check it out if you are interested.

For any local readers it will soon be available at Time Worn Treasures and Antiques - There is even a book signing scheduled there for Saturday,May 25th!

I am giving away one of my books to two of my readers anywhere in the world so if you would like to be entered in my giveaway please leave a comment and I will draw two random numbers on May 15th.

Feel free to spread the word by taking the photo on my right sidebar- thank you!

Good luck!!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!
I hope you are enjoying your weekend-it is a pretty cold one here for this time of year but warm sunny days are expected for this week.

                 While it is warm and cosy indoors it was pretty frosty out a few nights lately. I love to go out early on frosty mornings to take a few shots around our pond to capture the reflection.

The first daffodils of the season from our garden with hundreds more to come!
             We have a couple of Canada geese and a pair of ducks that come and go from our pond.
                                                   I did say it was cold and frosty!

I have some very exciting news to share in the next day or two along with my very first giveaway so I hope you will come back to check it out.

                                                Wishing you a cheery warm weekend!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Time for Tea

                                                                  Hello everyone,
       It was sunny but cooler here today but I enjoyed spending the day in the garden doing spring garden chores-pruning,weeding,and my favorite chore, dividing and moving some perennials around the garden.
Anyway,after a day in the garden it is nice to come indoors and enjoy a nice cup of tea.

                                     This pretty teapot was a gift from my husband a few years ago.
                                       Love all the blooms on this geranium!
                 I have never been so absent from my blog but with all the spring cleaning indoors and out I just haven't had the time for taking pictures etc..I hope you will be patient with me a little longer as soon the spring chores will be done and there will be lots to blog about!

Today,I am joining Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage,
and A Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life.

Thank you for visiting me,

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring Cleaning

                                                                    Hello everyone,
                                 Hope you are having a good week. I am still doing my spring cleaning here and garden season has arrived also~ so I have been a bit lax here on my blog lately.
A couple of days ago, I gave our little upstair sunroom a cleaning and when it was done I had to take a few shots of it.
         It was a beautiful sunny day so it was quite enjoyable to do some tidying and cleaning in there. My daughter gave me back a little crib quilt that I had bought for her a few years ago so I thought it would add some charm to the sunroom table.

                            I keep my pink and white china in the old cupboard on the wall in the sun room.
                                       My geraniums from last year are blooming now.
                               A sunny corner with a book for you to read~ unless you would like to help me finish my spring cleaning!
                                                  Our little sunroom is off our bath.
 And our bath is off our bedroom , yesterday I finished spring cleaning them-yea!
I have had moments of thinking a little one bedroom cottage by the sea would be so much easier to clean,but  I must forge ahead and soon I will have a clean house from top to bottom - Then I can get out to the garden and enjoy the warm sunshine!
  We have  our first visitors from Japan coming in about four weeks and have several tours already booked from then until Oct. It is looking like a good year!

Thank you for visiting,

Monday, April 15, 2013

Garden Chair Makeover

                                                               Hello everyone,
                         It was a beautiful sunny spring day today and I was happy to go out and do some cleanup in the garden today. There are a lot more birds in the garden now so I enjoy their comings and goings as I work. After some spring cleaning indoors and out, I decided to give my $4 old wicker chairs a little makeover. They were natural and a bit weathered when I bought them but I thought the marina blue color from the door of the boathouse would perk them up a bit. I made the crochet throw on the weekend ha!ha!-just kidding! As you probably already know it was another thrift shop find-as were the Dutch wooden shoes.
This morning our pond was still mostly soft ice but as the day went on it all melted. We even had a pair of ducks swim around it for awhile.
                               The chairs will probably get tucked away in the garden somewhere but until then they will stay here on the veranda.
                                                   The wreath on the door-a $5. find!
                                           I need to cover a couple of pillows and my little project will be done.

                          The temperature is going up quite a bit as the week goes on, so the grass will soon be green again.
                                                              Inside looking out.
                                           Oh happy day, some colour in the garden

                    The boathouse is pretty much done inside now but needs to be painted and then the fun will begin. I have been collecting some linens,curtains etc. over the winter and I am excited to be able to 'play' in there soon.

I am joining BNOTP for Metamorphis Monday.

Thank you for visiting me,

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sunday Morning Breakfast in Bed

                                                                    Hello everyone,
I hope you are enjoying your weekend- we escaped the snow we were supposed to get today.
                             It has been awhile since I had time to post-I had a busy but fun week.  Today,for a little treat I thought I would serve you breakfast in bed-always a nice Sunday morning treat.        

                                            Enjoy your waffles and my favorite magazine!
                                    or maybe you would like a homemade biscuit.
                                     Since it is Sunday you could even indulge in a blackberry shortcake.
                                                             Smell the roses.
                                                                     Get cosy in one of our guest rooms.

                                                                Dream a little.... or a lot!

                                                         I will pour your tea!

                                 Hope you enjoy a lovely Sunday,