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Friday, September 29, 2017

Food Friday

Like I was telling you last Friday, we got TONS of lettuce from our sweet little garden this year,
Green leaf, Red leaf, Romaine, Head, Boston, yum yum yum...my tummy LOVES leafy greens.

Give this mix a try...loads of leafy greens & sunflower seeds with grape seed oil, lemon & agave
It's a super simple super fast mix and a favorite go-to of mine.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Adventures In Kayaking With A Big Red Dog

A few days ago we ventured out during the week long heat-wave for a paddle...
I needed to clear my head from a busy and confusing week in the studios.
I wanted to sink my eyes into deep greens & reflective blues & take a breather from all my color.
This day we chose to venture down the Mattawa River.
It was so hot that I think even the fish were laying still and quiet,
all you could hear was the buzz of the crickets...
That is however until we heard the frantic barking of a dog
far off on the other shore in the middle of nowhere!
When we started to head towards him to see what was going on,
he got extra worked up and than jumped into the water and started to swim to our boats,
still barking like crazy, sputtering water, it was obvious he was looking for help.

He tried to jump into my boat, the poor thing, he was so tired from swimming,
I tried to haul him up but he was just too big and heavy but I didn't like how he was sputtering water
so whiles my honey flagged down a house boat for possible assistance,
I decided it best to steer him to the other shore which he was clearly intent on getting to,
I patted his back now and than and kept my boat pressed gently against his side,
and like that we eventually reached the other shore
where he shook himself off and peeled off into the bush at sonic speed.
It seemed like he knew where he was going after that because he stopped barking so we are
hoping he found his way home, atleast we steered him to the side of the river that was inhabited!
Kayaking is never dull that's for sure, ha ha!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cup Of Sweet Framed Up

A happy customer recently sent me this photo (thanks SO much Jackie),
I absolutely LOVE how she had my image framed up for her tea room.

Doesn't it look so fabulous, espeacially with the 3 matts, I just love it.
You can have a similar look too cause my "Cup Of Sweet" image is in the shop waiting for you.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fairy Lake Kayaking

Our adventure days don't always have a plan, sometimes we pack up the truck with food, boats and bikes and just head out of town and see where the day takes us, sometimes we just hike or sit & eat!

This particular day was spent paddling around a lake in Huntsville called Fairy Lake.  Even though
I pay for kayaking days with a lot of shoulder pain, I am so grateful for these days with my honey.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Pagoda Perfect

Even though it has largely felt like an 'off' season out in the part of the yard where the rabbits play
because we were out there without our Frenwyck and Teela and than Elsie...
There was still appreciation and gratitude for the beauty we've created & collected there.

Days with Jelly Bean were even more precious, time spent with my niece was special too.
And of course it was our newest shelter adoptee's Leisel & Misa's first summer with us too.
This is one of my favorite places, don't give me a trip to Hawaii, just give me my yard full of buns!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Another Inking In Progress

I started a couple new ink drawings...

 of course any art is done better in the presence of bunnies.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Food Friday - Our Veggie Boxes

We've had been wanting to put raised veggie beds in our front yard for years now
so finally this was the season for that project to happen and we just love them.
It was such a pleasure to see how well everything was growing all season long.

We grew 4 different kinds of lettuce & didn't have to buy any from the store for weeks.
We did Roma, beefsteak and yellow tomatoes & have been including them in most dishes lately.
We did Purple, green leaf and tuscan kale and gobbled it all down (my niece loved the garden kale).
and we grew basil, spearmint and oregano and cucumbers.  I LOVE growing things, do you?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weaving Again

I put my weaving away for quite awhile, just when I was getting into it...I haven't told anyone why...
It was because I was working on this outside with Teela the week she suddenly got sick and passed....
I haven't been able to look at it since really...
the same way, I haven't been enjoying the yard like normal.


But, I figured it was getting time to break out all the weaving stuff again and try again...
every though it makes my heart so heavy...I've been in a fog since I've lost my best friend...
I am trying to emerge from it, I just don't think time will heal this one for me but I am trying...
So I started to teach myself again, I started enjoying the yard again
& Leisel, our awesome & newest shelter adoptee is helping me with that for sure.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Eclipse

Did you guys watch the eclipse???
Isn't it kinda crazy that there hasn't been one quite like that one for over 100 years!
Well I ended up having a wicked bad migraine that day so I wasn't up
for heading to our waterfront to use our local astronomy clubs public viewing set-up... 
but my honey did whip up two pin-hole camera boxes for us which did the trick,
so every 10 minutes or so I would run outside to watch.

I admit I was a little underwhelmed by the visuals,
mind you in our part of the world we only got 70% coverage
& at no point could we safely just look up.
What I loved though was that for those few hours, so many in the world were together
enjoying & concentrating on something magical instead of negative  
and I just felt lucky to be there in those moments, no matter how painful, with my hon seeing it all.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Colour Me Happy

I can't help but feel happy whenever I sit down with my colours...

Especially at the very beginning of a piece, when it's all going beautifully!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fielding Bird Sanctuary

A few weeks back we spent some time at a bird sanctuary up North from us.

We saw just geese, ducks and loads of dragonflies but it was lovely all the same.