Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
I have to say I love the sites, sounds, and smells of Summer. Yesterday I brought in some peonies for my table. I knew the perfect compliment would be Northern Bedstraw. A tiny little flower that reminds me of Babies Breath. It grows in partially shaded areas , like the edge of a forest. It is an interesting little plant that has alot of uses. I have always been interested in the history of plants and their uses. It seems to me that what was once widely known about the world around us, is no longer common knowledge. This little plant was very useful. The roots of the plant were one of the only real sources of red dye. It could be made into a tea for stomach ailments. A salve was made to treat insect bites and rashes.. also used to bleach freckles. This plant is in the same family as the coffee plant and apparently it's seeds make a a very good coffee substitute. It's sweet vanilla scent made it perfect for perfume. Also used for mattress ticking, hence the name. I don't think I will be brave enough to brew up a batch of tea for medicinal purposes. But I am sure going to enjoy the wonderful aroma in my kitchen.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Most days when I wake up at 430 it's pretty easy to go back to bed. This morning there was a shallow band of clear sky on the eastern horizon. That coupled with the dense overhead cloud cover, made me think that we could be in for a colour show. Patience paid off this morning. I drove to the very northern most hay field. To the east there is a canola field that is starting to bloom. A short walk on a deer trail, fighting mosquitos , I was rewarded for said patience. Not only did I see a wonderful display of colour , but also a young deer and a pretty rainbow on the way home. And look , still time to get some shuteye before hubby wakes up.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
We just spent a couple of nice days by the lake. My sister (shown here skipping stones) is off work for most of the summer. What a great time we had walking the beach, watching sunsets, just chatting. I cant tell you how envious I am that she is there to enjoy it every day. But as sisters with the same lake-water running through our veins... I know she knows, and wishes I could too.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I'm sure I hve posted this photo before without the Ttv effect. I thought it would be a great photo for this treatment. I cant wait for the sun to come out.. and I cant wait to try some other special effects I have been reading about... and I especially cant wait for my nd filters to come so I can try some long exposure shots.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Quiet time this evening. Hubby is off on his bike . The sun is shining and the wind is blowing a warm breeze over my skin. The peas are reaching up. I am sure by next week they will have grabbed on tight to the metal bedsteads that I put out for them to climb on.