Summer Delayed

This is our third May Long Weekend living in the Peace.

In 2010 it snowed.  The trees were much further along in leafing out and many of the poplar trees were permanently bent or snapped in half from the weight of the snow.

Last year nature lulled us into a false security of no more snow until fall with flurries in the beginning of June.

This year, true to form, it has snowed.  The flowers were coming along so well too. 

The bare spots to the left is a result of radiant heat from the house.  That may be the salvation of the delphinium.

The chives were just about ready to bloom. A number of delicious meals have been enhanced with their lovely garlicy flavour.

I knew I should have taken pictures of the white icelandic poppies when they boasted their showy heads yesterday.

Retrospectively, I suppose I shouldn’t have been so eager to pull up the yellow and orange offerings, it would have provided a more interesting picture.

I am a little worried about our flowering shrubs, hopefully it didn’t get cold enough to damage the buds.  I am especially concerned about our crab apple tree, there was indications for a wealth of flowers, increasing the possibility of actually seeing fruit this year.

There is not as much concern for the roses.

Tulips closed to surprise

Wakeup Surprise

I’m on holidays this week, to prepare the vegetable garden, clean up the yard, weed and fertilize the flower beds, sweep the deck.  Basically, get ready to enjoy some summer weather.  This is what we woke up to.  Great.  I am grateful that I brought all the plants into the garage last night.  Sewing machine — here I come.










It’s a lovely day in the neighbourhood.

New Year’s Day revisited

Finally, in 2009, after living in the Lower Mainland for almost four years we decided to head up Grouse Mountain.  We chose to go New Year’s Day as a way of celebrating what we had planned to be our last few months in Metro Vancouver.  Graduation was coming up in May and in all likelihood we would be somewhere east within a year.

Up we go!  It was quite the experience to pass the snow line and ascend to a winter wonderland.  They had over 3 metres of snow at the top that year.  It was incredibly beautiful and serene, inspite of all the people.

Hubby stood in the very centre of the gondola to prevent the ability to look straight down.  He is only ‘slighty’ afraid of heights.  We had dinner at the restaurant.  Quite good.  Unfortunately we could not afford to eat in the dinning room.  Three women (myself and two step daughters) in university at the time was a strain on finances.  We stayed a couple hours and watch dusk fall on Vancouver and the lights blink on as the hectic pace of the big city continued well after dark.  It was a magical night.

December in Northwestern Ontario

While home for the holidays, I took my camera out for a little walk about.  I love the way the weather bleached grasses contrast with the pristine snow creating textures and shapes.  Everything is so quiet, serene, beautiful and clean.  Last seasons growth persevere with heads full of seeds, waiting for warmth and melting to sprout green for another spring and summer.  There is hope and promise and assurance found in the cycle of seasons and growth.  We are so blessed.

Isaiah 55:9-11   9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,  11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Barn flower seed heads at the edge of the old garden

Goldenrod seed heads

The original farmhouse on the homestead

Preview of Things to Come

The forcast is calling for a snow fall warning over night.  We have been experiencing some fairly cold weather, typical for this time of year, but we have almost no snow so far.  As a reminder of winter I share some pictures of previous winters.  Enjoy.

These may not be the greatest, a couple were taken with a little instamatic camera, one with a advantix, a couple with my 35mm Canon.  I should have taken my new digital Nikon with me when I went to the ‘city’ today.  There was some amazing frost on the trees, sparkling in the sunshine, and etheral landscapes wrapped in fog and blanketed in snow that could have been, good.