begonia…

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yesterday I went around the garden and gathered all of the open dahlias and one of the begonia flowers…

made a lovely little bouquet…

I am happy to see that the begonia has stayed fresh looking…

on this rainy day I have enjoyed these flowers…

they look great on the new coffee table;-)…

building…

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I’ve spent the last two days building a coffee table… well, putting it together, lol…

I’ve been thinking I would like one where the top lifted so that I could work more easily on my laptop as well as use it to put my plate on when I am eating in the den…

I spotted one a few weeks ago and decided to order it… yesterday, it arrived, in a flat box… it hadn’t said anything about that when I ordered it but I figured this is how it would arrive…

I learned, after about 45 minutes and some YouTube videos, how to change the bit on the cordless drill… I learned that a rubber mallet is a handy tool, and I shouldn’t get rid of it… I learned to read between the lines when following picture directions… I also learned that it isn’t likely going to work out perfectly the first time…

but, after two days, and a lot of putting in and taking out of screws, I have a table that I am very happy with…

I’ve been thinking how my beloved would have had it together in a short time, and also how proud of me he would be…

time…

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recently home, following a two day vacation, which easily felt like four days…

drove up to the cottage with a friend one morning and returned home the next evening…

we had a wonderful time… we sat on the beach for a while, spent time walking and beachcombing, spotted numerous mushrooms, watched a wonderful display of pelicans and cormorants, ate great food, relaxed, and talked by the fire…

what a delightful break…

yard…

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a few nights ago I got some lovely pictures of the sky thanks to my grandson…

he pointed the clouds out as he was mowing the front yard…

he had to do it twice to get it cut because it had grown so long, so fast…

quite a difference from the many weeks this summer when it didn’t grow at all and was rather brown due to the high heat and lack of water…

coal…

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we took a trip to the East Coast in 1988 or 1989 – amazing what I forget these days, lol…

the four of us, plus my beloved’s mom… we had bought a tricked out van and the trip was great…

when we got to the coast we had lobster at every stop because the four of us loved it… George’s mom couldn’t figure out why we kept eating it as she didn’t like it that much, lol…

while we were there, we found a beach that had coal all over it… we had such fun collecting a bagful to bring home to use for first footing…

I’ve been down to one fairly large piece for a a few years now, so I’ve been careful with it…

as I was working away in the garage, cleaning, sorting, dumping stuff, I found the original bag filled with a whole lot more…

what a treasure, so exciting…

birdies…

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had an enjoyable time watching all my feathered friends flitting about the garden…

I think the birdies were happy that the grass has been mowed as well, lol…

dirt baths, bug collecting in the grass, checking out all the feeders, and drinking at the pond…

some guests who haven’t been around all summer are stopping by so I think we are getting close to migration time…

some days it is nearly impossible to focus on my book because there is so much going on;-)…

ear…

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I went for a walk… outside… in the neighbourhood… no idea when I did that last…

walked with my daughter in my ear

didn’t go too far, up to and around Bruce Park… it was lovely to see flowers, the creek, and get some photos…

felt fine at the end… only met a few people and they weren’t close to me…

secateurs…

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decided the Virginia creeper over the hot tub was starting to creep too much towards the water…

grabbed my secateurs and a pail… moved the steps to the other side of the hot tub and climbed up…

was careful not to fall as I climbed onto the cover and along the edge to get to the window…

happy to get back on the ground when it was done…

looks much tidier now…

and I am still in one piece;-)…

berries…

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the other day I took a photo of some beautiful Virginia creeper berries… they were climbing on the cedars on the back lane side of the garden and were a bright purple…

today I spotted these red berries in amongst the lily of the valley…

I’ve never seen berries on lily of the valley before…