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two friends dropped by at different times a few days ago…

one brought me a sad orchid she had which I am going to try and perk up… we both had masks on and she left the plant on the bottom step while I stood on the top… she moved close to the road and we spoke for a few minutes before she headed home…

about half an hour later anther friend brought me some chocolate which she had added to an online order and which had arrived… it is always fun to see what mask we each are wearing… we visited for a few minutes… she sat in a chair on the lawn while I sat on the steps…

I was happy to see actual people;-)…

Mother’s Day…

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what a wonderful time I had today on Google Duo…

I had ordered the Velvet Glove’s Mother’s Day High Tea, and the kids got Afternoon Tea from Zoe’s in the Chateau Laurier…

my grandson picked mine up and dropped it off here for me… it looked so cute…

we had such fun… their savoury items were different than mine, but it was fun to compare…

we ate our way through the savoury items, and then the sweet items… I was full, and still had four sweets left (gonna have them with my supper)…

we drank tea (mine was Liza Hill) and chatted about everything and nothing, lol…

using my fancy tea set was fun and a way to include the matriarchs in my family…

I absolutely loved the presentation that the Velvet Glove used… it was much fancier than Zoe’s, which was a surprise because Zoe’s have Afternoon Tea on their menu every day, lol… I am going to save the tiered platter to use again, or make tea for someone else;-)…

I will certainly order this again… thanks to Carly who provided great customer service at The Fairmont;-)…

buds…

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so excited to see two buds on the morning glories in the living room window…

had not expected flowers before the plants were moved outside…

usually it takes weeks before the first bud shows up, so this was amazing…

since then, those two have opened and many others have bloomed as well…

making me think that I might try to grow some over the winter… I could start them in the fall and then see what happens;-)…

goose…

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this morning, as I was starting to walk around the living and dining rooms to check on all the seedlings, I noticed my next door neighbour taking photos… I looked across the street at her car, thinking something had damaged it, but it was fine…

I looked at the field and along the neighbour’s fence but there was nothing there…

I tried to look down the lane but there really isn’t a good angle from where I was…

I started to walk away and noticed something on the roof across the street…

there was a goose standing there… clearly what she was taking pictures of…

I got a few photos before the camera battery announced it was exhausted, and suddenly another goose flew toward it and away, maybe from my roof, and then the first goose followed…

what a surprise

heirloom…

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planning a fancy Afternoon Tea on Sunday and I’ve been trying to find a pretty teacup and saucer to use…

somewhere, in a box, in a closet, in the basement, there is a Royal Doulton teapot with cups and saucers, but I have no idea exactly where, lol…

so, I’ve been looking online and found a very cute set which I would have ordered, but it wouldn’t arrive until next week so that wasn’t going to work… I do love the saucer though…

while on a phone call today, I remembered a set that my mom, while she was serving as a WREN in England, had sent to my grandma…

I knew exactly where to find it, and was so pleased when I pulled it out, as it will be perfect;-)…

besides the small teapot, cup, creamer and sugar bowl, it also has a little toast stand…

not planning on any toast, but it is very cute and will look great with the other treats… so cool to have this family heirloom to use which represents both my mother and grandmother on Mother’s Day…

looking forward to a fun Afternoon Tea;-)…

moved…

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had a great time in the garden on Friday, planning the steps to get it beautiful…

spent the time with Hilda the Gardener and we discussed flowers, beds, and watering options… what is needed and where to locate plants… we even moved a few planters around in the front… i am now looking for two more black ones to add in… a bit later I moved the ones out that are going into the garden…

she will be back this week to start the spring cleanup process…

juncos…

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spent the most wonderful hour in the garden…

it was chilly, but I’d seen numerous birds at the feeders so I moved a lounge chair next to the garage door, wrapped myself up in a blanket and sat still and watched for the visitors coming to the feeders…

there were juncos, white throated sparrows, maybe a song sparrow, a couple of chickadees, and either male and female purple or house finches… they were all over the feeders and on the ground…

there were also two mice… which is okay, as long as they are outside…

I was thrilled to sit and watch and didn’t take out the camera until just before I came in…

this is one of my favourite pictures…

unplanted…

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today I took my dahlias, from The Dahlia Expert, out of the box and set them on the counter under the lights…

I’ve had them for a few weeks but hadn’t organized which pots they will be going into so they were just waiting in the box, unplanted

this afternoon I watched a YouTube video that suggested setting them out in the light without soil or water… thought it was worth a try;-)…

if it works it will save a lot of carrying onto the deck and back inside every day until the weather reaches the sweet spot…