Greetings and welcome blog friends.
In the past few weeks the weather has settled down and
warmed up a bit, the snow has left us for good (well, until
next November or December or whatever anyways) and
things are greening up nicely.
Phil has been out in the garden raking, mowing, mulching
and digging, getting muddy and wet and grass stained
and basically enjoying himself thoroughly. And as goes
the season so goes my stitching mindset. A theme of
green growing things and gardening outside inspires the same
indoors with my stitching.
Or I could be honest and admit that I just wanted to have a
new start. Whatever.
So here is Little House Needleworks design "Garden Pleasures".
I have been working on this since my last blog post and as is
always the case with LHN designs I've been enjoying it so much!
While I've been stitching I put on Flosstube vlogs and listen to
the stitchers chat away and so many of them have multiple projects
on the go all at once .... and by multiple I mean LOTS!!!! The idea
has a certain appeal to it, and I can be a chronic starter if I don't
watch myself anyways sooooo .... away we go!
As long as I have a finish once in awhile I can handle that.
We've been making plans on how to enhance the enjoyment
of our backyard during those precious, short months when
the weather is kind and warm and welcoming. Our old
gazebo's awning shredded itself last Fall so we have to get
a new gazebo this year for the deck. We've been looking
at other garden furniture and stuff and decided that we
really, really just had to have a garden swing!
So we went out this week and picked one up and Phil spent
yesterday afternoon setting it up. And we're thrilled and
delighted with it! That corner of the yard is sheltered from
the wind and gets the afternoon sun and has a great view of
the bird feeders and the rest of the garden looking toward
the house so it's a perfect fit.
And it's just the thing for any book lover!! I took it out
for a test run with my latest book and it works beautifully!
It also suits napping and chatting and the consuming of
beverages and meditation (another form of napping for me)
and bird watching. I love how versatile it is.
And speaking of books (as I often do) above is my latest
finish. I devoured this book in two days and could not
put it down.
Jennifer Robson is a new to me author who has three books
published, all of which take place during the early part of
the 20th century. A favourite time period for me. I'd
seen her books around, had read the descriptions for them
and knew they'd be right up my ally so I got all of them at
once and I'm so glad that I did.
Jennifer Robson manages to write a fascinating story with
emotional impact, she presents well researched historical facts
woven expertly into the narrative and her characters are
so real and clearly imagined .... no matter how big or small
their roles are in the story.
I did not realize that Jennifer Robson lives in Toronto until
after I got the books but that's pretty cool too .... being able
to support a local author who so clearly deserves it.
I can confidently say that Jennifer Robson has been added to
the list of my most favourite authors and any new publications
from her will be automatic gotta-haves ... right-NOW!!!!
Walking around Georgetown, camera in hand, enjoying the
sight of everyones gardens bursting into colour. It's mostly
tulip time now and we're slowly easing into tree and bush
blossoming season as well.
We're nearing the end of the daffodil season but there
are a few still popping out here and there. Not as
colourful as tulips perhaps but when it comes to their
shapes it's amazing how diverse they can be.
The summer movie season has begun and my movie
viewing partner Darlene and I began it on the weekend
by going to see two highly anticipated movies that
headed our list of must sees.
I'm a Marvel geek and love to see whatever might be
released from that stable of super heros. The Avengers
are a great favourite and the Captain America movies
have always been fabulous! We could not wait to see
"Civil War" and it did not disappoint. WOW! Great
story and lots of action both of which were well balanced
with great performances. I'm team Captain America by
And then there is the magic of this newest production of The
Jungle Book. Again the story and the performances were
spot on but it's the seamless blend of real and CGI that is
jaw dropping amazing. You can't even tell what is live and
what was created in a computer lab. And the young boy who
plays Mowgli was wonderful. And Bill Murray providing
the voice of Baloo is just perfect casting. I mean ... who else?
Did you know that over on Flosstube the one and only Vonna
of The Twisted Stitcher fame has just posted her very
first vlog post? You must go and watch it.
And as always we finish off with a picture of the cats.
Rupert with his face buried in Phoebe's fur. I have no
idea how he's breathing in there.