Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summer Sunday Garden

A Quiet Sunday in the Garden

No decent sports or movies on the tube, so time for a relaxing pint of home made beer in the garden. Nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Garden Escape

Hello out there! I have not posted anything in months, and expect that most visitors to my site have forgotten I am here. But I have to post a few pictures of flowers from my garden. I needed a bit of a pick-me-up after the dismal showing by England today. Anyway, hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Close Up Tuesdays

Having seen the "Macro Monday" post by DBM, I thought I might check my photos to see if I had one or two shots that might qualify. My photographic equipment is not up to the quality that DBM has, but what I lack in equipment, I make up for in effort. Right.
Anyway, here is the only shot I thought might qualify. Sorry I cannot identify the little devil, but I am sure DBM will have all the answers, should you feel they are necessary.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

Another holiday season. Time to eat too much rich food and drink too many wonderful beverages (of the alcoholic variety, I suspect).

It is also a time to share your good fortune with those who have less. Time to share hugs and smiles with friends (although all of mine are now so far away that I doubt my arms will reach!). And time to reconnect with family.

Best wishes to all of you, and may you have a Merry Christmas and a safe a prosperous New Year.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere!

Just outside our new offices, there is a small strip of grass between the parking lot and the Fraser River. This little strip of green is home to the biggest mushrooms I have ever seen. Some of these monsters measure up to 8" in diameter.

If some appear to be damaged, they are, as I forgot to look where I was walking.

The come in a variety of shapes and sizes, domes, cups, flat, big and small (although I suspect the small ones are just catching up). And different colors as well. I wonder if the vibrant color means "Don't dare eat me!" like it usually does with frogs, toads and numerous insects. How does one tell which mushrooms one can make into a soup or include in a steak and mushroom pie?

Perhaps the best thing is to leave them where they are, and purchase my veggies from the supermarket.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Summer Splendor

Thought I should dabble a bit with the blog once again, if only to prove that I had not passed on to the great compost heap in the sky! Not just yet, I am still kicking and playing in the garden, where I must admit I have enjoyed some success. As a complete rookie at this, I am somewhat surprised that things have turned out as well as they have.

The question now is, are they ready, and what do I do next? Any advice?

Now, these little devils (hot peppers!) still have a way to go before they get plucked, but their fate is ordained. They will flavor many a dish of Chinese mixed veggies, rice noodles, sweet and sour pork and "multiple mushroom soup". I can hardly wait for their contribution.

And these lovely little cabbages are have only one fate: to become the main ingredient in a friends' special cabbage roll recipe.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my little vegetable garden. It has provided me with a purpose when I stand in the back garden, a lovely bit of beef on the BBQ and a pint of beer in one hand, because I now needed to move around and water the veggies with my free hand. Creating life, and exercising all at the same time. Life is grand.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Garden Success

I have tried my hand at a bit of gardening this year. I have always liked puttering around in the back yard, but have always restricted myself to planting flowers. After all, I am not known to be a great lover of vegetables, so why bother?

This year however, Mr. DBM really decided to get into vegetable gardening, and kindly offered to supply me with some home grown plants that I could start in my own garden. How could I refuse?

My tomatoes are a bit small at this juncture, but my peas have been going great guns, and have been harvested once, and are now producing a second batch! Who would have believed this?

And my broccoli, although just beginning to peek out at the world, is showing some promise.

And lastly, because the cabbage and peppers and green onions have a way to go before I dare show them to anyone, here is my pumpkin. What the Hell am I going to do with a pumkin??