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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mon Bouquet du Jour

It's raining outside.

 I am happy.

The planned picnic will be inside today. 

We need the rain.

Hansel is standing watch over Gretel who is across the pond sitting on her nest.  

Can you see her, way across the pond?  

My Pheasant Eye Daffodils love the rain. 

And so do I.

Have an extra special weekend my dear Friends. 


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Cougar in town ?


Calgary Herald

A new neighbor posted this on Facebook yesterday. 

"One of my girls said she saw a cougar outside our front door today about 4:00. Do they come into town often? This was in the area of 400 s 100 e, just off Main Street. She's not sure which way it went, keep a look out for it..."

Now I have 2 choices for my walk today.

I can go across the fields and go west from our house 

I can walk to the Post Office, a mile away and where the cougar was spotted.  

Two days ago I took a new trail.  It was a game trail, very narrow with high sagebrush on either side and very remote.  

It was a beautiful walk but I felt as if several eyes were watching me.  I decided to take turns whistling and singing so as not to surprise an animal (or me). 

Don't think that I will be going that direction for a while. 

Happy trails to you my dear friends.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Eggs Revisited

Our young goose drops her eggs willy nilly everywhere.

The lightly colored eggs are goose eggs, 
the dark are chicken eggs.

The chicken eggs are hand painted with acrylic paints. 

The goose eggs are rolled in a batch of water that has been spiked with 3 different colors of nail polish. 

I used sparkly red, gold and silver.   

Happy Easter my dear Friends. 


You will find more detailed instructions here


Seventeen Rabbits it is

Congratulations Sieglinde you are the winner!

You found them all, all 17 of them. 

You can choose from Hollyhock seeds or Aster seeds from Lake Maggiore, Italy.  

Happy Easter,


Saturday, April 19, 2014

How do you feel about counting

Counting Rabbits

How many rabbits can you find?

If you are the first to get it right I will send you a little cotton bag filled with my finest selection of Hollyhock seeds. 

Happy Easter dear Friends. 

Hope all is well with you. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A little blue flower

With the most charming name,

They say that blue flowers are more abundant in nature than any other color. 

 I thought that yellow flowers were the most common. 

What do you think?  

Have a lovely day my
dear Friends. 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

It's blue Skies around here

It's nothing but blue skies 

and Daffodils around here. 

Have a fabulous weekend my dear Friends.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It isn't fair

You have met my friend Anita. She is my friend who bakes the fabulously delicious and sinfully good Streussel Kuchen. Anita was visiting yesterday and it is customary that we go for long walks into the countryside. 

We gathered wild asparagus and ate it right then and there. Then we walked to our Spring and picked watercress and munched on it.

It is now that the story gets complicated.

Anita brought her sister-in-law Christina. Christina is the Pastry Chef for the finest French Bakery this side of the Mississippi. Not only are her pastries beautiful they are also irresistible. 

Of course, I had to take a picture of these little works of perfection. Safe enough, right? After all, they were all wrapped up in cellophane and tied with a pretty pink ribbon.

But then, I wanted to get them out of their wrapping for a close-up. And that is when I just had to have the yellow cookie.

And then I had to taste the green one.

And then there were none. 

AND then I packaged up the plate and sent it off. I sent it to a charming young woman who saw it in my Etsy shop.


Repost May 2010

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mein Sonntagstrauss

Mon Bouquet du Jour

Wishing you a happy Sunday on this 
beautiful Spring day. 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Let us out!

We are ready to be planted outside.
We are ready to dazzle.
But wait, maybe we should reconsider;

nothing but WHITE.

Hellebore don't mind.

For now we can wait inside. 

And keep "The Painter" company.

Have a great remainder of the week my dear Friends. 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Seedlings, precious gifts.

Now is the time you might find.

Tiny seedlings, precious gifts from your garden.  

Such as this Hollyhock seedling.  Only about 4 inches tall and ready to transplant. 

Hollyhocks develop long tap roots and seldom survive a transplant.  They are 
 Bi Annuals blooming the second year.  

Transplant them when they are four inches tall, or less.   You will be rewarded with flowers the very first season.  

Unlike Hollyhocks, Aster seedlings are easy to transplant at any stage. 

Look around in your garden.  The wind, birds and bees may have left a present or two for you.

Have a great remainder of the week my 
dear friends.