In my Garden

In my Garden this year I decided to plant various colors of tea roses and other favourite flowers of mine. I have decided that I am addicted to tea roses. They are so beautiful and unique with so many colours and types to enjoy.

I am back on my blog and will continue to post a variety of things I enjoy and make here. I am currently dealing with Arthritis and have decided I need to change my focus and have more FUN.

You can still purchase my unique elegant designs, patterns and beautiful yarns, buttons and more at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

Have an amazing day today.

Garden Surprise

Surprise Marigold
Surprise Marigold

While sitting my deck this morning having a coffee to start the day off right I noticed a garden surprise mixed within my herbs.  I couldn’t believe what I saw.  You see I am not the best of gardeners by any means, but every year I try and try again.  There is nothing better than success after trying a task over and over.  Even better when you didn’t expect the outcome.  So here is it…..  Marigolds! Yes, they are growing aimlessly amongst my herbs and flowers.  Thing is I didn’t plant any this year!  Surprise, there they were!  The best part is they are growing where my other flowers keep dying because we have had a lot of wind this year and it is breaking my flowers.  I have replaced them twice already adding new ones to take the space of the ones lost.  Tis why I am so excited that out of the blue (or in this case orange) these wonderful Marigolds popped by for a visit to replace the space I had once again lost flowers from wind breakage.

More Marigolds
More Marigolds

Gardening is a hit and miss hobby and I am so happy to see a hit out of the park this time with the surprise Marigolds.

To add to this moment of gardening bliss I noticed the snap peas I planted have actually been fruitful!  I am in utter shock as I have tried growing tomatoes here for 5 years with success only one of those years.  The weather is not always dependable and my lack of a green thumb doesn’t help.  I decided to ditch the tomatoes and try the snap peas.  The snap peas add a double surprise today and have decided to grow!  Here is my first bowl of these delicious garden delights.

Snap Peas
Snap Peas

I was seriously thinking of knitting a garden full of wonderful produce instead of planting them.  I figured I could knit and crochet a bumper crop!  It is nice to see that my thumb might have a bit of green after all.  I am inspired to try some garden knitting and crochet in the future.  Maybe it is how I will warm up the winter days thinking of next years garden adventure.  Who knows what will pop up next year.  What’s in your garden of delights?

Snap Peas 1
Snap Peas 1

Oh’ Canada Day!

Canada Day was such a wonderful day!  Started out with beautiful sunshine and amazing weather with a coffee on the deck.  My family and I decided to take in breakfast at the Local Fairmont Hotel and sit outside near the beautiful gardens.

Fairmont Hotel
Fairmont Hotel

We have taken on a new type of mini vacation on the long weekends this year and having a wonderful breakfast or dinner at a fancy hotel making it feel like you went away on a lovely weekend retreat at a fraction of the cost.  A real treat sitting in the wonderful garden café restaurant enjoying the sun, coffee and wonderful delights.  Here are a few pictures of the view, hotel and gardens.  Great way to celebrate Canada Day in a historical building full of memories of the past.

Flowers at the Fairmont
Flowers at the Fairmont
 River View
River View

Off we went to see what else we could find and came across one of the wonderful local parks.  This one is famous for the manmade lake where you can paddle boat at one end and just enjoy the feel of being at the lake in the center of the city.

Came across some adorable goslings with their parents.  Baby ducks were busy in the water swimming under the water and sunning themselves.

Baby Geese
Baby Geese

It kept us busy for a while just watching the nature around us.   We went on to check out a few other places on our way home and had an amazing Canada Day.  Happy Canada Day and July 4th to all.