Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Final Journey



We as humans are gifted with life. We live, we love, we cry, laugh, wish, feel pain, heartache and endure…

Some of us live for decades to a ripe old age, others leave us in their youth.

What is inevitable is that someday we shall embark on a final journey. It is to that end I write this post…

I want to thank a very sweet soul whose path has crossed with mine. Whose love of life, tranquility and acceptance of death is both moving and heartbreaking. As your final journey nears please know you have touched many of us and that your presence will forever hold a place in my heart…



Friday, May 29, 2015

The Humble Bumble



Flitting hither and fro from tempting blossom to seductive flower the humble bumblebee seems always on a mission…



Guided by some internal instinct which we can not comprehend she makes the rounds tirelessly gathering nectar from all that will give…




So ravenous is her appetite for the golden dew she can tunnel into the base of the flower bypassing the pistols and stamens to quench her desire. Harmless in nature although they can sting their captivating yellow and black hairy bodies have given them the honour of  appearing in Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse’ as Bubbity Bumble in 1910 and a reference in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’…
They are indeed enjoyable to watch and amazing on their endless quest for sweet nectar.

Enjoy the weekend…





*pictures by my daughter Jackie, Calgary, AB

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Magical Moments




The fleeting moments between first light and dawn are magical and most enjoyed…  From my favourite chair set out on the back veranda I can observe the happenings in the garden.



The mother robin is busy scurrying about touching the ground ever so lightly waiting for  worm movement beneath the soil. The arrival of a quick cloudburst last evening has made the tedious task more productive…


The squirrels are already finding tidbits to eat, this one nibbling on a peanut I have tossed.



The flowering crabapple  is beginning to reflect the early rays of sunshine putting forth its delicate blossoms to indulge in the glow…
There is much going on in my little piece of paradise, it is hard to return inside to the duties that await…

Enjoy this glorious Spring day and all those yet to follow…

* Painting by Charlotte Bird

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Threads That Bind


We are all connected to things out there in the world that are of little consequence to most but offer solace and a feeling of belonging to others…





I am a vintage and antique textile appraiser located in the Niagara Peninsula rich in history  and bountiful for antique textiles. There are quilts, rugs, coverlets, show towels to name just a few wrought by the hands from the past, cared for, preserved and handed down from one generation to the next…


Sometimes I have the unique opportunity of reuniting  lost treasures with descendants of their makers.



 
Such was the case this weekend… the local weaver from the 1800’s that lived in Humberstone, Ontario Edward Graf’s woven coverlet was purchased at auction by his great great great grand daughter. Though the bed linen was not made for a family member but once owned by the Swayze family early settlers to the area,  the fibers were carded, the threads touched and threaded onto a huge, jacquard loom on which Edward worked. Applying his trade and providing the area’s families with much needed warmth.

Edward Graf’s works are held at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Port Colbourne Museum and several private collections throughout Canada and the US…

Finally this one is in the arms of his great great great grandfather, not only connected by blood but by the threads that bind…

It certainly made my day with tears all around...




Photos courtesy of Jill, Jackie and Plato Auctions.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Oh The Possibilities




Working for an auctioneer has its perks, there is no doubt…



Last week we had a horse farm auction at which I procured two antique wrought iron hay racks. Once set up on the barn stall wall full of hay for the horses to eat at their pleasure I have found a new life for them…




Being at least 3/4 of a metre wide (more than 2 feet) filled with coconut palm, moss and soil they are perfect for a  hanging garden. One I shall plant with lush vines and foliage…




the other with strawberries. The vines shall soothe my green thumb, the other my desire for fresh strawberry preserves.




I also added to my collection of crystal salt shakers, some that no longer have lids or mates… They are perfect vessels for tiny blooms such as lily of the valley, snowdrops, bleeding heart and lavender… itty bitty in size they are large on fulfilling contentment.




The garden is filled with birdsong, at last Spring has blossomed…

* Some pics via Pinterest, the others from my personal collection.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Welcome Spring



With the dawning of a new day comes the beginning of a long awaited season…
Spring has arrived on the calendar and though wet snow is predicted for the weekend the promise of warmer sunlight, the blooming of the endless orchards of blossoms and the return of the mischievous birdsong in the garden makes one  giddy with anticipation…



Even the pocket on a new pinny under construction reflects the beauty of the gardens yet to behold.




But while Nature decides when the season will be in full swing a little indoor garden therapy helps to soothe the soul…

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I’m Wishing, I’m Wishing…





No I’m not Snow White with her head over the well wishing for the one I love. But it certainly is white with plenty of snow here. This is Niagara Falls a few miles from where I live. This year it has been so cold that Mother Nature has provided us with some very spectacular ice formations. An ice bridge covers the US side and it is fantastic!




The critters are all still nestled in their respective warm places waiting for some sign of Spring…




I’ve been busy playing with mice. Mice for pinkeeps and bunnies too. I will be offering a workshop in mouse pinkeeps just it time for Mother’s Day. Props and vintage snippets will be included. For more information please contact me or stay tuned for more information to follow. In the mean time stay warm and keep wishing for Spring!

* A special thank you to Valda for braving the elements to take the pic of the Falls.