Mid-Week Fun!

These days you never know who will show up at our new house. Today, while DH was walking Phoebe, Mike and Ryan came to finish up some of the painting. Some of what seemed to be the smallest jobs turned out to be the most difficult and long lasting. And so today, after starting the job in early October, things are mostly done on that front! YEAH!

Later Johan arrived to work on wood details. It is exciting to see this come together. Here  you see the new book shelves. Each one looks like a painting to me!

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This space will become a cupboard with a wooden door.MidWeekFun 034

There is also a small bench in the making.

Our real estate agent showed up with a lovely gift basket. Almost everything in the lovely basket was produced here on the island- from the bottle of wine, the packaged salmon, the pottery coffee mugs…to the bar of soap. He even gave us a frozen salmon he caught recently.

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Then My friend Ryan showed up to continue with garden work. He planted a Japanese Maple, (Scolopendrifolium ) a cercis tree, also a Forest Pansy Cercis. He weeded in several spots, removed some ferns and a weak azalea. While clearing one area, he came across a newt. The red-bellied newt is a newt, native to coastal woodlands in northern California and southern Oregon, that is terrestrial for most of its life. I believe it is at its range limit here on Quadra Island.MidWeekFun 001

He does NOT enjoy being on his back.
MidWeekFun 006 Later, The family decided to visit the 75 acre Farm where Ryan and Jessica work to produce food for themselves and others. The kids were amazed by the size of their gardens and enjoyed running about and identifying vegetables.

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The site is quite magical and the children enjoyed exploring the yurt where they live as well.MidWeekFun 024MidWeekFun 007

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Indoors they have stored many kinds of squash.MidWeekFun 013 MidWeekFun 012

The kids chose a favorite to bring home…while I chose a few red onions.MidWeekFun 032

We walked about the site…over to the water view.MidWeekFun 023 MidWeekFun 020 MidWeekFun 017 MidWeekFun 014

Before heading out, the kids found a play area….MidWeekFun 030

I wonder who will visit tomorrow!


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Garden Work Day with Ivy

Daddy Ric drove us to my school this afternoon for digging in our garden. We put the garden to bed for winter.Ivy gardens at school 001

Here I am helping edge the grass outside the garden fence. Marnie, my teacher, was there in her purple jacket too. Ivy gardens at school 003

Here are strawberry plants. They are going to come back next year.Ivy gardens at school 005

Rhubarb grows in our garden too.Ivy gardens at school 006These gates are huge but beautiful. They help keep the deer out.Ivy gardens at school 008

Hard work means muddy hands!Ivy gardens at school 011

This is the entrance to my school.Ivy gardens at school 013

When we got home I took a bath and then we made popcorn. I used my tea set to serve juice.Ivy gardens at school 017

I love popcorn!Ivy gardens at school 020Tonight I’m going to sleep over and eat supper and read books and play with stuffed animals. We’re going to have cookies and ice cream for dessert.

Bye bye!


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Goings on at the new home

An ordinary day here seems to involve rain, grandchildren, garden help, painters and even some woodwork. DH finds projects, and I plug away at emptying boxes, making meals and feeding pets.
Outside my study window the leaves have changed color.

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We enjoyed our first guest, our son’s friend who is on her way home to Taiwan. They enjoyed bike rides, walks and a tour of DSIL’s boat. We received a lovely note from her as she left.

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One of DH’s recent projects was the installation of a diningroom light fixture. This ended up being a three day job since the instructions were faulty and incomplete.  The idea was to replace three dangling red lights with a single unit.


The counter in the kitchen looked like this for days…Goings on at 1520 309

At last he succeeded! All it takes is a degree in engineering!Goings on at 1520 318

In the fireplace area, things looked quite chopped up to us with lines of color all about, so we are having this area unified a bit…same color.

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My study has gone through a good bit of chang as well. A closet was removed a rug removed, a lighter color of green paint applied. I found an inexpensive day bed for the small nook, a spot the grandchildren can enjoy.

Shots of progress, but still not complete. It will be November before flooring is installed.DSC05683 Goings on at 1520 314 Goings on at 1520 317

Our library room (That’s the present name for it!) has seen great change too. Here is part of things evolving there.DSC05623 DSC05679 Elora2Quadra 178 Goings on at 1520 324We have just heard that the flooring has arrived for all three rooms. Good news! It will still be a long while before DSIL returns and has time to work on it. But the excitement builds.

Tonight we go for dinner at our daughter’s place. We are testing the difference between store bought roasted chicken and her home grown variety.

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I’ll take along our last zucchini and some other goodies for the occasion. Our freezer is full of sea food and chicken and I am now getting nervous about power outages. Time to investigate generators!

The rain has begun and I will now go out to see how Ryan the gardener is enjoying his day.

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A Sunny October Morning

We now live in a rainy environment. The workmen don’t seem to mind the wet so much, they are more used to it than I am!  Last evening we were out visiting DSIL’s boat and when we returned to the car, there was a slug crawling on the wondshield. My oh my….

The colors are changing on the Japanese maples every day. I am enjoying watching the variety.wpid-img_20141018_104607387.jpg

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The black stemmed bamboo is especially handsome in the rain.Elora2Quadra 173

We managed to organize an area for the firewood and compost. There seem to be tarps everywhere!Elora2Quadra 158

The plants in the holding area have started growing too. They enjoy all the humidity. The clematis,  ornamental grasses, and other perennials have new foliage and shoots. Here you see the Persicaria ‘golden arrow’ emerging.

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Yesterday some grasses and clematis were planted along with the lovely Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ in this front area of the house. Work continues here…Elora2Quadra 154

Heathers are starting to bloom near the sauna and there’s an odd rhododendron with a bloom way beyond its usual time.Elora2Quadra 159Elora2Quadra 175

I couldn’t resist a small Callicarpa at Canadian Tire the other day. I had no success with these back in Ontario and hope they love this climate here!Elora2Quadra 171

I’m thinking about a possible secret path here later on with a tree or bench at the end around the bend. Elora2Quadra 161Our temperatures are expected to be around 55F all week long…with rain predicted for each day. That should make the mushrooms grow~!Elora2Quadra 172*****

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Afternoon at the Pumpkin Patch

In costume: wood fairy in purple boots and Leo the spider.Pumpkin Patch 001

With Mommy in the patch. Forrest is a ladybug.Pumpkin Patch 010

There were four baby goats there. Leo got to hold them. Nana wanted to keep the brown one with the black and white markings.Pumpkin Patch 018 Pumpkin Patch 024     Ivy was very happy to see lots of friends… until she was stung by a wasp on her lip. That was a really nasty thing to do to a fairy!Pumpkin Patch 013There were all kinds of dogs there. Chickens too. And a play area and hot dogs. The sun even came out to make things cheerful~!Pumpkin Patch 031

Nana bought fresh salad greens and chocolates for Mommy.
Then it was nap time!

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Badlands National Park

DH & DS found a Natural bridge traveling west from Ontario to British Columbia via South Dakota!


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Settling In

We’re surrounded by boxes and workmen.


I need to learn the new garbage system and set things up for composting. Today is both rainy and sunny and I have been preparing meals for the troops. This is complicated because I cannot locate all the utensils.

Phoebe dog and the cats are doing well. Phoebe has made new friends.

My new helper in the garden has made a holding bed for the plants I brought. His name is Ryan. Tomorrow we plan on planting five trees.


Reed’s plant survived the journey and is placed out front.


Two rooms are freshly painted and two more are being worked on to create our new studies.


There is plaster work involved where closets were removed.


In the living room there will also be painting done. I think it will take us until Christmas to figure out all the light switches. Simple curtains are being figured out as well.


Last evening the school bus deposited Ivy here after school and we got to draw and read until the rest of the gang joined us for dinner. Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving together I am already thankful for all the help the kids have provided us!

We’ve even initiated the backyard sauna-


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