Monthly Archives: February 2016

Midwinter growth

This house is wonderful for the amount of light that gets inside. Compared to the house we were renting in Oliver, this house is like a greenhouse.

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Rosemary and Ginger

I bought this Rosemary plant in May 2015 from Honeysuckle Garden Centre(they do have a facebook page) a few minutes East of me in Decker Lake, BC. They grow all their plants in a cool greenhouse so they can be transplanted and adapt to our outside climate easier. I brought my Rosemary plant in before the first heavy frost and it has grown wonderfully in front of our sliding glass doors to nowhere. I have kept it barely moist and near a heat register so it stay just warm enough. It has sent new bright green growth upwards. So, happy about this.

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Pineapple plants

The Pineapple in the green pot is 5yrs old. The yellow and brown pots are both 4yrs old. All have been started from the tops of store bought Pineapples. They have shot up too! I love experimenting with growing plants. I used to have lemon saplings until we moved here. They got a nasty case of scale. *sigh* So I will try again. I have some organic lemon seeds that I will put into potting soil in the next couple days. So many ideas…so little time. 🙂

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Ginger

 

I found the Ginger hiding behind the basket of oranges on the counter. I knew I had a chunk of ginger! Haha…It had this lovely bit growing so I decided to drop it on top of the soil in a pot that used to have basil in it. It is growing slowly but I am so happy that it is growing. I have wanted to try growing ginger but never it had it work. I didn’t even have to try. Yay me!! Today I noticed that the little nodule just above the “r” is starting to green-up too.

Seed starting happens soon too. I will be blogging shortly on my garden plans and seeds that I have squirreled away for this years growing pleasure.

Milena’s 8th Birthday cake

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Royal icing Butterflies, ants, beetles and other creepy crawlies

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Royal icing butterflies being dries on a curved form to make them look 3D

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I made the cake look like an old felled tree stump with the undercut, backcut and hinge.

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Nature has taken over

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It was a layer cake with yummy homemade jam in between the 2layers

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Tada! All finishing touches done and ready for the Birthday girl to enjoy!

This was the first time in 6 years that I was able to make a cake that wasn’t dairy-free. Milena’s BFF is allergic to any and all milk products. It was an odd feeling to make the cake and icing with butter and milk…I actually missed making a cake that included Anna.

Fun with Lego

Milena has a great love of Lego. Sometimes she follows instructions to build, such as the tanker truck. Most of the time though she prefers to use her imagination and build whatever she can dream up. Like the Birdhouse/bird feeder. I look up ideas for her on Pinterest or just through Google.

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Bird house/ bird feeder

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backside of the birdhouse/ bird feeder

Pretty snazzy bird house/ bird feeder. Those are some lucky birds…though I think we may have get her dad to help her build a bigger version out of wood to be left outside. This has sparked an interest in Birds. Yay! Fun stuff to teach. 🙂

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Tanker Truck…under repair by the Fairies

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Tanker truck and Fairies at work

This Tanker truck comes from a set that belonged to her dad when he was about her age. The grey tank holds “C” batteries that runs the motor under the hood. She followed the instruction booklet to build it. She especially loves this set of instructions. She still has a tendency to improvise if she can’t find a certain piece.

There will be many more projects to share in the future. I also have to transfer photos on the old computer over to the new one. I have a few other pictures of past building projects from both Seren and Milena to share. 🙂

 

 

 

Frosty Days

We had a few very frosty weeks in January. Any where from -15 to -27c. Thankfully it has warmed up…A LOT! Last week it got to +10c. Here are some photos I took around the property.

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Spiky frost on the solar Christmas lights

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Clusters of frosty on Poplar branch

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Frost clinging to a stray hair

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Natures handmade tree ornament(frost covered hair)

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Sun trying to burn off the fog

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Natures beauty

The world around us holds so many artworks. Seren and Milena and I learned about snowflakes one week. We watched videos on how they are formed and about Wilson Bentley the “The Snowflake Man”. On the last day we went outside to find that the temperature was just right to look at snowflakes. Our luck was perfect as it was snowing and it was so light that we could investigate each snowflake that fell. I was able to get some decent photos with my Black Berry cell phone. 🙂

What do you think?

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I haven’t figured out how to add the link to the Youtube video we watched. I’ll have to come back and update once I figure it out. lol. I will attempt….

https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi96bvQq9jKAhUK5WMKHa_lB_EQFggfMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FWilson_Bentley&usg=AFQjCNGDdApFhRuwGjrjHyfP1ltyNlE3lg

https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi96bvQq9jKAhUK5WMKHa_lB_EQtwIIHDAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DptLmA263hlk&usg=AFQjCNG7vFd_G3dlX0mgzakCAYwEHTsd6g