Friday, August 07, 2009

This and That

Just catching up after a couple of hectic weeks! The sun finally came out and I had to get busy in the garden in between rainy, foggy days. It was so heartening to see the clear, blue skies and we did take off for a quick trip to Canada's Kingsbrae Garden in St. Stephen by the Sea. It was my birthday treat and it turned out to be a spectacular day for a road trip!

I had recalled that one of my blogger friends had mentioned never having seen Hens and Chicks in bloom and I happened to see some at the garden

The sun has finally won out over the ever present ocean fog and the bright skies have really made my own garden colors begin to pop.

The Annabelle Hydrangea with the pink Astilbe nestled against her look sweet together...

and the little antique wheelbarrow which was a gift from a dear friend is filled with many of the geraniums and dahlias I over wintered.

Hansi, the fountain gnome is enjoying the dappled shade provided by the Japanese Maple. I'm so glad I transplanted it this year as I don't think it could stand another winter of having tons of snow plowed on top of it!

Speaking of gnomes, yet another one arrived in our mailbox last week. He's a little bookworm whom we have named "Basil" after our favorite herb and of course, our favorite "Fawlty Towers" character played by John Cleese.

The veggie garden is limping along, but the green bean towers have finally begun producing prodigious amounts of beans. By next week, I think we'll be up to our eyebrows in haricot vert! I can foresee a green bean, potato and smoked sausage dish in our future.

Our neighbors are building a new garage and had to take down several cedar trees which they offered to us. Never being ones to turn down anything free, we of course headed right over to collect what we could. We usually cut it up into kindling and I think we have a few years worth here!

Of course, we have learned over our lifetime that nothing is truly free. H has had his eye on a small, electric log splitter and all this wood gave him the perfect excuse to finally purchase one.

This bit of "free" firewood has cost us $300!

We've had quite a bit of activity in the cove this week as mussel draggers have been harvesting a wealth of mussels. Out in the bay, the sailboats have been sailing back and forth from here to Bar Harbor.

Spike obviously has not heard the old saying about curiosity killing the cat. He almost got mailed to Grandma and Grandpa's house the other day!

And, so ends yet another couple of fun filled weeks in Downeast, Maine!

May all our remaining summer days be filled with sunshine and flowers.

Life is Good!

Hugs, Giddy


Zoey said...

Happy belated birthday, Giddy. I am glad you had a nice day for your trip.

I love the Annabelle Hydrangea. How old is it? It's so big and lush compared the little ones I planted last fall.

It won't be all that much longer before you will be needing that wood for heat. Don't slap me! :)

It's been too hot and muggy here for the past few days. I will be glad when it's cooler.

Giddy said...

Hi Zoey,

The Annabelle is about 4 years old. I cut it back to about 6 inches every spring and it has bloomed prodigiously every year with minimal fertilization.

It's hot and muggy here too, but after that cool, rainy June and July, I'm not going to complain!

Kerri said...

Men love new toys :) Yep, free is always good. Chuckle.
A very belated happy birthday to you! Glad you had a lovely day for the trip. St. Stephen by the Sea...what a wonderful name!
I've loved the warmer weather. Those precious few weeks of "summer" were very much appreciated :)
My wintered over geraniums are blooming up a storm now, and boy, are they pretty! Yours look good in the cute wheelbarrow.
I'm sure Hansi is happy to have a new friend. Basil is a handsome laddie :)
Yes, life is good!