Monday, April 25, 2016

From this to much better, at the peninsula

We spent a lot of time on the deck this weekend getting it into the outdoor living space we will enjoy as the days of summer come along to enjoy. And while I won't be sharing the final deck photos today, I did want to share what we (and you know that when I say "we" I really mean my dear husband, right?) did with a crumbling oak wine barrel style planter that had seen better days.

From this......


to this.

When the oak pieces fell apart, the contents of the planter were very stable. Terry was able to lift the compacted mass with a small hand truck. When the plants and soil were lifted, Terry noticed that the root of the tree had grown through the bottom of the planter and was digging into the deck. Now this group of plants can grow to their full ability. I love how the boundaries of the plants were kept in place with driftwood and flat stepping stones.

What have you been up to in your garden?


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Our peninsula flowers

While at the peninsula this weekend, I got a few minutes between rain showers to capture a few photos of some of the yard in bloom. We hope to tackle the yard slowly in order to know what we have, plus there is still lots to do inside, still.....

But these are the flowers we get to enjoy this spring.

This Clematis is about half way through the bloom cycle, you can see some spent blossoms on the right hand side of the photo. We will want to add a trellis for this lovely to climb on.


These are phoots are from two separate Roddie bushes, the lighter pink is in full bloom and the darker one is getting ready to open.

I love the spicy smell of this one , more of these seems like a good idea!

This is lots of this native coast bush in our yard and we love how it mixes with the ferns. 

This lovely bush boarders the house.


As well as lots of these. A little trimming is needed all over, but otherwise we really enjoy the yard. 

Due to the rainy weekend, we did not get anything done outside, we did have a visit with the granddaughter, a trip to the beach (we went with our little motor home to stay warm and dry) and lots of cooking for the week ahead. 

And one last photo, I don't know what this is, but it had a very long runner with a clump of what looks like a strawberry plant scattered here and there along the way. This is really a fun plant.

It will be fun to see the yard unfold as the seasons march on.


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Friday, April 22, 2016

Switchel, because it is going to hot when you are out of doors

I decided to share this post from Our Sunday Cafe, because it is going to be hot as the days go by and you will be thirsty for more than water, this will help......

You can view the UPDATE:, here.

~Switchel~
Previously I have I brewed Kombucha, and from there tried Water Keifer. But with both beverages I did not enjoy the finished product. Yet I still wanted to be able to produce a fermented, gut helping beverage in my own kitchen. So I kept looking.

A couple of days ago I came across an article for Switchel. Switchel is a honey, ginger, apple cider vinegar drink that is all natural with no artificial ingredients and it is also good for your gut and digestive tract. Count me in! Here is how you make Switchel....(it is really easy)


Switchel
adapted from:  Wellness Mama

1 quart jar
4 t raw apple cider vinegar (shake the bottle and get some of the mother )
4 T real maple syrup
1-2 heaping t grated fresh ginger
cool water - (if your water has fluoride, draw off water the day before and let stand to clear out the  fluoride)

Add the cider vinegar, maple syrup and grated ginger to your jar. Fill with a scant 4 cups of water, stir gently. Cover with toweling or small sandwich bag. Let sit on the counter overnight to ferment. Refrigerate until needed.

Stir, then strain out the ginger pieces before drinking.

I will be taking this with me as I drive to the peninsula to see my dear husband for the weekend. I will report back with my thoughts on this beverage.....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Canning equipment storage, now organized!

Besides working on the greenhouse/shed and getting the deck clean up a bit, I was able to get one other area organized and ready to go.

The two shelves in the garage that now hold canning equipment, canned food and jelly as well as some overstock from the kitchen. One goal was to keep these items organized, yet as dust free as possible. A few old towels and a cloth shower curtain were just the items that I needed. (Sometimes being a saver does work out!)

I do not have a before picture, but this area needed a lot of help......

I organized the shelves, with plenty of space to add more inventory. Then I attached the shower curtain at the top along the back. Using a shower curtain works very well, the finished slits for the shower hooks, slip over an exposed nail. Put a little bend in the nail and everything stays put. 

The top shelf will hold the large kettles. Then.....

Simply smooth the curtain over the shelf unit and secure with a couple of clothespins on each end.

Done and fairly dust free.

The jars that were stable standing without a box or bin, were covered in old towels. Smaller jars were put in large tote bins bought for this shelf, then covered with towels. Large bath towels are always in demand, if you ask me. 

Now I am ready for canning!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Flowers and Decks and Bears, oh my!

Having just returned from the peninsula, I wanted to share and update with these photos. Of course this is also the quickest way to see what I forgot to get a photo of!

Here are a few pictures of the new yard including these lovely Cala lilies, which I adore. My grandmother had huge clumps of these in her yard and they were always standing tall and proud. I think if flowers were music, Cala Lilies would be the opera of flowers. They are stunning, strong and beautiful.


The courtyard outside the front door (which really is the backyard....) needs a complete do over. But one thing is for sure, these beauties will star, front and center.


This area will also be changed up a bit. Where these berries are is the only flat spot in the backyard. The berries are also not doing that well, maybe it is too many visits from the bears that live in the greenway behind the house. The plan is to remove the berries to another location so we have a flat spot for chairs and relaxing. Oh and put in a fire pit....






The rhubarb, currents and strawberries we took with us are doing well. They will find permanent homes soon.


This is a photo of the greenhouse/gardening shed before we began getting it organized. The potting bench will be a wonderful spot to grow micro greens for tossed salads in the winter. 


Plus it has this screen to return any extra soil, easy peasy.


And this poor grouping is on the deck. We want to save the plants, knowing this is going to be a messy job. Fortunately any soil that we loose will fall between the deck boards. 


The yard also has this wild strawberry ground covering all over. We are fans of ground coverings, and this one is pretty cute. 

Next week I will try and get more pictures of the beautiful flowers, there are red azaleas, rhododendron in lots of different colors and a light pink clematis. 
  
Did I remember to tell you about the bears? Well they are prevalent in our area, here is a link to the local newspaper and the article on the dos and don't for good neighbor policy with the bears

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Our new backyard, and the move in.


This is our new backyard! The grassy area slopes off into a green-way that is filled with lots of trees, small lakes and wildlife. Like black bears, and from time to time a cougar can been observed. Actually the whole house is surrounded by yard, and there is plenty of different outdoor areas to use for gardening, relaxing and living.

The actual move was a lot of work. We started by taking a load over just the two of us, unloading it and coming home again the following day. This was done the weekend before the actual move, you can take a gander at that trip right here.

Then on the next weekend we made the big trip over, unloaded everything and returned to Vancouver to drop off the rental truck and get some rest, that saga can be looked at right here.

Then we got up the next morning and left to spend the week at the peninsula house, putting everything away, and weeding out, did I mention we would discover that we wanted to weed out the extras that we no longer felt worked in the new house? When the week was over, and I needed to return to work, the house was now our home, and you can see the progress right here.

Now we are working on the yard and removing the items from Vancouver that are in the way or we wanted to take to the peninsula house. Like...

My beloved rhubarb...
There were five plants in the Vancouver yard, took the three smallest and left the two largest in place. Now I get to enjoy the rhubarb recipes my daughter will make!

Red Currents for jelly...
I can't wait for the fruit hanging to ripen. No matter the size of the crop, I want to make some current jelly.

A strawberry pot.....
I think these berries will do well on our deck, which receives full sun for most of the day. Terry will love picking them fresh to enjoy.

Ferns and Mums...

There are two large terra cotta pots of ferns, while we are not certain where they will go, they should do very well with the coast environment.

Misc and tools....

Plus the pet taxi, just in case the cat needs a trip to the Vet.

Welcome home!

Next weekend, this trip will be repeated. Then I go to the peninsula for two weekends. Fortunately the drive is pleasant, and my husband is waiting on the other end of the road!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Old and new from far and wide April 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in April. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


photo courtesy of coupon closet
My favorite cleaning products are vinegar and baking soda especially now that we live with a septic tank, here are some homemade cleaners to try. 


photo courtesy of Sadie Seasongoods
I never get tired of bird feeders or bird bathes and I hope you don't either. Here are 20 ways to upcycle what you (might) have and get something special in the process. 


photo courtesy of NW Edible
Sometimes the best way to move forward in your yard or garden is to scale back and try something new or different. Read about one blogger who did just that


photo courtesy of premeditated leftovers
Freezing grated ginger is one of the smartest ways to save money and waste. I would have never thought of this.....

photo courtesy of houzz.com
Tighten up any door frame that might need a snug fit, when closed. Simple yet effective.

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Previously from such a busy backyard:

March 2016