01 Jan 11 Johanna and Jessica came to help Fern.
08 Jan 11 We got dumped on
08 Jan 11 It was a day much like this when we first saw the house and neighbourhood, and we were caught.
14 Jan 11 Amaryllis in full bloom
14 Jan 11 This is a Red Pearl
14 Jan 11
14 Jan 11 Not sure what happened here, but interesting effect
15 Jan 11 More snow last night
17 Jan 11 I've seen this hawk (or another just like it) a couple of times in the last 2 days. The bird feeder is suddenly deserted when he drops in.
11 Feb 11 First time we've seen an owl round here. And it's cool that it landed so close to the window that I could get a decent picture. Not bad, considering it was taken through a pane of window glass.
25 Feb 11 Last Sunday, Jake came over and helped me move the love seat down to the sun room. This is now Rosemary's favourite place in the house to sit, on the rare occasions that she sits.
25 Feb 11 The love seat at work
26 Feb 11 Here's the new setup for my side of the sun room. Took a while to get this right, so I don't kill myself tripping over cables, but good now.
28 Feb 11 AMT dropped in for a few days.
28 Feb 11 Checkin' out Rosemary's microgreens
28 Feb 11
28 Feb 11 Stir fry in the making
28 Feb 11 The traditional Welcome Home cribbage game, this time accompanied by some very nice bubbly. AMT won.
01 Mar 11 Mother and daughter share the love seat. That patch of bright light made this shot hard to get; this was the best of many attempts.
02 Mar 11 Anne-Michelle is not as picky as some of us, when it comes to a working area.
06 Mar 11 Bunny is from AMT; it's watching the hyacinth bloom.
06 Mar 11 There was a really cool light effect in the back yard at about 5 pm today. This doesn't quite capture it, but it's closer than I expected.
14 Mar 11 Nice enuf day to do some gardening. Wait! What's this?
14 Mar 11 The first snow drops appear in the front yard. Maybe there will be a spring!
14 Mar 11 Oh yeah!
14 Mar 11
18 Mar 11 Amaryllis
18 Mar 11 Ingredients for tonight's stir fry. No wonder it takes so long to prepare.
18 Mar 11 And of course the tofu.
23 Mar 11 Sudden cold and snow was a real shocker. Just when we thought maybe Spring . . .
24 Mar 11 Array of Amaryllis
24 Mar 11
25 Mar 11 When I got back from Thorold, Rosemary surprised me with this new sweatshirt. Very cosy. I see no need ever to take it off.
28 Mar 11 Double amaryllis
29 Mar 11 This (on the left) is a second double flower on the same stalk. This variety is called "Splash", which seems only appropriate.
31 Mar 11 The wife of one of my volunteer-driving clients presented me with this cake today.
31 Mar 11 Meringue and whipped cream. Light, but sweet. Fantastic. Taking it to Mum's for her 91st birthday tomorrow.
02 Apr 11 Iris reticulata!
09 Apr 11 Crocus!
10 Apr 11 Weather vane on back tool shed. Weather got quite nice
10 Apr 11 Once in a while I do some pruning of the JRT bookshelves. Should probably do it more often.
12 Apr 11 These striking tulips are back, opening for the first time in mid afternoon while the sun was strongest
14 Apr 11 More of these wonderful tulips.
23 April 11 First really warm day in April. Scilla everywhere!
23 Apr 11
23 Apr 11 Her
23 Apr 11 Tulips open to the sun
23 Apr 11 The robin who owns our front yard
23 Apr 11 Deck chairs! Beer! So it begins. The cycle of life continues
23 Apr 11 Trees need a couple more warm days for those buds to burst into leaf
23 Apr 11 This most-prized large pine against the south wall seems to be doing well
24 Apr 11 Easter brunch
24 Apr 11 Brenda and Terri
24 Apr 11 Meal time
24 Apr 11
24 Apr 11 Later Rosemary will remind me what this great sugary loaf is called
24 Apr 11 Fiona, Jake and Brenda
24 Apr 11. Rosemary and Terri obviously hold differing views of what's being said.
24 Apr 11 Rosemary and Terri enjoying the surprisingly warm weather
24 Apr 11 Ron
27 Apr 11 Daffodils!
30 Apr 11 Roy and Rosemary conferring in the front yard
30 Apr 11 Rosemary is "top dressing" one of the beds
30 Apr 11 Fernanda spend a couple of hours with us, and even sat on the deck for a while. Nice day
30 Apr 11 Anne-Michelle's tree seems almost as eager for summer as I am
05 May 11 The Klingon double blood roots have spread. Rosemary started with a small clump (very expensive) some years ago, and now there are over 100 blooms. Some day I'll get a good picture. They are very beautiful.
07 May 11 Some better shots of the double blood root
07 May 11
11 May 11 Rosemary and Joey cleared away the debris from this work area and stashed it behind the forsythia; we hope this will improve the view from our neighbours' deck.
11 May 11 Work continues on a new bed on the east side, near the back of the yard.
11 May 11 Joey takes a break.
13 May 11 Bob Dawson came by and made a box for this year's tomatoes.
14 May 11 Cucumbers to be
14 May 11 Anne-Micehelle's tree has started to leaf out. Soon I can take the computer outside to work.
14 May 11 This bed is always fun to watch develop.
14 May 11 The border along the east side is developing nicely.
14 May 11 I love the way the Sweet Woodruff is spreading. Lovely ground cover
14 May 11 Species tulip
14 May 11 The purple beech seems happy here
14 May 11 Yet another type of tulip: Angelique
14 May 11 A view of the front yard
14 May 11 Front yard again
14 May 11 More front yard
18 May 11 While I was out of town, Rosemary had this row of cedars planted along the front (west) border of the yard
19 May 11 The back yard after I cut the grass for the second time this season.
19 May 11 Same back yard.
19 May 11 Back yard, different angle.
19 May 11 The periwinkle along the east fence gets better every year.
19 May 11 Japanese cherry. Rosemary says this is its best year yet.
19 May 11 Part of the front yard.
19 May 11 Looking from the front, near the road, along the east border.
20 May 11 Front yard lookin' good, I think.
22 May 11 Filling orange juice containers from rain barrels demands attention to efficiency.
22 May 11 This is Rosemary's exuberant pizza dough. (Not this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX2gNEpmqI8)
23 May 11 Golden dogwood looking very nice.
23 May 11 Rosemary and Joey finished off the area alongside the new cedars.
23 May 11 This fruit tree is blooming, and the neighbour behind us is putting up a very nice tool shed.
23 May 11 The Sweet Woodruff is flowering
28 May 11 Tomatoes have been planted.
28 May 11 The water feature is activated. This is probably the last year for this--too much work. Gonna get a fountain-like thing to insert, and plant some stuff all around it.
28 May 11 The fescue Rosemary planted around a couple of beds at the back is just going nuts.
28 May 11 I keep trying to get a good enough shot of this bed along the east side just where the back yard starts.
30 May 11 Mother and child reunion
30 May 11 The alium are back
01 Jun 11 Joey and Rosemary reworked this area today. Nice job.
01 Jun 11 This is the foilage that grows up after the dainty little doubel blood root flowers die off.
01 Jun 11 I can never remember what this is called, but she'll tell me later and I'll update the caption.
01 Jun 11 Spioria with alium in the foreground
02 Jun 11 Looking down at the back yard after I cut the grass.
02 Jun 11 The bed against the fence on the east side.
02 Jun 11 Deutzia
02 Jun 11 Double file viburnum
02 Jun 11 Allon was in town and stayed with us for a couple of days. Here he's helping Rosemary serve up the frittata.
02 Jun 11
07 Jun 11 If you've been herStill looking good.e before, you know I love the Deutzia.
07 Jun 11 Rosemary has a rhubarb that gets quite large.
09 Jun 11 Rosemary says the Siberian iris are especially good this year because of all the rain. Here they are in front of the dappled willow.
10 Jun 11
10 Jun 11 Part of the front yard.
12 Jun 11 Floral arrangement for today's piano recital, in a vase cluster provided by AMT. Pretty.
12 Jun 11 Rosemary cut back the fescue around this bed and here come flowers donated by Bev Dawson.
12 Jun 11 Part of the east border bed
12 Jun 11 The bottom section of the east bed, newly planted. Watch this space.
12 Jun 11 View from the back of the yard, looking toward the upper level. Note the cut grass.
12 Jun 11 The ground cover around the purple beech is doing well.
12 Jun 11 Can't get enough of the iris this season.
12 Jun 11
12 Jun 11 The back yard through the sun room south wall.
13 Jun 11 Rosemary harvested the rhubarb today.
13 Jun 11 This stuff is selling for $5 a pound at Loblaws
17 June 11 While Rosemary and Joey were powerwashing the siding, they discovered this nascent hornet's nest. They think that at this time there were only 2 hornets in occupation.
17 Jun 11 Hornet's Bane!
17 Jun 11 Peonies from the garden.
18 Jun 11
18 Jun 11 Watering the hostas.
19 Jun 11 Blue bells again
19 Jun 11 New window well cover was troublesome to install, but we managed
25 Jun 11 Duke of York roses. They like the cool rainy weather we've had the last few days.
26 Jun 11 Rona for tomato stakes, then Rosemary let me wield a hatchet to sharpen the ends. Worked out well. No blood to speak of.
26 Jun 11 Another stake, far from the main patch
28 Jun 11 We have a goldfinch pair apparently nesting in the front yard. This guy perched on the kitchen window planter and let Rosemary get quite close.
28 Jun 11 Here's that nesting goldfinch stripping off string from Rosemary's cucumber structure. This could get tense.
30 Jun 11 Rosemary's roses going to town
01 Jul 11 Fern spent some time here while Terri and Ron rested between legs of their bike trip
01 Jul 11 A beautifu, lazy summer day. Canada Day.
01 Jul 11 Cranesbill geraniums amongst the golden smokebush.
01 Jul 11 Rosemary has a gold-and-purple theme for the east side foundation plantings
01 Jul 11 Another example of the gold-and-purple: Clematis and golden mock orange
01 Jul 11 Veggies doing well.
03 Jul 11 Dinner with Hershel and Mary Anne. We ordered in Chinese. Beautiful day.
03 Jul 11 It (the weather) remained pleasant all evening.
03 Jul 11 Mary Anne
03 Jul 11 Hershel
07 Jul 11 Lavender
07 Jul 11 Daisies
07 Jul 11 Tomatoes! Salads gonna be good again this year.
07 Jul 11 Tomato beds
07 Jul 11 Clematis on the east wall, near the front
07 Jul 11 Other vegetables, already appearing in wonderful salads
07 Jul 11 Coming along
09 Jul 11 Ron & Terri took FF to St Kits to lay wreaths on the gravestones, and then we had a party for Jake's birthday.
09 Jul 11 A small party to mark Jake's birthday
09 Jul 11 Impressive cake
09 Jul 11 Jake got plenty of advice about how to cut the cake
09 Jul 11 Joe ("Blues man") Edding
09 Jul 11
14 Jul 11 An unscheduled party sprang up while Johanna was here
14 Jul 11
19 Jul 11 First harvest beans
19 Jul 11 First corn on the cob of the season--from Ontario
19 Jul 11 Ready for the BBQ
19 Jul 11 Asparagus on the BBQ was so successful, and the day was so hot that the oven was not an option, . . .
19 Jul 11 Ready to eat. Magnificent
21 Jul 11 AMT is with us for a few days. The kitchen is action central.
22 Jul 11 A frequent visitor to our water feature, but we don't know what it is.
24 Jul 11 As is our custom when AMT is home, we played cribbage last night. I won. Handily.
24 Jul 11 Anne-Michelle and I went out on the Humber trail, me on bike, she jogging. Very nice.
24 Jul 11 Hot day, but nice enuf we could eat dinner out side. Great BBQ-corn. AMT seems sceptical about whatever RMT is explaining. I'm quietly off to the side.
25 Jul 11 Rosemary's mother and mine don't get together often, so this was nice.
25 Jul 11 Two grandmothers and a granddaughter
25 Jul 11
25 Jul 11 It was great to get Mum up here again, especially while Anne-Michelle was here
25 Jul 11 AMT always wants to take these "camera in my hand" shots.
25 Jul 11 Ladies
27 Jul 11 The annual AMT tree picture.
27 Jul 11 Annual tree picture again, with less garbage pail. I gotta do more cropping.
29 Jul 11 First harvest of the non-grape tomatoes. And look at that cuke! Gonna be a fine salad tonight.
31 Jul 11 Casablanca lily that showed up in an unexpected location
31 Jul 11 Not the first harvest, but the first that look really good. Dinner will be a 3-salad affair, beets featuring in one.
13 Aug 11 Rediscovering Larry Niven. RM was wiped; we ordered in pizza. Rare for a Saturday here, but we made the real thing on Sunday.
15 Aug 11 Last of the red hot lilies.
18 Aug 11 Garden addition, courtesy good friend Jean Meagher.
19 Aug 11 We haven't been watching the evening primrose as closely as we did a couple of years ago, but they don't seem to miss us. This was early morning.
20 Aug 11 Their mother took her daughters to a birthday lunch, and then they had a bling party.
21 Aug 11 We had a bit of a thunderboomer in early afternoon. Here it comes.
23 Aug 11 This day lily cultivar is the last one of the season to bloom in Rosemary's garden. The lilies put on a good show.
23 Aug 11 Rosemary has been laying bricks to form a mowing strip around the front beds. Almost makes me want to cut the grass.
27 Aug 11 Another view of the bed-in-progress
27 Aug 11 The urns (there are 7 of them) were really good this year, but I think this one in the front yard is the best.
23 Sep 11 We got a new driveway today. People showed up, unannounced, at 6:50 am. Rocky start to the day.
25 Sep 11 Skypeing with AMT. You gotta love this Internet thing.
25 Sep 11 Rosemary has done a lot of cleanup work on this bed (and a few others).
27 Sep 11 The new driveway is working well, in that the cars are held up above ground. What more can you ask from a driveway?
30 Sep 11 AMT is home, making dinner.
30 Sep 11 Here's the aforementioned AMT, pouring stuff onto things. It was delicious.
30 Sep 11
30 Sep 11 AMT on the elliptical
01 Oct 11 About to go running, AMT discovers it's like 7C outside.
02 Oct 11 After the Favro party, which was a huge success, due in no small part to the pictured AMT
10 Oct 11 RM says this melon was "self-seeded", which I find hard to believe. I think she means she didn't plant it. 'Nature will find a way'. Tasted good.
23 Oct 11 Annual ritual here at 57Y. Any guesses as to what it's about? Anyone? Anyone? . . .
31 Oct 11 Am I getting better at this?
31 Oct 11 Scary! No??
02 Nov 11 While I was in Thorold, Joey came by and helped Rosemary take care of the leaves.
02 Nov 11 Double double, toil and trouble
12 Nov 11 Working on an old favourite recipe
13 Nov 11 Anne-Michelle came into town a few days ago for a conference at the UofT, and came back to us on Sunday, sow we had a party
13 Nov 11
13 Nov 11 Fernanda didn't actually stay for the party, but wanted to see AMT and Paolo
13 Nov 11 Paolo was passing through on his way to a meeting. He flew in from Atlanta
13 Nov 11 The Eddings came over for dinner
13 Nov 11 Joey
13 Nov 11 Paolo and AMT
30 Nov 11 We got our first snow today. It didn't stick around long.
03 Dec 11 Rosemary has decided to do fewer urns this year, but here's one, just by the front door. Surprisingly difficult to photograph.
03 Dec 11 This one is in the bed in the
middle of the front yard.
03 Dec 11 These are (will be) paperwhites. I think I saw them in one of the Alien movies. Very scary.
10 Dec 11 Rosemary's student recital is tomorrow, so some Chritsmas touches are being applied. This is the north sun room door.
10 Dec 11 The mantle.
10 Dec 11 Inside of the front door. Cool reflection of the staircase.
10 Dec 11 Rosemary had her annual Christmas piano recital today, so some decorating was in order.
10 Dec 11
16 Dec 11 This year's paperwhites
20 Dec 11 The tree is coming in today. Couldn't get a continuance
20 Dec 11 Preparing to remove some lower limbs.
20 Dec 11 AMT averts her eyes. Quite understandable.
20 Dec 11 I let AMT wield the loppers for a bit
20 Dec 11 Screwing in the base insert
20 Dec 11 AGainst all odds, we got it inside and standing without any real drama
20 Dec 11 Not sure what's up here
20 Dec 11 After dinner
20 Dec 11 AMT calms the troubled waters
20 Dec 11
21 Dec 11 AMT and her Grandmother gonna trim the tree
21 Dec 11
21 Dec 11 Nearly done
21 Dec 11 Pleased with the result
21 Dec 11 AMT gets herself in the frame with the tree
21 Dec 11 Discovered that the base is leaking! Some adjustments planned.
21 Dec 11 Look at the base. All fixed, we hope.
21 Dec 11 Checking
21 Dec 11 Some guys do better than others at Christmas parties
22 Dec 11 I was hoping for better optical quality from our neighbours# Christmas ornament, but this was the best I could get.
22 Dec 11 We have had squirrels doing unspeakable (but noisy) things in our attic for some weeks. The animal control people were here again today tro try to end it.
22 Dec 11 This appears to be where the varmints are getting it. It seems our drip edge is deficient
23 Dec 11 Anne-Michelle in the kitchen, with the knife.
23 Dec 11 Preparations for the evening meal in full swings
24 Dec 11 Me outside, looking in.
24 Dec 11 Another look at the roof problem
24 Dec 11 And the fix. It worked, Problem solved, at least for the moment.
24 Dec 11 Fernanda arrives for a visit.
24 Dec 11 Rosemary always does a nice job on this window.
24 Dec 11 Things move fast in the kitchen
24 Dec 11
24 Dec 11 This is an apple-cranberry pie for the Edding party tomorow
24 Dec 11 Traditionally we have ordered in Chinese for Christmas Eve, but not this time.
24 Dec 11 Shrimp!
24 Dec 11 Rosemary put tiny blue lights in the ficus this year--very pretty
24 Dec 11 Dinner is served! Delicious.
25 Dec 11 The present opening is about to begin.
25 Dec 11 A silverware box that Rosemary restored for Anne-Michelle.
31 Dec 11 Final Pizza Saturday of the year. I have no idea what Rosemary's doing. What does she have in her hand? After 44 years, the woman is still a mystery to me.
I was late taking shots of Rosemary's new approach to the front urns, but this is what they looked like around Christmas.
The three urns
The kitchen window. Very nice.