Monday, September 7, 2015

Giant Rusian Red Garlic...

With the way the gardening season was this year and the fact that the garlic wasn't planted in the fall I wasn't expecting to have much success. There were a lot of volunteers from the scape's that I had scattered around in the fall so I planted those as well as the cloves. This season I cut the scape's  thinking the energy would go into the bulbs...

Working on this years crop it turned out to be a good year

This Bouquet is for Ray who made the pot back in the day.

A half moon, sunflowers and black eyed susans
Taz in his younger days.
Pookie, a Camellia which we have in our courtyard and a Sask. stump puller
Buddy's favorite spot under the garden cart, Mom's Peace rose is still blooming and poppies from earlier this year.
Taking care of the garlic hoping to spread among family and friends. Have a Happy Day everyone!


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

A little of this and that...

It has been a busy summer with the feel of fall in the air, my energy has picked up...

It has been a good growing season the sunflowers were fun to grow as they got taller  the wind knocked them over a time or two. Being in pots may have not been the best idea!

Took the time to put down some blue crush in my car port and used the roller to pack it. Sure beats the sand

The kids and some flower shots always makes me smile
I was lucky enough to get in the draw for a shed full of cool stuff. It was fun to have a chance, no my key didn't fit.
I hope you have fun in your life and enjoy mother nature.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rain-O ...

It has been raining, last night and all day and it is much appreciated. There is a chance of a couple more days or rain yet before the sun returns. There is nothing like mother nature watering the plants...

My favorite Day Lilly El Desperado, Buddy enjoying a dog chew, our $2 rose and the young bunny still hanging around.

Our local carving contest it always interesting!

A smokey sunset from the forest fires

I put up the flag on July 1st, some Day Lilies. Blueberries from the garden and working on the old family kitchen table that Dad built - I sort of remember it in the glassed in dining porch on the ranch way back in 1956 and it was part of family life through many moves until it settled in with me (my sisters were wondering where it was).  

Another sunset

Seaweed for the garden to keep the bugs off, Jelly Fish, Buddy and Taz trying to get my attention, Gai feather flowers.

Garlic scapes are ready, garlic and blueberries together. Everything has been ready early this year.

I hope everyone has been able to enjoy some of natures bounty and to spend some time with family and friends.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hot Summer goings on at the Island Rustic Homestead...

Hot and Dry is the forecast for this summer, water shortage is a given. Being forewarned by a mild dry winter and the continuing drought in California it seems that climate change may need a little more than lip service from those in power. There are lots of things that can be done by individuals and every little bit helps.

Tree Mellow, three Ravens dropped by yesterday the first time in 35 years. Water for the deer an old wash tub, a self portrait in one. I now have water and a hose out back in the back 40, it was my wife's idea.
Garlic Scapes in with the Blueberries, they are early this year. Bird bath with Robin. Raspberries are hot and heavy. Taz relaxing on Vanity, butterfly's need H2O.
Garlic tea for the bugs, young bunny needs... rose with weird marks, Pookie rules the roost. a Day lilly
Fruit Flam yummy, Columbine and Echinacea
Old notched-eared deer now has water, 
Point Defiance, squirrel approved wood pile, Peace rose.           

I hope everyone is keeping cool and hydrated. 

Wishing everyone in Canada a Happy Canada Day July 1st and our USA friends a Happy 4th of July.


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Friday, June 12, 2015

Making Hay While the Sun Shines...

The last few days I have been doing a re-roof of the highest building. Time was right and I had help from my neighbor who is a lot younger than me.

The roof was in sad shape. I set up the truck to toss the old shingles. In their day the inter locking style was popular but they didn't pass the test of time. When we went to the dump the waste weighted 807 kilos. Milton (the truck) was loaded for bear.

Putting the roof back together required re-sheeting one side. I went out and bought fall arrest gear for working on the edge. The bottom few courses I hand nailed then used a rented roofing nail gun. It is a great feeling having this job done all, the other roofs are single story.

I put the Owl out, lots of Bees, Humming birds and Butterflies enjoying natures bounty.

Last piece of firewood to cut,  champion and 
(centre) the guardian (Old Scout)
Here is wishes that everyone takes the time to smell the flowers!


Thank you Jody @ Rooted in Thyme for featuring my last post on your blog.

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