30.9.11

S.A.--T.U.R.--D.A.Y. NIGHT at De Leedjun!

'Friends of George'  are hosting a fundraiser for George Callahan the Royal Canadian Legion in Corner Brook this Saurday night, starting 7pm. Live tunes, silent auction, food and the like will be available. Come on out for a good time and a chance to help raise funds to wage the war against cancer.

29.9.11

The Makings of a (World Famous) Marathon Swimmer

A little shake and a chat from the coach...

... concentrating on the dive take-off...

... emerging after successfully fording some major white-water...

... apres-swim apparel on the sun deck, posing for the paprazzi...

...and finally, apres-swim nap with stuffed bird. It is, afterall, important to remember one's friends.

27.9.11

Colour Combos

These are such great and surprising colours...

... and the crocosmia are still one of my most favorite blooms ever.
Making headway on the studio... 2 more days until the big reveal and the first test drive... can't wait!

26.9.11

Another great Weekend

The weekend turned out to be beautiful... and FULL! And it almost killed Hiin, but thank goodness Kala the rescue dog was around to save the day.



Fun all around... and lots of walks, good cooking (so nice to have the chef back in the kitchen if only for a few days), stories and music. Also, another pile of boards for the house got stained, and dogs were taken care of while I got a chance to keep at the studio excavation while they were occupied with the siding.

25.9.11

Garden Gone Mad

It's been that kind of a year... my summer was spent doing reno's on a house, long days, long hours, and no garden time... so by the end of August, this is what was going on...

...by mid-September, things were just getting crazier and crazier...

...and now, here we are, just about October, and although everything is rather hairy, blooms are still blooming... my clematis is still on the go, the lilies have just died back, phlox is just in its glory, late gladioli are happening, and I have colour amongst the madness... but no time to do more than look... because I am still in search of my studio... !
I think I need to create a gardening group, where we spend one day per month at one person's garden on a rotational basis just to help things happen... not to mention to share plants that just take off and create way more progeny than anticipated.
Here is my one remarkable find this morning, amidst all the chaos.

21.9.11

I can't Find the Phone

The trouble with renovating when one lives and works in that same space is that all the good stuff that one has tends to get in the way of the renovation...

...

...WHERE...

...IS...

...THE...

...PHONE?!?!?!?

18.9.11

Thinking Mediterranean

I started to paint the walls in the stairwell, I'm still not sure about the colours, but with warm gales of wind and trees falling, we could very well be somewhere tropical.

I started with the top portion, painting it white, just to brighten up the space... which worked really really well... except for the fact that it made the bottom half of the walls, which were the natural colour of wood, look very very dirty. So then I painted the bottom white as well, which turned out to be too stark... so then off to the paint store, and wow the colours that one could choose!

Shep was pretty tired from all the painting by the end of the night... thankfully Kala wasn't here yet, otherwise I can imagine all the help he would have given me too!

15.9.11

Bright Eyes

There are still a few things blooming and coming into bloom in my mad garden... I haven't gotten there yet, but I'm looking!

14.9.11

Moonlit Morning

The moon has been full these past few nights, shining great big white light down... good for the middle-of-the-night outings with Kala... and quite beautiful when the sun also rises.

12.9.11

Mushrooming!

I went to the Mushroom Foray this past weekend, held in Terra Nova Park this year... and the shrooms seemed to be fairly scarce... any that I did find were being feasted on heavily by the nasty slugs!

I got to go via boat to a spot where the group that I was in forayed out into the wilderness to look for abundance and types of mushrooms... bald eagles, leaping slamon, spruce grouse, beautiful forests... great day! I only found 6 mushrooms, but that seemed to be about the highest number for our group anyway... enough to put into my grandfather's basket in anycase.

Yesterday, we found more mushrooms on our little waterfall trail than I did at the park...

...even some beautiful chanterelles that were fried in butter with garlic and put on toast... yum!

8.9.11

New Buddy

This is little Kala. We have had him here for three days now, and it is amazing the things he has learned in such a short time, and how much pleasure he brings to our home... I forgot how tiny puppies are (before he arrived, I bought a harness for him-- for an adult-sized dog)!

He likes to sleep on his pillow in the back, but he also likes to see what is going on. When he sits in the front, he hangs like an upside-down 'U' over that centre piece, facing the back (I raise it for him so he can do that). When he gets tired, he eventually just burrows into my side, or Shep's side, if Shep is along as navigator.

Having a thoughtful moment with Hiiner on his first morning at the Crow's Nest.

First river crossing...

...first swim-- his big webbed feet just push him along like nobody's business...

... by the second day, he was trying to follow Shep...

...keeping a good eye on the Big Guy...

... another thoughtful morning with Hiiner...

... and the perfect opportunity to catch a few nasturtiums...


... by the third day, he was chasing sticks like Shep, and bringing them along for the walk...

...two sort-of buddies... Sheppie will let him share the food bowls, but not the toys...

Two pooped black-and-whites at my feet. What a laugh!

7.9.11

Bridging the Gap

The installation of Bridging the Gap at the Eastern Edge Gallery went very well, thanks to Michelle and Lisa of the Gallery, and of course Nancy J for being so well prepared and ready to take pains to make sure that everyone who submitted work had it displayed in a proffessional manner.

Coming in from the main entrance, the first pieces of the show...

...the main room...

...left wall...





...admiring the mushrooms and bird in Whim of the Winds...

...perfect height for looking into...






...Michelle in her office...




...and here is a small detail of my new sculpture, Searching for Truth. It is a vrey nice show, go to the Eastern Edge and see it if you get the chance!