A little catch up…cause I can’t think of a better title

October 2, 2014

Well then, fall has well and truly landed on the West Coast.

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There are much fewer days of sunshine and this means that there is a greater need to get out into the garden for as much of it as possible.

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The garden is still going strong with cool weather crops, but I do think that fate has been a bit cruel to my Brussels sprouts. They are full of aphids and have grown to tiny, one centimetre balls. Hmm, so much for organic sprouts. I did spray them with soapy water, but being away all summer hasn’t helped. Oh well, win some lose some. (I’ll spare you the gruesome photos)

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Other parts of the garden are wonderful though. What do we think of the beautyberry, (Callicarpa)? I can’t make up my mind if I like it or not. Three small bushes came with the house and garden. Is it me or do purple berries just seem to shout out “I AM POISON” as a rule? (Although I know they aren’t.)

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Sunflowers are so worth growing, aren’t they?

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Not only are they lovely, majestic reminders of the most beautiful of van Gogh and France, they make such wonderful fall playgrounds for all sorts of wildlife.

This little chickadee keeps visiting and doesn’t mind us or the cats at all. Chloe got really close to him…like directly underneath the sunflower… and kept snapping photos. He gave her a look, as if to say, “yeah? you and whose army?” and kept pecking out the seeds. I guess he owns the garden.

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So now it’s evening and C and I have planted fifty yellow tulips, twenty dwarf irises and gathered a bunch of kale leaves for kale chips to eat in front of the telly tonight.

And, I just bought a 60″ Sony…yes I did! To replace my father’s old, hand-me-down, ancient plasma, which emits a high pitched squeal and burns a thousand kilowatts per hour, (marginal exaggeration), and some decent shows are on now, so I think we might stream something and cocoon.

What’s everybody watching these days? I’m liking this silly Manhattan Love Story and really liking Scorpion, as well as all the favourite returning shows. Gosh I feel spoiled for choice.

One day away from the weekend! Cant come fast enough this week for me. 😀

Big hugs, and I hope your Friday just flies by and you’re relaxing into the weekend in no time.

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  • Reply debrashewhoseeks October 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Oh, there’s nothing like a big screen TV! At the moment, I’m following a couple of series — “Outlander” on Showcase and “Forever” on CTV. And of course “Murdoch Mysteries” will be starting its new season soon on CBC.

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Oh my gosh! Loving Outlander! And it has the best…knitwear around. Bet you thought I was going to say something else…lol. I’ve also started watching Foreverand I like that one too. Hopefully it’ll be one which stays. 😀

  • Reply Ida P. Krause October 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Nice little visit here with you. Loved the Purple berries such a different change from the reds/oranges of fall. Congrats on the new TV. Here we are enjoying all our Crime shows like NCIS and CSI and of course for me, DWTS.

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      I love NCIS too Ida. CSI gets a little bit…um…goopy for me sometimes. DWTS? Is that dancing with the stars? Never saw that. I’m not too good with reality shows, but I’ve loved some of the crime dramas over the years. 😀

  • Reply Molly October 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Love that sunflower! I saw Mahogany Sunflowers in a Cape Town garden recently – breathtaking.
    Thanks so much for the facebook love for my collage kitty 🙂 Words of artistic praise from you mean a lot!!

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Aw, that’s is a lovely collage Molly and you deserve every bit of praise for it. Mahogany sunflowers sound wonderful. One of mine was a deep bronze colour, so maybe that was one. Oh, one of the sunflowers was this wild tuft of bad hair day yellow. I loved that one too. I’ll try to pay more attention to the seedlings next year and grow a few more varieties. 😀

  • Reply paulasweetpea October 3, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Your photography is amazing! Beautyberry is one of my favorite fall plants. I have two varieties and so much enjoy that pretty purple color.

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Hello Paula, thank you so much. That beautyberry is growing on me. I seem to only have the one variety here in the garden. Maybe I’ll explore it more and see what other shades/types there are. Maybe it’s like a butterfly bush and comes in all sorts of shades of purple. 😀

  • Reply Carole C October 3, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Just subscribed to your blog and look forward to it – love your About page

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Hello there Carole, thank you so very much. I hope I can get to know you over time. 😀

  • Reply Sharon Smith October 3, 2014 at 4:42 am

    You are so talented. Sunflowers are my favorite. Enjoyed the visit.

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Oh, gosh, thank you. 😀 I love sunflowers too. Next year I think I’ll plant loads more. 😀

  • Reply mplemel October 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I love the purple berries, so pretty, Favorite shows, NCIS, Scorpion. I enjoyed your blog.

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Oh, I love NCIS too! Have you been watching it all these seasons? I have. Gibbs just gets better looking over time, doesn’t he? 😀

  • Reply Brenda Veinotte October 3, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Love your blog and your artwork. It is a blessing.

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you so much Brenda. Hope I can get to know you over time. 😀

  • Reply germaine34 October 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I love all of the pictures and your wiry beaded fishies! I am from Ontario! why and when do you go to England? just being curious.

    • Reply Veronica October 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Hello fellow Canadian blogger 😀 , thank you so much. I live in both countries, and so sort of split my time between. I’m a bit of a Euro-city mouse, having been born in Prague, (Czech mom, British dad), and raised all over the place. Robert lives primarily in the UK and I live primarily in Canada and we just move back and forth through out the year. I know that’s about as clear as mud…lol.

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn October 4, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Great dialogues on here today! …. favourite shows right now are Masters of Sex, Under the Dome, Falling Skies, Ghost Whisperer (I know I know …), Witches of East End XX

    • Reply Veronica October 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Oh, I remember Ghost Whisperer. I loved that show. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein October 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    catching up finally .. feeling like crap doesn’t make one want to sit in front of anything … i am loving Forever, my husband thinks its ‘stupid’ … and i am enjoying the return of favorites …

    • Reply Veronica October 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I’m loving Forever too, so you’re in good company…lol. 😀

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