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First Birthday

Yesterday my husband and I attended our granddaughters first birthday party.  The house was alive with little ones having a fun time of running through the house.  Kenzi wanted to join it but they kept knocking her down as they sped past her.  She is a trouper though.  No tears as she got back up and tried to go with the flow again. The hitch came when she was to participate in the smash the cake ritual that all of my daughter-in-laws family do at the first birthday.  Her maternal grandmother had made the smash cake and Kenzi was supposed to get down into it with both hands and get covered in cake.   Kenzi was having no part in it.  She cried as her hand was pushed into the cake.   Oh well maybe next year.  It was lovely to see all the little babies born at the same time as Kenzi and how sweet they all were.  Kenzi’s cake was an Elmo cake.  He is her favourite character.  I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.  I can feel spring in the air even though we have quite a bit of snow left bu…

Abstract Flowers

I found this photo in my Lightroom files yesterday and I decided to join Bonnie for her monthly Pixel Dust Photo Art PhotoArtFriday. Her theme this month was funny enough abstract art.  So I added one of her textures called Si  Belle to my abstract flowers and that is it.

Violet in Bloom

Recently I took an African Violet that had sprouted more than one root and divided it into 4 complete plants.  I have read that you are supposed to take off all the old leaves and I did sort of.  I put three plants in this greenhouse that I bought a few years ago at Homesense.  The other I put back in the kitchen with a plastic bag over its head.  It had blooms on it but I removed them.  When I took the bag off last week there were several more blooms forming.  I guess it had a notion to bloom and it was going to do it.   I have heard that African Violets are the easiest plant to grow but over the years I have killed my share.  I like to see them in bloom as they do have a pretty flower.  I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.   Have a wonderful week.  If enough of us think spring maybe we can make it happen.

Getting the Jump on Spring Display

Yesterday I attended Get the Jump on Spring at the Toronto Botanical Garden in Toronto.  This event is for all the Garden Clubs, Environmental organizations and Horticultural Societies to display information about themselves to the general public.  There were also presentations, specialty vendors and artisans and a floral design competition.  One of my own Society members Moira Sanders wrote a cookbook with her sister and cousin called the Harrow Fair Cookbook and is about to launch a new cookbook was there showing us how easy it is to make delicious jam in one pot over a small portable burner.  It was raspberry jam yesterday and it was so good.  My mosaic to day is just a few of the floral designs that were on display.  I am always in awe of the talent and the thought that goes on in making these designs.  The winner was a fellow who made the slice of cake in the bottom right of the picture.  It was a marvel.  I enjoyed the day and the idea that spring is coming and will be able to g…

Pink in High Key

Lately I have been working with a photography mentor to see if I can improve the quality of my photos.   During our sessions I have discovered that I have a love of high key photography.  That is photos that are taken with a white or bright background.  I bought a pot of ruffled pink cyclamen that I spend a lot of time photographing.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I though I would share these with you.Joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.  Enjoy your week.  We have snow so highly piled in the drive way that I hold my breath backing out.  You can not see what is coming down the road until you are quite a ways out.   Come on spring. Valerie

Images from a Winter’s Walk

I know many of you are experiencing some terrible winter storms.  The news has been showing us all the mishaps that have been going on on the roads.  Our news has been full of horrendous fires of people’s home and even a Nursing Home in Quebec.  It makes me sad.This week I looked back at some photos taken in winter in other years.  I found these images from a walk in Scanlon Creek, a Conservation Area near here, from back in 2012. The snow did not seem so deep. I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.  Keep comfy and warm this week. Valerie