Friday, July 01, 2011

June Wrap-Up

Seems to me like the seasons fly bye.  I've been busy all of June, so very busy.  But - I usually have my camera with me and have snapped some photos along the way that I will share.  First, my lupine field.  It is just the empty back field - in the spring I have it cut down with a big mower deck on the tractor and then let the lupines come and go before mowing again.  I am contemplating putting in fruit bushes back here.  Those thornless blackberries, raspberries, elderberry...  Wouldn't that be lovely?  I am sure the deer and birds would just love them too!
June is also the month when fiddleheads show up in the grocery store.  Front and center here.  Fiddlehead quiche, fiddlehead soup, just plain fiddleheads.  Mmmmm.  A neighbor caught me snapping this photo and thought I was funny!
This bush is popular with the bees!  I am not much of a gardener, but I do try to plant bushes and perennials where-ever I live.  This one was supposed to be a mini (like the one next to it), but obviously it isn't so next year maybe I will move it out of this planter and put it in the front of the house.

For sure I always plant peonies because they remind me of my Nana.  Here is one of the 1st ones of the season, which I promptly picked and brought over to my neighbor.
This is Coonie - my ever wild, stray cat.  3 years and he still hisses at me in the morning when I feed him, but I think that just may be his way of talking.  He is a fighter and if I give him milk I can get close enough to put neo-sporn on his wounds.  Because of my travel schedule I would never get a pet, but this one found me and I couldn't really let him starve, now could I?  I actually pay someone to come feed him all winter.  This summer he is scheduled for a trip to the vet for his needles and to be fixed and hopefully that will put an end to some of his fights.  Then again - we had that scheduled for last summer too but they only take ferral cats 1 day a month and you have to be able to CATCH the CAT to get him here.  Humph!
Lobster season is over in Canada.  All the traps had to be out of the water by last night.  All week long the pier has been a parade of one pick-up truck after another loaded like this hauling the traps home.  I call it the lobster trap parade.  Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of traps all stacked along the pier.  I watched one boat come in and they told me they had 1200 pounds of lobster on that run.
NOT much going on in the way of sewing, but last night I did manage to make 1 little block.  The directions are on Bonnie's blog at - click on June 2011 and you will find it.  Been too busy with work, renovations, plants. etc.  And waiting and waiting and waiting to see my DH and son again.  The schools in Austria sure don't give much of a summer vacation - he is still in school!!!  But they will be coming along soon enough and that will be one happy day!


Mary said...

Your empty back field is beautiful!

I hope your son and husband get there soon and that they get to stay a while before heading back.

Lindah said...

Ohh, the lupine is so lovely! The variety of lupine that grows in my climate is quite small, even so a favorite from my childhood.

I have to chuckle about your cat. --Do animals ever remind you of people? Your cat reminds me of a certain gentleman in my community. Perhaps it is the eye expression? I don't know. Personality sounds similar, too. :-)

You have been so patient. I can just imagine you are counting the days and minutes until your family returns. In the meantime, it sounds like you have little time on your hands.

The little block is quite pretty. Yellow and blue are such a cheerful combinaion. A block here and a block there... soon you have enough for a whole quilt top.


paula, the quilter said...

Coonie has a bit of a bobcat look to him. Lovely bridal wreath spirea bush.