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A Photographer’s Passion for Flowers

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Gundy Schloen is passionate about photography.

So: add her passion for photography to her passion for flowers and what do you get?

Blog Photo - Maltese Cross Photo by Gundy Schloen

Beautiful photos of flowers, of course.

Over the years, Gundy has taken thousands of photos of flowers.

Flowers in her own garden and flowers wherever she goes.

Blog Photo - Oshawa Peony Festival -Photo by Gundy Schloen

Like the Oshawa Peony Festival a few weeks ago. (Oshawa is a city east of Toronto.)

So I asked her if I could feature just a few of the photographs she took there.

Blog Photo - Peony Yellow - Photo by Gundy Schloen

But choosing just a few was very difficult. I really liked this one, above.

Then again, I liked this photo below and the one below that.

Blog Photo - Peony large pink CU - photo by Gundy Schloen

Blog Photo - White Peony photo by Gundy Schloen

Gee whiz – I liked a lot of them.

Blog Photo - Peony Border photo by Gundy Schloen

And aren’t these ones below just luminous?

Blog Photo - Red Peonies - Photo by Gundy Schloen

Beautiful flowers…. and beautiful photography.

Blog Photo - Prized peony - Photo by Gundy Schloen

Well done, Gundy and thanks for allowing me to feature “a few” of your stunning photos.

Blog Photo - Gundy Schloen in her garden - photo by P. Schloen

Photos copyright of Gundy Schloen.

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A Bloomin’ Finale

Welcome to the last of the summer vines.

Blog Photo - Last Purple Clem 2

Purple clematis hanging on, above.

Also, do you remember that the wild rabbits ate two of my favorite clematis vines right down to the ground last winter?

Well, the pink one finally resurrected itself in mid-summer. And started blooming this week.

Blog Photo - Last Clem Vine - Single Pink CU

I’m glad, because it’s the clematis on the cover of my book, A Good Home.

Blog Photo - Arbor and pink clematis

agoodhome_cynthiareyesAnd I’m taking it as a sign that there’ll be more books in my future!

Blog Photo - Last Clematis Pink

Meanwhile, I walked around the garden in search of more ‘last blooms’. Ever tried holding a cane in one hand and a camera in the other?

The result is uneven. (Some of you, my blogger friends, are fantabulous photographers, so –  be kind!)

Blog Photo - Last Hosta to Bloom

Blog Photo - Last Hosta to Bloom CU

The white-blooming hosta, above,  is a fresh sight in the fading garden.

So is a very late Annabelle hydrangea bloom.

Blog Photo - Last White Hydrangea CU

Normally, they’ve all turned green already.

Blog Photo - Last Blooms - Green Hyrdrangea

The morning glories are now blooming in two colours, though I planted only one (the blue-purple).

Blog Photo - Last Morning Glories

Blog Photo - Last Morning Glories Single Blue

Blog Photo - Last Morning Glories CU Blue

Some flowers bloom gloriously….

… and some are shy.

Blog Photo - Last Puprle clem to bloom

Just like people.

Wishing you a happy Labour Day weekend.

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Almost There – John’s House Pt. 5

Ever get the impression that this blog is my way of living vicariously through others?  That I write stories about people who do things I wish I could do — or used to be able to do?

If so, you’d be partly right.

But what John Garside is doing – almost entirely by himself – blows my mind.   And now, as he nears his self-imposed deadline for moving Ann and himself into their house in Prince Edward County, I find myself holding my breath every time a new email comes from John.

Blog Photo - John Yellow Room and Scaffold

Will this be the email where John finally confesses that he needs a break from all this work, and that – promise or no promise –  the idea of moving in this spring is ridiculously un-do-able?

But it never is.  Not when he has to repair major cracks in the coach house foundation (below).  Not when he undertakes the delicate restoration of original ceiling medallions.  Not even when he is clearing out the basement.

Blog Photo - Johns Coach House

Blog Photo - Johns House Medallion

A lot of the work has been onerous.  As for the basement, John says it “was very crowded — 100 years of clutter — and cut up with old wooden partitions etc.  This was totally removed by me. 6,300 lbs. of stuff!!”

Right now, John’s working on finishing up the library.

Blog Photo - Johns House Library in Progress

The more John restores the house, the closer he feels to it, and the more he learns about its past.   He’s made a few intriguing discoveries.  Like the original signatures of the first owner and his young son, written in concrete.

“William W. Bedell,” explains John, “was the father.  Willet V. Bedell was his only son.  The boy would have been only 7 or 8 years old when he did it.”

Blog Photo - Johns House  Signature in concrete

Sadly, Willet died as a young man.  It was during the First World War, “on a Troop Ship in 1917 en route to France”.

The second family to own the house were the Wards, though John doesn’t yet know who exactly “Envers” was.   There’s still a lot to learn about the home’s history.

Blog Photo - Johns House Name on wood

John’s original move-in date was April 30.  But life follows its own course.

Just a few weeks ago, John’s mother’s health declined suddenly.  She died within days.

This spring is a time of change for John, Ann, and family.

It’s also a time of renewal.

After a rough winter, a flock of tiny blue scilla flowers is blooming in the garden.  It’s one of the first flowers of spring.

Blog Photo - Johns House Blue Scilla

And inside the house, John keeps repairing and restoring.

Another room done, one left to go. Then, after all the cleaning up, comes the big move.

The movers are now booked for May 7.

We’re cheering you on, John!

Photos by John Garside.

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Down to the Wire – John’s House Pt. 4

I have not had the nerve to ask John THE question: 

“Will the work be finished by April 30?”

Now that the electrical wiring is all done, John’s been working hard to meet his  self-imposed deadline.  But I know he’s had a couple of major life events to deal with recently.  So I waited a bit before checking in.

I find John working throughout this Easter weekend. For him, this is not a time to kick back and rest for the holidays.

As usual, he’s well prepared for this phase of work  — the plastering and painting.  He’s stocked up on supplies……

Blog Photo - John Paint Cans

For patching holes in walls and baseboard ….

Blog Photo - REd Room with Holes in Plaster

Repairing the plaster around the new light switches ….
Blog Photo - John Plastering Around Light Switch

Priming walls and painting the woodwork….

Blog Photo - John Yellow Room Primed

And the most delicate work of all:

Blog Photo - Green Room with Yellow room in BG

The walls and ceiling of this room.

Blog Photo - Hohn Rebuilt Green Room Medallion and CM

See that thing in the ceiling?  No, not the black thing – the white thing, to the left.  It’s a finely crafted medallion  – a gem rarely seen in houses today.  This medallion – along with the plaster ceiling and crown molding, was badly damaged by a water leak from the floor above some years ago.  John, intrepid soul, decided to repair them both.  But first, he had to stop the problem from recurring:

“A new eaves trough and downspouts solved this, which is what I did just after taking possession of the house.  Since then there has been no more water leaking into (the house).”

Blog Photo - John's Work on Ceiling and CM and Leaded windows

The features in this room are remarkable. The high ceilings. The medallion. The deep crown molding. The leaded windows.

Is there progress?  Heck, yes.

Blog Photo - Green Room and Leaded Windwos Complete

Have a look at this:

Blog Photo - John Yellow Room and Scaffold

And this:

Blog Photo - John Red Room FinishedAnd this:

Blog Photo - Finished Green Room

And this too.

Blog Photo - John Yellow Room Painted

Plus, John also finished up the wood flooring on the third floor.

Blog Photo - John finished floors

Seems to me like John just might get to keep his promise to Ann – that they’ll move in by month-end.  After all, he’s been working like the dickens.   But I don’t have the heart to ask him this, on top of everything he’s gone through lately.

So we’ll just have to find out together.

Stay tuned.

Photos by John Garside.