A Good Home, Acts of Friendship, Canadian Gardens, Flowers, Gardens, Keeping the Faith

The Glory of Late Summer

So much beauty.

Late summer, but the garden is still resplendent with colour. 

Blog Photo - September 2018 Lovely Backyard tree to woods

Blog Photo - Garden 2018 Ligularia Yellow Blooms in border

The bees are plentiful and hard at work, drawn to fragrant hosta and almost everything else, it seems.

Blog Photo - Garden 2018 Bee on Hosta Bloom 2

Blog Photo - Garden 2018 Hosta White ECU

Blog Photo - Garden 2018 Bee ECU

Blog Photo - Garden Sept 2018 Very wide shot with bee in one lily

Blog Photo - Garden Sept 2018 Bee in Lily Med Wide

Blog Photo - Garden Sept 2018 Bee CU in Lily

The trees are still green.

Blog Photo - Garden August 2018 - Under the Dogwood tree

And there are blooms everywhere.

Blog Photo - Garden August 2018 - late blooms1

Blog Photo - Garden 2018 Single Blue clem

Blog Photo - Garden August 2018 - Zucchini and Flower

I give thanks for this season and the ability to enjoy it. Last summer, I had a bad concussion and broken bones from a sudden fall.  Luckily, my husband and an old friend both took photos so I could see bits of the garden.

Blog Photo - Garden Sept 2018 benches and blue pot by pool

This summer, life has again challenged me greatly at times — as it does to many of us.  Loved ones get seriously ill or die.  Another fall.  A lengthy medical assessment kicks off horrible nightmares and indescribable pain; I’m shocked to find myself again staring into the abyss.  I shake my head and have a few frank words with God.

But weep ye not!

Blog Photo - Garden 2018 Sunface

I’m determined to dwell, not on the bad, but on the good that’s around me. And there is so much good, so much beauty, to be thankful for.

Blog Photo - Garden 2018 Yellowish Hosta fersn and wall

My husband and children are healthy. They are caringly present, especially in rough times. 

Most days I am, according to my husband, “strimping along”. (I insist I’m striding or strolling, not limping.) 

My relatives, neighbours and friends are never far away.

Blog Photo - Garden August 2018 - Hosta in front

We support each other.

I surprised one dear friend with a funny birthday gift and kept a promise to another.  (Tiny acts, but I know they matter.)

My sisters and daughters called; we shared words of hope, love and reassurance.

Blog Photo - Garden 2018 Bee on Blue shrub

And I’m still keeping the faith.

And the sun still shines in abundance.

Blog Photo - Phillipians 4 Whatever is True

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Some pictures for Cynthia

It’s been a long time since I was able to take a long walk – something I loved to do. So Beth Callahan, hiking in France and Spain, decided to ‘take me along’ partway.

She didn’t know that San Sebastian, one of the places pictured here, occupies a place in my heart for one funny and several beautiful reasons.

I was among the first Canadians to arrive there at the height of the passionate ‘fish war’ between Canada and Spain in 1995 and found myself defending my country — while also assuring San Sebastian residents that if they would only agree to cook it and send it back, they could have all our Canadian fish. (Great fish recipes and cooks there.) It made many people smile, though one man never got over his upset at me for being Canadian.

Thank you, Beth, for evoking memories of this special place, and for the other photos too!

Notes from a Hermitage

For blogging friend extraordinaire, Cynthia Reyes (.com), who I have walked some time in honor of during this hike, here are some pictures of Good Homes seen along the way in France and Spain:

Tonight I’m in Llanes, which a Spanish speaker tells me is pronounced “YAH-nez”. There are houses here called “Casas Indianos”. They are mansions built during a time after many from the Northern coast of Spain had gone abroad to the Americas to find a way of making a living during a time of hardship in Northern Spain. These mansions were built as fruits of their labor overseas.

Just beyond Unquera in the North of Spain. It’s been turned into a hiker hostel.

Spanish Colonial? This is in San Sebastián, Basque Country. San Sebastián was one of, if not the, most beautiful and vibrant cities I’ve ever visited.

Chambre d’Hôte “Les 3 Cochons d’Olt” in Arcambal, France…

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A Good Home, Canadian Gardens, Carol and Wayne Shaw's Gardens Summer 2018

Wayne and Carol – The Garden

You may remember Wayne and Carol from my post “What A Project!” 

Blog Photo - Wayne Building

Wayne’s always building something, and my family is always intrigued with his projects. 

Blog Photo - Wayne and Carol Kitchen ws

His latest ones were their new kitchen, and the exterior of  “The Coach House”, below, with plans to finish the interior next.

Blog Photo - Carol Garden coach house beautiful exterior

“Has Wayne completed The Coach House yet?” I asked Carol a few weeks ago.

“He will, but right now I’ve got him mulching the garden beds,” she replied.

Their garden in Warkworth, and others elsewhere in southern Ontario needed mulching this summer.  It’s been hot and dry.

Blog Photo - Carol garden delphiniums over fence - gorgeous

So while we wait for Wayne to return to the splendid Coach House, let’s take a photo tour of Carol’s garden, starting with the beautiful blue delphinium over the front fence.

Blog Photo - Carol garden glorious photo of delphinium over fence

Blog Photo - Carol garden delphinium over street

And lilies and daisies and other blooming stuff.

Blog Photo - Carol garden pink lilies and sign about flowers

Blog Photo - Carol Garden orange lilies - picket fence in bg

Blog Photo - Carol garden beautiful potted arrangement on front patio

Blog Photo - Carol garden at front with plants and house front

Blog Photo - Carol garden daisies etc

Moving along the side towards the back…

Blog Photo - Carol garden wide shot of fence and rocks and flowers from street

By way of the paths…

Blog Photo - Carol garden lovely side path and blooms

Blog Photo - Carol garden path from other view

We see mulched beds and flowers – the results of both Wayne’s and Carol’s hard work…

Blog Photo - Carol Garden from coach house view

Blog Photo - Carol garden with barometer over flower pot

Blog Photo - Carol garden bed well mulched

 beside and between the main house and Coach House.

Blog Photo - Carol garden lovely shot of the coach house and back of house and garden bed

And it’s all lovely, of course.  We expect nothing less.

We’ll check back in with Carol and Wayne when the Coach House is complete.

Blog Photo - Carol garden back garden bed

Meanwhile, I hope your summer goes well, unless you’re in the part of the world where it’s winter — in which case, I hope winter is short and spring is near.

Photos by Wayne and Carol Shaw