Monday 28 June 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Touches of Colour to Make You Smile


I hope you are enjoying your summer! 
Summer has come on full in the Yukon now.
The heat is soaring and the sun is shining so brightly.
The sun never really goes down here...just dips down just 
below the mountains and comes back up.
So...going to sleep while it's still bright is just the norm for  now.
With all the intense bright light the garden is growing fast.
The long cold cloudy spring had things growing slowly but now
they are growing exponentially. 

I love the touches of colour that are all around us.
In the yard and in the forest. 
We went from carpets of crocus, to carpets of lupin.
Now as the lupin is fading, the wild roses are coming to bloom.
There are also so many smaller flowers hidden in amongst the forest bushes.

I was out working in the yard and then stopped for a cup of tea.
Yes, it was hot but it was still so nice! 
I have put trays of ice cubes in the freezer for the first time this year.
Now I need to make room for making popsicles. 
We often just mix a container of frozen orange juice with yogurt and freeze 
that into the molds.  Nice and refreshing.

In the greenhouse there are lots of plants...
some I planted and some that grew all of their own accord.
Below is some lovely yarrow.  
I'll be saving some of the flowers for tea and salve.

Then there is my lovely chamomile that has just started
to flower!!!  The ones in the greenhouse.
My jar of dried chamomile is getting low.

Then there are the Labrador Tea flowers.
They have a lovely light scent and last quite awhile in a vase once cut. 

This year my daughter chose some lovely columbine flowers to add
to the perennial section of the garden.
First blooms came out this week.

I have a section of the flower buckets that have a lovely 
pastel feel to them.  They are starting to really grow in this heat.
In the back bucket there are poppies that are getting close to blooming.

One of my favourite containers is the one
steel kettle.  The petunias and lobelia look 
perfect together. 

I find this season of flowers and warmth so 
inviting and peaceful.
In it I see the amazing creativity the Lord has displayed.
His attention to detail and variety.
It is that way in our lives to. 
He is creating many small details 
and sometimes we just need to pause to take note of them. 

Thank you for dropping by! 
Praying you have a beautiful day!

Love and Prayers,

Monday 21 June 2021

Homemaking Mondays: When Things Are Quiet


What do you do when things are quiet? 
Do you stop to notice the details around you?
Here in the Yukon it's been rainy...
checking on the garden with an umbrella. 
There is a special smell in the air with the rain.
The leaves on the trees are coming out more and more. 

We are blessed with watching the sun set on the other side of the lake. 
The golden hues and reflections in the water
are magnificent to behold. 
It's late at night, but worth staying up for.

There are sweet droplets of rain hanging on the trees and bushes.
I thank the Lord for watering the earth and all 
those beautiful plants he's created. 

We have a sweet little squirrel that lives in our shed. 
She has gotten used to us being here. 
She has a special place she likes to sit and eat her breakfast. 

The garden is growing!
Although it seems cheers the heart.
Dreams of shopping from the garden 
that is still to come.

My family yesterday took a drive 
and found these sweet bluebells at the side of a pullout. 
If I had a shovel with me...some may have come home.
Perhaps I should tuck a little shovel in my truck for times such as these?

Talking about shopping the garden.
There are a few herbs that I can snitch from.
The fresh basil and chives tasted so delicious 
in our roasted tomato soup. 
One part of homemaking that I enjoy is adding those 
that makes a home feel more cozy and welcoming. 
It doesn't need to be something big
as those little details seem to touch us deeply. 

May your day be splendid! 
Praying you have a pleasant day adding garnishes to your home.

Love and Prayers,