Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Still More Ups and Downs

The Geek has built another stand for the rainbarrels using an old mattress frame.

And while she has managed to un-flatten the green watering can, the rose is finished. Funny, the only functional part of the metal can is the rose. I suspect a graft will occur.

As I was leaving for the gym this morning I heard a crash and a 'swoosh'.

I guess a the weight capacity of a double bed frame is considerably less than two partially full rainbarrels.
At least they had the courtesy to tip this time so they didn't have to be bailed out.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

HIgher Than Normal

The Portage Diversion is starting to raise the levels on Lake Manitoba.
Last weekend I went with Dad to one of the neighbours to pick up some cattle. The water on either side of the road is covering a couple of his pastures.
The school bus in the distance is usually meters from the shore.
I hope it doesn't get much higher than this. People around here are already starting to run out of pasture.

Friday, 20 May 2011

The Garden is in, But We Need New Watering Cans

I managed to plant the garden tonight and when I went to water in the tomatoes, I found that the cans were inaccessible.
The new rainbarrel stand provided the perfect place to store the watering cans,
and the perfect place to squash them when they collapsed.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Birthday Tulips

The tulips Ruzter and K gave me for my birthday are blooming.

And I love violets.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Some Ups and Downs

The asparagus and violets are shooting up.

However the newly built rainbarrel stand could not support the weight of one small rain.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Fiddling Around

Up come the ferns.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Just One More Warm Day

The tulips are just aching to bloom.

I'm pretty impatient too.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Tulips are Tough

They and the rhubarb lived thru' the heavy wet snow.

The rhubarb looks a little shocked, if the leaves are anything to go by, but it is still alive.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Halifax Whistle Stop

Halifax is a lovely old city.
Sister C had a conference there for four days at the end of April, beginning of May, so I tagged along.

Here are some of the many reasons to love that city.

Bookstores overflowing with books

Lovely parks. This is the Public Garden.

A place where you can actually tell your kids to go join the circus...and have them succeed.

Cool murals celebrating the city's seafaring past.

An interesting sky line.

Th Old Burying Ground, unfortunately closed for the season. My friend Mark told me I would be able to talk to ghosts, so I was understandably disappointed.

Tons of pubs with funky names.

Old churches, built when style mattered.

And while I have no pictures, the drivers were ever so polite to pedestrians. I want to go back and stay longer!!

Monday, 2 May 2011

An Ugly Suprise

No one likes to see this stuff at the beginning of May.