Friday, September 22, 2017

End of Summer

My morning glory is gracing us with a few beautiful blue blooms every morning. Such a pretty flower and such an intense blue! 

It's so humid out there again. Wearing sandals with bare feet and walking through the few fallen dried leaves on the sidewalks seems so wrong. I'm ready for some fall weather now please. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cleaning Copper

Awhile ago I was looking all over Pinterest for tips on cleaning copper. I have an antique copper sign from my parents' place, which originally came from my Great Aunt's place, which was probably originally purchased by my great grandparents or someone even earlier than that! I just don't know. But it's copper and it looked awful. My parents had this sign for quite some time, and I do remember that it almost gleamed with a nice coppery finish. Unfortunately the house my parents downsized to had some serious damp problems in the basement and a lot of their stuff got mildew and was quite ruined. The sign had got stuck in their basement, and this is what it looked like ...

You can see where I tried to clean it up with a chemical cleaner in the upper right corner, but it didn't seem to be working well.

Someone on Pinterest suggested an unlikely copper cleaner using ketchup! Well, what the heck! I had some ketchup, so I slathered it all over the sign and let it sit for some time, but not long enough for it to dry out.

After wiping off the ketchup and washing the sign as best I could (it's mounted on a wooden board so I didn't want to submerse it water), it came out looking like this ...

Not perfect, and not quite as coppery and shiny as I would have liked, but it's better than it was. At least now I can hang it up somewhere. I like the style of writing ... sort of "arts and crafts" stylized lettering. 

And here are some photos from my garden this afternoon :)

My son's climbing rose, which doesn't have anything to climb up!

the bumblebees are frantic to get in the last of the pollen from my turtlehead flowers

turtlehead patch

Everything is fading and browning around the edges despite the fact that the past two weeks have been in the high 20s!! Yesterday and today were quite unbearable with the humidity, and I confess I've been hiding out in the house where we have the airconditioner humming away. I think the a/c has been on more in September than it has been all summer. 

In a few days my husband and I are back camping in Algonquin Park where the colours are at their peak! Can't wait! I hope it's not too hot as we want to hike Centennial Ridges, which is a rugged trail. 

Thanks for stopping by!


hoping for a whole lot of this on the weekend ...

Canisbay Lake

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Royal Canoes

Update: I just finished reading this article about a display at Buckingham Palace showcasing gifts given to Queen Elizabeth. I guess these canoes won't be in that display ;)

When my husband and I visited the Canoe Museum in Peterborough earlier this summer, there was an interesting trio of canoes on display. Three canoes that had been gifted to members of the royal family from our Canadian government.

In the photo below, the three canoes are (from top to bottom), a cedar strip canoe commissioned by then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau given to Princess Diana and Prince Charles for their wedding in 1981; a cedar strip Peterborough canoe given to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip for their wedding in 1947; and a cedar strip canoe made by Walter Walker of Lakefield, Ontario, given to Prince Andrew after his attending Lakefield College in 1977.

These canoes are gorgeous and real works of art, each one slightly different, but with beautiful details.

Queen Elizabeth's canoe shows signs of being well used ... which is a good thing! I wonder where they paddled it, and if their children enjoyed some fun times paddling it as well. It was wonderful to see these royal canoes, and I'm not sure if they are at the museum permanently now, or just on loan. I think something about that was mentioned, but I can't quite recall now. 

Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was a great canoe enthusiast, and his favourite canoe is also on display at the museum (for some reason, I didn't get a photo of it!). He also received a buckskin coat from the Maniwaki Chamber of Commerce, made by Mary Commanda. Both Mary and her husband were renowned for their birchbark canoes. 

the English blurb can be seen in the next photo

This is another plaque about Mary Commanda and her husband William:

I'm currently reading another book by Roy MacGregor about canoeing and canoes in Canada. He talks about Pierre Trudeau who was great friends with film maker and canoe enthusiast Bill Mason. It was interesting to read more about these two men after seeing and reading about them at the canoe museum.

Sorry for the poor, grainy quality of the photos ... these were taken before we got our new camera.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

End of Summer Garden

We've been having some absolutely gorgeous weather here in southern Ontario for the month of September! Warm days and cool nights ... perfect combination for excellent fall colours coming to us soon. When we were up north last Monday, many of the trees had started to turn already, and some maple trees had completely turned. We'll be back again for one more fall camping trip very soon ... can't wait!

Back here at home, things have been going from dull to suddenly stressful in turns. I'll be happy to see the end of estate obligations by the end of this year. The gardening hasn't been as much consolation to me this summer as it has been in the past. I think because we had so much rain all through summer that I didn't feel motivated to get out and keep things in check and move things around like I normally do. Almost everything was left alone.

Here are a few shots of the flowers blooming out there now ...

played with this photo a bit :)

balloon flower

love lies bleeding did well, although it has since been trimmed up by chipmunks!!

I've waited three years for my milkweed to produce seed pods

Heavenly Blue morning glory
There is a nice patch of turtlehead flowers which I forgot to take photos of. I did move some of these to a new location, and I hope they spread well there. These are a flower that have done really well, and although they spread, it's done slowly over many years. The black-eyed Susans are a favourite of mine and I've transplanted them all over my yard. Love the deep yellow at this time of year, it just looks so cheery! 

I hope things are well wherever you live. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected through the recent hurricanes and on-going wild fires out west. My brother tells me that even in Victoria, there is fine ash settling over everything there. These disasters are not something we have ever had to deal with in my area, and seeing all of the damage on the news is incredible. Stay safe.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Last Monday :)

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