Friday, May 28, 2010

You just never know

I love the sound of trickling water outside ...
mind you, not the ground-soaking, gutter-busting downpours
we've had the last couple of days!

I've been pondering how to incorporate some type
of water feature in the back yard
that would be safe for the little ones.. definitely NO ponds!

This past Mother's Day Les bought me a fountain...
which til now, has been sitting in the box.

"It's time", he said Wednesday night.
So, I assisted in the unpacking and sorting of pieces
and then ran off to pick up a few groceries.

When I returned... he had picked the perfect spot
and it was up and running! :)

(sorry about the quality, it was getting dark)

He built a little fire
and we sat and enjoyed the fruits of his hard work.

It was quiet and peaceful
and I took in as much of the "sounds" as possible
before we retired for the night.

Notice the moon peeking up over the trees?
That's something we haven't taken time for yet this spring...
duly noted!


This morning I took a quick peek out the back door to check how
the garden was fairing with all the rain.

I noticed the fountain didn't need a pump to make it overflow..

The downpours continued relentlessly and when the rains let up
for a wee bit I stepped outside for another peek....

I gasped when I saw this...

We just may have got the timing wrong after all!

Tho this does make me sad :(
I know others have had much more 'turmoil' with all this rain,
and I am so thankful we're still on dry, un-shifting ground,
the basement isn't wet,
and as far as I know...with the flying branches, falling trees,
no one here.. in sunny Manitoba.. has been hurt!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pulling up roots..

I LOVE SPRING and the changes that come with it...

I love getting down and dirty in my garden, when my strength allows,
pulling out weeds and prettying things up...

I love anticipating how I'll move things around for a bit more enjoyment...

I love seeing the results of hard labour, when things are growing and blooming
as they were meant to.

The sad part though is ... when you think all is lovely ..

but then you get a closer look and see the weeds...UGLY weeds!

In order to save a remnant I'll have to uproot much of this plant!

I found them elsewhere too,
creeping in between every nook & cranny,
some safely tucked under rocks ...
some posing as part of a plant (the nerve!).

Some were easy to control - others required some major digging.

It's like they sprang up overnight, and yet, I know
that's not how it happens!

Life's a little like that isn't it...

The 'weeds' can come in oh so subtly... and, given the chance to flourish,
they'll choke out the beauty that God intended to be there.

We need to be constantly keeping things in check.

I know what I'm doing today... see you outside!
That is, after I spend a little time with my gardener :)

Oh, you might be wondering how I did with the spring cleaning...
let's just say it didn't go as planned,
the weather turned nice :)

All is good!