Monday, April 10, 2017

"Behind The Crimson Door"

I spotted another fairy door on our long walk on Sunday. Someone spent much time and effort with this one.
Earlier this week Janice popped by for a visit. The closing date on her new home is 18 days from now. The elderly gentleman has moved out and the house is empty. Janice wanted to get some photos of the back deck as she is having it torn out and a new one constructed to accommodate her hot tub.
Janice is not a gardener so mentioned that I could have any plants I wanted once the closing date passes.
There are four large clumps of rhubarb so I asked if I could have one of them. I haven't had my own rhubarb patch in 17 years!
The weather has been up and down for the past week. Friday morning we woke up to snow and it continued most of the day.
The feeders were very busy.
The goldfinches are really yellowing up.
A few nights ago the clouds were so interesting. I just stood and watched them for a few minutes.
Curly, Larry and Moe!
I slowly am putting out my garden stuff. Mr Sunshine still looked happy even though it was raining.
Grackle feet!
We stopped by the Airforce Base on Saturday for a moment. Recently they erected this giant sculpture. It is two hands holding up the globe. Not the best photo as it was from the car. I want to stop one day and take a photo from the side. You can see the hands better from that angle.
Snow still up in the Murray Hills a bit. I imagine by today it is gone.
The missing woman I mentioned last time has been found. She was found in the water about 30 kms (18 miles) away. The police are trying to patch together what happened. The day she went missing there still was ice on the Bay. Did her dog go out on the ice and became stranded? In her attempt to save him did she get in trouble herself? There never was any indication that she had been a victim of foul play. Very sad but the family has some closure.
It's that time of year! My car is coming out of Winter storage. Chuck changed the oil and gave it a once-over to make sure everything is o.k. Can't wait to drive it!

I am on the hunt for pansies. I always have a big pot at the front door to enjoy during the Spring. Hopefully I can get some this week.

Have a wonderful week!
Robin


60 comments:

  1. Ohhhhhhh that car!!!!!!! Sleek and Red!!!!! What more can anyone ask for!!!!! :-))))

    I had the first (red) Firebird, for years. Loved that cool car!!! Happy memories.

    Oh yes, get the rhubarb!!! On yes! You will be happy. :-) And even if she can't garden, she can put hosta in and never have to do a thing to it. :-)

    Oh those clouds. So lovely and ever changing. A a purrrrrfect photo op!!!!

    Happy Spring,
    Luna Crone

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    1. Hi Luna,don't worry, I will grab the rhubarb! I love everything rhubarb.
      I will recommend Janice put in hosta but her front garden gets lots of sun so maybe something else for there.
      Have a good day!

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  2. Hello, I love all your birds and the cute fairy door. . The grackles have a pretty shine on them. Your red car is pretty. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Hi Eileen, I really like the fairy door too. Someone really laboured over it!
      I do love my red car!
      Have a great week too.

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  3. How could you go so long without a personal rhubarb patch? And I thought monks were all about self-denial.

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    1. Hi Joni, I have felt very denied not having a rhubarb patch. Luckily I have had a few friends over the years who gave some to me and the rest I get at Farmer's Markets.
      Take care.

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  4. I've tried to grow rhubarb a couple of times in our current home and so far no luck. I should probably try a different (more inconvenient) location because it is so nice to have and so expensive to buy at the store.

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    1. That's too bad you haven't had luck growing rhubarb. Usually it grows like weeds.
      We have great Farmer' Markets here where I pick it up.
      Be well!

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  5. Thanks for the update on the missing woman. That is very sad. I do love your car - you will have fun driving around this spring! How nice to get some "free" plants. I've never grown or eaten rhubarb. My husband talks about it often (he is from MI originally). Love your birdie photos. That's a nice sculpture at the AFB. I hope you find pansies for your pots. Here in GA, it gets too hot for pansies about May 1....they bloom all winter from late fall though here. I hope you enjoy your day.

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    1. Hi Mildred, it is so sad about the lady. We never will truly know what happened.
      I can't wait to drive my car again. It is a lot of fun to drive.
      I can't imagine having pansies blooming all winter. How lovely!
      Enjoy your day!

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  6. Looks like spring has found your part of the world. Have fun in that shiny red Mustang!!!

    We had one .......they are fun to drive.

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    1. Hi Dee, it finally is Spring here. The winter seemed so long. We received our first snow in November and the last (hopefully!) last week so that is long enough!
      Always nice to meet another Mustang owner!
      Have a good day!

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  7. I want to find some pansies, too.
    Yum! Rhubarb. Now I'm craving a rhubarb crumble.

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    1. Hi Pom Pom, pansies to me are a sure sign that summer isn't too far off.
      Hope you had some rhubarb crumble!
      Take care.

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  8. Oh I love the fairy door so much, I have little fairy houses in our garden and love things like that. I have some pansies growing in the greenhouse, but it may be a bit far for you to come xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I was at the garden nursery this morning and they were just putting out items for fairy gardens. They were so adorable, I had to restrain myself from buying anything yet.
      I would live to come visit the U.K one day!
      Have a good week.

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  9. My brother digs out hosta plants for me, when his bunches get too big...love getting free plants! Our yard is so shady, that hostas do very well, so the more, the merrier! I once stopped by a strangers house and admired her irises; she let me dig out a couple of bunches...sweet!

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    1. Hi Vicki, I have gone from a shady yard to a very sunny one so a whole new way in garden planning.
      Gardeners always seem happy to share plants. Our neighbour here has given me two wheelbarrows full of perennials.
      I am very anxious to see everything cone up!
      Take care.

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  10. My Mom has a big rhubarb patch - I'm not a fan but she loves it!

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    1. Hi Valerie, it seems either you love rhubarb (me!) or you hate it, no in between! My parents had a rhubarb patch that was huge too. Very old plants, probably 70 years old as they were originaly in my grandparents garden.
      Happy knitting!

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  11. the fairy door is AWESOME !!!! enjoy the rhubarb; it's hard to find around here; and condolences to the family left behind of that lady :( ♥♥

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    1. I love the fairy door too! Chuck said he would make me one for a tree in our yard. Too bad rhubarb is so hard for you to find. Usually you can find some for free around here!
      Have a good week!

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  12. Love the red fairy door. I put out the 2 that I have but decided I need another one ... maybe the Blue House has one. My rhubarb is up too, can wait to pick some. We need to drive by and see the new statue/sculpture. It was a lovely day but just had wicked winds as a line of thunder storms moved through just to the north of us.

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    1. Hi Linda, would you post a photo of your fairy doors? Or are they somewhere on your blog?
      The new statue is at the round-about at RCAF Road and Hamilton Road. I think it is so interesting. Hope you get to see it soon!
      We received so far 16 drops of rain but the wind was fierce.
      Take care.

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  13. I love that fairy door, too. Really sparks the imagination.

    Rhubarb; yum! Lovely of her to give you whatever plants you want. You might as well give them a good home. :-)

    The goldfinch is so pretty, and I got a kick out of "Larry, Curly and Moe."

    The clouds are so neat -- yes, must have been the same day I was snapping the clouds at the bus transfer point.

    Hurrah for Mustang season! I know you'll have great fun zipping around.

    I'm terribly sorry about the woman (and her dog, poor little thing), though as you wrote, at least her family and friends have closure.

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    1. Hi Kim, after looking at the fairy door Chuck said he could build me one for one of the trees in the yard.
      Janice HATES gardening and Keith just does the bare minimum so we will benefit from their lack of interest!
      I am so looking forward to having my car back on the road. The insurance kicks in on Friday.
      Hope you and your Dad had a good afternoon!
      Talk soon.

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  14. The fairy door is amazing. I would love to see this!

    The clouds are so pretty! Wow! A pot of pansies sounds so cheerful.

    That is so terribly sad about the lady, but hopefully her family has a little comfort knowing there was no foul play.

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    1. Hi Vicki, I just happened to notice the fairy door out of the corner of my eye. It was very sweet with a little rock garden around it.
      I hope to find some pansies sometime this week. Growing up my Mum always had a crock of pansies on the front step. I now have the crock and continue on with the tradition.
      We are all thankful the lady was found and there was no foul play. It is so sad they never will really know what happened.
      Take care.

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  15. Nice to get back to reading your blog. : )
    No time to comment on all that I missed!!

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    1. Hi Karen, glad you are back. Hope you had a lovely time on your break!

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  16. Thanks for dropping by House Panthers today.
    As Julie is the black cat, she posts there on Mondays.
    The other times she is on our main blog http://mickeytheblackcat.blogspot.ca/
    We see that you have lived in Nova Scotia. That is where we live.Just outside Dartmouth.
    We really enjoyed your pictures especially the Fairy door!
    We look forward to dropping by again.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. We lived in Lawrencetown, just by the beach. Loved it there but my Dad's ill health necessitated a move back to Ontario. Small world isn't it?
      I will check out your other blog too.
      Have a good day!

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  17. I made an apple/rhubarb crisp for dessert today and that was the last of the frozen rhubarb! My plant is very small so I'll be buying more this season.

    Love the fairy house! It's so cute!
    I'm sorry that the poor missing woman was found dead but as you say, at least the family has some closure.

    You seem to have more interesting clouds that we. Ours are the steady solid gray ones. That keep giving us rain. Not at all attractive.

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    1. Hi Granny Marigold, Janice is so kind to share her rhubarb. She is the only one that likes it in her house so she would just end up giving some to me anyway!
      We do get such fantastic clouds here and they are not obstructed by any tall buildings. I think the highest building in town is three stories. When we lived in Nova Scotia it was rather depressing during the foggy time of the year. The sky was a solid gray too.
      Take care.

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  18. That fairy door is very cute! Love seeing all the critters that are ready for spring! Even the Mustang! :)

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    1. Thanks for popping by! The Mustang is raring to go! So glad the Spring weather has finally come.
      Have a good day!

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  19. Oh, I want a little fairy door just like that one! Robin, your car!!! I love a sporty car...but what do I drive? A 1998 little white Toyoto Corolla. Yuk!

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    1. Hi Henny, I hope to have a fairy door or two to enjoy!
      Chuck LOVES Mustangs and we have always had one our whole married life. It's only driven April thru November so it NEVER sees snow. Not at all practical but what heck!
      Have a great day!

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  20. Hi! That is so nice that your new neighbor is thoughtful enough to share her rhubarb and plants with you. Pretty car and cute fairy house! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, Janice has been wonderful from the moment I met her a few years ago. We had purchased her Mom's home (our last home) and we just clicked right away and have stayed friends. I really am looking forward to being neighbours again!
      Have a good day!

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  21. Your photos always tell the best stories of the times there. Each one.

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    1. Hi Robin, I am glad you enjoy my posts. I like reading about people's daily lives so I assume other people do too. We live in all different parts of the world and what a wonderful we can connect.
      Take care!

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  22. I just love dropping in and seeing your photos and reading your stories! I love that little crimson door!
    xo
    Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynn, so glad you enjoyed the photos. The crimson door is gorgeous!
      Have a great day!

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  23. I love all your bird and animal visitors! And I have never seen a fairy door here in Montreal! The crimson door is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, I just love your posts. :)

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    1. Hi Linda, glad you enjoy our visitors! It is only here in Brighton that I see the fairy doors. Someone put so much work into that one.
      Enjoy your day, hope you are getting some sun!

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  24. I wouldn't mind taking a spin around town with you in that gorgeous red car! I had wondered if ice might have had something to do with the mystery surrounding the missing woman. We had one very cold spell in January when the pond froze over. My sweet doggie ran out onto the ice, slipping and sliding with every step. I was so afraid the ice would break and she wouldn't be able to get out. The goldfinches have been here today. I took pictures through the kitchen window.

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    1. Hi Chip Butter, I would love to have you along for a ride!
      I am so glad your doggie was safe and sound after being out on the ice. It is so frightening watching them slipping. We do imagine this is what happened to the lady.
      How nice you saw the goldfinches. They are such a bright spot in dreary weather as we are having today.
      Be well!

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  25. your car is beautiful, love Curly Larry and Moe and the little goldfinch. signs of spring.. enjoy your drive.. all of them. that is a truly creative fairy door, love it

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    1. Hi Sandra, thanks so much, I do love my car!
      Spring is just bursting out here after what seemed like a long Winter.
      Chuck plans on making me a fairy door. I just have to decide which tree!
      Take care.

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  26. Hi...Sandra from the Mad Snapper sent me over to check out the pic you took of the fairy door and window. I am always crafting stuff so she thought I would like to see that. Great blog, love how you covered several things. I love the goldfinch. I have been seeing a blue bird (not Blue Jay) around the house, so beautiful. But I don't feed the birds anymore, with that comes the squirrels and when they did damage to move into my attic I decided to not encourage them anymore. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Pam, thanks for stopping by! I love the fairy door and window. Someone put a lot of time and effort into it.
      I usually post just a couple times a week so like to show what has been going on in our life during that time.
      Squirrels can be so troublesome! In our first little house we rented when we first were married squirrels got into our attic too. Yikes, it was a job getting them out!
      Have a good day!

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    1. Hi Mitchell, it would be a lovely place to live. It was right by Lake Ontario surrounded by lots of other trees.
      Take care!

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  28. I had never seen the fairy doors, but I like them! Always enjoy your posts...they are always interesting.

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    1. Hi Rose, I am surprised how many people haven't seen the fairy doors. So sweet, a nice way to decorate a tree.
      Hope you and Roger are well.

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  29. Oh that poor missing woman and her dog. I feel so awful for her family. I hope they find out what happened.

    I'm glad Spring has finally arrived so you can bring out your pretty red car :)

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Hi Rue, I know, it is so sad. I don't think they will ever truly know what happened.
      I am so happy Spring is here for a number of reasons, but one of the main ones is my car is back on the road?
      Hope you are fully recovered from your cold!
      Be well.

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  30. Oh, now I have Mustang envey. Love your walk-about pictures. Almost as good as being there in person. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my photos. I always enjoy seeing where other people live. You live in such a beautiful area.
      Have a good day!

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