Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Summertime"

Where do the days go? Between gardening, road trips, visiting with friends, household stuff....Usually in that order ; )
A new little visitor to the feeders these last few days. Hard to tell but he is very tiny.
Chuck and I went for our physicals recently. If you remember we are Canadian so we have "free" healthcare. I made the appointment back in March and the earliest we could get in was this past Monday. I must remember NEVER to book an appointment on a Monday!
Our appointment was for 10:30. We walked out of there at 1:20 in the afternoon! This is a new doctor who took over the practice from our previous doctor. I am so thankful he did as Janice's doctor retired and no one took over his practice. She searched for a doctor and ended up finding one a 1/2 hour drive down the highway.
Anyway, everything is fine and he ended up spending an hour  with us explaining how he approaches healthcare which is quite different then our previous doctor. More preventative then reactive.
On to nicer stuff! A new dress I found recently at "Magnolia Cottage" $10.00 and it fits like it was made for me.
With our continuing rain the gardens are so lush, it is incredible.
Janice's "Josephine" clematis. It is on the brick wall as you walk up her front walkway to the front door.
A rose bush in Janice's front yard.
This past weekend we headed to Orono to visit a few antique shops. What a lovely village! The photo above was taken in the basement of the old Orono Armouries. It had been turned into a multi-vendor antique shop. What a great place.
We wandered around for an hour and a half, so much to look at.
Sorry, the photos somehow got out of order! The portulaca's are lovely right now. I have a few pots out on the back deck.
A perennial that Merv gave me, no idea what it is!
Silly little girl flirting with Chuck!
Here is the Armouries. The building itself was wonderful to look at.
Many had great sales on too.
Gorgeous home just down the street.
The library is housed in a beautiful old house. This is the gazebo in the backyard.
Smokey being his handsome self.
The skies have been so interesting these last few days. On the weekend there was a tornado warning down the road a bit but nothing came of it thankfully.
The days seem to be going by so quickly. It is officially Summer now. Strawberries are ripe and so delicious! Speaking of strawberries, I must end this and head out to get some.

Have a wonderful day!
Robin

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  1. Gorgeous photos, Robin, and I love your new dress!

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    1. Hi Linda, glad you enjoyed the photos and I love my new dress too!
      Take care.

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  2. Beautiful photos, that first one just takes your breath away. Antique shops are a great place to find the unusual. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of the week!

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    1. Good afternoon and thanks for popping by again.
      Thank you for your kind words about my photos. I was lucky that the doves sat on the rock for five minutes or so. I was able to get a few good photos.
      Enjoy the rest of your week too!

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  3. I would love to visit you; we have so many things in common! I agree that the sky has been putting on a great show recently; sunsets, clouds, colors, movement. AND...I just made an appointment for my first physical in a bazillion years for early August. Can I lose 30 lbs between now and then?

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    1. Hi Vicki, I would love to spend time with you! We should start a tour group.😛 There are so many great places I would love to see in Detroit and I would love to show off our beautiful area.
      The clouds have been incredible this last week. I walk around town to do my errands and I frequently stop and look at the sky. I am sure people think I am bonkers.
      Glad you made an appointment for your physical. No fun at all but necessary.
      Our doctor is probably 300 pounds so he can NEVER say anything about a patient's weight!
      Take care.

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  4. Looks like you've been having lots of fun!
    Im jealous of your chipmunk - we never seem to see them here (though they are around, closer to the escarpment).
    LOVE that dress!

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    1. Hi Valerie, it has been a busy couple of weeks. So much gardening and spending time with friends, it is lovely.
      In our last house chipmunks were a daily visitor. I think with all the cats around they are more cautious here.
      I thought you would like the dress! We seem to have similar taste in clothing.
      Enjoy the cooler weather!

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  5. You really have been busy! Love seeing all the flowers, birds, and critters there. Summertime is such a beautiful time. Glad you like your new doc and all is well. That's the BEST!

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    1. Hi Robin, it has been a fun kind of busy! This summer seems extra wonderful as it was so long in coming.
      We are glad the new doctor is working out. He is only a ten minute drive away which is remarkable for this area. We were very happy with the great results from our blood work etc.... always a worry.
      Take care!

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  6. So good to see this post...I was hoping you were just busy and nothing wrong. You sure have a fantastic line-up of photos. I love them all. That clematis is especially beautiful, love that shot of the doves, Smokey is a beautiful cat.

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    1. Hi Rose, the days just seem to fly by. I took many photos and kept trying to do a post but things came up. I hardly have looked at the computer the last couple weeks.
      Smokey is very handsome and very skittish. I can only get about six feet from him. One day he briefly sniffed my hand but that's it.
      Hope all is well with you and Roger.

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  7. Hello, Your flowers are lovely. I like the cute new dress. Pretty birds and love your sweet kitty. Your moon shot is gorgeous. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Hi Eileen, glad you enjoyed the photos! I lucked out on the dress. Carole, the owner of Magnolia Cottage, and her husband Lloyd scour second hand shops, estate sales, garage sales for all the wonderful stock in her shop. I do buy often from her so she gives me a "frequent buyer " discount!
      Have a good day too!

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  8. The first photo, of the mourning doves, is so sweet. Love it. Love the little chippie too, they're so much cuter than squirrels. And that old house! I'd love a peek in there.

    Wonderful post, nice to see one. I know we all get busy during our short summery days, no one wants to sit inside on the computer. :-)

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    1. Hi Kim, I was very fortunate with the dove shot. They were sitting on the rock in the front garden so I easily took the photos through he front window.
      The chippie is so tiny. Hopefully you will see him when you come to visit.
      I just want to be outside this time of year. And you know Merv, he gives me a dozen plants and I don't want them to die so must get out and plant them. I met him at No Frills this morning and he stated he already has another box full for me!
      Have a good afternoon and evening!

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  9. Great pics! I really like it when older buildings are brought back to life and used for something good.

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    1. Hi Jono, I am gathering the antique shop has been in the armouries for quite a while. Such a small village to have such a large armoury.
      Enjoy the weekend!

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  10. Wonderful pictures. I enjoyed them all. You know how I love cats and the chipmunk is cute as can be.
    I see the large Pyrex yellow mixing bowl like my mom had when I was little at the shop. She always made that full of potato salad for July 4th!

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    1. Hi Mildred, glad you enjoyed the photos. So many of us seem to love cats!
      Growing up my Mum used her yellow pyrex bowl for macaroni salad. I can still see it sitting on the picnic table in the backyard along with the vintage tablecloth anchored on to the old wooden table.
      Have a lovely weekend!

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  11. All so lovely! I enjoy antiquing but never think to bring a camera with me! I should. You never know what you might stumble across.

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    1. Hi Marcie, I think I should start an antiquing tour! Right now here in our part of Canada antiques are very inexpensive. My friend Janice has been trying to sell an antique dining set for two months. She has it priced VERY reasonably but no takers.
      Happy Friday!

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  12. Wonderful! And Smokey has clearly perfected "being his handsome self."

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    1. Hi Mitchell, Smokey is very regal. Except when he is eating. That is something you don't want to see.
      Enjoy your day!

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  13. Yum! Enjoy the strawberries. Your new dress is VERY cute!

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    1. Hi Pom Pom, we are enjoying the strawberries. We share a big bowl every night for dessert.
      I do love my new dress and I couldn't quibble about the price!
      Have a good weekend!

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  14. Wonderful that your physicals went fine!!! That's what we go, to hear. :-)

    Gorgeous photos. Simply gorgeous.

    Summer has begun, with a couple of perfect days. Sun, but not too hot, blue skies, puffy white clouds. Oh sigh, if all of summmer could be like this. -sigh-

    Luna Crone

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    1. Hi Luna, Yes, we were very pleased to get such good results from our physicals. No fun but have to be done.
      We had been enjoying sunny, not hot days for a time but we are back to rain today. I am NOT a person who loves the heat and humidity so I was very happy with the cooler temps.
      Enjoy your day!

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  15. It has been years and years since I've been to Orono, but that antique store looks like a good reason to visit. The weather has been so changeable lately. The baby wrens just left the nest, I'll miss the constant calling all day but not at 4:30 in the morning. Enjoy summer now it is here.

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    1. Hi Linda, Orono is such a lovely village. It really looks like it has been spruced up in recent years.
      As I type this it is pouring rain. I was supposed to go to a Country Sale up in Codrington today but I am not going to get soaked.
      Too bad about the Wrens. I find I really miss the Robins when they stop chirping first thing in the morning.
      Take care!

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  16. ALL of the photos are beautiful, but the one of the little robin just made my heart sing. They are so cute.

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    1. Hi Dee, glad you enjoyed the photos. It was hard to pick as I took quite a number over the ten days or so
      The little Robin was sitting on our front porch calling for his parents. I took the shot through the front door glass, so not the best. His Mum eventually came for him. I saw him yesterday and he has grown quite a bit.
      Have a lovely weekend!

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  17. The Mourning Doves look almost fake; like they're statues. But lovely! Don't get me wrong. Also lovely is that dress. I rarely wear a dress but I should go looking for what's in the stores.Then I'll cringe at the prices and not buy any.

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    1. Hi Granny Marigold, glad you enjoyed the Mourning Dove photo and yes it does look like they are statues. I just happened to notice them and they nicely posed for a few minutes for me.
      I find 99% of my dresses at thrift shops. I can only think of a couple I bought new. I don't think I have ever paid more than $10.00 for a thrifted dress. One new dress I did pay I think $50.00 for but I have worn it for probably 11 or 12 years now. It is my go to dress for funerals (in the Summer) dinners out, girls days out......I definitely have got my moneys worth out of it!
      Have a good day!

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  18. Love the mourning doves. Yes, time certainly moves right along. Nice to see all the beautiful blooms.
    We've had lots of rain and sun which makes for pretty flowers but lots of weeds too!!
    Your dress is lovely.
    I could spend hours too in antique shops.

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    1. Hi Karen, Yes, you are right about the weeds. Every few days I spend an hour or so weeding the gardens. But the flowers are gorgeous this year. Last year we were in a drought and could barely keep the gardens watered, what a different a year makes.
      I do love my new dress too, I do wish it had sleeves but I just wear a shrug over my shoulders and thats loves the problem.
      Take care.

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  19. The days do fly don't they. I'm glad your new doctor is such a good one, always better to prevent than have to cure. Our 'free' healthcare system in the U.K. doesn't seem to be doing too well at the moment. You always visit such interesting places xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, the Summer is just whizzing by. We too have problems with our health care system. No where near enough doctors. It took me almost three months to get these physical appointments. I am happy the doctor is only ten minutes away but he has way too many patients.
      Growing up my parents loved to take day trips and we three kids always went along. Chuck grew up in a family that never went anywhere. We both just love to see new things so we hop in the car and away we go!
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  20. The "Gorgeous home just down the street" is gorgeous! I totally understand the frustration with your healthcare system. Waiting two months for an appointment seems unnecessary, but since there wasn't an obvious need it doesn't seem unusual. Recently, I tried to find a new doctor and most new patient visits were several months out. I am currently facing a $500 consult fee to get evaluated for treatment for my condition. If we go ahead with it I'm looking at tens of thousands of dollars in bills. We are trying to work with my health insurance to see what we can do about that, but in the mean time I sit and wait and my condition does not improve.

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  21. I have no idea at all about the American Health Care System. I know a cousin on Chuck's Dad side of the family lived in New York. I believe he died still owing a hospital for a heart attack he had a year or so before. I just know in Canada you can have not a penny to your name and walk into a hospital and be treated, as long as you have a health card! Chuck had shoulder surgery which we were told would have been around $30,000 dollars in the States a couple years ago. He received six months of physiotherapy afterwards too which we didn't pay for. Today Chuck stopped by our doctor to make an appointment for a minor problem. The nurse said she would take care of it right now. He walked out feeling much better and no waiting for an appointment.
    I hope you are able to get the help you need and soon.
    Take care.

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  22. Robin, I love all of these photos! Your garden is so pretty. Lush indeed! The dress is pretty. I loved the tour of the shops. I have been so busy lately. No chance to get to my own blog or anyone else's for a couple of weeks. It's so nice catching up with your blog this morning. xo Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynn,I assumed you have been extra busy! We are continuing to get so much rain. The hydrangeas are loving all the wet! I have never seen them this lush.
      Have a good week!

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