Sechelt Waterfront from the Walking Pier

Looking towards the Trail Islands. The water was so clear and beautiful. Just had to take a picture.
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Apple Blossom Promises

Our little trees in the garden enclosure are loaded with blossoms. Promises of sweet, juicy apples this summer. mmmmmm!
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Sweet Violets

Violet (Common) Viola odorata
Natural. Wild. Reseeds. BC has 16 species of violets.
They are edible.
Flower: Purple and white.
Blossoms intermittently all winter.
The more blooms are picked, the more they will produce.
Pick flowers mid day when free from dew.
Leaves: 3” to 7” heart-shaped, are toothed.
Near old well and throughout yard.
Use:
Edible flowers
Tea for chest complaints, consumption.
Make nice jam, jellies, syrups and candied.
Add to salad.
Rich in Vitamin A and C.
Recipe for candied, jam, syrup in my card files.
Means: modesty, affection, watchfulness, love
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Driveway Entrance Vignette

Cedar sculpture
This old cedar tree at the entrance to our driveway has had it’s top trimmed for over 30 years. In protest it has grown branches as thick as trees reaching out to the sun. It’s a sculpture of sorts.
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Cheery Flower Box

Dad’s old tool box filled with blue pansies and bracken fern. A cheery welcome at our driveway entrance.
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Bracken Fern

Bracken Fern are huge already, such a lovely shade of green.
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Happy Talk, Keep Talking Happy Talk

Happy talk, keep talkin’ happy talk,
Talk about things you’d like to do.
You got to have a dream,
If you don’t have a dream,
How you gonna have a dream come true?

Talk about the moon floatin’ in the sky
Lookin’ at a lily on the lake;
Talk about a bird learnin’ how to fly.
Makin’ all the music he can make.

Happy talk, keep talkin’ happy talk,
Talk about things you’d like to do.
You got to have a dream,
If you don’t have a dream,
How you gonna have a dream come true?

Talk about the sparrow lookin’ like a toy
Pickin’ through the broaches of a tree;
Talk about the girl, talk about the boy
Countin’ all the ripples on the sea.

Happy talk, keep talkin’ happy talk,
Talk about things you’d like to do.
You got to have a dream,
If you don’t have a dream
How you gonna have a dream come true?

Talk about the boy sayin’ to the girl:
“Golly, baby, I’m a lucky cuss.”
Talk about the girl sayin’ to the boy:
“You an’ me is lucky to be us!”

Happy talk, keep talkin’ happy talk,
Talk about things you’d like to do.
You got to have a dream,
If you don’t have a dream
How you gonna have a dream come true?

If you don’t talk happy,
And you never have dream,
Then you’ll never have a dream come true!

~Rogers and Hammerstein – South Pacific

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Duck Barn Update

Almost ready for the ducks to move in. Stained glass windows, cedar shakes on the gables, Lucky Ducks.
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Dogwood Flowers

Dogwood (Western Flowering) Cornus nuttalli

Wild. Natural. Dogwood Family. Small forest tree. Grows only in the southwest corner of BC.
Grows to 40’ tall. Often shrubby. Branches grow in a wavy fashion.
Leaves 2-3” long, simple, in clusters of four or more, turn deep red in fall.
Flowers: Flower is our provincial emblem, greenish-white heads each surrounded by four – seven showy, white petal-like pointed bracts. Blooms in May, sometimes in September. At blossom time it will “bleed” to death if too many twigs are picked, hence it is protected by law.
Fruit: bright red berries in a tight cluster attract many birds in late summer and fall.
At one time skewers or ‘dags’ were made from the wood, its common name has been popularized from its old name ‘dagwood.’
Means: durability

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Bicycle Puzzle

This one was a good challenge, been working on it for several months. Finally finished. 1500 pieces.
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All I Need and More

How can I be lonely –
there’s the woods
crowding around
listening to my sighs.

Why should I feel empty-
there are the birds
filling the woods
with song.

When will I be home –
there’s another corner
an un-trodden path
beckoning my feet.

Where could I be happier –
there’s laughter
and sorrow enough
to balance out my joy.

What more do I need –
here’s clean air,
fresh water
and food in abundance.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Red Currant Bushes are Loaded

Lots of flowers on the Red Currant bushes. We’ll be making red currant jelly this summer I imagine. Always nice to have little jars of homemade jelly ready for gifts or guests.
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Duck Pen Door

Oh my!
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Creative Mother’s Day Gift

A wonderful antique shovel repurposed into a plant holder with little buckets of plants. I Love it!
My daughter’s creativity is boundless.
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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

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