Garden of Hydrangeas

The hydrangeas in my garden are truly outdoing themselves this year. One bush is about 6 ft in diameter and close to 5 ft tall. It sports an array of pink and purple blooms. Another slightly smaller bush features delicate white blooms which fade to an antique white. A third, with pale pink blooms, has tripled in…

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Raspberry Reflections and a Recipe

We inherited a raspberry patch. When we bought our current house we didn’t look too closely at the landscaping and shrubbery, other than to note that there was some. A few months after our move summer arrived and along with it, lo and behold, raspberries!! Nine years have gone by, and the raspberry patch has…

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Cherry Blossoms

Spring is officially here! My favourite time of the year! I always feel a little nostalgic for my childhood home in Vancouver, BC in the spring. That’s because the streets in my neighbourhood were transformed in the spring by cascading bouquets of pale pink or showy deep pink blossoms bursting into bloom upon row upon…

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“Turn Around” and Dress-up Heels

When my toddler granddaughters’ birthday gifts included dress-up heels, I was caught emotionally off guard. I alternated between: “They’re still babies!” and, “They’re growing up!!” As I looked at this photo after all the festivities were over, of my daughter holding her daughter’s hand as she took some tentative steps in her dress-up heels, I…

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