bright morning sunshine

My last post lamented the onset of fall because it means winter is that much closer…considering we’re in the middle of a heatwave (31 on Thursday is the forecast!) it might have seemed a bit silly.  The optimist in me hopes we don’t have snow until late November (December 24 would be ideal actually), but the realist in me knows it’s not likely. So that’s why the bright, crisp mornings that turn into hot afternoons and warm evenings are extra special… hopefully we’ll have a lot of them this fall. Here are few more pics from Saturday’s bright morning sunshine…. central park sunflower3dahlia in bright saturday morning sunshine red and yellow yellow red and green

Maybe everytime it snows I’ll post pictures of flowers instead…

We had our first snowfall yesterday and I’m so not inspired to take pictures of snow yet. Instead, I was inspired to go through my photo library and look for pictures of flowers I haven’t posted yet… anyone who lived through the Year of Winter 2012-2013 will understand why!

just a daisy Legislative Gardens petunia wasp on a dahlia wild rose

dahlias three ways

Did you know that dahlias are the national flower of Mexico? I don’t remember seeing any dahlias in Puerto Vallarta in March, but then again I don’t think I took any flower pictures there.  It was more about eating good food, sticking my toes in the sand and taking sunset pictures. Summer is still in full swing here so I don’t need to start thinking about a tropical getaway just yet. Yet being the important word.  I love Saskatchewan in January actually, but by the end of February, I’m ready for a break. (This really was just going to be a post about dahlias!)

I may have already posted one version of the dahlia, but here it is three different ways.

 

gorgeous weekend

Finally, a beautiful weekend!  The weather was just right – 25 and sunny.

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The dahlias are still my favourite this year.

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The tiger lilies are blooming.

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I’m not really a beer drinker, but this is a light, crisp beer that is refreshing in the middle of a bright summer day.

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My favourite Malbec.  About $13 at the liquor store here, so cheaper everywhere else!

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Saturday night, sitting by a fire, one of my favourite parts about summer.

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Lunch at the Condie Nature Refuge a few minutes outside Regina.  This is where I encountered my first wood tick.  Actually, it came home with me, attached to my neck.  I tried to take a picture of it because I’ve never seen a tick before, but it didn’t turn out.  They are nasty little things and are especially prevalent here this year. I am going to dream about creepy crawly things tonight, I’m sure.

Digging in the Dirt – Part 3 (the final edition since I’m done planting now!)

Project planting flowers 2012 is now complete. My back is sore and my wrist is sore from digging in the dirt, but a glass of wine will soon soothe the aches and pains.  Most of the flowers I planted today (more pansies and petunias, impatiens and daisies) are not photo-ready, so these are pictures from flowers planted last weekend.  I think the dahlias are my favourites this year, although the yellow pansies are a close second. The last picture is from Victoria Park across from the library taken on my afternoon coffee break on Friday.

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