garden mums in January

I usually don’t post twice in one day, but I liked these garden mum pics.  The mums bloomed into October and then it snowed and I never got around to cleaning out the pots.  Surprisingly, they don’t look too bad, so I’ll leave them for the rest of the winter. frostcoveredmum gardenmum#2Jan5 gardenmumJan5I took the frosty pic this morning and the other two were taken late Saturday afternoon.



I went out on my balcony this morning (it was only about -6 outside, so not too bad!) and got this shot.  I’m quite happy with the way it turned out and how the brick on the First Baptist Church (foreground) and Knox-Metropolitan United Church looks on a grey Sunday morning. That’s Regina’s City Hall in the background.


It made me think of the song “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters so I looked up the lyrics and really liked them, here’s an excerpt:

When I come home feelin’ tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let’s go up on the roof (up on the roof)

winter is not my favourite season, but it still can be pretty

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

It could be a long winter here. We’ve had snow since the end of October. A lot of snow. We’ve had freezing rain, too, making walking and driving treacherous at the best of times.  It’s been cold, too. I’ve never lived anywhere but in this province, where we experience all the seasons, and as much as I complain about the cold and snow and chapped lips and dry air and itchy skin, there is still beauty to be seen.

I can’t say I’m a Yoko Ono fan, but I like this quote:

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
Yoko Ono

These are some winter pics I’ve taken over the last few weeks:


temperature on Boxing Day at my parents
temperature on Boxing Day at my parents


moon on Boxing Day
moon on Boxing Day