petunias and blue sky

This has been a pretty perfect weekend weather-wise – hello summer!  Went grocery shopping yesterday before supper and everyone looked sun-kissed (or burnt!) and mellow and just content.  We had what seemed like six months of winter (the sad part is that’s not a big exaggeration), we needed this summer weather. Now I have to go back outside to enjoy the rest of the day!

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the lowly petunia

I used to think petunias were boring.  When I first started planting flowers on my balcony,  I would choose plants at the greenhouse that were more interesting and prettier – gerbera daisies, garden mums, fuchsias and a host of flowers that bloomed once and never again. I was attracted to the flash of colour and the image of summer long blooms, so I eagerly added those to my cart. And, yes they were pretty when they flowered, but I began to appreciate those flowers with more staying power – petunias and pansies and marigolds bloom forever. After such a long winter and a chilly, grey, blah blah blah spring, I want something solid and dependable that will deliver colour all summer long.  Petunias fit the bill.  Sure, I’ll likely be unable to resist a gerbera daisy or two, but the lowly petunia will be front and centre this year.

(I really want to to get my hands in some dirt, instead of frivolously musing about the merits of the lowly petunia!!!)  🙂

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Sunflower against a farmer’s field

Just a pretty picture of a sunflower taken in late August last year near Pangman, SK. I’ve posted this one before, but it’s one of my favourites. I enjoy photography as a hobby because it makes me look at my surroundings differently (I’ve likely written that before). I like to observe things and photography is a great way to capture not only what I see, but how I see it. This particular day was very windy, so I had to wait for a break in the wind to get the pics I wanted and when I got too impatient I just held on to the stalk to stop it from moving.


Old Quebec

When I was a little kid, we had to drive long distances to visit relatives.  I used to wish there was a fast forward button so we could just get there.  On this rainy, dreary April Sunday afternoon, I would use that fast forward button to go to Quebec City, specifically Old Quebec. I loved everything about it when I was there in 2010.  Every meal was delicious, the coffee was the best I’ve ever drank, and I loved the architecture. I can’t decide if I’d go there in summer or in winter for the annual Quebec Winter Carnival. I think that would be a pretty time to visit, too.

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anxiously awaiting the colours of spring and summer

The sky is a brilliant blue today, and it’s a balmy -28 degrees (-38 with the windchill) and these Blue Rodeo lyrics (song is “Get Through To You”) are going through my head:

Looks like winter’s never gonna leave this grey town
I think it’s going to snow all summer

Okay, I know winter will end at some point, but once again, it’s a Sunday that is too cold to go out and take pictures, so I’m thinking about the colours of spring and summer today. I went looking through my photo library for pictures with bright, brilliant colours…

North Saskatchewan River sunset - iphone pic
sunset over the North Saskatchewan River
Cypress Hills trees
sun streaming through the trees – looking up from lawn chair in the campsite at Cypress Hills
flower in mom's garden
flower in Mom’s garden
flowers in Prince Rupert
flowers in Prince Rupert, BC
mom and dad's backyard
Robin’s nest in Mom and Dad’s backyard
spring walk in Wascana Park
sunfower in farmer's field
sunflower in farmer’s field in Southern Saskatchewan