Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fall Harvest - Apples

My daughter and son in law brought me apples from their apple orchard located in Vernon, B.C.   I am going to make apple pies and freeze them. Yum, can't wait.

Ambrosia Apples (Early Fall)
The Ambrosia apple was discovered on a Cawston BC orchard, by chance, in the 1990's, and is one of the most popular kinds of apples in British Columbia. The skin is a smooth, with a bright, almost pearly pink blush on a creamy background. Ambrosia apples have a distinct sweet honeyed flavor and slightly perfumed aroma. The flesh is tender and juicy, with a fine, crisp texture.
When sliced, Ambrosia apples don't turn brown as quickly as other apples, so they are ideal for including in fresh fruit plates, salads, or just eating as they are. Ambrosia's also retain their shape when cooked so are excellent for use in pies and pastry.
Ambrosia require less sugar than most other varieties used for cooking, because of it's high natural sugar content. Apples will maintain their tree fresh quality and last much longer if stored in the refrigerator crisper in perforated plastic bags. Ambrosia apples are generally harvested around mid September, are limited in quantity, and are usually available until November.

Grandkids visit

The Grandkids came to visit this past week. They decided to play with my teddy bears and set them all up in the living room to look like a choir.  Great fun, it will be a long wait to see them again at Christmas.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Remembrance Day November 11, 2010

Thinking of you Dad and your service during  WWII. You were so humble and hardly ever shared your experiences of overseas.   You are our hero dad. We won't forget.

*From the Canadian Legion web site . . . . . .

* History

Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence”, as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This significance of the Poppy can be traced to international origins.

The association of the Poppy to those who had been killed in war has existed since the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. There exists a record from that time of how thickly Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. This early connection between the Poppy and battlefield deaths described how fields that were barren before the battles exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended.

Just prior to the First World War, few Poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing “popaver rhoes” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.

The person who was responsible more than any other for the adoption of the Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War.

The Flower of Remembrance

An American teacher, Moina Michael, while working at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries’ headquarters in New York City in November 1918, read John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”. She immediately made “a personal pledge to keep the faith and vowed always to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and as an emblem for keeping the faith with all who died".

Two years later, during a 1920 visit to the United States, a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France, she decided to use handmade Poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war-torn areas of the country. Following the example of Madame Guerin, the Great War Veterans’ Association in Canada (the predecessor of The Royal Canadian Legion) officially adopted the Poppy as its Flower of Remembrance on 5 July 1921.

Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear the Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, the little red plant has never died. And neither have Canadian’s memories for 117,000 of their countrymen who died in battle.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

My husband's new garage, lots of hard work.  Just need to paint the floors and then move the cars in.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I found another really large mushroom in our back yard, forest area.   This mushroom is absolutely huge it is the size of a bread and butter plate and stands about 3 to 4 inches high.  I can just image pixies running around it .   Remember when we were little girls,  the stories we heard  in Brownies. More fun memories.

Happy Halloween and celebrate the harvest

I made this mini wall hanging for my mom - sent it out in the mail today.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Maple Leaf Forever

This picture was taken in the parking lot of the The Pacific Forestry Centre, Burnside Road,
Victoria, B.C.

"The Maple Leaf Forever" is a Canadian song written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906) in 1867, the year of Canada's Confederation,[1] after serving in the Battle of Ridgeway against the Fenians in 1866.

Muir was said to have been inspired to write this song by a large maple tree which stood on his property: Maple Cottage, a house at Memory Lane and Laing Street in Toronto. The song became quite popular in English Canada and for many years served as an unofficial national anthem. Because of its strongly British perspective it became unpopular amongst French Canadians, and this prevented it from ever becoming an official anthem, even though it was seriously considered for that role and was even used as a de facto anthem in many instances.
It has been asserted that Muir's words, however, while certainly pro-British, were not anti-French, and he revised the lyrics of the first verse to "Here may it wave, our boast, our pride, and join in love together / The Lily, Thistle, Shamrock, Rose, the Maple Leaf forever"; adding "Lily", a French symbol, to the list. According to other accounts, this was actually the original wording. Muir was attempting to express that under the Union Flag the British and French were united as Canadians.
"The Maple Leaf Forever" is also the authorized regimental march of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Westminster Regiment.
The song makes reference to James Wolfe capturing Quebec in 1759 during the Seven Years War and the Battle of Queenston Heights and Battle of Lundy's Lane during the War of 1812.

In days of yore, from Britain's shore,

Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came

And planted firm Britannia's flag

On Canada's fair domain.

Here may it wave, our boast our pride

And, joined in love together,

The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine

The Maple Leaf forever!

The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,

The Maple Leaf forever!

God save our Queen and Heaven bless

The Maple Leaf forever!

At Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane,

Our brave fathers, side by side,

For freedom, homes and loved ones dear,

Firmly stood and nobly died;

And those dear rights which they maintained,

We swear to yield them never!

Our watchword evermore shall be

"The Maple Leaf forever!"

Our fair Dominion now extends

From Cape Race to Nootka Sound;

May peace forever be our lot,

And plenteous store abound:

And may those ties of love be ours

Which discord cannot sever,

And flourish green o'er freedom's home

The Maple Leaf forever!

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The colors of autumn

This is the tree outside our street on the boulevard. 

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918)

I can't believe that this poem was brought back to my memory when I took the picture of this tree.   This is one of those poems that was a mandatory lesson in high school.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I found these Giant mushrooms growing in the forest in our back yard.  Here  on Vancouver Island we grow 'em big. Compare the size of the mushroom to the size of my finger. The mushroom was the size of dinner plate.

Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal

I went to Brentwood Bay last week this picture was taken from the Brentwood Bay Lodge.   There is a small 15 passenger car ferry that departs  for Mill Bay about every hour and a half.  In the summer you can see part of the Butchart fireworks from the outdoor patio / bar of the Brentwood Bay Lodge.

Vancouver sails at the cruise ship terminal

We went to Vancouver a few weeks ago and went for a dinner cruise on a small  60 foot yacht. I took this picture from the harbour cruise yacht.  This is where the big cruise ships dock in Vancouver.

Thanksgiving weekend in Canada Oct 11

I got up early this morning made apple pie. I prepared the vegetables and stuffing.  The bird is finally in the oven. Only 2 of us for dinner today, very quiet in the house. Our grown children live in two different cities about 9 hour drive north.  Taking time to reflect on our life and all that we are grateful for.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thanks Dad

Thinking of dad...EMACD...   this was the anniversary of his homecoming from World War II, Canadian Army, Artillery 15th Field regiment.  He reminded us of what a great life we have, that we should be grateful for family and friends, and health. Many people in this world, country and our very own city are not so fortunate. Give someone a hand up this weekend or donate to a worthy charity that helps others.

Canadian Thanksgiving October 11, 2010

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean.[7] Frobisher's Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage, avoiding the later fate of Henry Hudson and Sir John Franklin. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony in Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving the long journey. The feast was one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations by Europeans in North America. Frobisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay.
At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, in 1604 onwards also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their First Nations neighbours.  ...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Outside my window...the sun has gone down, it is dark.

I am thinking...that I need to tidy my craft room and get ready for the next project

I am thankful, and music

From the learning rooms...the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."

~William Blake
From the kitchen...a hot cup of tea and fresh from the oven a blueberry and mixed fruit muffin

I am wearing...jeans and my T-short, and my slippers of course

I am creating...Iris folded pumpkin card but need to buy more paper

I am Brentwood Bay  on business, beautiful place

I am reading...magazines, nothing to heavy

I am hoping... to get the outside of our house painted before the heavy rains come.

I am hearing...birds chirpping outside my window

Around the house... waiting for the garage construction to be finished

One of my favorite things...Luther Vandross

A few plans for the rest of the week: painting , and crafts

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...sunset in Victoria from Ogden Point where the cruise ships dock

Tulip Placemat

Made this tulip placemat for my mom


The gals at work surprised me with this yummy sunshine tart

silhouettes in Beacon Hill park Aug 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Outside my window... the Japanese plum tree has blossomed , I hear the hummingbirds chirping in them in the morning.

I am thinking... Spring is my favourite time of the year

I am thankful for... birds that sing, sit quietly, how many different song birds can you hear

From the learning rooms...patience is a wonderful thing and sometimes silence, sit and observe you will be amazed what you can learn from watching others.

From the kitchen...just burgers  tonight

I am wearing... jeans and tshirt, and my warm and cozy flannel jacket.

I am creating...many UFO's on the go

I am going...go on the ferry to the mainland this weekend.  I will take time to marvel at the many  gulf islands, the water, seagulls, trees, blue sky, and the many cottages along the way.

One of my favorite things...wild flowers, are they weeds or a thing of beauty?

Thought to share ...The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best." - Bernard Meltzer

Here is picture for I am sharing

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Simple Womans Daybook


March 25, 2010

Outside my is dusk. I see a few wild daisies in the grass all the trees are starting to bloom, but some have very bright red berries on them.

I am thinking... it would be to be in Hawaii
I am thankful for... my dog - Teddy

From the kitchen... hot chiken casserole, with cheesy  bread crumb topping, My husband made it and put  mandarin orange in it.  Yum !
I am wearing... "my relax clothes" - jeans, an orange T, and sweater

I am creating... a rose floral needlework, teddy bear baby quilt, crazy quilt purse, bonnet lady applique, bunny sampler embroidery - UFO's!

I am going... to view an embroidery show this weekend

I am reading... Annie Freemans travelling funeral

I am hoping...for more sun less rain

I am hearing... music on my playlist some of my favourite songs.

Around the house...all is neat as a pin, waiting to sell.

One of my favorite, sewing and a good cup of tea.

Victoria, B.C. Canada The true north strong and free on the 49' parallell