Sunday, November 25, 2012

Vintage unfinished grandmothers garden quilt

This is a piece of an vintage unfinished  grandmothers garden quilt.   It looks to be from around 1902 as one of the paper piecing bits has that date on it. Ihave numerous pieced groups like this.  I obtained this from a friend in Seattle Washington, it belonged to his late wife.  I am interested in selling  the pieces, if you want more information, send me your comment and I will provide more details.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Blue Angel Christmas Wall Hanging

I just  made this Angel wall hanging for my mom to hang on her wall. I am mailing it to her now so she can enjoy it before Christmas

Friday, November 9, 2012

Rememberance Day In Canada Nov 11

Remembering all service men and women and all vets, that stand on guard, so we can live this wonderful "free" life in CANADA.
 I can't imagine what they have gone thru or sacrificed. But... we honour them and will never forget.
REMEMBERING YOU DAD, and what you sacrificed during the 5 long years you were overseas. I can't  image how strong and brave you must have been.
A tribute to my dad who served in the ROYAL Canadian Army.  He was so proud to be a Canadian, and proud of the Canadian Red Ensign Flag.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

We recently took a short cruise to Vancouver to Los Angeles, so relaxing. Lots to do on board and the Golden Princess Crew were fabulous as usual.  This was the best ever sail away.  Leaving Vancouver downtown harbour what a stunning and awesome view. . On the port  side of the ship was downtown Vancovuer and then the famous Stanley Park, on the  starboard side was the beautiful Grouse Mountain,  and West Vancouver. The most spectacular view  was going under the Lions Gate Bridge out to the Juan de Fuca straight heading towards Vancouver Island and the open waters of the Pacific.

The welcome mat was out in our cabin C 318 - Champagne anyone, and a rose!
Sign on Canada Place - Cruise Ship Terminal
Downtown Vancouver - Sears Tower
Me on the balcony.

Made myself a new lunch bag out of some material that has been in my stash for years.   I really don't know what to do with this kind of material that has flowers and vegetables all over it.  

Colorful Maple Leafs fall to the ground and cover the street outside our house.  The rains have come after a long wonderful summer.  

Monday, July 30, 2012

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song." – Chinese Proverb
"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." – Henry Van Dyke
Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.

Wikipedia . . . . There are many published incidents of this as an anonymous proverb since at least 1948, and as a statement of Eleanor Roosevelt since at least 1992, but without any citation of an original source. It is also often attributed to Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, but though Rickover quoted this, he did not claim to be the author of it; in "The World of the Uneducated" in The Saturday Evening Post (28 November 1959), he prefaces it with "As the unknown sage puts it..."

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Where I live - Sidney BC

Picture of me taken in Brentwood Bay at Sunset


Whales in our waterways, can be easily seen when travelling on our BC Ferries  on the Victoria to Vancovuer route.

Harbour seals can be seen bobbing in the waves, when sitting on the beach.

This is a common seagull - always on the lookout for food and loves to scavenge.

Sidney BC From the air

25 Signs You May Be Canadian

25 Signs You May Be Canadian

1. You're not offended by the term "HOMO MILK".

2. . You understand the phrase "Could you pass me a serviette, I just dropped my poutine, on the chesterfield."

3. You eat chocolate bars, not candy bars.

4. You drink Pop, not Soda.

5. You know that a Mickey and 24's mean, "party at the camp, eh!!!"

6. You don't care about the fuss with Cuba. It's a cheap place to go for your holidays, with good cigars .

7. You know that a pike is a type of fish, not part of a highway.

8. You drive on a highway, not a freeway.

9. You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers.

10. You know that Casey and Finnegan were not part of a Celtic musical

11. You get excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada.

12. You brag to Americans that; Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion & Mike Myers are Canadians. ... also , Alex Trebec, David Foley, Matthew Perry etc.etc.

13. You know that the C.E.O. of American Airlines is a Canadian!

14. You know what a toque is.

15. You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

16. You know that the last letter of the English alphabet is always pronounced "Zed".

17. Your local newspaper covers the national news on 2 pages, but requires 6 pages for hockey.

18. You know that the four seasons mean: almost winter, winter, still Winter, and road work.

19. You know that when it's 25 degrees outside, it's a warm day.

20. You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.

21. You know how to pronounce and spell "Saskatchewan".

22. You perk up when you hear the theme song from 'Hockey Night in Canada'.

23. You are in grade 12, not the 12th grade.

24. "Eh?" is a very important part of your vocabulary, and is more polite
than, "Huh?"

25. You actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all of your Canadian friends! Then you send them to your American friends just to confuse them!

Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Purple flowers

The lovely purple flower sprung up in my garden, but I have no idea what it is.  Do you know the name of it. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Quilt Show

I went to the Victoria Quilters Guild quilt show today.   So many quilts , such talent.

Our Saanich  Newcomers Ladies Group went to the Fort Rod Hill National Historic site and Fisgard Lighthouse.  What a beautiful view from Southern Vancouver Island Looking south west towards the Pacific Ocean.

We had perfect weather as the rain held off, it was windy.

We learned of the first brave souls that came from England in 1860,  a man - George Davies, his wife, Rosina and three children, signed on to man the lighthouse for $150 a year. The government provided very meager rations and primitive furniture.  They had to stay one year, no days off.
One year later they moved to Race Rocks Lighthouse.  Here is the story of their hardships.

"The first keeper's time at the Race was a very unfortunate one. George Davies and his wife Rosina eagerly awaited the visit of her brother, sister-in-law and three friends on Christmas Day 1865. As the skiff approached with the Davies family watching and waving from the station, a tide rip only 20 feet from the jetty swept the small boat away, capsizing it and dumping the shocked passengers and their Christmas gifts into the water. The station had no boat at this time and each the unfortunate visitors perished. The new year was no better for the Davies family. During the winter of 1866 George became seriously ill. The Union Jack flew at half mast at the station as a signal of distress for nine days but to no avail. George Davies died at Race Rocks shortly before Christmas 1866"

Fisgard Lighthouse was built in 1860 to guide vessels through the entrance of Esquimalt harbour. It was automated in 1929. It shows a white isophase light of 2 s period in a sector from 322° to 195° at 21.6 m above mean sea level. In other directions it shows red shutters. The white 14.6 m tower is floodlit below balcony level.[2]
Fisgard Lighthouse and its sister station Race Rocks Light, were constructed in 1859-60, to ease the movement of naval ships into Esquimalt harbour and merchant ships into Victoria Harbour. The light stations were also seen as a significant political and fiduciary commitment on the part of the British government to the Colony of Vancouver Island, partly in response to the American gold miners flooding into the region: some 25,000 arrived in 1858 for the Fraser gold rush.
Local legend claims that the brick and stone used in construction were sent out from Britain as ballast; in fact local brick yards and quarries supplied these materials,[3] while the lens, lamp apparatus and lantern room were accompanied from England by the first keeper, Mr. George Davies, in 1859. The cast-iron spiral staircase in the tower was made in sections in San Francisco.
Fisgard first showed a light from the tower at sunset on 16 November 1860

Fort Rodd Hill - a National Historic Site - is a coast artillery fort built in the late 1890s to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base. The Fort includes three gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses, barracks and searchlight emplacements. There are numerous interpretive signs and audio-visual stations, as well as period furnished rooms and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Visitors can explore gun batteries and underground magazines built a century ago, as well as searchlight emplacements, command posts.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Christmas Hill Swan Lake Bird Sanctuary, Victoria B.C. Canada

What a great time we had at this park over the weekend. This is a picture of  Mallard ducks -  male (green neck) and female ( brown)

There is also a floating walkway in the park, the grandkids had a lot of fun trying to make the walkway sway on the water.

I found a number of these  crosses on some of the planks on this floating walkway. Is this a divine message?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gowlland Tod Provinical Park, Saanich, Victoria, Vancouver Island BC

This is Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, westcoast rainforest.    Only a 10 minute drive from my house.

My favourite thing to do is walk in our Provinical Parks - Smell the evergreen trees, the musty smell from the moss and forest underbrush, see new wild spring flowers starting to spring up. You can hear the rushing sound of a river bed below. You can see the streaks of sunlight shining through the trees. Our little bit of heaven here on the Island.

Here is the official write up . . .
The Gowlland Range is a rich area of biodiversity where seashore, open forest and rocky outcrops support more than 100 resident species of bird, in addition to cougar, Black-tailed Deer and the occasional Black Bear. In spring and early summer, the moss-covered knolls offer an abundant display of wildflowers.

The clear waters of Finlayson Arm are home to a rare and fascinating variety of marine life, such as cloud sponges, lamp shells, anemones, wolf eel, Killer Whales, River Otter and seals. Scuba diving opportunities from shore abound along the Finlayson Arm of Saanich Inlet.

The 1,219-hectare park contains an extensive network of hiking trails that date back to the area's history of logging and mineral development. These old mining and logging roads in the park now serve as hiking trails today, providing more than 40 kilometres of trails, with magnificent opportunities for day trips.
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— at Gowlland Tod Provinical Park, Saanich, Victoria, Vancouver Island BC

Sunday, March 4, 2012

TAST Week 9

This was the simplest of stitches but so hard for me to get straight on the line.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

This is my progress so far  - TAST Take a stitch Tuesday Week 7    I added the Lazy Dazy stitch along with some french knots.  Even the smallest things sometimes intimidate us.   I understand even better now the saying "Just do it" !
Here is the link for the challenge.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TAST week 5

Here is week 5 TAST progress.  I really enjoy learning a new stitch each week and documenting my progress.

Click on this for more information on the weekly challenge of take a stitch Tuesday it's fun   !

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Crossstitch - beginner

I decided to take a chance and teach myself how to crossstitch while on vacation.   This was fun, and I learned I can do it.

Las Vegas - to see Celine Dion and Donny and Marie Osmond

Jan 2012 vacation in the Carribbean

Crystal clear waters, hot weather, fun int he sun.

TAST week 2

I  have been on vacation for the last 2 weeks and just trying to catch up.  More later.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

TAST 2012 Fly Stitch

I joined the Take a Stitch Tuesday Embroidery group   Week one is the Fly Stitch. I did a vertical stitch in embroidery floss and the horizontal stitch in Rayon Ed-Mar floss.