Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22, still 2013.

 That storm pretty much gave us a miss last evening and today although it wasn't very warm was quite pleasant. The sun came through from time to time and everyone seemed in good spirits from the bank through the grocery stores. Me, I was in a pretty good mood myself. 
 Still lots of snow to melt but we have a few croci poking through the snow and a few more in the tangled mess at the garden's edge. My beloved snowdrops are still totally buried. This is heavy wet snow, combined with ice pellets and it was driven by high wind so I am not at all sure they will have survived the blast. Fingers are crossed.

As I write this the sun is setting, a soft pink flush showing through the trees at the horizon. I expect along the shore in the open it will be another evening when the setting sun puts on an amazing display. On Facebook there were photos posted from Shelburne County, taken last evening,  that were stunning! As a painter I must work to reproduce them. I should be so lucky.

 Tomorrow I start to seriously clean up my 'Gallery' area off the studio and have it ready for Easter. My sign isn't ready yet but I will put the open shingle back up.

 I heard Alberta got hit with another winter blast. Major pileup on the highway from Calgary to Edmonton with over 30 cars. I remember being on it when the winds came up and the world as I knew it just disappeared and I had no idea where I should be driving. There was no way to pull over and I knew big machines were storming up behind me. I just prayed they didn't mow me down.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Version1

Well, here it is after all so I am going to post it

Spring has arrived.
  Snow drops arrived a couple weeks late compared to the past couple years. They were in bloom last year on Valentine's Day!  Now they are buried in the snow we got on the 19th. 
 Not the spring we have become used to but almost (but not quite) an old fashioned one. Brr and grumble!! As I write this, there is weather warning for the eastern portion of the province, depending on what is coming up the seaboard. Sounds like it "should" track some what south of us in the southwestern region. I so hope it is what happens.

 The past couple winters and springs have been amazing and personally I have come to really prefer them. Enough of that.

 With the arrival of March, thoughts turn to gardening. I have a few things under lights in the guest room, with more to start after the first of April. With the success of eggplants last year  I decided to try to grow artichokes, just the globes for now, to see can I actually get  one to produce. They take a long season and require a cold but not frosty stretch to bloom. hmm. wonder how I will manage that.
 The other is garlic. I had hard necked garlic scapes that I cut to dry that went to seed; tiny little bulbets. I just sprinkled some of the fine in starter mix and goodness they are growing. I think they may take another year to come to size but we will see. That is what it is all about.

The plastic on the greenhouse has finally given up the ghost or warned us it will let go completely it needs replacing. The new has arrived  (thank you Omni for such prompt service)and as soon as the weather settles down to a windless day, and we can round up a couple extra hands, we will recover it and set it up so we can try all season veggie gardening.

On the painting front:
 Things are ramping up for the new season. My new sign should go out in the next week or so and dates for events and possible shows are filling up my calendar. It is always a hard call. The car is not in great shape so that will affect what I do for sure.

For now I will try to keep a directory of where I will be showing/selling my work here and on my new website. I really didn't like the old one any longer so am redeveloping it with a new format.  Once I get the hang of it I should be able to update it with a lot more ease.

February 7, 2013

 I've been down with a bug for a week or so. Now I am back on the move again, I'll be getting organized here

Our winters have been exceptional the past few years but this past January has shaped up to a proper winter with cold temperatures and a light snow/ice cover. I think the gardens should benefit.
It looks like February is staying true to form.  There is a major storm in the forecast starting tomorrow. The total snow called for was about 2', now has dropped back to 14" - 16".  Hmm not quite cancelled, is it? but this storm has been likened to White Juan,  a storm that nailed parts of the province a few years ago. In our immediate area we had little snow. Maybe we'll have another break.

January 24, 2013

Another very cold day but by later this pm the temperatures seem to be moderating...seemed to be. I haven't had time to go look at the thermometer.
 I downloaded the photo of the catbird that visited the feeders Tuesday. A chilly looking bird and small, I thought , when I saw the chickadee land beside it.

Thursday, March, 21 2013 Spring?

I just spent an hour or more writing this and it suddenly disappears. I did save it as I went, I even previewed it. Where, oh where, did it go? Why?? This is why I dislike computing? for as much good I get from them I also get SO much frustration!!!!!!

I started with Spring...
Which isn't happening at the moment except inside under lights where I am bringing along a couple Globe Artichokes, and some tiny hardnecked garlic seed as an experiment. Last season we had good results with the Asian eggplants so decided to try these. We have had a string of storms for the past month. Snow is still hanging around although there for a few days we did have a taste of what we want.
 My beloved Snow drops showed up a couple weeks later than last year and even the year before but they were exceptional winters. For a few years they bloomed on Valentine's Day. Much as we enjoy them, we cannot count on them 'every' year. I was so disappointed this year not to see them that day. They were rescued from my grandmother's property, shunted about then when we moved here, I had three tiny bulbs to plant here near the door. Still not a bit patch after 20+ years, they are increasing in numbers ever so surely.

 My work this week has been on my website:   I was  quite unhappy with it over the past while so decided to use a new web builder and it seems to be working better for me. It will continue to evolve. I will update it and this with my new work and events as the season ramps up.  

 Lunenburg Art Gallery opens again Tuesday,  26 March, for the season. Looks like a busy season for sure. Stay tuned