I got my email back (after an hour and a half on the phone with a techie) so here are some more pictures of our garden. There's just a whole bunch of flowers in bloom right now, so it's very colourful, and it will be until Day Lily season is over.
Monday, July 31, 2023
Sorry I haven't been posting. The University has started a 'two-step verification' process, which has worked fine for awhile, but it got messed up on Saturday when I tried to transfer pictures, and now I can't get into my email. Since that's how I transfer pictures for my blog, I'm feeling stuck! Working hard to get it fixed.
Friday, July 28, 2023
We had a really good rain the other night, and we needed it. This time the weather got the timing just right and the rain was all overnight. Made a big difference for the Head Gardener!
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Now that it's late July the Day Lilies are at their peak, but we have lots of other flowers in the garden too, as you could see in the last post. So it's back to my conventional garden post with pictures of individual flowers. I'm sure there will be more!
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Right from the beginning Mrs. F.G. had the idea of the back yard garden as a therapy garden for me. Not that I need therapy, but just that it would be good for my mental health, and of course for hers too. She got the idea from the gardens at Parkwood Institute, the rehab hospital I was in for two months, from her own experience at long term care homes, and from the literature on 'forest bathing'.
She planned our patio, even though we already had a big deck. And then she planned to surround the patio with flowers. All the grass is now gone and it's completely flowers. I ride off the deck and down into the middle of the patio and I'm immersed.
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Raspberries are now in season here, so it was time to make another batch of jam, this one bumbleberry jam. We picked up a flat of fresh berries, just picked that morning, at Goldsmiths on Monday. We now buy all our berries at Goldsmiths, we can count on the quality.
On Tuesday Mrs. F.G. got organized and pulled strawberries and blueberries out of the freezer. Together they went, in various proportions, and out they came as delicious jam.
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
A month ago both my evening weekday caregiver and my physiotherapist let me know they couldn't continue to see me, the first because she was finding the evening too difficult with her young children, the second because she is moving to a new clinic in Collingwood. Thus has unfolded 4 weeks of turmoil as I've sought out and decided on new arrangements.
We've been seeking a new evening caregiver and I think, after many phone calls and two trials, we've finally found one, so that's a huge relief. I decided to try the local physiotherapy clinic and went there for an interview to see if they liked me and could fit me in, and if I like them. Today was my first visit to try it out and I think it's going to work, certainly different from my previous clinic, but new challenges are one thing I was looking for.
This also gives me an opportunity to try out the local accessible transit. a van service that will take you anywhere in town, especially for medical appointments. I used it today and It will work just fine, so I was equally pleased with that. Costs a whole $2.00 per trip!
It feels like a tumultuous month with some big changes, but I think it will all work, maybe for the better. And the Meaford Moves transit opens some other opportunities for me too.
So sorry I've been slow to post, but hopefully we're back to normal now.
Friday, July 14, 2023
Another five Clematis have bloomed now, bringing us to the peak of the Clematis season. They are certainly one of our most striking plants, especially those growing up against the side of the house or the shed. But in fact it's these delicate little blooms that I like best, here growing up a trellis in front of the Sugar Maple.
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Just the past three days our Day Lilies have started blooming. At last count I think Mrs. F.G. had 15 different varieties, and we`ll see them all over the next three weeks. They are one of our favourite flowers, and mark the middle of summer. Sorry I can`t list all the variety names, just enjoy the blooms.
Friday, July 7, 2023
There are certainly more summer wildflowers to show you, and a few pf them haven't even bloomed yet. And as I've said it is increasingly hard to find them inside town - see the 'monster' at the end below.