Whimsy

It’s Not the Heat …

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Heck, it is the heat (and the humidity). That’s southern Ontario for you; one week there’s frost warnings and the next, it’s a steam bath ! The garden has been taking up more of my time and things are coming along pretty good. The garlic is looking lovely ,

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Garlic (hardneck)

and our chums (cross between a cherry and a plum) blossomed profusely the last two weeks.

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Opata Chum

They’ve proved to be exceptionally hardy ! The other stone fruit trees didn’t fare so well. It was a hard winter on trees; we had a number of freeze thaw cycles. Then to top it all off, there were two ice storms in late winter/early spring. So, no blooms on the peach, apricot, plum or plumcot. They’ve all leafed out well except the peach which is limping along. Hopefully it will hang in there.

But hey, it is rhubarb season so time to celebrate! This year I decided to try rhubarb syrup. It makes a spectacularly pink elixir that was a welcomed treat with water and ice today. I thought it deserved a pretty name and came up with “Rhuby Slipper”. Not original alas, a quick google search showed others had similar thoughts. A refreshing local sub for lemonade !

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Garden Rhubarb

Rhuby Slipper

Rhubarb syrup:

Simmer 4 cups of chopped rhubarb with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water for ~20 to 30 minutes.

Strain and keep the syrup refrigerated. The leftover cooked rhubarb is great on toast.

 

Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of syrup to 8 – 10 oz of water (sparkling would be nice).

Serve with ice.

Put a Ukelele tune on (Wild Child)

Try to keep cool !

 

While we’re on the topic of cold drinks …

Dorothy’s Green Dream

In a blender that can handle ice:

Blend 4 cups of water, 2 lemons (peeled and seeded), 2 strips of lemon zest, 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup fresh french tarragon and 2 cups ice cubes.

Later in the season basil is good in place of the tarragon. Some day I’ll try mint.

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French Tarragon

 

 

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Tidings of Comfort and (Creative) Joy

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The countdown is on to get the cookie baking done, so no long post tonight. Also, no top ten list or something of that flavour, just these two lovely videos that I hope will fill you with comfort and creative joy !

Life’s Inspiring …

Lost and Found

Creative Joy

Dolce Domum

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I have a thing about houses; imaging them, designing them, finding the perfect location. All in my head of course ! So, when the latest magazine from Cloth Paper Scissors landed in my mail box, with a front cover photo of wee block houses, a plan for an Art Play Days project was soon in place. Here’s the original photo:

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I think I’m going off in a bit of a different direction. We did start out with wooden blocks (once upon a time my children played with them, but now they’ve put away childish things. Sigh). I’ve got a woodland fairy house thing going, and Andrea has an ambitious plan that involves lots of tissue paper, and is heading toward an abstract “nativity scene”. I’ll try to take some photos as things progress more. House building takes time!

PS This magazine was a substitution for this magazine which went out of print, which was a substitution for Living Craft which went out of print (still online). I really liked Living Craft. What’s up with the magazine business ?