“Ring a Ring of Roses”

Think this was Gerard’s and Bernadette’s birthday party in 1964, at Ashness.

Apparently I am late to the game, when the Coronavirus first hit UK it was proposed singing this song while washing your hands was the right amount of time needed;

Ring a Ring of Roses, A Pocket full of Posies, A-tishoo, A-tishoo, We all fall down!

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The reason for this title is that I awoke last night with it in my head and it struck me as appropriate as i believed it to be about the great plague of 1665 in England. I have since learned this idea is not true, the theory only raised its head in the mid 20th Century. Still it is a good game.

A lot has happened since I last wrote.

I have been feeling strange about all the changes taking place in our society and after reading an article, in one of the papers, on the w/e I am starting to understand why. When the Coronavirus first hit this country, back in mid March, everything was suddenly shut down. I was completely shocked and this made me very angry, among other emotions. I eventually came to terms with my feelings and arrived at a position where i was reasonably happy and appreciative of my life and my husband. Lately I have enjoyed the improved weather and my garden immensely and even now when it is very hot and dry, I still enjoy going into it. However these changes are taking place all around me some of them i am enjoying but others give me anxiety. I love being able to eat out again in restaurants (patios), being able to visit the dentist is welcome, as is getting my hair cut. But I do not relish the idea of going to an airport, getting on a ‘plane and flying somewhere, even though I would still love to visit places. I expect i will come to terms with these changes, I suspect more are on the way as the wearing of face masks seems to be going to made mandatory all over Ontario. Watch this space.


Happy Canada Day

1st July 2017, yes it rained.

Happy Canada Day, one and all. It is a little different this year. We usually spend the first part of the day in the local park, Maplewood, with lots of other people. As you can see from the picture above. This year we went to a local café, Geronimo, for breakfast and even though we gate crashed at 9:15 (they opened at 9:30) they welcomed us with their usual goodwill. We bumped into a friend there and were able to enjoy a chat on the patio. On the way home we checked out a house that has a great garden decoration for Canada Day. Here is mine again

The day is beautiful and sunny and has lots of promise. More from me later. Turned out to be very hot and sticky.

Lazed around for awhile and then prepared for our guests, we had pizza and salad, lit a fire and later had fireworks as did a lot of people, we could hear them all around us. Also saw a lot of fireflies.

All in all a pleasant but different Canada Day


A Future?

Not sure where this church is?

Lots of things have been going on. Had a lovely evening with friends on Sat.

We went to church on Sunday, this was the first time we had been to church since15th March 2020. I was a little wary of what it would be like, how would i feel. I have found it very hard to have a meaning full spiritual life while the churches have been closed and i was wondering if I could survive without my faith. I found out that I enjoyed being in church and joining in with the service. We had heard it would be very different with no singing etc. The reality was we had singing, (only five in the choir who social distanced), we had all the readings, Father’s sermon was short but helpful and communion was given as we all left. But this was far better than i had dared to hope for, oh and their were only a handful of people, probably about 30 of us, but we were worshiping together.

Dave and i managed to plant the flowers, we got in the Garden Centre, in the afternoon which was lucky as we had a huge thunder storm in the evening with lots of rain. We are desperate for rain as it has been very hot and dry, it was hot again today.

I managed to get some fireworks this morning, as there are not festivities planned for Wednesday (Canada Day) everyone seems to be buying their own fireworks so places are selling out fast. Dave wasn’t enthusiastic at first but i told him we will celebrate even if we are alone, we always celebrate Canada Day.

As far as the Coronavirus is concerned it hasn’t’ gone away. Canada seems to be doing ok and when an outbreak occurred in the city of Kingston nor far from us, it was quickly dealt with and has not been as bad as it could have been. However the same is not true of the USA. They have been trying to reopen for weeks now and some of the States that did reopen places such as beaches and bars are having to shut down again because the virus has spiked there. Our boarder is still closed and will remain so until 21st July, I hope it is extended beyond that date as the US is showing no sign of taking this virus seriously. The Director of the WHO has announced that the Coronavirus has not by any means been defeated at this time and while some countries have it under control, it is still very much alive and kicking. I have said this all along and it is one of the reasons why i was so angry and upset when all this began. I was well aware that once these restrictions where put in place it would be long time before we could ever remove them. I have come to terms with them to a certain extent, the thing i miss the most is travelling. But that is a subject for another day.


Just a Little Something

May 2016

This morning when I was strolling though a local garden center, i had all sorts of ideas for this blog. The garden center is amazing see link

My ideas, however, have gone!

Dave and my sister have a found a TV program called Spy in the Wild. It uses animal Robots to spy on other animals and it does seem to be amazing. see link below

It has been a funny day muggy but little sunshine, storms are forecasted for part of our area. We do need rain. We are to go for dinner to local friends this evening.


How Lucky We Are

The Mount, Fleetwood September 1975

Thought I would try and write again today.

It was a good day, Dave and I went for a porch coffee at a friends house this a.m. very pleasant chewing the fat and catching up.

It really is a strange way of life. What did we do before, where we too busy to see friends? It seems now we make time for them more. I still have trouble finishing tasks and have a lot of things I need to get to, but I do not feel as harassed as i have in the past and seem to be able to do things when I feel like it is probably because i do not have anywhere I need to be!

Went shopping and visited a couple of other people on my way home, one of whom has just had a hip operation and the other had just painted the front of their house, by hand. Both doing well.

The weather was pleasant not the boiling temps we had all last week, the humidity has gone for now.

The TV shows seem to have dried up we are now watching documentaries which are ok but I like a good British drama.

Their is talk of a resurgence in the virus in Europe but in Canada it isn’t’ set in stone that we must have a second wave. I suspect a lot of this speculation has to do with the size of our population, perhaps the bigger cities will get a second wave. Trouble is the virus is still out there, thus we seem doomed to keep ourselves isolated. i do not know what to think.

The “Two Michaels” Spavor and Kovrig, Canadians who are being held, in prison on trumped up spy charges, by China in retaliation for us holding Meng Wanzhuo. They are being treated badly in cells with 24hr lighting, no consular services and no family contact. Meng is under house arrest in her luxury home in Vancouver. Trudeau is being urged to free Meng (even though a judge had decided to keep her under house arrest). It is claimed if he does, the Michaels will probably be freed. Trudeau is refusing to do this. It is a terrible tragedy for the families and Canada as a country when we are held hostage by China over this matter. I have every sympathy for Trudeau because he is dammed if he does as well as if he doesn’t.

What is in store for the w/e? I hope to visit a garden center near here, they are having a Canada Day sale and i need to go to a good garden centre a lot of the local ones have sold out of plants, everyone seems to have taken up gardening and a lot of the local plant sales didn’t happen in the spring. Hoping the weather stays like this, it will be good.


Back for More

Canada Day display 2020

As you can see from the photo, I have been busy!

We had the children again last week and what fun we had, it is almost like life is normal again when they are here. We do lots of fun things; explore the aquatic life in the pond, including tiny frogs; cool off in the wading pool, eat snacks out doors, play and read stories as well as this time we watched Wizard o0f Oz, in two sittings. Didn’t see the news all week, we had our own little world going on.

Now it is time to sort out the garden again and catch up with the never ending weeds which are thriving in spite of the almost draught and very hot weather.

It seems the US is going through some tough times when it comes to the Coronavirus. Still no real leadership from the White house so State Governors are leading the fight against it and imposing quarantine measures on certain States. I really do not want to see anyone from US coming into Canada anytime soon. A lot of people still do not get how serious this outbreak is and are not prepared to even consider being a bit carful!

The UK has started a human trial of the Coronavirus vaccine, apparently they are not alone. I shall be first in line for the vaccine when it is available.

Earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico on 23rd June, a friend of mine just returned from there.

Oh No, I have just seen that Photo Radar is coming to school zones in Ottawa, is this the beginning of the end? While i do not condone speeding in these areas, i do value my freedom and view cameras as bad when they are trained on the general public.

At last Tuktoyaktuk, has its own statue. It is known around the world for its beadwork and carving but has always wanted on of its own. Today it has achived its goal.


Oh Me Oh My

St William’s R.C. school photograph showing me and my contemporaries taken around 1960.

I am in the second row from front ( a clue is hair bows) above and have not yet acquired my glasses. I am still in touch with 3 of the girls. Where did the years go?

The above title is from the chorus of a song by George Formby “Leaning on a Lamp Post” He accompanied himself on a Ukelele or Banjolele and his light comical songs played in the background of my early childhood. He came from Wigan in Lancashire and had a very distinct accent which he cultivated as part of his act. He was born in 1904 and died in 1961. He was famous for a lot of films he made in the 1930’3/40’s. My mother never really liked him as he often portrayed gormless Lancashire innocents who eventually won the girl! Anyway I couldn’t get that tune out of my head today.

A reminiscing kind of day! I am in the middle of preparing a vignette for Canada Day to place at the front of our property. I will post a photo of the finished project when it is done.


Of Gardens

Bernadette and Veronica with their children, Christine, Andrew and in front Gerard taken at Ashness summer 1963

I have enjoyed all the time i have invested in the flower garden at this strange time in my life.

I started on it back in late March early April, it is divided into two large beds, both have a few bushes in them and they were overrun with weeds. One was really bad, it hadnt’ been weeded for at least 2 years. I felt great when I reached the end of eliminating all those weeds. I put compost on it and finally added a mulch. I also added some flowers. Here is the result:

The other bed I am still working on but it had greatly improved over its usual weedy self. It has a lot of Iris and Day lillies which over the years were allowed to go wild. The weeds get stuck between them all and it becomes very difficult to get the grass out without disturbing the flowers. This year i have been ruthless and dug up a lot of the Iris and lillies. It was time for a change. Although this is still a work in progress, I am very happy with the results thus far:

In other news apparently fidgeting can be good for you, it helps some people to think and can also be beneficial to health. Good i am a chronic fidgeter and cannot stay still to save my life, just as well that then I do not need to.

Paris has returned to normal, or what passes for it today. Street cafes are open and used by lots of people, hair salons are open, Versailles, has reopened. when can we do that here, please sir?


Flowers and other Nouns

Patricia and friend 1950’s

I was expecting to write this yestrday, 1st June, but i got waylaid by the garden.

What a month May was it started out cold with snow flurries and frost at night, it was very dry and then the last week it got very hot, mid to high 30’sC felt like 40 some of the time. Then it ended with cold and wet. This has resulted in the plants in the garden going crazy, once we got the rain everything just shot up and turned an Irish green. It has been a very good year for Dandelions! They are everywhere in the lawn, in the flower beds even down by the stream. Dave’s lawn mowers have been sorted out and he is busy trying to cut grass as it has gone berserk. We are very thankful for being able to enjoy this beautiful house and garden.

What is happening in the States at the present time is deeply disturbing, as a close neighbour it is very difficult to watch the way it is being handled down there. We are by no means perfect here but i hope we are sympathetic to other’s plight and not so quick to condemn.

When can we have the churches reopened? I for one am missing our weekly gathering. Even though the mass is now live streamed on Utube it is nowhere near the same.

Just read Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, what a great read, something is always happening in this novel which spans great distances and even greater feelings. Highly recommend reading it.

Madeleine McCann is in the news again in UK after German police are looking into her possible murder by a suspect they have in prison on another sex offence.

Here is a link to an interesting bit of information about the English Language. Enjoy.


Pretty Flowers

May 2020

Lovely day, went out for breakfast in the Merc. Cafes and restaurants are still closed to eat in so we got a take away from our favourite café and sat on a bench by the library overlooking the river. It is much cooler today and that horrid humidity has gone, so it was nice to do this. We then drove to a couple of garden centres and picked up a few plants even though most of their stock has gone. They have had a busy year as a big garden centre closed down last year (locally owned, they retired) and the plant sales that usually happen in this community are all cancelled, not to mention that the supermarket plants are hardly any good. I am happy with what i got and have finally planted up my hanging baskets and rest of the tubs, but then it rained, really hard, we needed it. But it interrupted my garden planting and weeding. I guess that is a job for the morrow.

A series of protests is taking place in the US because of the death by police of a black man in Minnesota on Monday. The riots/protests have been spreading all week. The president is not helping by his crazy tweets.

Elon Musk’s Space Ship has blasted off into space, from the US. This is a private space adventure.

The temperature has really dropped now and is going down to 5C tonight. That is a huge change from last week when it was in the 30’sC. We seem to have a storm coming in with thunder and lightening. Good for the flowers at least.