Wednesday, 6 May 2015



I am joining Ginny and her Yarn Along gang again, sharing our yarn work and books. To see more knits and books click on the button below.

This week I continue on the crochet elephant for Oskie. I have finished crocheting all of the pieces, now comes the daunting task of attaching them all together. It's tricky work, getting all of the pieces to attach and lay just where you want them too.

CLOTHES, CLOTHES, CLOTHES, MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC, BOYS, BOYS, BOYS - a long title for this book full of short, blunt, sentences. It is a memoir from Viv Albertine, band member of the pioneering all girl 70's punk band The Slits. I heard her interview on Q and thought she sounded interesting. I know nothing about the 70's British Punk Rock scene, am not that much of a rebel myself, but, the book is still very relate able. It's more of a coming of age story, how Viv finds herself in a world that looks down on 'punks' and women...and especially punk women. There is still that theme of sex, drugs, and rock & roll which I find pretty interesting - it's like taking a trip to a foreign world.

AROUND THE HOUSE - We've been reading tamer things with the kids. We seem to be on a Judy Blume kick. I've also started reading Lost in the Barrens to Lolli. At first she didn't think she would like it, but, we are getting into the exciting part when the boys become stranded...and she has changed her mind.
Funny, even though she is nine Lolli still loves being read to.

Elli's Reads - Fudge always makes six year old's laugh.

Lolli's reads - Margaret (being read by Mom), Lost (being read by Dad)

Saturday, 2 May 2015



Pine Tree Post | Garden Update

The sun has finally shone its powerful beams down on the garden - things are growing!
The last week has seen the citizens of the Place Under The Pine hard at work getting the garden ready for another year of growing. Sticks, pine needles, garbage, and the lot have been cleared away leaving a blank slate of dirt just waiting to be planted. 
As with previous years, the Dirty Hands youth program is in place again encouraging the young ones to get involved in all aspects of the garden from planning to harvest. Last weekend the youngest member of the PUTP was out spreading some nice fresh black earth.

This little guy spread many bag of Black Earth - bought from Canadian Tire for 97 cents!
This weekend the first seeds were sown into the soil. A perennial favourite, and #1 garden food of Elli, the classic 'mixed salad lettuce' was planted. It is expected that this somewhat hearty green will sprout up and withstand any cool weather that could come its way.

Already clad in his summer outfit (bike helmet, shorts, and flip flops) Elli plants his fave garden food.
Last season a half dozen raspberry canes were transplanted to the front yard, along an used section of wall. Even in the shade of the house and the big pine tree the canes from last year are already growing bright green leaves...and new canes are sprouting up from the ground! It looks like a second raspberry patch is well on its way.

Welcome new plants, we will treat you well, and eat your berries.