Flowers, Bees, Musics

I had been neglecting this geranium and over the years it became a spindly length of stalks with a few leaves. But late this summer I re-potted it.

I had no idea what kind of flowers it would produce.

I’m so happy to find out. It’s quite lovely.

This chrysanthemum, also. I had left it out all winter. In the spring, it seemed like it wouldn’t recover.

But there was one root with a tiny set of leaves. I potted that root and put it in a nice sunny place with lots of water. These fall coloured flowers are my reward.

The pollen is the bee’s reward. Here on a marigold, I suspect the pollen jacket on the bee is actually from that mum.

Another thing of beauty that comes with much care and tending is music. I got to listen to some excellent music last night. This is Lucila Al Mar.

Lucila is in the process of driving and gigging across Canada to Vancouver. Check out her powerful voice when she comes to your town.

And more excellent power came from our local Sarah DeCarlo.

Another excellent songwriter and musician worth watching.

Here’s to the staying power of flowers, bees and excellent musicians. May they all continue to grow as the seasons pass.

Big Skies, Little Critters

image of distant late summer country side under puffy clouds from the top of the first hill of the harold town trailsI went for a walk with a friend out at the Harold Town Conservation Area this week. I had never been to this beautiful park before. The view from the top of the first hill on the trail (above) is well worth the climb, especially at this colourful time of year. Read more “Big Skies, Little Critters”

Small Industrial City

The City of Peterborough has a long history. It’s one of Ontario’s older cities and once, as “The Electric City,” vied for the capital of the province.

It got its start as a logging town where lumber pulled in from north of the city would be milled and sent on its way.

Our waterway and liftlocks were originally intended to serve industry, but the development of the highways and trucking as the major means of transport shifted the focus. Now the Trent-Severn is a pleasure route, used by leisure craft and vacationers.

image of the otonabee river with the london street dam and quaker oatsBut the industrial boom and history of the town is evident in much of its architecture. From the Quaker Oats building and water tower… Read more “Small Industrial City”