Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Roses of Gaspé

These Duchess of Portland roses 
shrubs/hedges, grace the countryside
 here in Gaspé during the month of July.
They are plentiful this year because
 of an abundance of rain.
I am thinking the salt air must attribute 
to their growth and beauty. 
Also they smell gorgeous,
with a lovely strong sweet scent 
filling the air around them.

These heirloom roses originated in Britain 
and are named after
 The Duchess of Portland, 
 a plant collector around 1780. 

My backyard

 ~ One misty morning~

Makes nice bouquets, also great for potpourri.

When the roses are finished flowering,
the flower turns into a seed pod that
 looks like a small crabapple in the Fall.
Rose "hips", the fruit of the rose,
has many purposes, 
from herbal teas, soaps, potpourri, to medical uses
with many health benefits.


Thanks for your visit xo

all pics are my sole original property

Tea Cups and Roses

My black china tea cups with roses
 for a nice summer vignette.

 Sadler Tea Pot
Church Sale find.
How lucky to find a black tea pot.

Below -  A tray from France, from my daughter, Suzanne.

 Vintage Dish~From my sister Joyce...

Tea cups with roses

Below -this beautiful cup and saucer is made in Japan

A yellow rose ~Royal Albert - England

My favourite ~Royal Albert - England

The tea cup on the far right is Adderley - England
 Duchess of Portland Roses
They smell so devine.

To view my blog on "The Duchess of Portland Roses" 
in the Gaspé, click here.

Thanks for your visit xo

All pics are my sole original property.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

How to Wash Strawberries

I am sharing a great way to
 wash strawberries. 

Hull strawberries,
(Remove the stocks of the strawberries)

Fill a bowl with cool water

Place a handful of strawberries in the water
 and swirl them around.
The strawberries will float on the top of the water 
and all the dirt will sink to the bottom.

Immediately remove the strawberries, as

strawberries are like a sponge and absorb water.

Place them in a strainer or colander to drain.

 Check out all the dirt in the water
 After draining the strawberries,
 I place them on scott towel and
 blot them to dry throughly. 
They are now ready to enjoy, 
 freeze, bake up your favourite dessert 
 or make jam with.
My favourite is mixed with rhubarb.

Thanks for your visit xo

all pics are my sole original property.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Tea With The Roses

I  set up this tea between rains, 
as these Duchess of Portland 
roses are short-lived,
and they will soon be finished.

 This vintage chinaware is Aynsley - Longton - England.
Utensils from Walmart

Cherries under the dome
I am serving Maple Walnut Tarts for the recipe click here.

A Sadler Coffee/Teapot

The table cloth is "Petit-Point" cross stitch embroidery
~Church sale find~

 blowing in the wind...

The rose hedge at the back of the property.

To view more of these lovely roses,  Roses of Gaspé, click here.

Thanks for your visit xo

All pics are my sole original property.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sabrina's Graduation and The Girl Guides of Canada

My  Granddaughter, Sabrina,  has graduated
 from elementary school
 and will be entering High School this September.
I am sharing some photos of her Graduation.

Sabrina with her brother Mathieu.

 Me and Suzanne
Sabrina and her very tall teacher.

Below ~ My grandson Mathieu and 
Martin, a great Father and Son-In-Law.

 The class
Below, Sabrina at the microphone, 
she had a singing part, from Adele's  ~Hello~

The Yearbook
Classmates each autographed the back of a T-Shirt.

St. Mary's School- in Longueuil, Quebec
The only school in the English School Board,
 offering both French and English Immersion program.

Sabrina is in the Girl Guides .

She will be in the Pathfinders next year.

Lady Baden Powell from Britain was a major contribution to the development of the Guides/Girl Scout movements. She was  elected World Chief Guide in 1930. As well as making a major contribution to the development of the Guide / Scout movements, she visited 111 countries during her life, attending Jamborees and national Guide and Scout associations. (source Wikipedia)
Other pins and metals 
The Girl Guides was established in 1928 in Hungary and has it headquarters in London, England.

Congratulations Sabrina and 
good luck in your future adventures.
We are proud of you. xo