Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Night

Lea and Sabrina friends - 2 princeses
Suzanne's Carved Pumpkins

Mathieu - Looking at something Scary....

The Neighbours

A real live man

Not a live man

Other neighbours

My Favorite

Sabrina and Granny

The Haunted House
The Haunted House Grave Yard


Favorite Guys

The Mean Pumpkin

Mathieu getting ready to go out

Sabrina- A Little Princess

It was a very nice evening for "trick or treating". The weather was mild. A lot of children with beautiful costumes. Suzanne and Martin went out with the children with their friends down the street.I stayed home costumed as a pumpkin and gave out the treats. We closed the door after approx. 115 treats were passed out. The highlight of the evening was a visit to the Haunted House close by.

A beautiful evening enjoyed by all.. ..

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Natural Cat Repellent

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I made a natural cat repellent with citrus fruit and used this as a deterrent.


I cut up orange peelings and spread them on the flower beds.

Lets hope this works !!!
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Japanese Angelica Tree

A  deciduous tree with 
beautiful foliage. 
 Japanese angelica tree, or Aralia elata.
The foliage will enrich any garden 
 with spiny branches  
is hardy to Canada. 

white flowers

The little white flowers
 in the fall turn into seeds.

The tree in November.

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Lavender is a perennial fragrant plant that can be dried for potpourri and many other uses as well.

Suzanne, my daughter  has lavender growing in the back yard.

We cut it and hung it up to dry to make some sachet bags.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Japanese Maple Tree

Japanese maple 
a beautiful decorative tree 
that stands out in any landscape. 
 Foliage colour changes with the season, 
and many are especially spectacular 
in the autumn. 
Japanese Maples will grow well 
in any soil type, 
and  colours will be darker in higher 
light conditions and grows 
best if protected from windy conditions.

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Pinecone Crafts

My Granddaughter, Sabrina painted these pinecones

Acrylic Craft Paint 
Water based paint makes cleaning up easy 
with soap and water.

My sister Annie made this Christmas Bell.

She painted the pinecones silver and red.
She cut a bell pattern from cardboard
 and glued the pinecones
 to it with a glue gun. 
She added glitter and shiny decorations.

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Halloween Crafts

Halloween Haunted Houses,   
 Sabrina and Mathieu each decorated one....
This is a simple craft for young children.
 I cut out the house using craft foam paper.
 Glued yellow paper behind to give a window effect
 (hung in a window to have light through it,) 
 and the kids decorated it with stickers, 
acorn tops  and ornaments


These trees are a simple craft for young children. 
I cut the trees out of craft foam and the children were 
happy to decorated them with small stickers. and ornaments...

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Nasturtiums are annual flowers. 
They are hardy for my region in Eastern Quebec. 
They were my Mom's favorite, She planted them each year.
Towards the Fall, the flowers turn to seeds.
The seeds can be dried and planted directly in the ground the next Spring after the danger of frost is past.
 Nasturtiums can tolerate poorer soil. 
They can be planted directly in the ground, 
also perfect for edging, hanging baskets, and beautiful when 
grown in containers for a patio or balcony garden.
Nasturtium leaves and petals are edible 
and will add flavour and colour to any salad. 

I like to use Terracotta pots,
A natural, clay pot retains moisture,
keeps plants at their healthiest.

On the plant below the seed pods are visible.
3 or 4 seeds in each pod.

The seeds below, are one day old.

These seeds below, have been dried for a few weeks.
They are ready for planting.

Variegated Leaf Nasturtium before flowering...

Seed packages are sold in many varieties.

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