Wednesday, 18 July 2018


...by the side of the road.  STOP, is what I yelled. Poor long-suffering DH went to pick it up and put it in the back of the truck.

All I had to do was wipe off some cobwebs and find a spot to place it.
I love finding this kind of treasure.

Lisa, you commented that one of the tea cup was one you liked but that you couldn't see it well on the picture.   There's a little story to this cup and saucer and I will explain.

At the garage sale there was nothing that I wanted and I just commented to the older woman ( whose gs it was),  there that what I was looking for was tea cups. Her eyes lit up and she practically grabbed my arm and took me into her basement where she had not one but TWO big boxes marked tea cups. She assured me that she really had to downsize and for some reason hadn't thought of putting her china out at the gs.
She started unwrapping all her cups and putting them on an upside down cardboard box  The saucers were also unwrapped. but by this time there was hardly a spot to put them. (This was only box #1)
 She had about 18 cups and saucers unwrapped by then and I assured her I didn't need for her to unwrap all those in box #2. I thought of all the work she'd done painstakingly wrapping them and could not see her having to do yet more. Besides, by this time DH was getting tired of waiting!! I chose the ones I wanted and somehow I picked up a cup and a saucer that didn't match. It was so crowded on that makeshift 'table' that it's probably not surprising that it happened. Anyway, she now has a cup and saucer set that is unmatched, just like mine. I'm going to watch to see if another gs will be at that address and I will take my set and see if I can fix the mistake ( and buy any more pretty ones she might want to sell).

                   This is the unmatched set. It looks so obvious to me now. When the cup is actually on the saucer they look more like a set.

We're having a cooler day at last. I dug out and pulled up all the California Poppies that were done and looking messy. Hoed some weeds and generally tidied up. Now the rest of the day is mine to relax and finish my library book. I hope your day is going along great as well.

Thanks for stopping by ,

Granny Marigold

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Hot Days

Yes, we're having very hot weather. As you can see the temperature outside was 37C which would be  between 98 and 99 F. I believe.  My plants all wilted and although I did go out to do some watering later in the evening, there's no way I could possibly water everything.
The temperature inside being 27 it wasn't so pleasant either. We have a window -type A/C and lots of fans to help us through this heat wave.

Before the day got so hot we went to a nearby garage sale where I was fortunate to find many many fine bone china tea cups. It was hard to choose but I finally settled on 11 of them. I won't bore you too much with pictures; just a wee bit.

I just love this gorgeous Autumn Leaves tea cup made by Royal Chelsea. The pattern is very textured.

            And this beauty has the words Malmaison, Bavaria written underneath.

This one just says Made in Japan.  I'm not sure how to describe the ovals on both the cups and the saucers. They're concave I guess. The inside of the cup looks like mother-of-pearl.

This little Royal Albert demi-tasse  says Celebration 1970 underneath.

Thanks for bearing with me while I go on and on about my tea cups.
Thanks also for all of you who wished me well/prayed for me when I had my cataract surgery.
I am anything but brave when it comes to medical procedures and the idea of someone poking around in my eyeball really upset me.  I'm on the mend now but the problem is my glasses make me dizzy. I guess until the second eye is done and healed I have to manage with these because there's no use getting new glasses until both eyes are fully healed.

                           Granny Marigold

Friday, 13 July 2018


            My DH brought home a 20 lb box of Blueberries. They are so tasty!!

For supper I made a Dutch Baby, which is something like a giant popover.
I looked up different recipes but most were almost the same, so if you wanted to try making one it's very easy to do. One Dutch Baby makes enough for 2 people

I made a lovely Blueberry sauce to pour over. It is definitely something I will make again.

We also filled 8 large size Ziplock bags to freeze for winter enjoyment.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thanks for popping by,

Granny Marigold

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


                                            Lilies in a vase....

                                                ...or outside...

                                       Some of my favourite Daylilies

Can you tell I'm trying desperately to think of something to post?   It's a very different week for me because I had my  cataract surgery and now I'm not supposed to bend down or do anything that involves lifting much. It's frustrating but I'm sure this too shall pass.  I was quite anxious about having the surgery but I'm glad to know it's nothing to fear because in a couple of months I'll have the other eye done. Thanks to those who said a little prayer for me.

                  Granny Marigold

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Short Road Trip

My DH wanted to go on a long drive so we chose as our destination the Okanagan , an area of B.C. known for its fruit orchards ( and vineyards). We had lovely weather and the first day wasn't too warm
 We enjoyed  the scenery and once we were off the main road we saw some wildlife.
Numerous deer, 2 Moose, several Loons and a few other birds which we don't often see around home..

We were able to pick our own cherries, something my DH loves to do!!
That second day was very much warmer than the previous!! Good thing we were shaded by the trees as we picked.

      We bought a box of Apricots which were almost the size of Peaches!!

              The fruit stands with their lovely produce look so attractive

We stayed in a campground that was right by a river. Sat outside until the first stars were visible. Watched the Nighthawks, birds that are most active at dusk and just before sunrise. They swoop and glide as they catch insects. Then, as suddenly as they had appeared they were gone.

Now we're back home and trying to keep cool. It seems in the 2 days we were gone all my perennials drooped so I have lots of watering to do. Thanks for coming by,

Granny Marigold

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Canada Day and some thrifty finds

Happy Canada Day to all Canadian bloggers!!  We'll be celebrating with our annual family BBQ. The weather doesn't look too promising but we'll enjoy ourselves anyway.

           This is Raspberry time and so far DH has picked 2 pails of yummy berries for us.

I had some Mangoes  that I bought with hopes that they would be tasty but was disappointed. Not wanting to waste them I chopped them up and added them to the raspberry jam I was making. I did boil the raspberries for a while first,  them put some of it through a sieve to remove over half  of those pesky seeds.  Then I added the Mangoes.

We only went to one garage sale this morning. I found 2 lovely hand crocheted table runners and 3 pretty bowls. Under the bowls are the words      Elizabeth Rose, Ambassador Ware,Simpson, England.
The bowls and runners together cost me only 5 dollars.

I hope that June has been a good month for you and that July will be even better.!!

Thanks for stopping by,

           Granny Marigold

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

More This and That

I don't know where the past week has gone but I see it has been 6 days since I last posted. And I was doing so well for a while. I will blame it on the weather because we had some cooler days and I wanted to get more done in my garden. I can't work as long as I'd like ( still babying my back) but slowly it will all get done.
My Lilies are looking good. I don't think I've posted the pics of them that I took ( to remind myself next year which colours grew where).

Volunteer Nasturtiums are growing under the blue Delphiniums. I like the effect but I think in a week I'll have to cut the Delphiniums down because they're beginning to look ratty.

I found this pot holder at the thrift store. I'm amazed at how whoever made it was able to fold and sew it so perfectly. It's almost too nice to use! I'll save it to put under hot dishes on the table.

I've been rearranging the shelves on my new cupboard. I thought my white jugs would look nice on the top shelf.

I had this bright and cheery patterned tea set put away. Now I can see it and enjoy it every day.

Last of all I will show you what I'm doing this afternoon. Putting my breadmaker to work making a sweet dough for Cinnamon buns. (See that funny lumpy one in the back?  I always end up with one end of the rolled out dough looking strange. It will taste just fine in spite of its looks! )
Some have asked if I share my baking with family.Yes, I do!

I hope I didn't bore you with my rambling.   I hope you'll leave a comment so I know you visited today!!

                Granny Marigold