Saturday, 27 August 2016

Tomatoes and Treasures

We waited impatiently for the first ripe tomatoes and once they started ripening we had a hard time keeping up. Last evening I went out and gathered these thinking that was all there was. Seems I missed a few because my DH went out today and filled a small pail.

I am trying very hard not to bring home too many treasures these days so I only have three to share today. The first is a pretty cup and saucer. It has the words "Phoenix bone china, made in England" written on the bottom.

The other two things I bought are on either end of this drop-leaf table in the sunroom. The wooden box on the left has a divider in the middle. I wonder what it was meant for.  The tin thing on the right has that extra piece sewn on with fine wire. I really like it. The cast iron basket in the middle has some nuts and a pine cone that I still had from last year.  I wish I'd have kept the shiny brown Horse Chestnuts but I thought I would gather more this year so why keep them. Seems this is a bad year for Chestnuts because the tree that I looked at had none. Maybe it was too dry??

A few Fallish photos complete my "vignette". That's all the decorating I'm doing just yet.

Our stretch of very hot days seem to have ended and I'm relieved. I'm looking forward to a week of cool temperatures and renewed energy!

Thanks for dropping by,

Granny Marigold

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A Special Day

Yesterday was a special day and I'm sure you've guessed what it was.  Cannot believe I am 71. It seems impossible but I am forced to believe it.  Some of my family came to visit on Sunday
 ( youngest son brought a most delicious cake)  and others came yesterday.  Fortunately those 2 days were cool and much more comfortable than the days before and the days that are coming.

After over indulging in sweets over these past days I am motivated to eat more veggies and fruit and less sweets. The question is:  Will I be able to stick to it?
I am also motivated to do some rearranging and tidying. That I know I'll stick with because it's something I enjoy.

Hope your week is going along quite smoothly...

                         Just a few of the lovely cards I received...

Thanks for visiting,

                 Granny Marigold

Saturday, 20 August 2016

This and That

A bit of everything in today's post, starting with some jars of Apricot/Peach jam made with marked down produce ( very ripe and needing to be used that day).

         I cannot resist bringing home pretty Autumn leaves that I pick up while on my walk.

                    This little bistro set got a new coat of paint ( thanks to my DH).

I bought this cute clock at a garage sale this morning. Good thing I wanted it for the cuteness of it because I don't think it works.  Looks fine in my garden shed.

Also bought these animals which I think are "primitive" which is not really my thing but they were .25 each and again, suit my garden shed.

These are the porcelain drawer handles that I just happened to have 3 of and finally got to put to use.  I'm sure I've had them for 4 years.

My effort to put this magazine page into a frame resulted in wrinkles but I hung it up anyway, with some dried lavender.

Lastly a pic of my Dahlias, still doing well in spite of the awful heat. Must put in more next year seeing as the weather trend seems to be dry hot summers for us.

Thanks for visiting.  Love to read your comments.

Granny Marigold

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Playing in my Garden Shed

It's nice and cool in my garden shed ( or maybe I should call it my play house).  I've been rearranging a bit and also bought a cupboard at a garage sale.

This is my cupboard, nicely distressed.  On seeing it son #3 innocently asked if I was going to refinish it.

I love the little drawer thingy that I got at the same gs and paid two dollars for. I've got string in one drawer, seeds in another, etc..  The white box in the corner holds a bag of potting soil.

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my shed. Hope your week is going well.

Thanks for visiting,

Granny Marigold

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Old Cars

My DH and our youngest son went to a car show today. If you don't care for old cars you'll be forgiven if you leave now.
Most of them I know nothing about so can't comment except for this first one where the owner fixed up the back of an old bread delivery truck. Those big blue things on the doors are speakers And, yes, that is a TV on the side. What imagination... and a lot of work!!

Thanks for visiting,

     Granny Marigold

Saturday, 13 August 2016

A Stranger's Yard

We happened to see this house and yard while garage sale-ing . I have no idea who these people are but I am quite fascinated by what they've done.
The front of the house faces to the left. This is the side yard. This is, in fact, a false "front". You can see that there are plants right up to the fake garage door. Isn't this so creative and lovely? I hope you enjoy it as much as I did ( and do. )

How I would love to do something like this but I can only dream.  Would this be something you would like?

Granny Marigold

Friday, 12 August 2016

Couldn't resist

It has been very hot and by the afternoon DH and I just don't feel like working. Yesterday we went instead to the thrift store ( nice A/C)  where I browsed. Found a copy of Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a book I've been wanting to own but was not willing to pay a lot for.  THEN I spied this tea set and I stood there and had a nice talk with myself about how I really did NOT need any more dishes. Started to wheel my cart away but just couldn't do it. So here it is on my sideboard. It's called The Vintage Garden and it's by Princess House.  That tea pot holds 64 oz , by far the largest one I own.

I also got this adorably cuddly sheep. It has a velcro opening on its tummy with a clay pack that can be removed and either heated in the microwave or frozen, depending which you prefer. I just love its softness and its suede face and legs. It is in perfect condition and has the word SAJE on the bottom of one foot.

Because of the heat my flowers are not doing as well as they would if only we'd get a good rain. I brought  these Casa Blanca Lilies  indoors where I can appreciate their beauty from close up.

I did get a few more treasures but will leave those for another day.  Stay cool and enjoy August!!

Thanks for visiting,

          Granny Marigold