Alberta in Bloom

I spent Sunday wallowing in my own self-pity with a side of heat exhaustion. It was nearly 30C while we planted the garden on Saturday and despite my best efforts (wide brimmed hat, shoulders covered, plenty of water/powerade, and frequent breaks in the shade) I still managed to make myself sick. Have I mentioned I am just not cut out of anything over 20C?? 

I find my lack of heat resilience puts me off of travelling to certain places. If I were to go anywhere like Australia or the Mediterranean it would certainly have to be in the winter season. I once went to Hawaii where I hung out at the beach from about 6am - 10am. Until the sun went back down I had to hide in an air conditioned space. Not going to lie... I probably won't be back there again. Lovely place but pretty expensive to just sit in the hotel room or mall for the majority of the day. I need to steer clear of the equator. My favourite place I've travelled (abroad) to is Scotland. So cold! It took me days to warm up! I loved it. It was like my ideal habitat!

Maybe a tolerance could be built up? Either way I would love some tips on staying cool! How do you guys beat the heat? 


In The Garden: A New Season

We waited about a month later than last year to get our veggies started and I still think it may have been too soon. These photos are from about day 4 after planting. We are currently 3 weeks in now and this weekend we have to release them into the wild because they are growing all over my living room! We bought this little mini greenhouse to try this year and if you want to speed up the growing cycle I would highly suggest it. Within a week and a half our plants had fully outgrown the greenhouse. We had to rig up the lights to hang without the cover over because the plants were so big. They just grew like weeds in there! Our first guaranteed frost-free day in our area is June 5 but fingers crossed the weather stays above freezing once our plants are out in the garden. Hopefully I will remember my camera this weekend when we plant them and take a few photos. I have been so slack at that lately! 

What we planted in our indoor mini greenhouse (32 plant tray):
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes
  • 2 butternut squashes
  • 2 yellow zucchinis
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 4 pumpkins
  • 16 super sweet corns
What will go straight into the garden this weekend:
  • beets
  • carrots
  • potatoes
  • onions (already out there)
What we planted in trays left outside on the balcony:
  • marigolds
  • sweetpeas
  • snapdragons
  • lupins
Indoor Herbs:
  • cilantro
  • basil
  • garlic chives
  • dill
  • herb lavender
  • one lone garlic (that was in a bunch from the grocery store but one clove looked green like it wanted to grow so I popped it in some dirt under the plant lights and it grew nearly 4 inches in 5 days!!)


Wedding Thoughts On: Bridesmaid's Gifts

I have three bridesmaids. Since they have to travel so far I thought I would make a bit of a "Home away from home" theme for the bridesmaid gifts. I wanted to marry useful comforts for travelling with some great items made in Alberta (for the most part). So here's my gift list:

1. Rocky Mountain Soap Company: Made in Canmore (my favourite place in Alberta), these soaps/lotions/lip butters are the best. I use bottles and bottles of their lemon hand soap. Their travel sized kit was perfect for the gift bags. Lip butter is a must for those windy days in Newfoundland! Also a little side note their natural deodorant works miracles. It's the only one that I find actually works. 

2. Wild Prairie Soap: Another soap company I use is the Wild Prairie Soap Co. I mainly use their bar soaps and they are so creamy and beautiful. Bar soap might not be the most practical for travelling but it's so lovely it practically begged me to include it!

3. David's Teas: There's nothing better than a hot cup of your favourite tea while you're travelling. Sometimes it can be difficult to find anything other than a boring Earl Grey so these individually packaged loose tea's seemed like a great addition to their bags. 

4.Tea Ball (also from David's Tea): Obviously, a tea ball is required!

5. Travel Notes: A small notepad and mini pen can be a lifesaver on a trip. It's just damn handy! This one is from Indigo.

6. Hair Elastics: As stated previously, Newfoundland is a windy place! You definitely have to have some of these on hand to keep your sanity. I got a pack of 50 from this Etsy shop.

7. Rock Necklace: I bought these stone necklaces last time we were in Banff at one of the local geology type stores.

8. Leather Fold Over Clutch: Something to put it all in! Also useful for that time you decide to go out somewhere fancy on vacation but you remember all you have packed is a giant purse! These are also from Indigo.

9. Bottle of their favourite wine: Not pictured since I will buy it once we land in Newfoundland. My bridesmaids love wine (who doesn't?!) so I thought a nice bottle of wine to share with their significant other's sometime on the trip. 

I did put a lot of thought into what to include in these. I am so grateful these ladies would travel so far from home just for me. I'm still amazed. Just to note that each bridesmaid has a different colour-theme going on. This is the black theme but there is also red and grey themed bags as well!


Pottery Bits

It's time for the last little bits of my pottery class. My goal was to make my own mug and I was successful! Although it is a bit small for my liking. My favourite mug of all time is about equal to 3 mugs. The tiny little bowl went from a pathetic use of a pottery wheel to one of my most used items! It is perfect for setting the tea ball in to be used again or to dry out after you're done. I hate scraping out wet loose tea. I am much happier to pour out the dry stuff. The little things, right? I also made a little set of single vases. Just imagine a lovely flower sitting in them ;)

So lately everytime I find a moment to comment on my favourite blogs it get foiled. I totally appreciate everyone for taking time out of their busy days to comment on this little blog and I feel badly that I am failing at doing that myself. So a big THANK YOU to everyone who wanders over here!


Side of the Road

We are taking another trip into the archives from last summer. These were taken on a roadside stretch break while driving home. Theres something so peaceful about horses munching away. So quiet. No worries at all. Two crows interrupted the calm when they were not impressed with a hawk who ventured too close to their nests. I'm always fascinated with crows. They are so darn smart. They also don't live by the restraints of an animal hierarchy. I've seen them chase and swoop at coyotes. Rebels of nature. 

The last photo is a bald eagle that was soaring above the peaceful horses and the angry crows. Pardon the blurriness as the zoom lens was workin' overtime to get a shot of him. It's kinda fitting to post this now as I also saw a bald eagle last week circling over us while we prepped the garden. I didn't have my camera then so I layed back on the lawn and watched him till he flew up so far he was out of sight. Sometimes it's nice to forget your camera.

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