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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Friday, May 13, 2011


On wednesday late afternoon I arrived from farm to find my daughter Jackie bringing me a whole bag full of Rug Hooking Magazines.  It was like winning the jackpot. It felt like Christmas. It had been a very busy day for me as I was scrubbing the ceiling and walls in the milk house and I couldn't wait until night to settle down and go through the stack of Rug Hooking magazines.  There were some older issues and so much good information and dye recipes and techniques etc. and I quickly went through some of them and had difficulty putting them down to go to sleep. I was so exhausted that I had to limit myself to 5 or 6 magazine for that night.

Some kind lady brought these at the NB College of Craft and Design where my daughter works and because they do not teach rug hooking class they couldn't use them and my daughter thought that I might be interested. I'm so glad that she did. There is a wealth of great informations in there. I'm so very lucky to have received these free of charge.  Thank you nice lady and thank you Jackie. I am so very grateful.

The St John River in front of our house during the recent flood.

Last week was a bit of a pain as it rained so hard as most of you know and we had a flooded basement. I took some pictures of the river almost spilling over in front of our house. There was a thick foam on the water in the morning. It probably comes from industry up river. It looks pretty gross.  I walked over in my PJ's to take some pictures.  We were lucky that we didn't had to evacuate the cattle this time although we were stranded because of the only two lanes that gives us  access to the main road were both flooded.

On Mother's Day I started working on this bed by tearing the bricks out and pulling dandelions and other weeds that has taken over the garden. I worked till dark and came in exhausted. Then it rained and rained and I got busy at the farm. The garden is still waiting for me to put it all back in order. The bricks were almost all submerged in the soil since the flood of 2008.It wasn't fixed as I had some other more pressing things to repair in the yard.  There is only so much a girl can do in a day.

 A small bed in need of weeding also by the patio.

 Flower beds in the back of the house.

 Creeping phlox starting to bloom along with some daffodils.( and those darn Creeping Charlies and look at those huge dandelions)

 The Rock Cress  on the left is blooming  earlier than the one on the right and dandelions here too.

The Leopard Bane is starting to bloom. Usually they bloom at the same time as my purple Irises.

A serendipity white Rock Cress in full bloom. I'm getting some moss problem in some of my beds.

Nothing much to report on my Ceramic sorting. It almost done and I'm waiting for some packing paper and more large boxes for my basins and pitchers and canisters but I'm not rushed. I went to the newspaper place to pick up a couple of end rolls and they were waiting for some to come from Moncton as the paper is printed in Moncton apparently because of economic reasons. So I have to wait for paper to arrive before I can resume packing.
And folks, that's it for this post. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. It's much appreciated.   JB


  1. I am worried about you, you have been working so hard and you do sound so tired. I am so glad your daughter brought those magazines to you. You have so many bulbs coming up. It just looks beautiful. I enjoy seeing spring in your yard. We are into summer... well until next week. The kids have been swimming it is finally warm enough, them not me. :) I hope you can rest up for a bit. Do you have any new rug hooking projects in the works? Are you doing anything with your childhood memories rug?

  2. Hi Julia,
    You have such beautiful flowers and your gardens are spectacular! It's a lot of work but there's nothing like working in the dirt and gardens for me! It relaxes me more than rug hooking!
    Those RH magazines are a treasure! I am always going back and reading old issues I have accumulated over the years too!
    Stay happy and remember to not work yourself to the bone!
    Cathy G

  3. I admire your stamina! You have been so hard at work. The garden beds look wonderful. I love gardening...especially planting new beds, then I realize how much maintenance I've created! Wouldn't it be nice to have a small team to actually help out now and then? Hang in there, grab a bit of down time, and enjoy those lovely magazines!

  4. well Julia you always make me feel lazy when I read your post :0) You are in constant motion and must be in great shape. I love that you got the magazines and can enjoy them I always feel the same way with gardening magazines, I get rug hooking. I hope you will have time to put your feet up and enjoy them. With all of your cow manure your gardens must be so happy.
    weeding can always wait.

  5. The magazines do look like a gift! How fun is that?!
    Your flower beds look amazing! You'll never see me posting close-ups, as we have as many wild violets and wild strawberries as anything else....constantly times it feels like a losing battle :) but it's always nice to be outside!

  6. Hi Julia.... Wow you are busy lady.... There is no way I could keep up with you.... Your flower beds look amazing.... And the dandelion is so popular in my yard, it looks like a whole garden of them....the RH magazines are very informative, and I do believe I would consider it winning the jackpot if someone would bring that many rug hooking Magazine's home to me... So glad they were saved for you and not put in the recycling, that really would have been a shame......
    have a great rest of the week!

  7. Oooh, all those rug hooking magazines....what a score! It would be hard to tear yourself away from them to do anything else.
    Julia, you have so many flower beds. Your yard must be just so beautiful in the summer. I did a 2nd take when I looked at the river pics. I thought that foam was snow!

  8. Julia ~
    I, too, thought that foam was snow.
    Your flower beds look beautiful. So many wonderful plants in bloom. I just love spring flowers!
    Enjoy browsing the RHMs.
    Pug hugs :)

  9. Julia what a great gift. Magazines about rug hooking, right up your alley.
    I do agree with everyone else, you are one hard worker.
    Your flowers are lovely, just so much work and I prefer inside to outside. Not so many ticks or snakes inside.
    Enjoy your magazines.

  10. Those magazines....I can just feel
    how delicious a gift those were!
    Am thankful that swollen river stayed
    on THAT side of the road!
    I didn't realize how close you are!
    I imagine that was quite a roar
    as the rains poured down and the river rose.
    Will keep you in my prayers.

  11. I thought that was ice on your! Flooding is such a nuisance! Glad all your gorgeous flowers are OK!
    I can relate to your magazine coup! I love looking at decorating and cooking magazines. To get that many had to be fun! Great that your daughter looks out for you! Enjoy!

  12. What a great find of magazines Julia. These magazines never get old, we just keep coming back to them for inspiration. Great backyard also, can't wait to start working outside when the bloody rain stops.

  13. Wow, you scored BIG time with the magazines. Have fun looking through them again and again and again..!
    Love your flower beds. So pretty, but so much work.

  14. Hi Julia, What a haul of magazines! I am happy for you. Your daffodils look beautiful.Julia I hope the flood is easing. My wish is that you are taking care of yourself.Cheri

  15. Those magazines are surprising.
    Those flowers are beautiful.
    And you're amazing and wonderful!

  16. Your spring garden is just beautiful Julia. A girl can only do so much in a day, you certainly have earned some time to sit and put your feet up! Good score with the rug hooking magazines! Hope the water is receding, stay safe. Hugs, Julie.

  17. Honey I am so happy about your new collection of magazines. Wow you really did hit the jackpot.
    Your gardens are just awesome. I had to laugh when I read that darn creeping charlie. I wanted to plant some this year but could not find it. I guess maybe that was a good thing.
    You never slow down I don't know how you do it but as always I am in awe of how much you get done.
    Thanks honey for my Birthday wishes.
    Have a great week
    Love ya

  18. I'm glad that you have been enjoying the magazines! And I agree that you are an unstopable force! I wish that I had half your energy!