Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas - Frohe Weihnachten

Wenn´s draußen stürmt und trübe ist,
zieht drinnen ein, ein kleines Licht.
Es leuchtet bis in Herz hinein,
bringt Wärme uns mit seinem Schein.
Es kündigt an die Weihnachtszeit,
es sagt uns “haltet euch bereit,
der Herr hat seinen Sohn gesand,
das Freude sei im ganzen Land.”
Drum schaut voll Dank in dieses Licht,
auch wenn es draußen finster ist.
Öffnet ihn eure Herzen weit,
mit ihm beginnt die Weihnachtszeit.
Nun strahlt auch schon das zweite Licht,
wirft seinen Glanz auf dein Gesicht,
schon bald ist es dann wie ein Traum,
es leuchtet hell der Lichterbaum.
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

just arrived in time..Timber Press.. Pocket Guides

The front yard of our house is about 32' wide and 80' long.
The location: north and lots of shade.
I am considering to change the grassy area with ground covers, ornamental grasses, Hosta plants and Clematis.
The challenge is to find a good layout and the right plants for this location.
I hope that the new Timber Press pocket guides will help me to realise my dream garden.
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Wir haben vor dem Haus einen ca. 10x25m grossen Garten, der nach und nach mit Gräsern, Bodendeckern, Hosta und Clematis bepflanzt werden soll.
Die Lage ist Nord und hat viel Schatten
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) in front of our window



Northern cardinals have a preference for the edges of woods, hedgerows, and vegetation around houses. This may be partially responsible for the increase in their population since the early 1800's. Cardinals also benefit from the large numbers of humans who feed them and other seed-eating birds with backyard bird feeders. Cardinals prefer to build their nests in dense thickets.
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Merry Christmas.. Frohe Weihnachten





Wenn´s draußen stürmt und trübe ist,


zieht drinnen ein, ein kleines Licht.


Es leuchtet bis ins Herz hinein,


bringt Wärme uns mit seinem Schein.









May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,


The gladness of Christmas give you hope,


The warmth of Christmas grant you love.






Monday, December 17, 2007

little roses covered by snow..

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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digging out from a winter storm..





The garden, winter decorations and trees are covered with snow look beautiful.





Southern Ontario is cleaning up following a major winter storm that's left sidewalks and streets a snowy, slippery mess.
It's not even officially winter yet, but the weekend storm dumped more than 30 of snow on Guildwood and Toronto.


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Sunday, December 16, 2007

2007 snow storm to remember



Massive storm causes whiteout conditions in Toronto and Ontario.
I was able to take a few pictures from the front of our house and backyard in Guildwood.
Environment Canada says the worst is yet to come from a massive winter storm that has swept up from the U.S. Midwest to batter Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.
Between 20 and 40 centimetres of snow is expected to fall on the various regions before it's over.



Photographed through our dining room window, it looks lovely..
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Winter storm has arrived in the City of Toronto

Winter storm..
A crippling major winter storm with heavy and blowing snow is moving across our City and the Province of Ontario.

A massive winter storm has begun over southern Ontario and the stage is set for this dangerous storm to kick into high gear with near record snowfall amounts.

In front of my window I can see heavy snow falling in Guildwood with
blizzard like conditions, high winds and blowing snow.