Saturday, November 28, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS - Canadian Explorer Rose "Champlain"

TODAY'S FLOWERS from around the world
can be viewed here:

Canadian Explorer Rose "Champlain"
"Still in bloom--
but for how long ?"

This beautiful rose was named after Samuel de Champlain
( *1580 France -†1635 Quebec, Canada)
"The Father of New France", was a French navigator, cartographer, draughtsman, soldier,
explorer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat and chronicler.
He founded Quebec City on July 3, 1608, and served as its administrator for the rest of his life.

Diese schöne Rose wurde nach Samuel de Champlain benannt
(* 1580 Frankreich † 1635 Québec, Kanada)
Er war ein französischer Forschungsreisender und Kolonisator.
Champlain ist der Gründer von Französisch Kanada (Neufrankreich) und wurde erster Gouverneur der Kolonie.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Silent beauty in multi-hues...Stille Schönheit in vielen Farben ...

November morning..
there is still so much to see in our garden..
lovely small flowers, wet colourful leaves and a beautiful woodpecker.

November Morgen ..
es gibt immer noch viel in unserem Garten zu sehen ..
liebliche kleine Blumen, nasses buntes Laub und einer schöner Specht.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Swedish Christmas Fair in Toronto - Tack så mycket!

Every year I try to visit the Swedisch Christmas Fair in Toronto organised by SWEA volunteers.
I love the beautiful decorations, food and the sound of Christmas music.

SWEA, Swedish Women's Educational Association Inc.,
is a global non-profit organization for Swedish speaking women who live or have lived abroad.
We gather to enjoy our Swedish language, background and culture.
SWEA is both a meeting point and a safety net with links all over the world,
making life abroad easier, providing support when arriving in a new place or when returning to the home land.

I bought this lovely bell wreath for our front hall.

Most of the lovely Christmas decorations are hand made by members of SWEA.
All proceeds are donated to charity.

This table included lovely swedish linens and other decorations.

Almost impossible to miss is the incredible selection of Swedish delicatessen.
My favourite Knäckebrot, Swedish Herrings and luxurious Caviar,
to appetizing Mussels, peeled Shrimps and delicious Spreads
as well as cookies and other baked goods is available to purchase.

Tack mycket!
Hoppas att besöka mässan nästa år igen.

Thank you very much!!
Hope to visit the show next year again.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

One more beautiful day to come?

Let's go for a walk..
Just living is not enough . . .
One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little (catnip) flower.
- Hans Christian Anderson

On my way to the Nepeta cataria - catnip plant!!

The catnip plants Nepeta cataria are used primarily in landscaping for cats.
As part of the "cat-friendly yard," grow them for your cats to enjoy outdoors
or harvest them for drying.
But if you're more concerned with your landscape design than with your cats, grow Nepeta mussinii, instead. The latter is a more attractive herb, as it stays shorter
. Nepeta mussinii has a spreading habit and is used as a groundcover.
Both Nepeta mussinii and Nepeta cataria are deer-resistant.