May 25, 2009

The sky is blue ...

...the sun has riz, I wonder where the birdies iz?
Here is the little film clip I took last year of our own little birdies. I couldn't remember how to add the music, so it's accompanied by the sound of the wind and some chirping instead (please feel free to turn down the volume if it becomes irritating!)

I love this time of year, everything is looking so springlike and fresh, while the hummingbirds are quenching their thirst on the sugar water, the blossoms are out and looking exceptionally pretty having opened up 10 days earlier than usual. Amber took a walk and snapped a few pics for this post.I am on the hunt for a couple of hanging baskets full of blue lobelia this week (as seen above), they have become a standard summertime fixture that works well and gives the hummingbirds a little nectar variety, which they seem to enjoy.Archie, such a typical puddy-tat took full advantage of a sunny spot on the front veranda this morning. I have decided to reduce my working hours at Wheaton's to just a couple of days a week for a while. This will give me the opportunity to keep busy at home through the summer, which I am relishing, especially being able to spend more time with the girls again when they come home from school and during the school holidays. A young student has taken on some of my shifts and is happy to get the hours in before going back to college in September.
Back on the familiar tractor mower it felt quite rewarding as I eradicated all the bright yellow dandelion heads that had shot up, neatly mulching them row by row. It didn't however take very long for the black flies to find me. Even wearing long sleeves and protective netting over my peeked cap they managed to find their way inside and give me no less than 8 little itchy bites on my first mowing session!! I have tried everything in the past from regular bug spray, to a diluted spray of Listerine mouthwash! The latter just gave me icky sticky fresh minty hair! This week I am going to try a new product called
No-Bite-Me , a soap, which is a popular seller at work. I shall report on the outcome next week. The black fly frenzy should die down a little in a week or two as the weather gets warmer.
I also wanted to share this lovely blog with you, Daisy Pink Cupcake
I was thrilled and honoured to have some of my own home photos featured on one of her colourful posts a few weeks ago. Every week she manages to find some wonderfully diverse eye candy, which I enjoy browsing through when I have the time.
With Jemma's AP calculus exam out of the way, her thoughts have turned to the fast approaching graduation prom dance. She has decided to design and sew her own dress. I admire her determination and work ethic and look forward to seeing what she comes up with. Even Amber was spotted on the sewing machine recently, completing a home economics assignment, recycling a discarded top and turning it into a cute little bag.

Happy thoughts and wishes :)
Hazel x


  1. AnonymousMay 25, 2009

    We're loving spring here too! One thing we heard this year to help with the black flies is Listerine, the mouth wash. Just spritz it around the area you will be in (maybe your hat or mower?) and supposedly they won't come near you. Any flavour of Listerine will work. It's worth a try. :)

  2. Oh Hazel - everything in your post spoke of spring freshness - a delight to read from here in Hawkes Bay where we have had grey rainy day after grey rainy day. Its made my day to have read this and given me a spring in my step. Loved the photos on the other blog - it reminded me how beautiful your home is.

  3. Hi gorgeous Hazel!
    It's been such a long time since I've popped my head in to say a warm hello, and boy have I missed you.
    Lots for me to catch up on here, and I'm so glad to see you and yours are all well.
    Enjoy your warmer months!
    xo, Kali

  4. I really enjoyed reading your post of spring today. Glad I stumbled upon your blog. You have a beautiful family:)


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