Monday, June 1, 2015

May 2015

The month of May began with an invitation to a wedding.  It was a beautiful day so we enjoyed the drive in the Merc and the visit with good friends.

The lilacs and lily of the valley bloomed and the scent was enjoyed throughout the house.

Mother's Day was grand!  
When this one is not performing some activity for us...

 he is enjoying watercolor art.

These days the grandkids are all about handstands....


ball tag...

and headstands.

Baby birds were heard chirping all over the farm.

The warm weather called for Watermelon and Rollkuchen for race days.

The littlest one got his first piece of hardware.

Daddy's old tonka toys were brought out to move some sawdust. 

The marine air often rolled in during the morning.

The garden plot was increased this year and he bought himself a rototiller to ....

The sod had to be scooped out and even I helped do that.  

The garlic which was planted in fall was now found to be right where we wanted to plant something else so it was transplanted and I'll let you know if it was okay to do that. 

Job done... veggies planted ....

and rocks harvested. 

We put up a new grape arbor this year. 

Three different types of table grape vines mostly for the grandkids to enjoy a few years down the road when they begin to bear fruit.

Oh my goodness... I could have set up a peony stand this year again.

It is much more fun to give them away though!

Once the soft pinks are all finished the japanese peony finishes the peony season. 

We celebrated my brother Gerry's 60th birthday!  
I baked a cake for the celebration.
It was yummy and will eventually make an appearance on the blog.

Gerry was born in 1955!  Such a good year!

Somehow every time the grandkids come over ...
the tractors big and small come out.

We were invited over to come take down some too overgrown flowering plum trees.

They quickly made forts in the fallen trees before they were carted away.

It was a warm day and so we made a trip to the corner store for slurpees.

To finish of the month of May we went camping for three nights with our Pastorate.

We had such a great time getting to know each other around the campfire and around the picnic tables.

We camped at Brae Island Fort Langley where the irises were blooming by the Fraser River. 

It takes two of us to do a selfie.  I hold the camera while he clicks...
works for us!

There are such great hiking and biking trails there that we took advantage of in the unseasonably perfect weather.

A small bunch of peonies came along. 
This is our typical lunch table.  Not too tidy but that's how we run!

The Abraham Darby roses are in the midst of their first summer bloom.
Every spring they get a good dose of chicken manure and it seems to pay off.

My big bush of white peonies are nearly heavenly.

This May was the driest on record since the 1930's.  
We planted a hedge in early March expecting that the spring rains would keep it well hydrated.

But it hasn't rained nearly enough to keep the hedge alive.

The hedge is not near enough for a hose to reach so he fills the tractor bucket with water and then very carefully drives across the field to give each shrub a good drink. 

The last week of June included a trip to the casting clinic for the littlest girl in the family.
It didn't stop her from participating in her annual ballet recital!  

And that is how our May shaped up!

I can hardly believe June is here.  

I love summertime!