In my Knitting Basket

Lately I've heard off the cuff comments alluding to how easy knitting is and I started thinking.... am I the only one who thinks knitting is actually kinda difficult?? One comment was by an aunt who said her first knitting project was a full-on sweater and she just followed the pattern and it turned out fine. I've been knitting since January and I can not even think about a sweater yet! My third attempt at a mate for my fingerless glove is still in progress (and this is after my 5 attempts at the first mediocre glove). I get the purl and the knit but I always seem to mess up somewhere along the way.

Another comment I heard was last night. I started my next instalment of pottery classes and the instructor said, "Pottery isn't just like knitting, you have to practice and really work at it." What!? Personally, I find pottery much easier than knitting! Different strokes for different folks maybe?

What is your experience with knitting? Has it required lots of practice or did you pick it up right away?


Wild Rose Country

These are a variety of roses from the botanical gardens we visited earlier this summer. Someday when we actually have a yard of our own I hope to have a huge rose garden in there. We had a bit of a snowy start to last week which brought frosts that promptly killed nearly every plant in our veggie garden. So sad. Luckily we had harvested the majority of of the above ground vegetables. The root veggies are fine for awhile still thankfully as I have no room left for them! 

As happy as I am to see the hot, humid weather behind me, I am certainly not ready for snow! Is there  somewhere out there that hovers at 15-20C all year long? If there is, I am moving! 


Jarvis Lake, Alberta

Last time we went to Jasper we saw Jarvis Lake on a map. We didn't get to it then but we made time for it this trip as it happens to be David's last name. He wanted to do the "Jarvis" tour! 

I can't get over the reflections that were happening this day. Numerous little storms were passing through with thunder, lightening, and isolated showers and yet the lake was so calm. The reflections had so much details in them it felt like you were surrounded by sky.


Wedding Thought On: Photography



Oh, Photography.... What am I going to do with you! In all honestly this has been the hardest thing to come to an agreement on in my own head. I have looked at every single photographer in Newfoundland. Let me tell you, there are some amazing ones!! .... Amazing ones that quite simply we can't afford. The cheapest photographer whose style aligns with mine that I can find is $1258 for 4 hours...


A Rainy Start

Well I am back from our road trip around the Rockies. It was such a great time and (as all holidays are) much too short! Our first day was spent around Hinton and it was quite drizzly. That is my favourite kind of weather and it never lasted too long. We pulled over for a stretch break here and frolicked in the rain for awhile. How is it September already??


In the Garden V.9 - Balcony Tomatoes

Our cherry tomatoes are just starting to ripen on our balcony. This take a little longer up here in Alberta! Our beefy tomatoes have yet to turn but I am getting quite impatient about it all. I want them now! We actually can't really walk onto the balcony due to all the plants. We have invented some kind of plant watering yoga with all the random balancing we have to do just to make sure everyone is good and wet. 

We slowly moved them to bigger and bigger pots and ended up in a 5 gallon pot each. We only have four plants but they are huge. Over 6 ft tall! With having south facing windows, they make us a nice bit of shade so that is a bonus. We also put some plastic lids (that came from a sandwich tray we had at a work lunch, waste not want not). We use this if we are out all day or gone for a weekend. It holds 6 litres of water in each sandwich tray lid that the plants can soak up at their own pace. We were gone for three very hot days and our plants only had about an inch of water left when we came home. These guys are always thirsty. 

We also added marigold (lupins and snapdragons as well though they haven't bloomed yet) for three reasons: they are lovely, pesky bugs hate them, and bees love them. It's only so good to get your tomatoes growing. You have to make sure something is going to come along and pollinate them as well! Its certainly worked as we have over twenty beefy tomatoes and who knows how many cherry tomatoes on our plants.  Hopefully more to come as well!


On our way back...

We are off for another mountainous trip for a few days. I've never done the drive from Jasper down to Banff and Canmore so it should be a nice little road trip and then home in time to relax before the long weekend is over!

This is another bit of Pyramid Lake on those smoky days in July. The cool lake was the only way to beat the heat and humidity. I am very happy this little trip will provide some cooler temperatures. See you back next week for September (already!?!?!?).