What do you do when your Winter is too long?

Well, folks what did I do you ask? I went nuts and began to ring in the brand New Year with sowing seeds in January. You see I won a seed give a way on YouTube from a gardening friend in the United States. She sent me cotton seeds… Well, I was totally over the moon happy about this and so many other seeds as well.

Being over the moon happy is a state of mind most gardeners have, and it really kicks in as the brand new year of possibilities begin to naw at us, while we page through all of our seed catalogs in the dead of winter, dreaming of a grand garden in the spring. Which for me was 5 months away.

Our last frost day here in Northern Ontario, Canada is the 24th of May, but I’ve seen it snow here in June, too. So, with our short growing season and myself having the neighbors trees to contend with giving me lack of sun it is a real challenge deciding just what I can plant and bring all the way to harvest time in the Fall.

I’ve laid out the foundation of building permaculture beds which worked wonderfully last year during the long drought we experienced, and when it did rain it came down in huge buckets. Which usually beats the living tar right out of my plants in the past. But, last year the way the permaculture beds work is they drain off the water if it rains too much, and it retains the water if we have a long drought.

Our city puts us on water meters last year and now charge for every drop of water, so using my hose was out of the question. I didn’t want to wind up paying more money for homegrown vegetables than I can get at the store , even if homegrown is better for you and taste 100% better. When you have to watch every penny, (Which Canada took out of circulation a few years ago) you have to get creative as a gardener.

As it happened my beloved Birch tree died and needed to be cut down before it took out my neighbors shed or even my own fence. I can’t tell you how sad this occurrence made me for months leading up to the removal of this beautiful tree. It actually was the main reason for buying the home I’m in. Strange but true. I’ve always had a kinship with all trees and this one stole my heart.

Moms beloved Birch Tree

So, when it had to be removed the gentleman who cut it down asked if I wanted it taken away or stacked, I said just leave it where the log sections fell. I’ll take care of it. Well , he looked at my aging face and grey hair and asked again was I sure?

July 16th 2015 - Third Permaculture Bed using logs from Birch Tree

The making of my first Permaculture bed, and my beloved tree is still providing goodness for me.

My beloved tree was now going to be handled for the last time by me and only me. It had given me so much joy in the years I’ve lived here in my home, shortly after my husband passed away from a sudden heart attack at the tender age of 46. I’ve always looked at trees in a certain way, growing up in Florida looking up at all the tall pines that could sway beautifully in the winds and even withstand the gale force winds of a hurricane blowing through.

I knew if I were a tree I’d be as strong as this and be able to weather any storm that blew my way. Thinking in this manner has brought me to the place I am in at the moment, aging but weathering each storm and looking back with hindsight knowing I was correct in becoming fascinated with trees as they would help me along the paths I’d be following …

History lesson of me over, thank you for reading…

I’ve been continually striving to animate and this has also helped me get through the long cold winters here in Canada. I’ve lived up North for over 34 years and never regretted a single moment. So, I’ve animated a little short film here pertaining to cotton, the girl in the video is Wilma, Wilson the coconut ~ Plant manager’s girl friend. If, you’ve seen some of my gardening videos which I also strive to make funny, because we all just need to laugh… Wilson the coconut is my sidekick for my indoor gardening throughout the winter.

Enjoy the animation and the update of my cotton growing inside until we get our spring..

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This little picture is actually snow of course, but doesn’t it look like cotton?

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Monday is the First Day of Spring

Tomorrow marks the First Day of Spring, March 20 th 2017. I’ve been blessed with temps ranging 3c for the past two days and the sunshine has warmed me back up to a normal human being. I feel almost 10 years younger now that I can actually feel all ten fingers…If, tomorrow is going to be similar to these past two days, well I might just get the feeling back into my toes as well!

I’ve been working on a beautiful love story set in Northern Ontario, Canada. The gentleman is a hard working sort of fellow, and his lady love is just as sweet as a peach. Please join them by watching a little short animation of mine.

Wilson the coconut -Plant Manager & his lady love, Wilma

Banner for wilson and wilma the love story part two

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Happy St. Patty’s Day

Wilson the coconut ~Plant manager has been doing a bang up job taking care of all my indoor plants over the winter time. We still have a ways to go before we can plant out in the garden this spring. Our last frost date isn’t until May 24th, but will have to judge the evening temps as I’m attempting to grow Okra and Cotton this year.

We both, Wilson and I wanted to wish everyone a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Join Wilson in the celebration, why don’t you…

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The winds were howling the other night, or was it something else?

Hi there folks, I’m still sitting at the computer with cold frozen fingers pumping out yet another animation creation. I am having so much fun with this new hobby of mine I could actually dance in the streets, if they were not so icy…..Enjoy what’s to come….

Oh and if your wondering what happened to Animation Number Four, it’s still in the works…Coming soon to a computer, Laptop, I Pad, Cell Phone near you.. 🙂

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I’m dipping into the Animation Waters

Man it’s cold outside! We’ve dipped back into freezing temperatures. We were spoiled last week with milder temps, ranging between -9 and -5.. Oh well it’s still wintertime in this city of mine. So, I got bored on Sunday afternoon, you know between the time I shoveled the driveway and time to begin dinner.

Here’s a little sample of my very first attempts at simple animation… I think I’ve found a new hobby to get me through winter in between the days I’m waiting on the cold porcelain Griffin to  dry between layers..

Sometimes you wanna have fun!

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