Summer! It doesn’t officially arrive for a few more days; however, thoughts of the season conjure up memories of these treasured days.

Happy to share that some of my words, written for a summer theme, are posted today at

Winter is long, here, in Canada. To me, that explains the appeal of warmer days with so many little moments. The challenge of skipping stones in Lake Huron, planning for future apple crisps and pies, just the sheer delight of purple irises, all provided the inspiration for these poems.

For a hint of the season to come, please drop by for a read. Leave a comment, if you wish, at that site or here on the blog page. You do not have to belong in order to comment.

Have a great week!






Perennials are my favourite! They are the pure essence of gardening, it seems to me.

The continual reappearance of green plant growth after months of winter is a wonder of nature, to me. The blooms that follow throughout the summer are a refreshing tonic on hot summer days.

Particularly, I enjoy the day lilies. These ones with the golden blooms are so cheerful to see. The pure tones of their blooms are amazing!


They also remind me of a favourite poem, Nothing Gold can Stay by American poet, Robert Frost. His words have a heartening, pure tone to them. Here is a link to The Outsiders film in which the poem was quoted.

Enjoy your weekend!






 Announcement: Thanks to all who responded to my recent blog post! The bird seen in the right side of photo was a hawk. This bird of prey is a frequent flyer in this area. 

Ironically, perhaps, I found a Daily Post photo challenge,  Sky, that is spot-on with my recent Cumulus Catch. Due to the timing of this challenge,  I thought that I would linger a bit on the cloud theme, sharing my photo of an arrow cloud here and a couple of poems below.

This week has offered a feast of planets in the night-time sky. Check out EarthSky site!

However, it is the day-time clouds that mostly draw my attention, even lead to a poem or two. These two poems were written a few years ago, in response to a prompt at Poetic Asides. On a Grateful Friday, I would like to share these “sky” related poems which were inspired by an online group of poetic voices for which I am so grateful to have met.


Sitting on the back deck
Coffee in hand
Feels like I am in Montana
Or maybe Saskatchewan
The cumulus clouds are rolling
Changing their shapes
Sometimes there are camels
Or elephants or apes
In the big sky like Montana
Or prairie wispy dogs of Saskatchewan


I could sit and watch
All day
First a “J”
Then a boot
It morphed into a butterfly
White and pristine
Transformed into a llama
Then galloped away.

Both poems posted November 16 ‘09 at Poetic Asides November 2009 PAD Challenge


Have a great weekend, All!





Cumulus catch!

Have to confess — I am a cloud-watcher from way back!

Fortunately, I live in a house that is built on a hillside with a deck that overlooks  some beautiful trees and houses. Also, it provides an all-season view of clouds.

Storm clouds, cirrus, shelf clouds and many others come and go as the seasons pass.

Whether I see faces or animals outlined in the sky, I am particularly drawn to cumulus clouds in their various forms.

The sky is clear and blue today but I thought that I would share this photo that I took of  a cumulus cloud (on its way to cumulonimbus?) some time ago as I tried to capture a feathered frequent flyer. IMG_2273

Can you spot the bird? Identify this one, too? Please let me know in a comment below.

Have a great day!


There is something about the May sunshine that just seems to wake up all those buds and blooms. Following a night of storms and heavy rainfall, gardens are radiant in this area. These purple hyacinths are the highlight of my perennial garden at this time.


Have a great week!

First blog post!

A fresh start…

Welcome to my readjusted blog: More words & pics!

Confused you might be as I have switched over from Blogger to WordPress after a few weeks of difficulties with the new platform.

Hope to continue blogging here again with a mix of commentaries and photos as the seasons roll by.

Back soon with a few more words & pics!



This week has a special focus with the celebration of National Poem in Your Pocket Day.

You will find many social media links to this particular festive day by typing in that title.

Thought I would share a poem that I wrote for my blog last year, as well.