July 15, 2016

From the Balcony: Open Sky over Toronto 1

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us
and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

This picture was taken about three years ago (2013) when we were living in an apartment in uptown Toronto. At the time, I was growing vegetables on the balcony and in a community garden - two locations that offered plenty of challenges! I feel really fortunate that I am able to garden in my backyard these days. As small as it is, my yard offers me far more opportunities to experiment and expand my gardening knowledge. I do miss the view though. Open sky definitely has a way of making you feel humbler, and grander, both at the same time.

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July 8, 2016

In the Garden: Baby Blackberries

"Wishing to be friends is quick work,
but friendship is a slow ripening fruit."
~ Aristotle

Baby blackberries growing in a corner of the garden. This blackberry "strayed" across to our garden from the neighbour's yard. The parent bush seems to have given up on producing any fruit but the offspring seems to be healthy and thriving. We don't know what variety this plant is but are looking forward to trying the fruit when they ripen!

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In the Backyard: Baby Raccoon

Caught this baby raccoon, separated from its momma, climbing a tree in our neighbour's backyard one early morning. These critters look cuddly but are actually real menaces. They scavenge quite fearlessly in disdain of we mere humans. Late last summer, my husband and I saw one pack travelling in a group of 14, crossing right in front of our eyes as we sat drinking tea on the back patio. It's best to keep out of their way and to keep a tight lid on your garbage at all times to discourage errant behaviour!

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