April 2012 - Trails of Hats'n Hospitalitea

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Yes, yes, yes….I have been away from my keyboard, you’ll be glad to hear that I’ve spent my time away wisely, truly, I have been playing in the dirt about my garden.  a place to sit in the garden Not playing as much as I’d like, others haven’t noticed as I try to keep it hidden but my strength an will hasn’t joined up with the rests of me.  I find a stroll about the garden weakens me at the knees. My French Gardener has recognized the signs and without mention has strategically placed sitting spots every 5 feet or so. I have to wonder sometimes if my French Gardener takes amusement and small pleasures in watching my weak moments, “fiddlesticks,” he’s kind and so considerate I shouldn’t have mentioned a thing.

   These days of Spring I find myself walking about the perennials  

mini grape hyacinthand every so often I have to bend to nip at a weed here and there. While pondering yesterday I seemed to be focused on new bulbs and I could barely imagine the strength a bulb has by the amount of pressure and force taken for a single shoot to move that much earth to push itself from deep underground.  

new shoots of spring  Last year the garden suffered neglect in the deepest way. Sometimes we busy ourselves so much with life we forget the small important things around us daily that bring us pleasure like a garden. I’m not able to keep up with all the non-sense and puttering about that a garden needs attending to and I’ll be the first to admit such a thing, besides I’d rather sit and watch the garden grow than to break a nail and have to repair it.

 I’ve come to my senses and decided to hire more help.    I was looking for a person to pick up the slack, a helper for my French Gardener. I needed someone who was well spoken, mature in life and light in appearance – after all I’ll have to keep an eye on him at first.  

I put an add for odd jobs out and it returned an extra pair of hands.  I liked his resume, you could say he has a nice pair of hands. I don’t know what made his resume stand out from others, perhaps it was the fact that in a previous job he stated being a Driver and Butler  for a well to be up Montreal way.  He included her last name as a reference and she had been of the Glastonbury’s of  Westmount, Quebec. “Glastonbury” I’d not seen that name written in awhile, I believe it was on the gravestone of my great auntie I’d last laid eyes on the name.  Anyway, I’d not call in a reference in the event the person on the other end of the phone was a bitter old nip like myself.  

After two days the extra pair of hands although soft and supple has busied himself well. Proved to be strong, hard working and somewhat of a pleasure to be around. I’m convinced of his abilities and at times I seemed to get the impression he will work well with my French Gardener.Garden flower Primrose

I ventured the garden to capture a few photos of flowers, or was that my excuse to watch the two men work?     While clicking pictures my new man smashed his finger between to heavy rocks and I heard a whisper of Dutch coming from the edge of the primrose. “Hum! a Dutch Butler” yes, he will do fine; though he has a womanliness side to him, appearance and  behaviors that I just may have to control… He will be the grace and glory of a RainBow iNN my GarDen.

Today all work has to cease and desist, it is raining and therefore my camera won’t be in the garden nor my eye candy.  The weather will sharpen, there is a lot of Summer yet to come. 


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Another day of beachcombing yet still tired from the day before we manage to head to the beach at the drop of a hat. That means we had gardening work to be done and instead of that we headed to the beach with friends. This has to be….

My Favourite Find

sea glass bottle stopper

Amazing is the feeling when you find one of these  bottle stoppers while sea glassing beachcombing.  Early drug bottles were produced for formulas.  Sent empty to local druggists or doctors and they had the task of filling it with dry or liquid prescription.  These bottles called apothecary-style bottles were to protect dry medicines and chemicals from moisture intrusion or oxygen exposure. 

Pei beaches sea glassing

An apothecary stopper is a great prize to a sea-glass hunter  just ask me, I’ll try and re-play my happy dance and video it for You Tube.  Truly, a great number of these bottles were made between 1850 and 1900 and mostly in clear glass.  The glass stoppers in tea drop shape were also made at that time for perfume bottles.

Beachcombing PEI

There you have it, my favourite find a bottle stopper.

blogging my bliss ~Cindy~ 

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