March 2

March 2, 2010

It’s cloudy again today that we had rain overnight- nothing serious but just enough to freshen everything up so that this morning the air is bright and clear and there is a sprinkling of rain on everything.  There is a bit of sun right now and it looks like it is going to be a lovely day.

Gargoyle and Hyachinths in the Albion Manor Garden

Gargoyle and Hyachinths in the Albion Manor Garden

Hyacinths.  I just love them.  The scent fills the whole garden and it is wonderful to walk in the areas where they are growing to catch a whiff of them.  We have them in several colours in the garden, but these Delft Blues are the earliest to bloom.  Next year there will be more of them in many more colours.  I find the bulbs a bit expensive, but that’s the way it is if you want to have these beauties in the garden.

The garden gargoyle is by Derek Rowe at ArtForm Sculpture Studio here in Victoria.  Fernando and I got the piece, which is titled Charming Charles at a local auction which is where we got the majority of our purchases.  I’m not sure how much Derek charges for them from the shop, but we paid $125 for it at the auction, which I am very happy with.  It’s a great addition to the garden, a real character.  We are thinking of putting him on top of the Cottage when we redo the roof this fall.  That way he’ll be looking, should I say glaring, down at the driveway and greeting all guests as they arrive.  Maybe not the right greeting, but I am sure most people will find him more amusing than off-putting.

I continue with the work in room 8, renewed doors, repaired mouldings, new stained glass, hanging the doors properly and installing mouldings around that doors that are in keeping with the rest of the house.  In short, just the ongoing improvements and upgrades and have been going on for over 4 years now and which will probably by ongoing for the next 4 years.  Or forever, whichever comes first.

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