Monday, 28 April 2014


sweet little signs of spring

every morning i find something in my garden that wasn't there yesterday!
a new shoot, a lady bug, a caterpillar, an opened flower...


 but i still haven't found my glasses that i lost last autumn!

we found this little nest in the delicious orchard

i think we have seen the last of the snow!
have you noticed that things are a titch more green every day?
i just love every new shade of green! so fresh and cheery and welcome!
it is one of spring's special pleasures!
enjoy the greening!
warm farm hugs,

                                                                       carl laidlaw orchards

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

happy earth day!

happy earth day!

earth laughs in flowers    ralph waldo emerson

that is one of my favourite quotes!
on earth day we love to visit our local wonderful nursery and 
treat ourselves to something for the garden. 
perhaps i’ll plant some pansies today…
enjoy this special day! let’s laugh together!

warm farm hugs,

Sunday, 20 April 2014

happy easter

happy easter!

i have a wee eggcup collection.
(i often remind mark that it’s not a diamond collection)
they are perfect for seedlings ….and make such sweet little vases

they do bring me joy…

of course they are perfect for eggs too!
…especially the chocolate kind!

this may or may not be an eggcup!  but it may be the start of another collection!

 our adorable bunnies…related to the easter bunny of course!


enjoy the easter weekend! i hope there is chocolate involved!
and happy birthday wishes to nona who is 88!
warm farm hugs,

Thursday, 10 April 2014


i can’t remember who said that spring bulbs are more brave than the person who planted them, but i wholeheartedly agree! 
i marvel at what they can endure! april is certainly full of surprises…

love the patterns in the mud and the last little bit of melting snow

mark has again began the spring pruning adventure

here is that sweet little snowdrop the same afternoon… amazing!

isn’t it lovely to be outside again? 
warm farm hugs!

                                                                                                     carl laidlaw orchards

Thursday, 3 April 2014


“if you like bluebirds, there can’t be much wrong with you.”    maxine manees


i have to meet this brilliant maxine gal! our bluebirds have returned! 
oh what a pleasure to see!
 i have my wonderful dad to thank for that.

when our kids were little, he made bluebird nesting boxes with them.
they spent so many hours together in his fabulous workshop... it was a special winter! 
spencer drilled holes on the drill press and margo glued twigs to inside pieces for the baby birds to use as a ladder. 

in the spring, they helped put them up around the farm.  
they had to be placed in a very particular way... 
a precise height, facing the right direction and 
a certain distance from other bird houses and trees. 

we were so thrilled to eventually see the bluebirds use them!

they have brought us joy for many years! 
the swallows have been known to move in to a few of the boxes too. 
those scallywags!

each autumn they clean out the boxes’s a tradition.

i am so grateful for their time together! lucky kids and lucky us!


one year, there was a tree behind the barn that the bluebirds also loved....

there are so many beautiful, endearing quotes about bluebirds! i have to share a few…

“the bluebird carries the sky on his back”   henry david thoreau        

  “this beautiful and singularly lovable bird divides with the robin the grateful mission of bringing to its northern friends the welcome news that spring is at hand.”   george gladden

“is there any sign of spring quite so welcome as the glint of the first bluebird?”    neltje blanchan

“his soft warble, beautiful blue coat, warm waistcoat, and gentle manners make him the most welcome herald of spring.”   birds of america 1917

“who does not welcome the beloved bluebird and all that his coming implies? 
his cheery warble, heard at first as a mere wandering voice in the sky, heralds returning spring”    john b. may 

i hope you are lucky enough to see a bluebird this spring!  

warm farm hugs,