Monday, June 8, 2009

Roses and strawberries and tea, oh deer!

Yesterday was sunny and warm and my friend Lois decided to invite a few friends over for tea and strawberry shortcake in her incredible garden. At last count, she has about 100 rose bushes and they were all in bloom. The scent was amazing.

First, she gave us a tour of the garden, naming every bush and telling us when it was planted.

Some were even growing up into the trees!

Then, we sipped tea and enjoyed the first local strawberries of the season.

I drove home all inspired only to find this guy in my back yard, happily munching on my one puny rose bush.
He's been a regular visitor to my garden the past few weeks, and has told his friends about us, which might explain why my roses have no blooms at all this year.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Heritage Home Tour

Yesterday I spent a wonderful morning touring some of the heritage homes in New Westminster, BC. Every year, different residents in this city open their homes to the public and we get to wander through some amazing rooms. Here's a sampling of the homes I visited this year.

I loved the soft colours and distressed furniture in this home.

Some of the gardens were pretty amazing too!

I love the colours of this house.

And this one.

The houses are all about 100 years old and many are designed in the craftsman style.

The wood work was incredible.

Love the stained glass windows and the high ceilings.

Pretty nice, hey?