Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New things...

Here we are in Covid-19 Crisis isolation

in week 4, or is it week 5?

Some days when I wake up I am not sure of the day!

Fortunately the birds are singing and the sun is shining
Spring flowers are in bloom and life goes on...

perhaps in a different way 
but nevertheless
we are able to stay snug in our home.

Things have changed...


Hearts in the window in support of our front line workers.

Each evening at 7pm we go out onto the front porch and bang pots and pans.
Our neighbours are participating with gusto.

It gives me goose bumps listening to everyone who joins in to make this racket!
We are a solid community united in spirit.


The daffodils are putting on a magnificent display.


King Alfred Daffodils are sold by the box early in the Fall.
We grabbed a box of 100 and my husband planted them out front in The Humble Bungalow Garden.
The deer do not eat them so we can enjoy their bright sunny blooms.


We listen to the reports from our BC CDC Health Authority
Dr. Bonnie Henry shares the latest numbers of cases here in BC.

She tells us which community has new cases
how many people are in hospital
 those who are in intensive care
those who have recovered
most people who have the virus 
are at home in quarantine.

Bonnie is the voice of reason and is very calm.
We look to her for leadership at this time.

She reminds us that we need to stay home to stay safe and to stop the spread of the virus.
She encourages us to be social but do so virtually.

Dr, Henry has become a hero and I hope that when this is over the province honours her in some significant way.



Snowflake Snowdrops are quite tall...
we purchased 5 pots of bulbs from a farm stand a few years ago and I have my fingers crossed that they will multiply.

I love the wee chartreuse dots on the frilly petals.


I absolutely LOVED this book!
I read it in two days.


How are you managing during your time at home?
Have you been cooking and baking or getting creative?

What are you reading?

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~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Friday, April 3, 2020

Friday...


Waterfront walks along the seafront are the highlight of my day.

The scenery is beautiful and there are always things to see...
gulls, eagles otters swimming in the Salish Sea near the shore.


There are creative people among us who are cheering us up by painting rocks.


This is one of several rocks that have been popping up on the concrete railing along the waterfront. 
The rocks left last week have been "adopted" by people passing by.
I was tempted to take one but thought not...
I appreciate the bright and cheery rocks 
they made me smile.


Our daffodils and blooming.


Rich yellow and orange mingle together in harmony.


The mini tete a tete flowers are putting on a fabulous display.
These are sold in pots early in the Spring for a reasonable price and I bought a flat of them for under $25 and popped them in the garden with hopes that they will multiply over time.

The deer do not eat them 
so they can be planted out front of The Humble Bungalow.


The deer love tulips so I have a few in pots on the front porch.



Our star magnolia is blooming 
the petals are a stunning bold white that glows.


So delicate and fragrant.



Afternoon Tea with a treat.
Stemmed ginger shortbread from Edinburgh Scotland.


This book deals with sensitive subject matter...
it is a rather disturbing read.
I have three much "lighter" themed books on my shelf waiting to be read.

What are you doing these days?
Are you working from home?

We went outside on our front porch last night and banged pots and pans...
making noise 
in support of all the hard working medical staff that are on the front line .

Most of our neighbours were out there too.

Have you seen Pluto's  announcements on You Tube, Instagram and Facebook?


Stay Home and Stay Safe 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Come along for a Walk...fresh air, scenery and some inspirational quotes.

My daily outing is a walk in the fresh air with beautiful scenery.


Serene looking intertidal area at the end of the beach.
Sea Glass is mingling with the rocks 
one only needs to peer closer to find some.


View across from Victoria to Port Angeles in Washington State.

Freighters in the distance are anchored and waiting 
for an opportunity to offload their freight or load up in The Port of Vancouver.

Many freighters anchor in among our Gulf Islands 
which has become a problem for many 
 they run their noisy generators.


The beaches are littered with driftwood from the winter storms.
Many people collect it and burn it in their fireplaces.
Some creative artists make things from the various pieces.


The BC flag flies on a tall pole at the edge of a cliff.


A heart of stones

Many families are seen at the beach
kids throwing stones into the ocean
moms and dads drinking coffee and reading books
dogs frolicking in the water retrieving sticks
people collecting wood
some, like myself, are searching for sea glass
some are constructing huts and shelters out of logs


Someone carved a face on the old roots of this vast tree.


Can you see the heart with wings on the tree stump?


On the way home 
I walked past a lovely garden with many whimsical accents.
The beds overflow with yellow daffodils and hanging planters are hung atop the fences
with cheerful purple and yellow pansies.

This face was attached to a tree...

In the quiet moments and a tea time
I've been thinking a lot about our current situation.

Staying home and staying safe.
Staying positive.

I reached out to some of our elder neighbours to see if they had enough food.
It turns out that they were running low on lots of things and had been trying to order groceries online for home delivery but could not log into the website.


Many stores are 2 weeks behind with their orders so I went to the grocery shop for them and dropped the bags on their front porch.

At the grocery shop we were directed to line up outside ~ a metre apart.
There were strips of green tape that indicated where we were to stand.

When people exited the store one at a time we were given a disinfected cart and allowed inside...
there were not many people inside and so we were able to grab the groceries fairly quickly.

We then stood on discs with footprints a metre apart waiting for our turn 
to put our groceries on the check out stand 
the clerks scanned our goods behind plexiglas partitions.

After each customer the check out was disinfected.

Some of you may be feeling anxious...
maybe you have been watching far too much of the grim news?

I only listen to two programmes,
the daily announcement from our respected BC Disease Control 
specialist
Dr. Bonnie Henry 
and the local evening news.

If I watch too much I go down a "rabbit hole!"

~ Self preservation ~
controlling my own reaction to things that I cannot control are key.


Sharing
 some inspirational quotes with you.


Soap on a bed of rocks
Wash your hands.


"You have power over your mind - not outside events. 
Realize this, and you will find strength."

~ Marcus Aurelius ~



"When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. 
Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on." 

~ LL Cool J ~


"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces."

~ Judith Viorst ~


"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. 
You are able to say to yourself,  I lived through this horror. 
I can take the next thing that comes along."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~


Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

I'd love to hear from you and perhaps you can share what you are doing to keep yourself amused during these days and weeks of staying home cocooning.

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~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Friday, March 27, 2020

Tea Time and a comforting casserole....


This lovely local tea shop Silk Road is currently offering curb side pick up 
if you place an order you just indicate pick up instead of paying for delivery.

If you order $50 or more delivery is free.


The Royal Abkhazi tea is my favourite.

In the Spring and Summer taking tea in the Abkhazi Gardens is a real luxury.
It feels so civilized sitting on the sunny patio above the expansive lush garden

You can opt to take tea inside the tearoom 
 small sandwiches, scones with jam and sweet treats.

I love meeting up with friends 
walking in the garden 
looking at the beautiful flowers and foliage
sitting for a restorative cup of tea served in pretty fine bone china tea cups.

For now

 I will imagine sitting in that magical garden in the sunshine 
dreaming of the days in the future when we can reconvene 
 meet up to savour one of the loveliest places where we can take tea.


The Sour Cherry blend is very refreshing.
I like this tea brewed hot or served over ice on a summer day.


We do not have a dog, but many locals who do,
 take their pet to the off leash park at Dallas Road waterfront.
We spied this wee "stick library" for the dogs...
I love the wee paw print at the top right of the structure.

Thank you to the wonderfully creative and talented crafts person 
who designed and built this dog friendly "library!"

Thank goodness we are still permitted to go out for our daily walks.
Self distancing is a requirement that we take very seriously on the paths.
The fresh air and exercise is such a tonic for us all.


Speaking of tonics...

Cheesy Pantry Pasta 

We craved comfort food so I made a rich cheesy pasta casserole.

We had two small packages of dried macaroni and penne pastas
(about 3 cups)

I used them both and cooked in salted boiling water until al dente.

I made a simple roux with butter, flour and milk
and when it thickened I added about a cup and a half of grated cheese.

I added the cheesy sauce to the cooked drained pasta,
 put it in an ovenproof casserole dish.
Grated a bit of cheese on top covered the dish with foil
popped it in the oven for an hour at 350 degrees.


How are you managing?
Have you found a soothing routine while you are directed to stay at home?

I'm finding that I stay in my nightgown much longer in the morning
as there is no need to hurry and get ready to go out.


I am missing going to the shops...
it is not that I buy a lot I just enjoy perusing the wares
chatting with the shop keepers.


missing the coffee shops
 meeting up with friends


When this pandemic is controlled and we are permitted to go out to the shops
will there be a surge in shopping or will we have re-evaluated our priorities?

I know that we will want to support 
local businesses, coffee shops 
and
restaurants.

In the meantime...
It is a time for us to be patient and wait out this pandemic until it is deemed safe.



Our magnolia out front in The Humble Bungalow Garden is starting to bloom.


Snowdrops are still putting on a showing looking lovely...

taking these small snippets

holding fast 

admiring the bountiful and beautiful Spring flowers

appreciating the small Joys that grace these quiet days

Grateful to wake up each morning...

a symphony of birdsong 
a pot of hot coffee
greeting another day with hope
faith in our medical experts and scientists
who are guiding us gently through this health emergency.


Take care of yourself 
stay cozy as you cocoon in your home.


"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~ 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Flowers. thoughts and ramblings from The Humble Bungalow...


Deep indigo grape hyacinths are a welcome pop of colour.
We have quite a few of these in our front garden.
Thankfully the deer do not nibble these sweet flowers.

How are you managing during the "shelter at home" order?
Are you busy or bored?

Do you get "dressed up" or have a PJ Days?


Keeping quite busy with home and gardening tasks.

Baking bread every few days...
to accompany homemade soups and stews.

We were down to a few cups of flour and we hit the jackpot yesterday 
by finding 10kg package of flour
it felt like a lottery win!

(We are not taking anything for granted.)

I'll be able to keep baking bread for the next few months with this supply.


I purchased an antibacterial spray from Nezza Naturals.
I've been wiping the counters, light switches and door handles.


We have a few lilies blooming in The Humble Bungalow Garden.
Planted these a few years ago and they pop up early each Spring.
Such a delightful dainty little flower 
which reminds me of The Flying Nun's hat
do you remember Sally Field in this television show?


Love the variegated foliage of the Trillium
When the flower is in bloom it is a dark magenta shade.


I sat on the front porch this past weekend and enjoyed the sunshine and birdsong.


Tapio Wirkkala Ultima modernist mug made in Finland.

Darling daughter has a large collection of Ultima
which I covet!


Timo Sarpeneva Finnish Festivo icy candlesticks.


Baked banana bread and pasta were delivered to our son and the grandchildren.
We waved at each other through the windows and they came out on the front porch while we stood at the bottom of the stairs.

Later we Face-Timed with them
the kids were in fine spirits when they
demonstrated a dance routine that they were working on!

Thank goodness for the internet to help us stay connected.


Loving this Lemongrass Tea Tree soap
the scent is divine and the sudsy soap makes it easy to keep up with the necessary hand washing.


With all this hand washing I need to moisturize my hands.
This cream absorbs quickly and protects my hands in between washes.
I apply and small amount at tea time when I sit to read my book.



Hooray!
Hellebore blooms are not deer food.


 ~ Vintage Enamel ~
Bread tin and colander just part of the small collection in our laundry room.


All is calm...
the ironing has been done
(such a soothing task.)

Clothes are washed and hung to dry.
Counters washed ~ floor swept.

Feeling in control of my own home 
is just one part of how I am keeping my focus positive.

It's time for lunch and I'm making a simple sandwich.
Will pop the kettle on and brew a pot of tea.

Hope you are finding ways to amuse yourself while you cocoon at home.

~ Stay Home and Stay Safe ~