Monday, May 30, 2022

Beautiful Blooms ~ The Humble Bungalow ~ Butchart Gardens and a Seafood Chowder

These lovely blooms are Lewisia Cotyledon
we grow them in pots and pop them in the perennial border
where there may be a gap in the plantings.

They are available in a variety of colours and are very sturdy plants.

Alliums are wonderful
 they are tall and narrow and can be planted in between other plants 
they offer an interesting pop of colour.

The bees LOVE these blooms.

Madame Gregoire Staechelin
a climbing rose 
in The Humble Bungalow Garden.

Our roses are behind this year due to the cooler unseasonable weather.
May usually is a riot of roses on the garden.

Alas, we will need to be patient,
 wait for warm sunshine to encourage the blooms.

Last week a friend and I walked at Butchart Gardens.

The azaleas are out in a full flush of flower
this apricot shade was so fragrant!

The Himalayan Blue Poppies are exquisite.
I have grown these from seed but they are very difficult to keep year after year.

These are blooming in the Japanese section of the gardens.

Their petals look so delicate and thin
like crepe paper.

This yellow azalea was fragrant and sweet
their bright colours look quite stunning
a much needed pop of colour on a cloudy day.

It's a cloudy day here this morning and it feels cool.
I've made a fish chowder for our lunch today.

Fish Chowder

Saute: 1 diced onion, two chopped carrots and 2 stalks of diced celery
cook until soft.

Add to the pot 1 piece of whitefish chopped into bite sized pieces
I also added some clam juice (1/2 cup)
two chopped up crab cakes that I had in the freezer.

I simmered the ingredients until they were cooked through 
added 1/2 cup of cream
salt and pepper to taste and a tsp of dill 

Serve with cracker, toast, or a soft bun.


Hope that your week is off to a great start.

Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, May 23, 2022

May daze...

Sunshine has made an appearance after many days of precipitation...
The sun streaming in through the windows elevate my spirits.

Tall ships sailing on The Salish Sea
out front of Quarterdeck Cottage.

Seas are calm and it is so soothing to watch the ferry boats as they glide past.

Oh my goodness!
Kate Quinn writes the MOST amazing historical fiction.
Her strong female characters are so interesting.

I just finished reading the book and it was a real page turner.
I highly recommend it.

Toadstool seen on our walk.
Walks in nature provide an interesting array of flora and fauna.

The woodpeckers have been working hard on the tree trunks...
~ rat tat tat ~
Purple Martins have returned and their sweet songs serenade us.
The gulls, eagles and ravens calls add to the symphonic sounds.

I found this book at the used bookshop and it sounds like a gentle story.
I know you should not judge a book by the cover but that is what tempted me...
written in 1931 and it just might be a delightful beach read.

I will start it soon.

Yesterday I made a loaf of bread
we don't eat a lot of bread 
every now and then 
I crave a piece of toast with Bonne Maman apricot jam.

Muguet des Bois are in their full flush with numerous glorious blooms.
Their fragrance is totally intoxicating.
I picked a large handful...
popped them in a vase 
placed them in the Humble Bungalow bathroom
their unique scent is wafting in the air...
which reminds me.

Yardley of London had a lily of the valley soap and cologne.
They also made scented products in lavender, rose and other floral scents.

I haven't been wearing fragrance lately and I am not sure why?
I have a lovely parfum by Hermes and it sits on my dresser gathering dust!
I must spritz some on and remind myself how it smells!

We are enjoying a sunny long weekend here in Victoria.
Mr HB has been out in the garden pulling weeds and planting veggies and plants.
The garden is far behind what it usually is at this time of year...
we usually have many many roses in bloom
they are just budding out now so it might be a few weeks yet.

What is your May looking like?
Have you read any good books lately?
Leave a comment and we'll chat!

I will close for now as I need to get some work done here in The Humble Bungalow.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Continuing with more Vintage vibes...

Did you have a wall phone when you were growing up?
We had a very heavy bakelite phone that actually gave the arm muscles a workout 
if we chatted for too long.

My father was quite strict about the telephone
 we had an egg timer with sand in it to let us know when our chat time was up.
I used to flip the timer over before all the sand ran out to extend my calls...
the main reason for limiting conversations were because we had a "party line."
A party line was a shared connection with someone else in our neighbourhood...
if they picked up their phone they could listen into our conversation and visa versa! 

Can you imagine?
There were no secrets unless we spoke in code!

~ Recently sourced ~

Vintage black patent leather Pourchet Paris handbag.
Quality leather and classic details.

Cross body bag

The company Maison Pourchet, has been in business in Paris since the early 1900's.
It is still in business today and you can find many of their classic vintage bags online.

Black and white skirt picked up at the thrift shop.

I have a small basic wardrobe that has a lot of black and white pieces 
so this will be a very versatile skirt.

White or black tops
casual or dressy.

Paired it with my distressed denim jacket 
black vintage Susan Bristol dressy knit sweater...
I have numerous options.

Sparkly Vintage Canadian designed Sherman rhinestone brooch.

I have several of these brooches and add them when I feel I need a dash of bling.
Mom received several Sherman sets for Christmas from Dad.
They would usually be earrings, a bracelet and necklace...
set in a velvet box from Birks.

The sparkle was perfect with her bright and festive velvet dresses.

Vintage pieces add an extra zing to my classic neutral wardrobe.

When I am in a thrift shop I gravitate to the vintage section...
I keep an open mind
you never know what you'll find!

Good Luck and Happy Shopping.

Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~ 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

OOTD ~ vintage classics

~ OOTD ~

Burberry quilted jacket
Dex lace top
Eileen Fisher rayon pants
Ferragamo flats

Vintage eel skin bag
a mix of textures...
shiny, quilted, lacy, smooth
neutral shades

I shopped my closet...
for a celebratory birthday dinner out with our daughter and her husband.

I haven't forgotten "how" to dress up 
I am just "out of the habit!"

Gosh it felt wonderful going out for a delicious meal prepared by someone else 
I didn't have to do the washing up!

Our garden is looking quite lovely.
Flowers are blooming, the grass is green and the roses are in bud.

There is so much to be grateful for in my daily round...

Chester our cat had surgery last week to remove a stone from his bladder.
He was very wobbly the first day and has continued to improve.
His appetite has come back and he has already gained weight.

I had been so very stressed with his failing health and am so relieved that we finally got a diagnosis and that surgery would fix the problem.

His early renal failure is going to be monitored closely,
we will continue to feed him the special food.
Hopefully he will be with us for a few more years.

He's such an affectionate little guy and has a very "big" personality.

In other news, 
I had my third IPL treatment for rosacea,
 my skin is looking much better.
The treatments are not too painful but they are expensive.

I purchased a skin repair cream by Skin Medica.
It is a rich thick cream that I apply before bedtime.
It soaks in and I have noticed my skin is much softer and hydrated.

Herbs are planted in pots by the basement door for easy picking.

I ordered a new Pasta cookbook and plan to try some new recipes.
My husband loves pasta and I make it once a week.

The book is an older publication, I found it at Thrift Books.

Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny, and Smart Way To Eat Your Favourite Food
It is written by Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali

Going to try a bunch of new recipes when it arrives.

How are things going with you?

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~