12/31/2016

12/29/2016

Top 6 Favorites of 2016

 I wasn't sure I would do a top favorites posts for the year, because I just got back to blogging here the beginning of August. But when I looked at our most popular posts, I discovered an interesting cross section of topics; a garden, a DIY project, crafts, a recipe, and a pictorial essay....an eclectic mix that truly portrays what this blog is about! So, here it is...

Top 6 Favorites Collage

12/27/2016

How To Enjoy a Blizzard

  The sun did not shine.
It was too snowy to go away.
So we sat in the house
All that blizzarding day. 
I sat there with Brian.
We sat there, we two
And I said, "I'm so glad there is NOTHING to do!"

Ok, so it's not quite the Cat In the Hat...but I'm no Dr. Seuss!

Snowy scenery

 Being storm stayed on Christmas Day wasn't part of our plans...in fact we had opened our gifts the day before because we didn't plan to be home at all that day! But when a blizzard hits, you just have to make the best of it!

12/24/2016

Saturday Snapshot, Merry Christmas From Me To You!

We've had an early start here, and already opened our gifts! I'm enjoying a cup of coffee in my new Tim Horton's cup, watching the weather forecast, and hoping the expected blizzard passes us by, or at least waits until tomorrow night to hit. I hope everyone has a great Christmas, wherever you are!

12/23/2016

Christmas Greetings


Manger scene, Isaiah 9:6

 I don't expect many will be around over the next few days, so I thought I'd send out a Christmas greeting today. I want to thank everyone who has supported Manitoba Gardens through commenting and sharing posts, and by following our FB page. Brian, (our main photographer) Danica, (my video creator) and I really do appreciate all of you, and we welcome feedback.

 This past few months has been a hodge podge of topics as we find our way through this blogging world, but we hope you all find something of interest here. We're looking for ward to the new year, especially spring time, when we can get back to touring gardens!

  For now...Stay warm and have a Merry Christmas, making memories and passing down family traditions. Most of all, may you know the one whose birth we celebrate. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6

12/19/2016

Manitoba Sky Monday, December 19/16

It was just too cold to go outside and take pictures, 
so this is all I have...warmer temperatures for this week though.
Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset
See you next week!

12/16/2016

Dad - He Knew That He Knew

For many years, this blog stayed as a tribute to Dad and Mom, and the beautiful garden they created together. This post was written December 18, 2009, two days after Dad passed away. 
Gerald Murray Blair 1927-2009

12/10/2016

Winter Survival Gift Guide

Gifts to warm the heart, nose and ears of someone you love

All of my blogging friends have been posting Christmas gift guides, and after the nasty week of snow storms we've had, I decided to post a gift guide filled with gifts to warm the hearts, toes, and nose of someone you love!

Saturday Snapshot A Cavalier For Christmas


12/05/2016

First Snowfall


 Our first snowfall arrived late this year; the end of November. Along with it came a lot of icy roads...a good time to stay home and drink hot chocolate and decorate for Christmas! 

Manitoba Sky Monday, December 5/16

Snow on the roof blends with clouds

 This pretty much sums up the week...lots of snow and not much blue sky!
I liked the way the snow hanging off the roof just blended in with the clouds.

Snow on the roof blends with clouds

See you next week!

12/01/2016

Winter Greenery Arrangement


 I don't usually do seasonal decorating outside our house, other than some lights during Christmas, but this year I was inspired to do a winter greenery arrangement by our front door.

11/21/2016

Manitoba Sky Monday November 21/16

Super Moon
Not much sky watching this week, but I did try to get another picture of the super moon Monday morning.

11/10/2016

11/08/2016

"Life Is Better On the Deck"

Painted pallet sign
 Normally, at this time of year, I wouldn't be saying, 
"Life is Better on the Deck"!
  But we had one of the nicest November weekends that I can remember.

11/03/2016

Prairie October - Photography by Brian Bolack

  


  Saturday afternoon, Brian decided to take a drive around the neighbourhood south of where we live. He found some beautiful scenery and an old farm site.

10/31/2016

Manitoba Sky Monday - Oct. 31/16

Monday evening we were driving to Carberry, and there was a beautiful sunset.
 I had to try to get a picture through the rearview mirror.
sunset in rear view mirror

10/27/2016

Manitoba Birds

Yellow-headed Blackbird

  I love bird watching, but when it comes to getting photos of them, I just don't have the required photography skills. One of the best things about Facebook, is seeing the photos that my friends post....and then asking them to share them! 
  This post is Part 1 of a three part series of photos by Brent Sharp. You'll find his bio at the bottom of the page.

10/26/2016

DIY Patio Planters

diy planters

  After all the work of building our house, there wasn't much left in the budget for completing the outdoor living areas. For the first two years that we lived here, the area at our front entrance was just gravel and weeds. No matter how many times I went and dug up the weeds, and raked the area, it was still a pretty sad entrance to our home! Paving stones and stacked block planters weren't something we could afford, so we had to find less costly materials to complete our patios. 

10/24/2016

Manitoba Sky Monday - Oct. 24/16

For more sky photos, vist Skywatch
I wasn't paying close enough attention to the sky this week,
and missed some beautiful sunrises and sunsets, 
but I got a few nice shots.

This misty morning brought pink and turquoise skies in the west.

10/21/2016

Duck Mountain Fishing Trip

  Late in September, Brian and Justin went on a fishing trip to Duck Mountain with a group of men from our church. Justin has been wanting to go on a fishing trip with his dad for as long as I can remember, and it finally worked out. Although Brian didn't catch any fish, he did find what he was looking for.

10/19/2016

Simple Stuffed Peppers

Green peppers

   I can't believe I've never tried making stuffed green peppers before. I'm sure you've heard the expression, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Well, this wasn't exactly a necessity, and I didn't exactly invent them....but I did have three green peppers in the fridge that I wanted to use, and I didn't have all of the ingredients in any of the recipes I looked at...so I had to come up with something on my own!

10/17/2016

Manitoba Sky Monday- October 17/16

 Once again, I thought it was going to be a boring week of sky photos, but by Thursday, the grey skies started to clear.