Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring is coming....

I can hardly wait for spring this year. Not sure why, maybe it's all this doom and gloom we are hearing in the news about the economy. It's nice to just forget all that and enjoy life! I am so looking forward to warmer weather and getting out in my garden. I love gardening even though I haven't had as much time to garden over the last couple of years with running the store. I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Victoria is called the "City of Gardens" which it truly is. Being the warmest part of Canada we can grow plants here that wouldn't survive in other parts of Canada as it's too cold. Like the clematis shown below which is a climbing vine type plant that usually blooms in the spring to early summer period.
and beautiful Roses like these that grew in my garden last year. I like adding structural elements in a garden, such things as a pergola, fountains, bird houses, statues and of course urns. It adds interest and a bit of whimsy, giving it that "english country garden or "french garden" feel. and don't forget to set up a daybed for lazing in the sun reading a good book or having a cat nap on a Sunday afternoon.....
yes.... spring is coming and I can hardly wait!

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)