winter 2010 overall

I am thrilled about how good the garden looks right now. The Japanese maple in the centre looking like a piece of sculpture with the snow caught in its branches just so.

The media frenzy:  cancelled on Zoomer radio yesterday (Monday);  bumped on Canada A. M. today.  But I will be Canada A. M. with the very nice Seamus O’Reagan tomorrow  (Wed 8:40 a.m.).

talking about Thrifty: living the frugal life with style.

Seamus and I both lived in Labrador in the same area and we were so excited about that I can hardly remember what I said. Anyway he’s a lovely guy.

And if you missed my appearance try this link:


I’m still  in the process right now of getting out the new e-letter about winter shrubs

Saturday morning CBC’s Fresh Air will have me on between 8 and 8:30  99.1FM

SUNDAY: THERE WILL BE A CLOTHING SWAP.  Here’s the invitation:

Sunday, January 17
Drop off clothes at Dancemakers starting at 12 p.m.
Swap Start Time: 2 p.m.
Case Goods Warehouse, Building 74, Studio 306
55 Mill Street, Toronto
(All proceeds go to Dancemakers.)

Let me know if you want the new e-letter.

  • Pol

    January 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hey Marjorie,
    A clothes swap — what a great idea! And it’s in the Distillery District,so King and Parliament, am I right?
    See you there. And the best of luck with the book.

    Future frugalista, Pol

  • Leslye Glover

    January 21, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Change of topic: Is there any way to keep squirrels out of the suet and bird feeders? Or shall I just give up and let them eat? They are so greedy, however! I have tried baffles, cayenne pepper, moth balls and greasing the poles. Nothing works.

    Frustrated… Leslye

  • aligor

    January 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Leslye, I have fed the birds in winter for years, and while squirrels still dazzle me with their adaptability to every challenge, I have found that hanging feeders are the hardest for them to handle. I have a metal pole (with a baffle) topped by two crossbars forming 4 arms from which to hang a variety of feeders — including a suet feeder for the downy woodpecker. The squirrels get the spillage, but as long as I have the pole placed far enough away from any launch sites (trees, trellis, etc.) onlt the most acrobatic make it onto the pole itself.

  • Patrizia Bruno

    January 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Ho visto un programma “Giardini Ritrovati” su sky , la tua storia e il tuo giardino, poi ho cercato su internet il tuo blog… Volevo farti i miei complimenti per la tua passione. Ho un piccolo giardino che mi ha salvato la vita.. Ogni giorno ho un motivo per non cedere alla tristezza.. sono felice di non essere sola..

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