|Lobster tails and crab legs .... mmmmmmmm|
|What a spread!|
|Japanese Maple and Peony|
and Sydney, Tucker and Alfie were there too.
At the end of June, the axe fell at work. Layoffs. Research lost ~25% of our staff. I think that most of us were in shock when it happened ... and with texting, we all got a blow by blow report as our friends lost their jobs. The very next day, the head of our division brought us all together. We were no longer "Research", but now would be known as the "Technology Excellence Center" or TEC. The cuts were deep, but it was done and we would be safe from future cuts. We all breathed a little easier after that. But in order to cut costs further, they planned on selling the building that I worked in ... the building where the pilot plant was located ... and the labs! So for the rest of the summer we all worked to decommission the circuits and the equipment and prepared everything to be moved. Some went to storage, and some was sent to our new location. We packed up the labs and our offices ... and by the end of September we had moved everything, well mostly everything, and we were settling into the new labs. I really hate moving!
The summer issue of Canadian Scrapbooker hit the stands, and I was pleased that my layout was selected as an "Editors Pick". One of two ... and they sent me a nice prize!
|Really hard to see praying mantis|
|Bumblebee on a blazing star|
|Bumblebee on Honeycomb Butterfly Bush|
|Bumblebee on bi-colour Butterfly Bush|
|Hummer feeding from Purple Butterfly Bush|
We had plums all summer. Our tree has 5 different grafts ... oh so juicy, the juice would spray out and down our chins. Oh, just look at them!
And our veggie garden thrived, the plants heavy with fruit!
And because our summer pot luck went over so well, Jean planned a summer picnic ... right in our own back yards!
|What a spread!|
|Watching the game ... so serious!|
|Now Dora, that's cheating.|
I just love my neighbours ... what a great place to live! And to make the yards even better, I planted 4 new trees: A beautiful little white spruce, a while pine that softly waves in the breeze, and 2 sugar maples. I also planted 2 new gardens. One under the huge cedars ... a woodland garden filled with hosta, astilbe, columbine, ferns, bleeding hearts and primulas. Out front I planted a more formal garden with Japanese painted ferns, hibiscus, iris and autumn splendor ferns ... and I ordered a ton of bulbs from Vessey's: tulips and daffodils and crocus and garlic! This will be my "Year of the Garden"!
As the summer came to a close ... I began to plan some long overdue scrapbook pages, scrapbook season is almost here!