Monday, July 28, 2014

Rainy Day

A treat for me and the boys that some friends brought back from their weekend trip.  Some marzipan chocolate and English blackcurrent juice (it's a concentrate, so we did 1/2 water in a glass).  I also had some fresh strawberries too.  I good little lunch on a rainy day!  Today I'm doing some ironing and listening to Cabin Pressure (I find it a great thing to laugh to while I'm ironing). 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Kimono

I just purchased this kimono robe through Etsy.  I wanted a lightweight cotton robe for these hot summer evenings, and I wanted a colorful floral print - something Asian/Indian inspired.  I couldn't have purchased this kind of fabric here.  It's authentic batik with gold edging - so pretty!  It shipped all the way from Thailand!  I love the big pink lotus flowers and the cobalt blue background!  This is summer lounge wear at it's finest ; )

Monday, July 21, 2014

From the Gardens

My oldest son was out with my camera all weekend.  These are some of his pictures.  He's going to college in the fall for Biology and wants to minor in Entomology.  He and the boys were looking for bugs.  So many insects benefit from the flowers and vegetables in the gardens...they had fun finding them and observing their activities ; ) 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Outfit - Denim Shirt #2

Three wardrobe items I'm totally loving this summer:
Denim shirts, knit maxi skirts, and my leather sandals from L.L. Bean (thank you Mother Dearest for finding them for me!)  I have a couple denim shirts and a few knit skirts that are in constant rotation - quick to pull on, comfortable all day long, and easy with a pair of flippies. 
( A shot of nasturtiums and calenula in the background )
I've been painting my potting shed so that My Babe can finish putting on the trim.  The vegetable and flower gardens are in full swing - bean picking to commence soon!  And, the ritual of going out every day to pick a fresh salad for lunch has been a highlight of my
summer : )
These are the sandals HERE - they are so comfortable!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer *Sparkles*

The can was the handiest thing (sitting on the counter after being rinsed out from dinner) and we were getting quite a pile of spent sparkler sticks...this was just a easy way to collect them.  The next morning I thought it actually made a great summer bouquet! 
Every summer is filled with sparkle and spice : )

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Nina & Pinta

We toured historical replicas of the Nina and the Pinta this week.  I didn't realize that the crew lived on the deck - ate, slept, worked - in all weather.  The ships were just big enough to carry the cargo and animals they needed in the hold...these were exploratory expeditions...  But, however rough the conditions, the ships were beautiful.  These ships had lovely lines and all laced up with rigging.  I could tell, from the crew that talked with us, that there's a romance and a love-affair here.  There's a unique relationship and bond between a man, his ship, and their life on the sea. ...their looking for volunteers for the ships crew - wouldn't that be an adventure!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Days

A few snapshots of summer.
These are the best days!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Here's a couple of the things I've painted so far.  Our house and Papa Blue.

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