Monday, September 28, 2009

A FINAL TASTE OF SUMMER



The last of the cherry/pear tomatoes and basil from the garden, with a little mozzarella, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Ahhhhhhhh.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

FIRST FULL DAY OF FALL

A little taste of Fall in my neighborhood.....



















Today was the first full day of Fall. Rhondi’s blog has links to other participants in the celebration.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

You are invited....




...to a virtual party to welcome Fall.

Over at Rhondi’s blog there will be a WELCOME FALL PARTY on September 22nd.

Check back here for my contribution, and please leave a link to yours on Tuesday.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Beauty is where you find it

Several years ago, my parents purchased an acreage near the farm where my mother was raised. They have a lovely garden, a couple of terriers, and a peekapoo they inherited from my Grandmother. Dad found an old John Deere and they were enjoying life out of the city.

Except.

There was something Dad wanted. He had wanted it for YEARS. He couldn't explain it, but over time it became more and more important. He just had to have.....goats.

GOATS?






Introducing Joe and....



Billy. (really, Billy)



My mother was less than thrilled. Bless her for her patience. She comes home and the sweet potatoes are gone or half of the apples are missing---the goats needed a treat.

Recently, my parents were at the farmers' market. They were buying things that were past season in their garden, and things the garden didn't produce enough of, or they can't grow. My Mom was ready to pay, when my Dad appeared with 2 sweet potatoes.

They began to argue in front of everyone.

"Put those back, we don't need them."

"I want these."

"NO. We have some at home. I'm not getting any more."

And so it went. My Dad grew louder (as he does), his voice echoing off the produce, and my Mom got more stubborn. The cashier looked increasingly uncomfortable. As Dad put the sweet potatoes back, my Mom faced the cashier.

Talk about a frozen look.

My Mom quickly explained, "He wanted them for his goats."

More frozen look.

The goats got their sweet potatoes.



Now, my Mom tells me what beautiful goats they are, how smart they are, and how they follow my Dad like puppies.

I have a friend who is going to paint Joe and Billy's portrait for a Christmas present for my parents.


In what unlikely places have you found beauty?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A sure sign of Fall

When my children were little, the front garden was full of edible plants. I wanted to keep the kids safe, and teach them about herbs. When they were a little older, I added edible flowers, too. All of the neighborhood kids knew anything growing by the front doors was fair game. One of them came back from college this summer and stopped by to pick day lilies, dill, and chives. I used to gather them in the morning for our evening salad and she would help.


Yesterday afternoon, it was 80, but the harbinger of Fall was there in my garden. My garlic chives, thyme, oregano, and dandelions, were buzzing with activity.

The garden has been rather neglected this summer. Indoor projects, travel, and writing, have taken my attention. So we are overrun with garlic chives. I was going to dig most of them out, but never found the time. I'm so glad I didn't.



In the evening, I happened on a different sort of wild life. Skitter Kitten found the perfect place to nap--on the new-to-me vintage tea table cloth I found at an estate sale.





Phyllis has some good shots of her friend's wildlife home.


Are you beginning to see signs of Fall? What's happening in your garden?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

THE HELP

As usual, I'm probably the last person to read this book, but on the chance that you haven't read it, go get THE HELP.






I won't give any spoilers here. The writing is fantastic. Talk about a command of VOICE.



If you've read it, I'd love to know what you think.

Have you read something recently you think is a must-read?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lund, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark

DH and I fell in love with Sweden! He had a conference in Lund, Sweden, and I had a week to explore.



I went every day to the 11th century Lund Cathedral. Each time I went, I was amazed by the beautiful space.




One day I stumbled on the remains of a 10th century church.




Our lunches were whatever we gleaned from the local farmers' market. It provided us with food....




...entertainment...




...snacks, and something to brighten the minimalist decor of our hotel room.





Every meal was incredible. Who knew herring could be so beautiful? And edible?





There were flowers everywhere. Abundant flower shops...




...tiny gardens...






...and decorative carvings on buildings.




The architecture was a delight. So many unexpected animals.







Even the streets were beautiful.






Bikes were the transportation of choice. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to see the mail delivered by bike.





One free afternoon we spent in Copenhagen. We enjoyed the unique architecture...




...found a modern art exhibit..




...and were serenaded by the football enthusiasts.




Everywhere we went, Lund, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam, had the good taste to have Karen Rose's KILL FOR ME.




Unfortunately, we had to go home.




Pups and...




...kitties were waiting. Soon we'll be forgiven.




Have you been someplace interesting lately?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pink Saturday

Over at Coralie’s blog it is pink Saturday. I thought I'd join in the fun.

Have a great weekend.




















Thursday, September 10, 2009

This made me smile

There is a great photo essay on the CBC showing international marriage customs.



It was a happy way to start the day.

Enjoy.

Do you have any wedding customs to share? Did someone you know do something new to you at a wedding?