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Monday, August 30, 2010

A Country Girl At Heart ♥ ...

~ Grazing an August pasture~
On Saturday, we spent the day at our good friend's farm. It was a beautiful day, and while hot and humid in the city, the air in the country was cool and refreshing.
The garden was set up with long tables covered with vintage cloths and jars filled with freshly picked flowers overlooking corn covered fields ~ I love the country ambiance!
The majority of our meal came from their farm ~ plump field tomatoes in oil/vinegar and basil, sliced potatoes and onions, salad greens, rocket, endive, frisee and homemade bread ~ a vegetarians delight :-) The desert bar was equally delicious with homemade treats and fresh fruit and because it was our hostess' birthday ... carrot cake!
I live in the city ... but I really am a country girl at heart ♥

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tasha Tudor Day ...

I subscribed to Tasha Tudor's "Early Bird Post" ages ago. Being a long time admirer of Tasha's artwork and lifestyle, it is always a joy to find the "Early Bird Post" in my e-mail box once a month letting me know of upcoming events and happenings.
Early this week, my "Early Bird Post" spoke of celebrations of what would have been Tasha's 95th Birthday and included a link to Clarise's blog Storybook Woods. I had participated in Clarise's Tasha Tudor Day on my older blog two years ago & wrote posts on my admiration.
Tasha Tudor created a life she loved and shared snippets of it with the world through her art work. Her gentle style depicted her love of dogs, nature, flowers & I especially loved how she framed many of her pictures with little sketches surrounding the artwork itself ~ a picture within a picture.
I thought of her when I would sit and sketch and write little story books for my own children when they were little. Remembering that had it not been for persistence (visiting every publisher in New York personally and being rejected) her first book Pumpkin Moonshine may never have been published :-)
Over the years, my collection of Tasha Tudor books has grown. I am always looking to add to it and on occasion I have found a book I already own but purchased it again knowing I could share it with someone else :-)
Looking forward to visiting the links at Storybook Woods today and reading what other bloggers are sharing on Tasha Tudor Day ♥
"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish.
And what a privilege to be alive.
In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.
Supposing you only saw the stars once every year.
Think what you would think.
The wonder of it!"
~Tasha Tudor~

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

What a wonderful thing is the mail,
capable of conveying
across continents
a warm
Spotted this lovely mailbox on a drive in the country yesterday afternoon. It was one in a row of mailboxes but the only one that indicated "You've got mail" ♥

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

Life is the art
of drawing without
an eraser
~John W Gardner~
To be overcome
by the fragrance of flowers
is a delectable form
of defeat
~Beverly Nichols~

Since I was away last week (and without a computer) , today's O.W.A.W.W. post includes last weeks word too :-)
Our Hibiscus is in full bloom & providing most of the colour in the garden as most of our other plants are spent. Each year the blooms seem to get bigger and bigger!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Les Miles iles ...

We had a wonderful time away last week. After driving for almost 4 hours, we went through a toll bridge, turned the corner to the Resort and were met with this gorgeous doe!
For animal/nature lovers like my husband & I it was the perfect beginning :-)
The following day we arrived bright and early to line up for a 5 hour boat cruise on the St.Lawrence River.
I loved the Charles Dickens quote that I read in our tour book...
The beauty of this noble stream
at almost any point, but especially in the commencement of this journey
when it winds it's way among the Thousand Islands, can hardly be imagined.
~Charles Dickens~
in American notes from an excursion through the 1,000 Islands in the early 1840's.

We drove across International Bridge, a
4,500 foot suspension bridge quite a few times ...
The 1,000 Islands Region spans 2 nations. It's here that the province of Ontario Canada and New York U.S.A. meet.
Our cruise included a stop off and tour of Boldt Castle NY.
There were hearts everywhere at Boldt Castle on Heart Island ♥
There was so much to see ...
Boldt Castle was absolutely gorgeous ...
We took tons of photos ...
It will take a while to go through them all, but I wanted to share a few here ...
On the way to Boldt Castle we toured the American side of the St.Lawrence ...
and on the return trip, toured the Canadian side ...

The homes on each little island were so beautiful!

The statue of St.Lawrence ...
Playing with Kim Klassen textures on a few of my photos :-)
The oldest Lighthouse on the Island...
Like Barns, I have a love for Lighthouses :-)
Our daughter Kate, once again, was kind enough to babysit Ernie while we were away.
It seems Ernie and Douggie have formed quite a bond this summer being together so much :-)
I wasn't quick enough to get a photo of Douggie giving Ernie a kiss on the nose or Ernie washing the top of Douggies head ...
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel
until he comes home
and rests his head
on his old, familiar pillow
~Lin Yutang~
As much fun as it was to be away... it's always so nice to be HOME ♥

Sunday, August 15, 2010

On The Road Again ...

See you in a week! :-)
I travel
not to go anywhere,
but to go.
I travel for travels sake.
The great affair
is to move.
~Robert Louis Stevenson~

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

Knowing how much I love letters & numbers written on pottery etc... my daughter found this wonderful hand for me a while ago. I have it displayed on a book shelf in the kitchen & it makes the perfect recipe holder :-)
Well loved recipes that I will never part with even though I know them by heart...
some of my older recipe books have little scribbles and drawings on them ... notes written by my children while they helped me bake ...
those are my favourites ♥

When baking
follow directions.
When cooking
go by your own taste.
~Laiko Bahrs~

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Summertime ...

and the livin' is easy ...

{photo of my clothesline using texture by Kim Klassen}
I am thankful

for a lawn that needs mowing

windows that need cleaning

and gutters that need fixing

because it means

I have a home.

I am thankful

for the pile of laundry

and ironing

because it means

my loved ones

are nearby.

~Nancie J Carmody~

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday ...

Pleasure is spread through the earth
in stray gifts
to be claimed
by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth~
Sharing a bowl of cherries with the birds today :-)
It is HOT! and oh so humid ... we are staying put today and enjoying the comforts of home.
My new Country Living magazine arrived in the mail this morning, so this afternoon, I plan on sitting down with a glass of iced tea & having a little read.
Yesterday, I was looking through blogs & flickr friends photos (doing a little catch up after being away) :-) and came across kim klassen cafe which led me to Kim's flickr stream and free texture offers! I've admired all the gorgeous photos with texture overlays on lots of flickr photo streams before & decided to try it myself. I loved the results & of course now I want to add a texture to most of my photos :-) The generosity in blog land never ceases to amaze me! Kim is also offering an inspiring e-course called "Stay-cation" ... also free :-) for those staying home this Summer.
Thank you Kim for generously sharing your wonderful gifts!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Boats, Birds, Butterflies & Blooms ...

Summer Vacation has "officially" begun ...
We took a 2 hr cruise ...
and enjoyed the views from a 100 year old vessel ...
when we stepped off the ferry, we stopped for lunch, then walked around the island and
took LOTS of photos :-)
So occupied in sipping up the moisture from the Butterfly bush
I was able to take many photos of the Red Admiral Butterfly .
Then the Red Spotted Purple landed on the hydrangea...
Such a pretty butterfly ...
and beautiful gardens ...
"Just living is not enough" said the butterfly
"One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower"
~Hans Christian Anderson~
Happy August!