I am STILL making David Lebovitz's Strawberry jam..
Jacques says he is tasting his youth....with every biteful and he asks if I will make some again soon..so maybe 4 times this year..I have made it..I am giving the link again because even my daughters love it..
such cute mini mason jars at the $ store.I went in for something totally unrelated and these little gingham sparklers were right there:)
The faes are busying themselves with fall activities..they come in as to not be buried by 5 feet of snow..already some have lost limbs etc..I should not say already..they've lived here 14 years..that Maidenhead fern adores it's spot and returns year after year to create a litte waterside forest ~like atmosphere.
They had been whispering amonst themselves..asking themselves what nana was waiting for ..where is our fall decor?:)Checkmark..
But it is like a Secret Garden theirs..you have to look down and find them..not like the rest that is still quite pinkish..
They are in the bed where the twin adirondacks are..I am sad to say this is their last year..14 years the set lasted..Costco..unfinished..we painted it white..and repainted..and repainted..we dragged it into storage every year except the last two..I renailed/screwed parts..it is no longer salvageable:(
Next year probably white plastic Adirondacks:(
The clematis..is Paul Farges..I wanted to show you..these are a small portion of the heads! Picture 10 times those.. and it was chopped down in the fall last year..the arbor is not visible..Betty grows on the other side of it but they grow into each other at the top..Betty blooming first..with PF taking over afterwards..and reaching well over the other side.There is a harmony when both are in bloom simultaneously♥
The last pic is that hedge I mentioned..all pointy and pretty:)The dahlias grow there..and roses ..iris..lilies..phlox..a few clematis..It gets all the neigbour's oak leaves..so fall AND spring that bed needs attention..not to mention the years the acorns rain down.
Great neighbours..so c'est la vie..c'est la nature.
That sweet book is from the movie I loved..it's one of the prettiest pop ups I have seen..and all the characters slide into a pocket.
I am reliving my youth.
Just for me.
Wee foxgloves popped up at the base of my big one..so tardy bloomers but how pretty..
We have a new art store close by..I may be in trouble..imagine if I was a real artist.
This store is fantastic.Even my husband found the look and concept beautiful.
Quite industrial looking ,loft ~like inside..
Everything tasteful..antiques..antique reproductions..coffee is offered when you enter..second floor..all easels and expositions (vernissages)of artists..
every type of paint...palettes..paper..pencils..books Absolutely amazing.
I am grateful to have this place ~it's not like a Michaels..if you are looking for that..well it's not..and it's not an Omer de Serres either..and both the aforementioned have their place and fun..and products and nice nice service..this concept is so unique..a different experience altogether.
I left a very cool Frida (Kahlo)apron there.That was self-control.
Bought some paint..etc..
Art stores,neat grocery stores..so nice to browse..next time I will go alone..Jacques was very patient and appreciative of the place and staff etc..but it's my kind of place..and I want to linger~
Footnote.. geesh do I need a footnote after all this?
Last night..we ate this for the 4th tme too this summer..and it may be the last time..
because the tomatoes are getting..not scarcer..but now they will ripen less quickly..
tip..make twice the salad:)
It's just beautiful too..pile the arugula..add the tomato mixture..a few fresh basil leaves..so good..
and tonight we are having this..because it is cooler..my daughter Mylène made it first..and I just keep making it since 2013.And I bake my squash longer..prick w/ fork or knife to make sure it is done~
I use Costco spicy Italian sausage..no turkey I am sure..
it is a keeper too and looks beautiful and tastes great..the Acorn is baking now..the spicy Italian sausage is the deal maker here.