8x8 Shutterfly book of our trip.. above..Trip Advisor had sent me a free voucher..:)
From my IPad..I have not mastered Ipad photography either;)
Summer..is extraordinary here this year..like summers of my youth..where everyday was sunnier and warmer..
we all hung out at the community pool..had "clubs" ..we had named ours The Princess Club..we made forts..brought our books..snacks..games..so much fun.
Margaret..Susan ..and eventually Gwen.
Such innocent fun..no computers..just books and toys..and not many.
Nancy Drew..La Comtesse de Ségur..
Barbie..Ken ..Midge..Skipper..Scooter..Ken had velveteen hair..my Barbie had the blonde pony tail..and bangs..I loved her red velvet coat and pillbox hat.I put her hair in buns sometimes..straight pins..right through her scalp:)the pearly pins:)
Midge had a flip..brunette..Skipper looked like my friend Susan..blonde long straight hair and the bangs.
So the summer temp is ideal for bread baking..because the house is warm and the bread rises:)..but the oven has to be on in early morning..
I love Ricardo's bread..it's great on the BBQ w/ garlic butter..and /or straight up w/ honey butter..jam..:)
The Bonicas..Morden Blush..Champlain..William Baffins ..I love the Explorers!..are blooming..even the tiny Fairies..I still favor those..the morning glory is scampering up the arbor..Betty Corning..
Ville De Lyon..Arabella..Jackmaniis..Blue Angels..are in full bloom..for some strange reason the back of the garage ones are not blooming yet..just one..
Every year in a garden can be so different..one to the next..
this unstoppable heat and sunshine are playing havoc with my gardens routines..
The daisies and feverfew are at their peak..the lilies have buds.
My hellebore seeds took..:)
I did get to Sennelier while in Paris..for much too brief a moment.I only bought papers..a block..postcards..and a horizontal book..I think Nancy only bought pens and pastels,not sure..we had to rush they were closing for lunch..one of the blocks I bought is the one above.I love it..isn't that always the way?
I can get lovely Fluid ones here at Curry's online so I am not crushed..but isn't it fun to use something you bought on a trip and enjoy it?
Although..I tasted a wine in France..that was left in our apt. by the owner I guess..and I LOVED it..cannot find it anywhere..
Les Hauts De Veyrac 2015/Languedoc..
..apparently even Monoprix sells it..so it is or must be very reasonably priced..but not the Monoprixs we went to..you would have to search every one:(
What do I know? Lol..nothing.
I bought the workbook of Betty Edwards also..upon my return and have been practicing Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain..Derek had introduced me to her book so many many many years ago..so I am practicing..just starting..hoping it will help..at drawing what I see..I drew a peony in a vase and painted..I used a stamp to write the date..generous idea form this talented artist..not only in watercolor but photography..she also taught the splatters again..remember Ronelle teaching them too?
the others are from the 2x3 inch little Paris Visual Journal by Strathmore I had brought..
I had pre-stamped pages w/ some of my Paris stamps..
I brought everything in a small xbody pouch..a gift ..WN pocket set..water brush..teeny tiny spray ..and the book..bottle..micron..pencil..eraser.UniPosca white pen.
By the way just wanted to show you groupings that I love in the garden..BIG hostas..BIG Daddy ..Sugar Daddy..Blue Angel....alongside white Astilbe and Lady's Mantle..just lovely..
You know..my hostas do as well in the sun as the shade..I am not particularly fond of their unruly flowers.. often cut a bouquet..pretty..but rarely leave them on the plant.
They are proven winners in a garden.
Birthday wise..Noah is second in line..date wise..July 4th..8 ans!
We have a tradition.. each Little gets to pick a restaurant for lunch..and shopping for his gift after..
Noah..keeps telling us he wants to be a chef:)
Pretty cute chef..my San Gimignano apron;)
His mom and dad also do a party..a magician came..and mommy had loot bags and tattoo shop.. all organized..
For lunch with us..Noah picked Pacinis..there's a grilled bread bar;)
Look how grown up he is getting w/ his new adult smile..you're looking at his dad right now;) and his mom..his mom and dad look alike..
Le bread bar:)
He lucked out for his gift..
many chipped in..and Toys R Us were wonderful..
Cooking /baking wise..I made cookies that..had too much butter so they did not hold their youthful shape in summer and a pasta dish..that even though I added garlic from our garden(too soon..to pick but still delish)..tons of basil..chives..parsley..garlic scapes..it still left too much to be desired and shared..
I have to add..I prefer sun-dried tomatoes NOT packed in oil..I find rehydrating them in boiling water and keeping the water..much more flavorful..more sun-dried if you wish..
so..no..not sharing..not good enough..but see what's back? My beautiful..edible..borage flowers♥
I did want to suggest something..a climber..if you need a very vigorous climber..a Kiwi vine..the leaves are so pretty ..dark dark green..but some..are pink at the tips..it makes for such a lovely contrast..
it does get huge..we are concerned our wood arbor is going to buckle and break..we had no idea it would reach such proportions..tiny kiwi-like berries form..