Saturday, June 18, 2016

Friday's Photo Hunt Arrives on Saturday

  Rudbeckia blossoms


 For the week of June 17th
One. Starts with Y
Two. Week's Favourite
Three. In My Shoes

ONE. Starts with Y ... The Colour Yellow
 The color between orange and green in the color spectrum

Yellow-Petaled Pansies
One of the more fragrant of the pansy family

Yellow-Centred Crocus
A flower from which the world's sought-after saffron is harvested

The comforting soft yellow light of a lamp
As evening shadows gather

Quotes Starting With "Y" Words...
* * *
 Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

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You can complain because roses have thorns,
or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
~ Ziggy

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You need to learn how to select your thoughts
just the same way you select your clothes every day.
This is a power you can cultivate.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, "Eat, Pray, Love"

Two. Week's Favourite
Our Mock Orange
This shrub is creating a flurry of gorgeous in the corner of my garden today. I love how the blue, clear sky creates a perfect foil for her white petals. I so wish I could capture the sweet fragrance that is wafting on the breezes -- I'd share it with you. All this beauty right outside my kitchen window. So much for which to be grateful!


Three. In My Shoes

My black L.L. Bean comfy slippers

The shoes meant for indoors only--haha--except I wear them when I sit on the deck, when I'm taking out just this little bag of garbage, or, when I'm off to pick a little posy and I really won't step in the dirt to reach for that blossom. Aha ...

On that note, I'm wishing you from the bottom of my heart,
a pleasant and heart-comforted weekend!

With love and hugs,

Joining Eden Hills this weekend for Friday's Hunt


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Writing Elsewhere: Pencil Doodles, Photos, and Piano

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do,
our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.”
~ Linda Naiman
I love jotting down ideas for my blog, so I doodle or take notes on all kinds of stuff that inspires me: the people I meet, boutiques I visit, a florist that just gave me a great idea for an interior-design project, things like that. Maria Sharapova
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love jotting down ideas for my blog, so I doodle or take notes on all kinds of stuff that inspires me: the people I meet, boutiques I visit, a florist that just gave me a great idea for an interior-design project, things like that. Maria Sharapova
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Today I am a Guest Blogger at InScribe WritersIn response to our group's writing prompt, I'm delighted to share a peek at what I get up to 'creatively speaking' when I'm not wearing my writer's hat. I'd love for you to pop over here and say hi ... if you feel so inclined.

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday,

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Jumping Into June With Poetry and Books

Last evening summer arrived in my heart. Oh yes, we've had numerous lovely days thus far -- warm, blue skied days; grey, rainy ones; magnificent late-in-the-evening sunsets. But it was last evening when the feeling of summer truly arrived in my heart. And, with it came this yearning on the inside to celebrate in some way...

TO pay homage to golden light streaming through the window lighting up my desk.

TO catch that dewy mix of earth, leaves and moisture wafting on the breeze.

TO let myself feel mesmerized when the lace curtains billow: poof in--poof out, poof in--poof out, poof in--poof out.

TO breathe in the aroma of grass in the neighbour's yard, newly cut.

TO find a favourite passage -- some lines of poetry or scene from a favourite book that echoes the summery feeling with me. Any of the Anne books by L.M. Montgomery would certainly do.


A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining,
the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
~ James Dent

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There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
~ Celia Thaxter

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One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.
~ Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

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Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day,
listening to the murmur of water,
or watching the clouds float across the blue sky,
is by no means waste of time.
~ John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894

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It was June, and the world smelled of roses.
The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.
~ Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib, 1941

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Summer afternoon—summer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words
in the English language.
~ Henry James

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The luxury of all summer's sweet sensation
is to be found when one lies at length in the warm, fragrant grass,
soaked with sunshine, aware of regions of blossoming clover
and of a high heaven filled with the hum of innumerous bees.
~ Harriet E. Prescott, The Atlantic Monthly, August 1865

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Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes,
and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
A few of those days and you can become drunk
with the belief that all’s right with the world.
~ Ada Louise Huxtable


Foxgloves and Hedgehog Days, Secrets in a Country Garden, by Daniel Blajan. This is a non-fiction book that many years ago when we'd have company, I would read a chapter or two after coffee and dessert. It created such a mellow, languid feeling for reader and listener both as we heard about the author's garden adventures. Perfect for long summer evenings.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle (book and film series). I love the June, July, August section. Where you feel the heat radiating from the hills of Provence, where Le Poolman comes to clean Le Pool. And Peter and Annie's courtyard is constantly filled with aromas of Italian cooking, laughter, wine glasses clinking ...

Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery. Lots of lovely summery scenes in this second book of the Anne series.

Pilgrim's Inn, by Elizabeth Goudge. Story set in England's Hampshire coast. A family finds an enchanting old inn that changes their lives.

Voices in Summer, by Rosamunde Pilcher. Enjoy the long summer days on the coast of Cornwall, England along with Laura Haverstock, a young woman and newlywed, who stays with her husband's uncle and aunt in an old Elizabethan manor while she convalesces.

An Island Garden, by Celia Thaxter. A charming book first published in 1894 written by the author about her garden on Appledore, USA.

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, by Edith Holden. The entries Miss Holden made during the Spring and Summer months are delightful to read and examine during this time of year.

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh. There's a scene in the movie based on this book where the two young friends (played by Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews) take a drive from Oxford out into the English countryside. They stop along the side of the road, sit under a big old oak tree and eat fresh strawberries and some special wine. The scene whenever I see it makes me homesick for something. It's summer as it should be in that brief moment of time.

Summer by Susan Branch. Great seasonal recipes, whimsical artwork, poetry, and favourite stories by a favourite author and watercolourist.

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham. For people who like messing about in a boat on the river or picking berries in the hedgerows or sharing tea and scones with special friends, this makes a great summer read.

Three Men In A Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome. Not in the pile of books in the photo, but how can I leave this one out? This book describes a 'comic expedition up the Thames to Oxford'. I first read it years ago and it's just as humorous any time I read it. It's even more entertaining when you share the story by reading it aloud to someone.

You can probably tell I'm getting ready for our trip to England, most of the books I've got in that list above are related to that lovely country in some way. Yup, I'm dreaming English air ... pretty soon hubby and I will be breathing it. Not to mention eating crumpets, drinking tea with the Queen (wink), visiting gardens famous and not so famous, and sharing photos here whenever possible. A few weeks to go ...
And now, it's time to slip away ... just as the summer afternoon slipped away like those huge fluffy clouds floating with purpose past my window way up in the blue sky.

Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places,