I sit here at my desk on this early Monday morning. All is quiet in the neighbourhood, even the birds are quiet. The sun has risen. No big fanfare this morning, only a hint of peach on the horizon. The sky, cloudless and clear, is a rare treat - for our summer so far has been mostly of unsettled weather and lots of rain. This week, however, we are promised clear skies and sunny days throughout. My struggling sun loving plants shall finally have their day in the sun. Bloom, roses, bloom!
Today's post is a miscellany of this and that....
A stunning sunrise
Earlier this month, I had the delightful opportunity to write a guest post at InScribe, in which I share an extraordinary experience that happened early one morning some years ago.
"Some of the sweetest, most thrilling, poignant moments of my life have been when God has spoken directly to me..." CLICK TO READ MORE.
Treats in the mail
Beautiful cards arrived in the mail the other day from two lovely friends this week: Barbara in Cornwall, UK, and Judith in Ontario, Canada. Each contained a treat: Twinings Spiced Camomile & Vanilla 'Moment of Calm' tea from Barbara. I'm looking forward to that calming cuppa. And a fragrant handful of lavender seeds from Judith which made the package smell so good. I have the envelope of lavender sitting by my bedside, and in the night I catch a sweet drift of its scent - I'm sure it sweetens my dreams. A huge thank you and heart hugs to you both.
Reading on the deck
Between the rain, we've had some lovely moments to be outside. And when we're not pulling weeds or deadheading spent blossoms, we sit on the deck listening to the birds, breathing in the fragrance, and letting our eyes feast on what's colouring our world in the garden.
And we read.... I'm happily making my way through some of the Miss Marple mystery novels; Penelope Lively's reflections on gardening, art, literature and life in Life in the Garden; and I am now looking forward to a book from the library I had on hold, Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy. I brought it home and put it in isolation for a day.
Sweet peas at sunset
This sweet pea is just starting to bloom. What a jewel of a colour. I usually think of pastels for sweet peas. This is a deep ruby or grape, depending on the light. I couldn't get the camera to capture what I could see with my eye as it glimmered in the evening sunlight. The fragrance is strong and sweet.
" I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this. "
With a little of this and a little of that, I've cobbled together a wee post. I told my sister I should have been a shoemaker - haha. I hope you enjoyed your visit. I also hope you have a beautiful week ahead. Keep safe and well.
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The sweet pea is so lovely! I got some lavender essential oils out this weekend. I'm having some bad headaches and I hope this helps! Enjoy your week and thanks for sharing beautiful things in every post!ReplyDelete
I hope the headache is gone. I do love the lavender scent - have ever since I was a girl.Delete
Love that sweet pea with it's rich, deep color! It really does defy description but puts me in mind of a watercolor called quinacridone magenta. We're looking forward too, to our little streak of hot weather, should help start a bit of color in our tomatoes in the garden.ReplyDelete
As a painter, you have your fingers on those delightful colour names. I think it fits the sweet pea colour. Our tomato is loaded and we've got fingers crossed they'll start turning a bit with their week in the sun.Delete
Lovely post! Helping me find that calming and soothing spot!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Nellie!Delete
How beautiful your sunrise was, so very peaceful and delicate.ReplyDelete
It was such a special moment!Delete
That is an unusual color for sweet peas. I love it.ReplyDelete
Hubby planted those seeds, I hope we still have the name so we can find them next year again.Delete
The beginning quote is wonderful. I love WC Williams work. Are you familiar with his tiny poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow?” ☺️ReplyDelete
Hope your sun-loving flowers, and mine, get lots of love this week.
I didn't know that tiny poem before, but I'm quite delighted with 'The Red Wheelbarrow' now that you made me aware of it. So few lines, yet so evocative. I think our sun-loving flowers are enjoying the sun this week.Delete
I knew that card was from Judith before I scrolled down and read your description. HA!ReplyDelete
You've got a good eye, Margie!Delete
Lovely post, Bren. Your sweet peas are so pretty, I can just smell them. I would like for you to send some rain our way. We had a little last night, but could use much more. It has been so hot here.ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful week and know I enjoy your posts so much.
Thank you, Sandra. Too bad we can't share the fragrance online ... I'd love to send along some rain to help cool things down your way.Delete
I do love a "this and that" post! I also love sweet gifts from thoughtful friends, quiet moments, the dazzling color of those sweet peas, and, of course, God's good and personal gifts!ReplyDelete
A this and that post is a little like a chat over the fence or sitting with a coffee at the kitchen table with a friend. Thanks, Cheryl, for popping to say hi.Delete