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late august (what?)

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With August almost over, I’m feeling that familiar urgency to squeeze in all the things that haven’t yet been done by summer’s end. There is still so much! But mostly, painting the fascia on our house and camping are 2 things I thought I’d have done by now. Painting is not my favorite thing… It will be a miracle if I get it done. Camping IS my favorite thing, but the last month or 2 has been pretty rockin in the shop. After a slow spring and early summer, I’ve appreciated the business immensely, but it’s also made it hard to get out of here for more than a day at a time. Over the years we tend to do most of our summer travel in September, after the crowds have gone home. It’s quieter, the air is gentler and it stretches summer out a little bit longer. I’m hoping the weather holds for us.

These days we are focused on processing the abundance of fresh fruit and veg. Steven got out of bed this morning, passed through the kitchen into the living room and joked to me, “Where’s the kitchen? I can’t find it?” There is hardly a space on the counter right now, and it’s lucky we dine outside all the time, because our dining table is pretty full as well. I kind of love it, even if it feels a little claustrophobic sometimes.

This week I’m roasting plums and tomatoes, making blueberry jam, reading about cheese making (a favorite treat right now is toasted sourdough with ricotta and peach butter. Oh!), drying calendula flowers and herbs, and beginning to save seeds.

Summer here has been pretty sweet, and we’ve had ample opportunity to swim and have campfires in the yard. And when I am feeling bummed we can’t take off on a road trip just yet, we camp out in the backyard. Falling asleep to the sound of crickets and the feel of the night air around us is pretty nice, where ever you are. We woke up one morning to a little fawn galloping around the yard, and came so close to our tent it was jumping over the stakes. Can’t say I’ve ever had that happen, even in the middle of the wilderness!

I hope you all are feeling content with where you’re at, where ever it might be. xo

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weekend

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Have a great weekend! It’s been raining here for a couple days – finally enough to provide a true, quenching soak after a very dry spring. It’s supposed to clear up just in time for my birthday this weekend, and I’m looking forward to a trip up the river for swimming, hiking, sunning, eating, drinking and celebrating life and the season of summer.

A few small summer treats:

Beautiful, quick dry linen towels (for all year long)

We recently purchased one of these

And I really want to make a batch of these

And lastly, just in the shop, a new beach bag

Enjoy this last weekend of June xo

 

 

 

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Happy weekend!

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summer

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* Happy Solstice ^*^

Cheers * to wildflowers, large bodies of clear cool water, abundant sunshine, wispy cotton dresses, bare feet, puff ball clouds, blue skies, the sweet vanilla scent of the warm forest..

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epitome

Awake with the birds, watching the sun rise on the lake, feeling the gentle warmth of the early morning air on my skin… a sense of timelessness and slowing down, even in the busy pace of a full day… the freshest meal, straight from the garden… a gentle evening, filled with the murmur of bullfrogs, illuminated by a vivid pink sky, and giving way to the flitting weightlessness of bats in the moonlight.

It was the epitome of summer.

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i love summer

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in our element

First, I have to mention that these are all pictures from last year. Last summer to be exact. I was looking through my photo folders in search of a few favorites, for an order of postcards I just placed. I was so taken by everything that fell within the season of summer, that I got distracted. So distracted that I got delayed on ordering.

As I walked back to the house from the garden this afternoon, I was struck by all the details of this season, which is really settling into it’s own. The lavender in full bloom, and the poppies starting to open, and the doors wide open, and all the garden starts getting so big all over the porch. I was filled with happiness and excitement. We are in our element here on these warm sunny days. To get out of bed and throw on a simple tank and a cotton skirt… to go straight outside and be amongst the birds… to linger in the garden and observe new growth… to sit out on the patio late, sip wine, and listen to the frogs on the lake… it feels like a little bit of paradise.

What’s your paradise like? I looked that word up and loved this simple definition:: Paradise is a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless.

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island life

 

 

We found a tiny island in the lake, with a sandy beach just big enough for 2, a tiny trail to explore and huckleberries ripe for the picking. Of course, the next most irresistible idea is to pack a bag and have a little camp out. Ooooh summer, stick around just as long as you can, okay?

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occupied

I have been a bit preoccupied this past week or so, hence the silence around here and the lateness of my shop update.

We’ve been having some work done on our house, and have been doing our own work on the house, and the days have been pretty full. This week we are trying to finalize our decision on exterior paint colors, and I must say, this has been one of the toughest decisions I have had to make in a long time. How could it be so tricky?? Just when I think we have it, it seems all wrong and we are back to the drawing board. The way it looks on the chip never quite converts to reality. I have painted and repainted a little section of siding quite a few times now. Gosh, thank you Ron, for quart-sized testers! Our local paint guy actually gave me 2 free quarts today. I think he sympathized with my predicament. And then he told me a story about a lady that bought FIFTY testers before she finally settled on a color. Let’s hope I don’t repeat anything like that. Looking forward to getting this figured out though – and I think we are getting closer. This house is more than ready for a fresh look.

I have also been soaking up summer as much as I can. It doesn’t last forever and I don’t want to miss any of it. These August days – these are the days we wait all year for.

Thank you for the grand welcome back. The shop sure got busy! It really does feel great to be back to work.

I’ll be back soon. xo

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We picked our first cucumber this week, and instead of eating it right on the spot, which was really tempting, it became the inspiration for a delicious, simple meal.

It went like this – leftover rice pasta (cold), olive oil, fresh from the garden cucumber, kale, basil and greek oregano; walnuts, cilantro pesto, avocado and feta cheese. Some dulse was added at the end. Tomatoes would have been perfect in here, but we didn’t have any. It was so delicious, and I was pretty close to giddy with every crunchy cucumber bite.

I love cold salads in the summer. Greens and veggies with black beans, quinoa with veggies and herbs, pasta with herbs and fresh tomatoes, there are so many possible combinations!

Do you have any hearty salad favorites you would like to share? I’d love to hear them!

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