Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Last January, when we had those weeks of snow that Dubin only gets once in a decade, I would look out the bedroom window at the mountains and think "that looks just like a ski slope".
But now, comparing the two photos, I can't believe the difference in foliage in the trees.
To me, that's far more striking than the mountain vista, and I wouldn't have expected that. What do you think?
And this was taken on a less sunny, or more cloudy, day today. I like the purple hues of the mountain heather.
This is the "Winter in Summer" meme which the lovely Zuzana is doing over at Life Through Reflections. Pay her a visit to see her amazing beach photo contrast.
And for more Summer Stock pics, click on the icon at the top of this post. Robin of Around the Island hosts this meme.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Stephanie tagged me on 29th January, I was very enthusiastic to do the tag, but just couldn't seem to post it.
But here it is, the 5 best things that happened to me in the past year:
1. Family- we have our health, and we're surviving the recession. That may sound corny to some people, but it is very important to me.
2. Getting to see Toronto and Niagara Falls. Our family holiday last year was a long-awaited trip to Florida, but the cheapest flights were via Toronto with a 10 hour stopover.
At first, I was not enthusiastic, but then I viewed it as an opportunity. So on the outward journey we went to downtown Toronto and did the bus tour, while on the homeward stretch we rented a car and drove to Niagara.
Two great destinations, both of which I loved. I hope to back there for a longer visit another time.
3. Joining a new orchestra. Sometimes, when you wish for something and put it out to the universe, it happens. I'm so happy that this has happened for me. Continuing to play the French Horn is challenging, sometimes downright frustrating, but oh sooo fulfilling!
4.My eldest daughter turning 18. This is her (vegan) birthday cake, so it must be true. It really is a turning point, for both of us. Ok, she's still my baby (don't tell her) always will be, in my eyes, but I know that she's now legally an adult, can vote, take out a loan, and many other things. It's great to see her growing (grown?) up, and become her own person. I love you, Naoise, with all my heart, and having you in our lives is wonderful.
5. Planting vegetables. When we had the rabbit, rhubarb was about the only thing we could grow, but since his demise, it has given me back the garden, and I had forgotten how much I love growing food.
So now we have apples and plums,(well we did have those when Crash was here too!), lettuce, mangetout, purple sprouting broccolli, blueberries,celeriac, potatoes and a herb box. I get so excited watching them grow, and the pleasure of picking something to eat is worth all the work.
There you have it! I found it difficult to single out 5 things, cos life is such a rich tapestry, and there is so much to be grateful for, most of all health and happiness. I've recently reached the conclusion that nobody gets a smooth ride forever, and the past year has been challenging in many ways for me and for some close friends. That's why it's all the more important to appreciate the nice things in our lives.
So thank you, Stephanie, for the tag, and most of all for your patience.
I won't nominate anyone to do this tag, but if and when you want to...please go ahead.
One last thing- I see I've got 49 followers, and the child in me dearly wants to round that off.
Mmmmmmmmmmm....what would I do to get one more follower?
Anyone open to a chocolate bribe? Anyone know anyone who's open to a chocolate bribe?
Or maybe I could start a new blog and follow myself?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It's not my bedroom, mine would be way, way more tidy than that!
Visit Wordless Wednesday to see what else people aren't saying this week.
But it didn't deter these hardy sailors
And it didn't deter us!
And, as luck would have it, just as we reached the car again after a lovely walk, we felt the first few droplets of rain. Good timing!
For more Ruby Tuesday pics, or to join in, just click on the slippers at the top- they will magically bring you to Mary T, who kindly hosts this meme.
Monday, July 19, 2010
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
I believe that bookshops should always have a coffee shop, then you can browse and read in comfort.
But this little café also served the most delicious lunches- simple, good food, quiches with delicious salads. And the cakes?.....yum!
I'll post some more pictures of this little place tomorrow for Ruby Tuesday.
Drowsey Monkey hosts Mellow Yellow Monday, so go there to see some more lovely yellow stuff.