Wednesday, June 27, 2012

On a Summers Evening

One of the things I love about summer, the long days make for long lazy evenings. More hours in the day mean more time for kicking back with my sweetie and relaxing outdoors.
Last weekend we decided to take in a concert advertised at a local lavender farm.
We arrived to waves of many different kinds of lavender planted all around the concert area.
The air carried the soft scent everywhere.
 There were all kinds of flowers tucked here...
and there....
A cute garden bench...
And an adorable gift shop.
Even a little snack bar loaded with lavender enhanced goodies.
We tried the lavender, lemon and honey ice cream. It was amazing!
The concert was great, just right for a balmy summer evening surrounded by lavender fields.
It was a very small venue and a small concert, very relaxing and the band was great.
They took a short intermission and we found a little love seat  covered with an old quilt, hidden in some greenery where we could listen but still talk quietly. One of the things we still love to do best. Just spending time together on a quiet summer night, with music in the background and night falling.
What's your favorite way to spend a summer night?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Here it comes....

I'm linking with some parties today and looking forward to a good old fashioned 4th with lots of flag waving and fireworks!

Picnics and fireflies, flowers and tall iced teas in the backyard. You can still get the pillows, or a pattern here

How do you celebrate?

Linking with:
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

A little more time in the garden

Well it's been a while hasn't it? I've been pretty captivated with the garden progress and spending much less time online. I had to show you the progress we've made. Earl has most of the old concrete foundation bricked and I went to the farmers market last Thursday and found a few things to plant. A full flat of basil plants, because we got the garden started a bit late and I'm fairly impatient to see it filled. A couple heirloom tomatoes called German Johnson and an Italian heirloom that looked interesting. I found some beautiful sunset colored marigolds to rim the beds with and I can't wait until they fill out.
 I also found these beautiful nasturtium plants that are waiting for one of the raised beds to finish being filled with compost so they can spill over the corners. Did you know you can eat these lovely flowers? The flowers and the leaves are great in salads with a peppery flavor, fun to add for a dinner party or just for every day.
 I also splurged on a flat of zinnias because I'm weak when it comes to farmers markets and flats and flats of colorful instant gratification. My garden buddy loves them too. Any time I'm on my knees planting or weeding she is cuddled up by my side. She and her sister love to lay among the lavender and other flowers in my flower beds.
I can't wait to get this little oasis finished and show you how it grows through the season.

On another subject, I've had a love hate relationship with the blog lately. Working full time doesn't leave as much time as I used to have to blog and visit. I'll be honest, I miss being home, but for the time being the job is funding some much needed updates around the house. I will be sharing some of them as they happen. There is a season for everything and I have decided to take the pressure off myself for the time being and just post when I can or when I have something special to share.
I still visit, I just don't comment as much. In the scheme of things I guess it's more important to live my life right now than to write about it. I totally understand that some of you may find that you comment less too. It's ok. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate each one of your sweet notes, but I understand. 
So tell me, (if you have time) what fun plans are you looking forward to this summer?