08 December 2016

Christmas in the Kitchen

Just small touches here and there: a wreath, an ornament, the madonna, and fresh flowers and produce from the garden.  

In the dining room or area, I hung a tree on the drying rack.

We have six trees producing citrus this year! The first time all six have.  Meyer lemons, mandarins, grapefruit, tangelos, and two types of oranges... 

These are sunflower seeds that I harvested from our autumn sunflowers. I need to roast them.

Tomatoes, lemons, rosemary, basil, lavender, and roses....

It's the best time of year around here. It's cooler, finally, and the garden does it second best growing season.

I will be back with more Christmas and the holidays soon, but I am at Instagram posting regularly.
I love taking photos, so it's a medium that suits my abilities.

Happy December!

04 September 2016

Then Summer and Now September

So September is here and summer sleepiness is gone.
Six weeks studying or wandering and wrapping it up with a visit with my father in Rhode Island.
This view makes me happy, but honestly I'm just as happy living out of a suitcase, just walking, window watching, listening to music, and learning.

I came back to a sunburnt garden, but we have had lots of rain this summer and cooler days, so the blossoms are coming back.

I have escaped from our heat for three years now, but still return to several hot weeks that make me want to stay indoors and simmer. 

The mint and basil are flowering, and it smells wonderful on my arms or on the kitchen counter.

I hung some linen curtains on my canopy bed that I found on sale, and I love the simpler look.

I've completed a few projects too and have some small projects in the planning, so I am returning to here, and will be posting and visiting more regularly soon. 

But  one can always follow me on Instagram. I post more regularly there, and there are photos from our trip.

23 July 2016

Madhatter Tea

It's that magical time of year again when special and unusual guests make our tea party extraordinary.

The roses are painted.

The garden is raked.

Alice and her cat have arrived.

The chairs are being set up.

The cups and saucers are gathered.

The queen is expected.

Other guests have already arrived.

Selfie time....

Flowers gathered...

The smallest guests are arriving as well.

The table is set.

Photo bomb...

Treats and Sweets

Waiting for the Madhatter to arrive... You never know what she will wear.... a memorable outfit every year.  Here's one from years' past.

Thank you, Vanessa.
I hope you enjoyed this. I am away with poor wifi, but I could not miss this, so we did a party in June. I will do my best to visit all the guests.

05 July 2016

Just Some Romantic Photos

It's hot here, so things slow down here, and we escape.
I have a tea party coming up and the info is in the sidebar.
If you would like to follow along, I will be using Instagram in the hot months.

07 June 2016

Simplifying for Summer

In our area, summer is here, and it is sizzling.

Clutter-free is never possible around here, but I put things away and went to the basics.

The home is simplified for the summer with white sheets, seashells, and slipcovers.  Our blossoms and vegetable garden are shielded by umbrellas. Filtered light is enough for our nonnatives in the elevated beds, and hopefully not too much that they need the shade cloth.

Inexpensive white bedding on the porch and in the bedrooms.

I love theses chrysanthemums growing in my garden.  I must find different varieties for the future.
My spouse's grandfather, but really mine as well, grew mums for show. This is just an ordinary pink one, but still they are so lovely.  I went around pinching his, so he could get the best bloom on a plant.  I learned most everything I know about gardening from him, except for what I had to learn when I returned to the desert.  

It' is sort of a meditation: a bowl of shells and a frame.  It's interesting and relaxing to rearrange.

The little painting is from Sea Washed Living at Seawashed. On the shelves, I like to slip a bouquet made from our garden.

Aprons for the garden....

Umbrellas for the plants...

Thank you for visiting.
I have been doing Instagram more these days, but I am working on a couple of projects for here.