Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Sentimental Pictorial Journey

Today is our daughter's birthday. The words of a song are going through my mind..."swiftly go the years, etc. etc,. " from Fiddler on the Roof.
As I looked through some photos a few weeks ago, I realized we had some pictures of her with her Dad which seemed to have a familiar theme.

She was about 4 years old here, in the Canadian Rockies.

..again holding her Dad's hand, at about age 10...

...and this year....
Those two have a special bond...and she is very much like her Dad..
So Happy Birthday to the dearest, sweetest, kindest daughter, with lots of love!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumn Tea Outdoors

It's a nice day today...a little chilly, but bright.
I played with a few settings for tea.
I used Denby mugs and the blue plates purchased on sale at Dillards last winter.
The first is a table among the Limelight hydrangeas, which are showing pretty pink in the blooms.
I used a wool blanket as a table cover, with a fishnet overlay.
Then I removed the netting, and changed the location..
I also tried a different look with a plaid throw...
We had pumpkin pie with our tea...
A couple more photos of what's blooming now..the temps are dipping at night, so it may be quite different very soon...
I'm joining Sandi and friends for  Tea Time Tuesday again. See you there!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reflections on Labour Day

It seems to be tradition for Labour Day weekend...we head up to Hecla Island for the weekend, with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. This year we camped, and they stayed in the lovely resort hotel. Some other traditions.....It usually rains at least one day, Grandson makes French toast for one breakfast, they golf, I do quite a bit of cooking, and we head down to the dock, or the beach at sunset.
Our daughter, an accomplished photographer, sets up her camera on the monopod (new word I learned!)
I take my amateur photos.....

The Icelandic village on the island has a few restored buildings as a museum... we toured a 1928 home...the kitchen with it's grand cookstove  complete with reservoir for heating water, and all the necessary cooking utensils hanging up nearby...
I fondly remember kitchens just like this in rural Saskatchewan...mail-order curtains blowing gently in the breeze, and a cake keeper ready with a chocolate cake....
..busy homemakers also made time to sew ...on old foot-pedaled sewing machines, with patterns chosen from the latest Butterick pattern book...
All in all, it was a very relaxed and pleasant weekend...more good memories stored up....

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tea and Macarons

On a lovely day last week, our Granddaughter spent the day with us. We had two goals; one was to sort out my Mom's jewelry, which we did with admiration of her choices, and memories shared.
 Our second plan was to try our hand at making French Macarons. We had heard that they could be quite difficult, but both batches turned out very well.
Below, G'dtr completing the last piped circles of meringue
After they were baked and filled, we had a cup of tea, and sampled the delicate cookies.
Lemon buttercream:
---and blackberry
Tea cups are my wedding china, Foley Devonshire, and the tea pot is Aynsley.
Our hostess for the weekly tea time is Sandi. I would like to thank her for her inspiring and lovely posts each week, and for bringing together a fine group of tea time ladies. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tea Time Tuesday, August 25, 2014

I am so happy to join Sandi and her tea time ladies today!
I baked a few lemon cupcakes, glazed with lemon. They are very delicate, and the tops are flat, but they are so tasty!
 I picked some green flowers from my garden today--Limelight hydrangea, Envy zinnias, lime coleus,and pale green lysianthus.
I do love the lysianthus! They also come in shades of pink, white and lavender.
The cups and saucers are Gold Chantilly by Royal Worchester and the little green plates are Carltonware, made in Australia.
My teapot today is one of several of this type I purchased at Home Sense.
Thanks, Sandi for hosting.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Late Summer

There!---I said it! LATE SUMMER! It got off to a slow start, and I feel I never did catch up. Life's events can do that. 
We do know that the seasons will continue to come and go, and summer has done just that. The garden gives us much pleasure...it is good to get out and till, and weed, and enjoy...


We spend quiet moments by the little pond, watching our 4 goldfish

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A long life. well lived

My dear Mom went Home to be with her Heavenly Father, yesterday. She was 94 years old.
The last few years were difficult for her, as she began to experience forgetfulness, and then became weaker. She spent the last 8 weeks in hospital and I calculated that I made 60 trips to visit her there, and I don’t begrudge one minute of it. We had sweet times, but also some stressful ones. The hospital staff were wonderful and kind. I am going to miss them in the days to come.
We have so many pleasant memories of our times together. I will always cherish them.
A couple photos follow:
Mom and Dad in 1937 before their marriage, or shortly after:
My Dad was 9 years older than Mom, and was her Grade 8 teacher. We often laughed about that!
Mom and Dad before marriage cropped
and Mom, on her 90th birthday:
So many things I could say, but I’ll say just one: