Friday, July 18, 2014

Five on Friday


1.  It's been a week of glorious warm sunshine. Maybe a bit too warm at times, but I won't complain. Not much. I spent time with little ones this week, on two separate days. Little Miss S here is waving her pinwheel with great enthusiasm. I get such joy from watching my grandchildren interact with the world. Bugs, water, grass, sticks, rocks - everything is interesting and an avenue for imagination.

2. Yesterday afternoon I walked through the Horticultural Garden of the Pacific with Miss A, her mother, and her little brother. I haven't been there in years and was surprised to see all the development. Another visit will be on my calendar. This garden has lots of fun areas to keep little ones engaged. A play house decorated with toy bugs and other creatures was a big hit. She and I sat down at the little table inside and had a tea party with shell dishes.

3.  The lilies were astounding. Huge flowers growing tall, tall, tall. Richly fragrant. Gorgeously coloured. 

4.  What I've been reading. I found the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear in the library on a recommendation from another blogger and I whipped through 8 of the 9 books in the space of two weeks. Easy summer reading. Maisie isn't as compelling a protagonist as others I've read, but the books were light while still providing enough interest to keep me wanting the next one. The only one I have not yet read is, ironically, the first in the series. I'll put it on order from the library.

5.  While I was reading, the zucchini started producing. Penny of The Comforts of Home posted three great zucchini recipes. I'll be starting with the Farmer's Market Salad with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette. Doesn't that sound delicious?

And just a reminder that you have a few more days to enter the giveaway for a beautiful wooden watch. Just click over to comment on this post.

Plans for the weekend include a short boat ride on Saturday and lots of puttering around the house. How about you?


Elizabeth said...

My garden is a larder for slugs. I have just found a beautiful Courgette flower eaten off the stem.

Vee said...

Eight books in two weeks?! Wow!

Hope the temps moderate for you. It is a much better day AC.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

We will be at Otter Bay on board our boat while we rented a Currents Cottage for our kids and the will be fun sharing a weekend with them. I think we'll be in the pool most of the time!
Enjoy your salad and I have made a note of those books.
Have a lovely weekend Lorrie.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

oh love that second picture where's she is almost darn cute

ellen b. said...

Such great shots of Miss S and Miss A!

Linda Jo said...

That is a LOT of reading! I'm impressed. I started The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It's good but I keep getting pulled other directions. Your granddaughter is adorable!!!

Blackberry Lane said...

Cute pics of fun with your granddaughter.
Thanks for telling us about your books; they sound good.
Hope you enjoy the boat ride this weekend.
We are expecting rain tomorrow. It will be a good day to catch up on laundry!

Chy said...

Gardening, meetings and lots of shopping to get ready for our first week of summer daycamp next week. So hot here but we've managed to get lots done, including moving furniture and purging lots of items not needed.

Have a lovely weekend!

Cheryl said...

A little garden playhouse looks like the perfect place for a wee one to enjoy nature!

Isn't it nice to find some light but interesting reading for summer? You are zipping through those!

For us this weekend...a mix of puttering and going, not unlike your weekend, I suppose (although we'll be on dry land). Enjoy your boat ride!

podso said...

You can't get much cuter of a picture than #2. And I might have to try your book recommendation. Hope you're off to a good weekend.

Mary said...

Little Mss always makes me smile - she is adorable!

Re: the cards from Print Studio - yes, they ship internationally, you shouldn't have a problem at all.

I baked Penny's Zucchini Bread today - it's excellent (I added chopped pecans to mine).

I've been to the watch site, wow they really are beautiful little pieces of wearable art!

Happy weekend dear Lorrie -
Mary x

materfamilias said...

Puttering here as well -- have fun boating!

Donna said...

The expression in that second photo is priceless - hahahaha!!!!

Poppy said...


Your little Misses are adorable; lucky you, to be able to spend such fun, summer days with them, smiling at their wonder! The flowers look so vibrant and must have the most fragrant scents. Enjoy your boat ride!


Rettabug said...

OMGosh...she is SO precious! Those eyes are mesmerizing...what an angel. Treasure every minute because you will blink & she will be 10 & looking so grown-up, it will make you cry. Ask me how I know. LOL

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such sweetness - life is such fun with grandkids.

Yummmmm zucchini!!!! Ahhh summer.

aimee said...

Your first two photos are WONDERFUL--such cuties!!! The lilies are beautiful! Mmm--my neighbor's first zucchini are ripe now.
PS: Not sure yet---perhaps the beach or maybe??

Helen Philipps said...

Loved the sweet photos of your little grand daughter, especially the second one, so cute!
I have enjoyed reading the Maisie Dobbs series of books too and also found them via a fellow blogger :)
Wishing you a happy weekend, Lorrie.
Helen xox

Friko said...

It’s all good, isn’t it?
Summer, little ones to enjoy, flowers in abundance and garden produce.

Seeing that you have swallowed these books whole, do you think I’d like them? Shall I have a go? I can always blame you if I get trapped into the lot of them.

CarlaHR said...

I discovered some of these books a while back but didn't know that there were that many - must see if I can find some more as they are light reading - just right for summer.
Enjoy your weekend.

Sheila said...

Hello again Lorrie. what a great idea your Five on Friday is! I love the second picture. Thank you for recommending another author. Those books sound like perfect summer reading. Have a wonderful time on the water this weekend!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

You did well...reading 8 books in a short time. I hate to think of the last time I read a book. It's time for a vacation!

Have fun boating!

ann said...

Yes, as quickly as zucchini grow, you could probably get a few per book. What sweet granddaughter photos. Don't you love taking their pictures. You never get a bad one.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your granddaughters are so cute! You must be enjoying spending time with them this summer, Lorrie.

I have two books in progress but keep getting distracted away from them--I read more in winter when I am indoors more.

I'm going over to check out Penny's zucchini recipes -- I missed those posts.

Today were drove up a mountain 14,270 feet high! It was spectacular!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Wonderful photos!!! It sounds and looks like you are enjoying a beautiful summer. :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Thanks for the link! Enjoy the recipes.

Marilyn said...

We have lily's like these in our garden right now, oh the house smells so good. Cucumber, kale, garlic, and zucchini is coming from the garden too. Waiting of so impatiently for ripe tomatoes. How fun to play with pinwheels.

Barbara said...

So beautiful your little granddaughter and the Cherry dish looks yummy.