Sunday, September 06, 2015

A Party and a Walk



It's Sunday evening. The house is quiet, back to just the two of us. I smile, remembering how different it was last night with 8 adults and 3 very active little ones. Rollicking laughter, balloons galore.

We gathered to celebrate 3 September birthdays. The big table for the big folks, and a small table for the little folks. Flowers. Candles. And don't forget the lighter, left there during the photo taking. (roll of the eyes at myself)
 

The Happy Birthday song sung by all, with great hilarity as everyone attempted fitting the names in, all in different order. A Little Miss helps blow out the candles. Katie, our daughter-in-law, made the cake - a scrumptious poppy seed chiffon, filled with jam and vanilla pudding and covered with whipping cream. It's a family favorite from years ago and I'm tickled that she made it.
 

Church this morning and this afternoon we took our daughter to catch a ferry back to Vancouver. The two of us stopped in Sidney by the Sea for a walk along the water. Blue sky. Deep blue ocean that seems to hold all the richness of summer light.



Along the pathway, cheery clumps of golden Black-eyed Susans nod at passersby. 
 

Tall masts reflect in the water. Autumn is in the air - crisply fresh. The earth gives off the warmth it gathered during summer's height. A fine day to savor life, arms resting on the fence rail overlooking the marina, face lifted to the sky.

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith of Lavender Cottage. 
  


44 comments:

GretchenJoanna said...

What fun, to celebrate so many lives at once - and your table was beautiful. I like the steep sloping sides of that cake. Happy Autumn!

Blondie's Journal said...

A beautiful celebration--your photos are extraordinary. LOVE the cake!

Jane x

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday to the three! Your photos are exquisite. I want to walk along that sea.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

It all sounds lovely. I'm not spying the lighter at all.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Lovely photos, as always! The table looks gorgeous also with the lighter! :)
And the happy yellow colour is found in the pretty flowers as well.
3 x belated Happy Birthday greetings. Have a lovely Mosaic Monday!

newenglandgardenandthread said...

You do realize you are a lucky woman, right? :-) Happy gathering of family in a beautiful part of our world and even Mother Nature knew not to rain on your party. It looks like a wonderful time was had by all. :-)

NanaDiana said...

Lorrie- What a beautiful photo story of your weekend! I love it. Hope you have a great Monday. xo Diana

podso said...

You live in such a beautiful place! Enjoyed your photos and a peek into your family celebration. Pretty table and the lighter blended right in with your color theme!

Cheryl said...

Looks like a happy celebration!! The little one "helping" blow out the candles makes me smile. (That has often been the scene at our own family gatherings.) :)

Wonderful photo of the boats!!

Decor To Adore said...

What fun! Such a lovely table and yummy looking cake. I hope you have a wonderful week!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, looks like a fun birthday celebration. The cake looks delicious! I love the pretty black eyed susans and the view of the sailboats. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Pamela Gordon said...

Happy Birthday to the three celebrants! It looks lovely and the cake looks amazing! Have a blessed week ahead.

Dewena said...

Oh I love the yellow lighter! It looks like something a professional stylist put there to add a little whimsey. That birthday cake is so pretty and sounds delicious. Is the recipe in your archives?

You are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful area!

Dewena

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Your cake looks yummy. You seemed to have a fun birthday party. Have a nice week!

Deanna Rabe said...

Big family birthdays are so fun!

Glad you had time with your daughter, too, so much beauty where you live Lorrie!

Enjoy the coming of autumn!

Deanna

Dagmar said...

Happy Labour Day and happy birthdays, September is such a lovely month..we were just in Sidney, haven't they done a marvellous with there wonderful downtown. :)

happywonderer.com said...

Happy Birthday to all. We only have one birthday in September and that is Dear's. That was a great cake your daughter in law baked!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It's nice to see a family gathering for the birthdays and the cake sounds and looks divine. 'Tis the season for golden flowers...
Thanks for joining Mosaic Monday Lorrie.

Marilyn Miller said...

Beautiful last days of summer. I put black eye susans on Facebook today.

Debby Ray said...

You described what sounded like a fun family weekend. What a beautifully set table and that cake looked amazing! Great photos and that mosaic of the Black-eye Susans was so lovely!

Ida said...

This looked like a lovely way to spend one's weekend.

Donna said...

Fabulous party, yummy cake and lovely flowers.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Just beautiful scenery and what a happy celebration!!

Amy at love made my home said...

Happy Birthday to all!! What a great way to celebrate!!! xx

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Birthday celebrations are such fun! The cake looks fabulous and how sweet that it's a family favorite. I especially loved the lighter on the table, Lorrie...something that I would do.
Your pics from the horticultural gardens were wonderful...loved the boots and the succulents. The Platz from the post before that...mmmm...and the pic of that...I'm swooning with the glow of candlelight. ❤️

DeniseinVA said...

A lovely post and belated happy birthday to all. Sweet photo blowing out the candles and your daughter-in-law's cake looked gorgeous and I bet tasted fantastic. All very pretty photos!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful weekend!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You left the lighter on the table ? I am never coming here again. I only visit PERFECT-it's-all- fake-bloggers! :)

Seriously..what a sweet post..loved it.

That cake looks wonderful!! And so are the family shots. A wonderful time.

Vee said...
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Vee said...

Even if there were no pictures, the words are lovely and string together so well. I could even see the lighter left on the table in a moment of forgetfulness. Of course, I would not have known it was yellow and blended in so well that perhaps you did not see it.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful combined birthday celebration and a very delicious looking cake! It always looks so pretty in your part of the world, Lorrie!

Ann Rasmussen said...

Happy Birthday to all. The cake sounds so good. With a table so nicely set, dinner had to be every bit as delicious. But isn't it nice then to have the house back to yourself?

bj said...

Beautiful photos (and I LOVE that lighter :) That b'day cake is beautiful !
Happy Birthday to all....
xo

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Smiling...at the happiness of it all! It looks and sounds like a wonderful celebration and a fun time with family.

Sheila said...

Family time is special that's for sure and it's good that your family lives close enough to celebrate together often. Your table runner is lovely. I love Sidney by the Sea. My sister and brother in law live there and it's such a lovely place to walk by the sea. Have you been to the bakery on the Main Street. It is in the second block on your left as you are walking up away from the ocean. It has an amazing variety of tasty treats! Have a lovely September!

handmade by amalia said...

Happy Birthday one and all! What a lovely cake.
Amalia
xo

handmade by amalia said...

Happy Birthday one and all! What a lovely cake.
Amalia
xo

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

Love the shot of the sailboats...I always miss the water when I come to visit your blog. That cake sounds delightful, and how nice that you all get to celebrate together. B days are fun!

Jen

Anneliese said...

That cake looks amazing! And all is well!

Tomoko said...

Hello from Japan,
Happy birthday to all! You have such a lovely family. The party must be precious time for you all. The cake looks delicious, and the candles on it are pretty. The table set is nicely arranged for the party. How exciting to see that the yacht harbor and the reflection on the water. Here in Japan, typhoon has just passed away, causing serious flood in Ibaraki prefecture. TV news keep reporting it from morning to evening today.
Have a happy day, Lorrie.

heather meads said...

Lovely photos Lorrie and it looks like you had a wonderful celebration!!

Poppy said...

Happy Birthday to one and all! From the beautifully set table, (yes, including the lighter), to the scrumptious family favourite, a fun and festive time surely was had by all. Your pics of the ocean and sailboats remind me of the Aegean, for which I am longing for; it's been a hot and humid Toronto summer.

Happy weeknd, Lorrie!

Poppy

Denise said...

Hi Lorrie, These pictures are all so pretty!! Your September birthdays party sounds like such fun, and the cake sounds yummy! We used to have four September birthdays in our family; now we only have two because my grandfather and step-grandfather are deceased. The little Miss in the picture is darling. :)

Your mosaic is so cheerful -- like a dose of sunshine. You certainly live in a beautiful area with lots of inspiration for picture taking. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I love the "happy birthday" photo Lorrie!
The cake looks amazing - clever DIL.
Your walks look much like mine by the waterfront - always boats!