Thursday, August 04, 2016

Summer Fun




August? Already? That's one way to think about it. On the other hand, there are still 27 more days to fill with summer delights. 

Geese on a pond at Hatley Castle. (A local castle - quite new, in the grand scheme of castles.)


We stopped in the gazebo on the pond for a short snack and some silliness. 


We're eating from a wealth of choice these days - apricots, peaches, cherries (almost done), melons and more. I'm also preserving some of the bounty for a taste of summer in the cold rainy months to come. Here it's apricot jam. 


Purple carrots are, sadly, orange under the skin. I was hoping for vibrant colours all the way to the core. They tasted fresh and yummy.


I'm spending some time with the little ones this week. Tea parties are always popular, especially when Nana puts a few chocolate chips, raisins, and one big marshmallow in a little cup. Doesn't Miss A look so grown-up, playing "mother"? Mr. F is saying "cheese" without prompting. Apparently, he's been the star of many a photo shoot.


More food. I love meals like this - fresh, simple, and oh, so satisfying.

Time to scram. The little ones will be here shortly. We'll be playing in the splash pool, staying cool under the canvas gazebo, and having more summer fun.



19 comments:

Marilyn Miller said...

You look like you are having so much fun with your "grands". Tea parties are the best too. That salad makes me want it right now.

Elizabethd said...

It is such a lovely time in the Summer, especially when you can eat your own produce, and make delicious salads by just popping out into the garden.

Maywyn said...

Happy Tea Party!
The salad looks scrumptious!

podso said...

Looks like my kind of a tea party! I'm glad you're soaking up some summer fun before school starts again.

happywonderer.com said...

May you be blessed with an extra ounce or two of energy to enjoy your littles!

Pondside said...

The best of times - summer days with your grandchildren! It should be a lovely weekend. I wish you many more such days as this great summer weather goes on and on.

Gina said...

Lorrie, how delightful! LOVE the little tea party and your canning will test wonderful in the wintry months!

mamasmercantile said...

The joy of Grandchildren. I love the idea of a tea party. The apricot jam looked amazing, the wonderful taste of Summer.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Lorrie, what fun with the grands! But it's your apricot jam that has my attention this morning -- would love to get a batch in the cupboard before the season is over.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

oh the "CHEESE" photo!! Mine did it the very same way at that age! :) Adorable.

I didn't even know that there were purple carrots! :0 )

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Perfect summer fun with the grands Laurie. The tea party is adorable.
We had lunch at Pickle Barrel today, not sure if you have this chain out west? I had the most amazing salad of quinoa, roasted chicken cubes, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, corn niblets and black beans - called Santa Fe. Made me think of you and the healthy salad plates you create.

Margie said...

The cute tea party made me smile. You're the Queen of Salads!

Deanna Rabe said...

Great summer fun!

Your grands are growing fast! Enjoy your days together!

That salad looks wonderful.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Beautiful, happy and delicious photos, Lorrie, and it was of course the tea party photo that made me smile most broadly.
Have a lovely weekend!

Mary Cromer said...

The fresh salad looks so good, I just showed my husby and I am making something like that for us for tomorrow...as we have leftovers for this day. The apricot jam looks yummy too, I love those fruits. It looks like fun times with family, nothing better than that~

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

We'll be visiting Langford at the beginning of September. Hoping to visit Hatley Castle and other lovely places again. And I'm looking forward to tea parties with the grandkids.

Maggie said...

Home made jam, tea parties, cuddles and summer fun, enjoy dear Lorrie, there's still lots of sunny days to come.

Alex said...

Oh yes, much to love ~ especially 'Madame' with the teapot! :D

Vee said...

What a delicious, beautiful looking salad...

Sweet photos...beautiful smiles...