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.