Tuesday, October 04, 2022

October Daily 4: Light and Tea


October sunshine bathed the park with such a melting light that it had the dimmed impressive look of a landscape by an old master. Leaves, one, two at a time, sidled down through the windless air.”
— Elizabeth Enright

The late afternoon light caught my eye while I prepared today's dinner, so I grabbed my camera and snapped a few photos of the hydrangeas bordering the deck. The glow is beautiful for such a short time.  

A pot of petunias still blooms and the light illuminated it beautifully, too. 

Today was spent with not-quite-two-year-old Cora. We walked to the park where she leaned on the split-rail fence and watched the ducks in the pond and on the shore. When a dog passed behind us, all of the ducks rose up in a grand whirring and flapping of wings, startling the both of us. 

Then to the playground, where the two of us held hands and slid down the double slide together. Home then, for lunch and a nap for one of us while the other did a little housework before Cora's mother and older sister arrived to take her home. How I love these days. She is so much fun!

French Food French Home 

I've included a link to a lovely, peaceful video I watched today. In it Marie-Anne walks through her property in Normandy and forages for edibles. At the end she recommends one of my favourite teas, or should I say tisane - fresh mint with honey. I've been sipping it this evening. So soothing. 

Do you drink any herbal teas? 


  1. Hubby loves his tea. I haven't had it in ages. I don't know why.
    I love the light changes.

  2. Lovely light you captured on your hydrangeas. Spending the day with an almost two year old little girl sounds like a dream to me.
    I have been enjoying mint tea too, although I have never added honey. I think I'll try that as it sounds delightful. Thanks for the link to the video. I will be checking it out.

  3. Beautiful blooms in the golden hour! Sounds like a perfect October day. I think I will make myself a cup of mint tea right now. Oh, the power of suggestion!

  4. Sounds like a precious time with Cora. I've been staring at my beautiful mint plant and now I'm inspired to have some mint tea. Thank you for the suggestion!

  5. I don't care for mint tea but this summer I began keeping sprigs of mint in a pitcher of water in the fridge. For the first time I actually enjoy drinking water! Odd that I don't care for mint in tea though.
    Hydrangeas fade so beautifully, don't they.

  6. It's so nice to have one on one time with the grandchildren. I'm not a big fan of herbal tea. I usually drink black tea with a little sugar and cream.

  7. Pretty hydrangeas and your day with Cora sounds lovely. I drink peppermint tea without milk or honey.

  8. Time with a sweet two-year-old is both tiring and delightful! Sounds like a lovely way to spend an autumn day!

  9. Hi Lorrie~ I love the to see how the flowers perk up this time of the year...yours are beautiful! I watched most of the video, I subscribed so I can go watch more, I thought it was delightful! I have chocolate mint growing in my herb garden this year and it make wonderful tea, especially with a little honey in it. Have a great week! Hugs, Barb

  10. I love afternoon light! I drink camomile and peppermint tea mostly apart from decaf black tea as I don't do well with caffeine. I also occasionally have jasmine green tea.

  11. Peppermint tea for me too. Your day sounds perfect. Love the thought of you both going down the slide to gather ;) B x

  12. ...I'm not sure if the comment was sent?
    Yes, the dear grandchildren, what a joy... and we grandmothers have much more time for them... just wonderful,
    time to enjoy.
    I drink herbal tea very often. In the garden I have mint, lemon balm and thyme... and lavender. And a lot of marigolds too...
    hug to you

  13. the light in your pictures is beautiful. I watched the videos of Mariannés new house and this is a typical farm house in Corentin in Normandy. I like her videos.


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