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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Office

I love this time of year! I spend as much time as I can outdoors, so I often move out to what I call my “summer office”. We have decks on two sides of our home so we can take advantage of the morning and afternoon sun - or hide in the shade when the temps get a bit too warm. Over the last few days I have spent a few hours out there stitching and sketching - always with my handy iTools nearby. I have been making my way through quite a few UFO’s and it feels really great to start taking a bite out of the pile that has accumulated over the past....years....yikes! As I work, I have been watching episodes of The Quilt Show to keep me inspired. And a nice cool beverage is always welcome!! And yes, we use mason jars for glassware in this house....



I have never professed to be a great gardener. My thumb is only green when I am dyeing or painting fabric but, that doesn’t mean I don’t try just a little gardening. My hubby made me three window boxes for one deck and our children gave me two more for the kitchen deck on Mother’s Day years ago. This means I can have a small selection of flowers and herbs to enjoy each summer. I love variety, so every year I chose new-to-me annuals for the flower boxes (although I seem to be drawn to begonias again this year I must admit). And I always, always have at least 2 basil plants and a mixture of mints that can be added to teas. 




Every morning I visit both decks and simply exult in the sheer pleasure of the bright, vibrant colors of the blossoms and the variety of greens. I rub the leaves of each herb and enjoy their distinct scents. That is often when I decide we will have margarita pizza with fresh basil for supper or perhaps a chilled mint tea with whatever berry happens to be the fridge at lunchtime. 




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8 comments:

  1. I feel relaxed just reading your post! I want to come for tea on your deck, please!

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  2. Your photos are lovely.  I suspect my green thumb is like yours!

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  3. Sounds lovely......very relaxing:) 

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  4. Your flowers are looking quite fine.  I am addicted to red geraniums so must have them every year, along with the mint and basil and this year sage...

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  5. Your summer office sounds idyllic! Gorgeous flower shots! You say that you don't have a green thumb, but those flowers are looking pretty fantastic to me!

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  6. It seems you have no mosquitoes etc? If we stand still here we get sucked dry, and even moving around in the garden I get plenty of stings and bites.  

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  7. JenscantvienneauJune 22, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    We actually do! Plus a lot of blackflies and I am allergic to both!! I think it has been so dry this week that we have been lucky. It started raining today though so out luck might have run out. 

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  8. Joanne Scantlebury MuckartJuly 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    WoW Your flower shots look better than real!:) And you make better use of your deck than most people I know :)

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