Thursday 13 June 2024

What I'm Reading

 Things are very quiet and peaceful around here. Grocery shopping this morning.  A bit of puttering in the garden after lunch.  Reading. I finished reading the third book that Susan Branch wrote about her life; the first is about her life as a child, teenager and then her first marriage. The second is about her move from California to Martha's Vineyard on the east coast after the divorce. The third book, and in my opinion the best one, is about meeting Joe and  her second marriage and their 3 month trip to England. Of course visiting Beatrix Potter's home was the highlight of her time there. 

 


 Also this week I reread the shortest of Miss Read's books...Early Days, in which she writes of her life until about the age of 11.  It's a lovely story written in her inimitable style which has endeared her to so many of her fans.


So that is what I've been doing.  Father's Day is this Sunday and that will mean family coming over.
The weather forecast is not too promising so we'll hope for the best. We do have a fairly large covered area where we can sit comfortably even if there are showers. I just hope there won't be any wind. We seem to have had quite a few blustery days recently.

 


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Monday 10 June 2024

Sunday Walk and Some Shrubs

 Some pictures taken on our walk on Sunday morning. The clouds were so lovely!!



 



 


 I didn't realize that Mock Orange grew wild but apparently it does. From the internet..

Native to western North America, from northwestern California in the Sierra Nevada, north to southern British Columbia, and east to Idaho and Montana.



 Doesn't look much different from the one in my back garden.


 Also blooming in the back is my Deutzia which is absolutely covered with flowers again. 

I know you'll be fascinated to find out that it was named for Johannes Van Der Dutse, a sheriff of Amsterdam.



Alright...it's back to doing laundry on this Monday morning.  Have a great week.

 

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Wednesday 5 June 2024

Another Day, Another Walk and a Creation

 We're enjoying a mix of sun and cloud today. It's still chilly but we're hopeful for some real early summer-like weather soon.  On our walk the goose/duck family were close to the edge of the water so I was able to get a better picture.


 
Out there on a rock there's a turtle.


 Came home and continued  with my ongoing decluttering.  I decided to donate this "creation" that I made years ago from an old lamp base and the glass bowl from a ceiling light.  Then it occurred to me that I could put it out on the front stoop, which is what I did.  A rose and a couple of Clematis flowers and Voila!!


 



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Tuesday 4 June 2024

Morning Walk

 Light rain was falling when we left on our walk. I took some pictures as we made our way along our    usual path .  Construction continues on the building overlooking the lake.  We've heard say that these places are very expensive, obviously only the rich will be buying them. 

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 The lake is once again becoming covered with waterlilies.


 Something unusual we saw was a number of ducklings being cared for by a duck and also a goose. We stopped to watch to see if the goose was just  passing by, but no. It was actively helping mama duck with her brood.  You can just barely see the little ones but they're there, in both pictures.  ( It was raining and they were not close by hence the poor pictures.)



 more geese


 An interesting stump


 Today is the last day of rain for a while. We're looking forward to seeing sunshine!!

Thanks for coming by,  GM

Sunday 2 June 2024

Flowers

 More rain again today although we did get our walk in before it began. In spite of all the dreary days flowers are blooming.  I went around with taking pictures of a few starting with some Irises.




 And the Oriental Poppies. Did you know they are native to northeastern Turkey and northern Iran?


 I can't remember what this low-growing plant is called. I have quite a lot of it along the front of this bed.


 The big old Mock Orange is in full bloom, half hidden in the very back.  Behind it is where the Weigela is just finished blooming.


 The weather forecast if for an end to the rain by Wednesday and temperatures in the high 20's by Thursday. As unaccustomed as we are to warm temps we're apt to be in shock . We'll go from wearing sweaters to A/C.  I'll let you know. Meanwhile I think I better bake bread for the week tomorrow. I won't want to have the oven on when it gets hot out.


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Thursday 30 May 2024

A Teacup and a recipe

 We went to drop off another bag of "stuff" and also had to return something which meant choosing something else because you don't get any money back, you just exchange it for something else. In order to make up the amount I needed to buy a small item and what's smaller than a teacup?   This one is nothing special but I liked the thistle pattern so home it came.

 



 I saw a recipe for an Orange Loaf on Pinterest and after shopping I made it.  It turned out just lovely, moist and tasting very much like orange.  I'll put the recipe down below in case anyone wants to try it.

Next time I make it I'd like to add a couple of Tablespoons of marmalade to the basic recipe. Marmalade can only improve it, right?


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Whole Orange Blender Loaf

Ingredients:
- 1 large seedless navel orange, unpeeled and cut into eighths
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan, or line it with parchment paper for easy cake removal.
2. Place the orange pieces into a blender and pulse until they are broken down into a pulpy, smooth consistency.
3. Add melted butter, eggs, and sugar to the blended orange in the blender, and blend again until the mixture is well combined.
4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
5. Pour the orange mixture from the blender into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and stir together just until combined, making sure not to overmix.
6. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully remove it from the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
 
note: in my oven it took 40 minutes



Wednesday 29 May 2024

Puzzles and Peonies

 

 Days go by so quickly it seems.Our weather continues to be cool and wet. Yesterday we walked in heavy rain, today was much better, the rain was so light we didn't bother carrying umbrellas. Now it's getting close to lunchtime and I see the sun has actually come out.

We used to do a lot of puzzles but when it became more difficult  to see we put them aside. While tidying up a closet I found this 500 piece one and we decided to give it a try. I don't think we'll do very many in summer but maybe next winter we will get back into them.  No more 1000 piece ones though.


 

In spite of the rain my one and only peony is blooming. I brought some in to enjoy.


Yesterday we dropped off another 4 or 5 boxes at the thrift store as I continue to declutter my house. I was afraid to go in to the store in case I found some treasures that I couldn't resist.
Nothing much else to blog about.  If the weather improves I'll be in the garden ( in case you drop by).

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