Thursday, May 8, 2014

Garden Retreat

 I'll be in one of those long meetings most of the day, the kind I hate calling a "retreat," because if I were really retreating, I'd be in my garden.
 But let's pretend, 'kay? I'm in my garden, and if you join me there, I'll offer you a glass of wine or a cup of tea and we'll sit and chat and soak up some sunshine. . .
 After the day's long meeting, Pater and I have a French lesson, trying to limber up our tongues for next month's travels. . .
 I expect to be completely exhausted by the time I get home at the end of the day, but these blooms are sure to refresh. . .
 And I'll look ahead to the weekend -- the daughter with the growing belly has invited us to join her and our son-in-love on a Mother's Day hike. In deference to said belly (scheduled to deflate sometime in August), she promises the hike will be a gentle one. This recent marathoner is grateful.
 Also coming up on the weekend, last opera of the season, Don Carlo, a new opera to us.
 Lovely doings, in other words, over in Vancouver. . . .
 but my garden will be waiting for me to come back and sit
 and smell the lilacs. . . .

26 comments:

  1. What lovely garden scenes- so serene! I love them all, especially the tulips.
    Hope your meeting goes by quickly- I remember those meeting days.

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    1. Thanks, Megs -- I might love the little tulips best . . . although the fragrance of the lilacs makes them contenders as well . . .

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  2. OMG - this is SO gorgeous. Retreat indeed! And I too loathe it when work refers to retreats which are really time-wasting, check-mark events.

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    1. Luckily, this one ended up being pretty productive, but I wish we wouldn't appropriate this word . . . I miss its more spiritual connotations. . . but that's probably my Catholic schoolgirl idealism poking through . . ;-)

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  3. These views of your garden show so much more depth than we often can see....I like how you have arranged the plantings and how the colours work together.

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    1. It's definitely a cottage-y garden, not nearly as polished as your own. Thanks for noticing, with your gardener's eye, the arrangements -- as you know, there's a mix of serendipity and planning involved. I'm pretty happy with some of these wee vignettes.

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  4. Your garden looks so beautiful! And I agree - the colours go together so well. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Oh, and by the way, CONGRATULATIONS on your run! sorry, I'm late.

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    1. Thanks, Eleonore -- hope yours is a great weekend as well!

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  5. I'll have a glass of white while the sun shines; and a bold red for the evening please. Lovely garden!

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    1. Poured! Now put your feet up and enjoy . . .;-)

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  6. Love those bright blooms against the larger backdrop of your garden. As Leslie said, your photos have a lot of depth. Your garden is beautiful on the screen and in real life.

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    1. Thanks, Lorrie. It's much more lively than when you visited, although I do appreciate it in the fall as well.

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  7. What a gorgeous garden ...

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  8. Your garden is gorgeous!! Congratulations on your marathon. Sounds like a fun weekend in Vancouver, but retreating to that garden will be sweet.

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    1. Yes, and it's supposed to be sunny next week, so next Monday afternoon, I have a rendez-vous in the jardin with a glass of chilled rosé and a very good book. . .

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  9. Your garden is beautiful. Blue skies and flowers are the perfect retreat!

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    1. and I wonder where you're retreating to today, in your travels. . .

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  10. Your garden photos are always such a delight. I'd LOVE to join you there for a glass of wine and what I'm sure would be some wonderful conversation.

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  11. Congrats on the marathon! I would love to be sitting in your garden knitting or reading - sounds delightful. Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with much relaxing.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! Hope yours was great as well -- and yes, much relaxing would be lovely.

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