Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday, Looking Back

 Kicking back on Sunday, looking over my shoulder at the week. . . .

Thought I'd share a few images from the garden (a species tulip flashing its prettily-patterned throat; Solomon's Seal thrusting upward through a bed of woodland anemones; the fragrant white clusters of a Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet' transplanted here by my mom, from her garden, years ago) . . 

 And some out-and-about-on-the-island photos as well -- I must admit that with my iPhone, I'm even more snap-happy than I used to be. I love the shot below, though, which captures a few delightful aspects of our island -- woodsmoke inscribing itself against foliage on the upper right; colourful boat hulls; dirt roads traveled by a golf cart . . .
 And this maple canopy, lit up by spring sunshine. . . .
 To think that these can be considered weed trees! (and I'll admit I'm sometimes guilty of that -- they spring up everywhere and once established are very tough to eradicate; they suck water and they create deep pockets of shade in once sunshiney corners of the garden. You can see the stump of one in the Viburnum photo above -- we vigilantly chop back shoots all spring and summer. This is a tree that can be pollarded forever! But oh my, their spring green!)
And while I'm looking back over the week, I see I managed to post some variety:
Babies, babies, babies, yes, but I also posted a recipe for a yummy Cauliflower Soup, and I finally coordinated sound and motion in an Instagram video to offer you a West Coast Sunrise at the Beach, Complete with Birdsong!. I even pulled off a Five Things Friday, recommending a movie and an Instagram account to follow, discovering a new book, and perhaps, just perhaps, commenting once or twice on my impending retirement.

I think that's not bad at all, really, although I'm hoping to be able to make a few improvements to the blog once I've moved into full retirement. Meanwhile, next week I have a What I Wore post summing up some of the last OOTDs of my at-the-lectern days. We'll be in the city some of the time, and I hope to find some urban content as a contrast to #islandlife.

And you? Happy Sunday where you are? I'm wishing you a Glorious Sunday, some Joyful, Restorative Time before moving into the new week's rhythm. Take care.

6 comments:

  1. You had a very productive week, blogwise! Since you asked in the comments, yes, the food was all Turkish, or as near as we could get. The other couples brought appetizers - borek (cheese in filo) and flatbreads with olives and yoghurt dip; starter of stuffed mussels and dessert, pistachio cake. We made 2 salads, a chicken stew, a lamb meatball and potato bake and stuffed aubergines. We also made a cocktail with raki (similar to ouzo). It was all delicous and we had a wonderful time. Today we are taking it easy! Enjoy the rest of the day!

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    1. That sounds like so much fun! And rather ambitious! 4 couples altogether? We had a dinner club going for a couple of years when we lived up north. Much fun.

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  2. Your island is idyllic with its quiet roads and lush growth.
    I made a version of your cauliflower chowder and it was delicious. There's enough leftover for me to take to school tomorrow for my lunch.
    Enjoy the week ahead!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the soup -- curious to know what tweaks you made. I think I could be happy with a batch a week -- I love the leftovers.

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  3. Lovely photos. And as a new iPhone user I too am besotted with its picture capturing properties. Beautiful tulip - is it a lone bloom or is it surrounded by brothers? Or indeed sisters? Have a great week

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    1. Our local Botanical Garden just offered a course in Garden Photography with an iPhone, but it didn't work with my working schedule -- I'm hoping they'll do that again. I'd like to figure out the capabilities as I'm sure I'm under-using.
      The tulip has some siblings but it bloomed a few days ahead of them.

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