Those first tomatoes we harvested were pretty special because we shared them with our guests, my dear, dear friend Renee, and her family. They arrived on Tuesday, and spent three wonderful days with us, staying in our little cottage in the backyard. We talked, laughed, shared meals around our table, enjoyed watching our children connect, walked in the woods, and soaked up time together. It was a simple visit, there were no plans, no places to visit, we just hung out, and spent quality time together. As I drove them to the train station, my heart was heavy, but also very full. I feel so very blessed to have been able to spend time with Renee and her family, it truly was a dream come true to have them here.
The blueberry farm is beginning to know us by name after two trips for picking. We have plans to head back again next week for what I think will be our final pick. We have twenty pounds of blueberries in the freezer, and my hope is to freeze another ten pounds, and make a batch or two of blueberry jam. And let's not forget how many we have eaten fresh. Blueberries are making an appearance at every meal, and handfuls are grabbed in between for snacks. So delicious!
The nights are cooling off a little, hello August evenings, and we have been enjoying fires every night on the back deck. While Renee and her family were here, we sat late into the night chatting, stargazing, I saw two shooting stars one night, drinking tea, and enjoying the snap and crackle of the logs on the fire. I love a good fire on cool summer evenings, and I plan to enjoy many more in the weeks to come.
Our home, and outdoor living area are still being filled with fresh flowers from the garden every few days, and I for one, never get tried of gathering, arranging, and placing them around our home. They definitely lift the spirit, and bring much joy to my soul.
We are moving into a bit of quiet period in our home for the next few weeks, before a friend and her family arrive for a weekend visit. Reece has swimming lessons next week, every day for thirty minutes, and we have a few gatherings with friends planned, nothing special, just mornings or afternoons together in our backyard with cool drinks and snacks. There will be a few trips to the market, and other than that, you will most likely find me on the back deck or in the hammock, knitting, reading and chilling, in the garden, with my hands in the dirt harvesting, planting, and connecting to the earth or in the kitchen, putting food by. I think that is a pretty good way to spend the next few weeks and I am so looking forward to it.
How are things where you are?