These lovely little days upon us, so joyful and warm.
I am so happy to be able to peek in again.
If you have been by and found that my site would not load...
Well, the same thing happened to me, which is why I have not been by either.
There was a massive attack on Typepad (this blog's service).
So, it's been up and down regarding the site provider's stability.
I hope it's fixed now.
However, if you have been wondering what was up, that was the issue.
I took the forced days away to do all sorts of art, baking and flower arranging.
The days have been incredible in the garden.
Saturday was beyond delicious.
A little cloudy, then soft rain in pure sunshine for a couple of fleeting minutes.
Sun shower bliss.
Big fluffy white clouds, and diffused magical sun light.
The roses are coming in.
As are the strawberries.
Mix up some custard and make a tart.
That's what tugged at my heart.
I use this tart recipe every time, the dough just needs a little extra tablespoon or two of water.
Oh and, I use all butter, no shortening.
So, where it calls for shortening, just use butter if you'd like.
That beautiful afternoon sun light beckons while the oven does its work.
When the sun glimmers just so, you can see all manner of tiny flying creatures flutter about.
Catching sun on their wings.
I love, I mean love, that time of day.
My little brownie by my side.
Normally he is always my shadow.
But never open to photo ops.
I am getting tricky :-)
Collecting petals and setting the table for Easter.
Bringing out my sugar eggs.
I wanted to do another sugar egg post, alas, the internet gremlins didn't allow it.
Here's my tutorial from last year though.
I get so excited about flowers in the garden.
I can hardly stand it.
I am waking up at 5 a.m. these days.
Running out to see what new little buds are happening out there.
Some are so perfect.
I know you are probably sick of me saying this.
But I just find flowers so astounding.
They take my breath away.
Such beyond word treasures from nature.
I know you agree and more than likely, feel the same way?
I can not choose what time of day I love more.
Or diffused light afternoons.
Those afternoons, bliss sigh.
I tiptoe through.
Friends gather in the front garden.
And run in to check on baking things.
Fur babes play in wildflower filled earth.
I give bouquets to my sister, to Mister, to my dining table.
Over and over.
I love this spring.
I saw some photos of autumn, and was reminded of its beauty.
I was taken by the thought, of how, once spring fades and summer moves in...
It gives you just enough heat and play and green to prepare for autumn.
To cause a yearning.
It's like, the season shifts just at right moment.
But for now, we swim in spring.
Lovely beautiful spring.
Spring days, with all their newness and inspiration.
With skips and laughter under rose filled arbors.
With butterflies peeking in.
With cardinals chasing each other through the trees.
With sunflowers thinking about pushing through winter earth, that slowly becomes a memory.
These are the days.
The days we will look upon with fondness years from now.
We shan't miss them.
Or take them for granted.
Or wish for something else.
But instead, take a little time to absorb the right now.
The, this moment.
Yes, yes, this is what we should do.
Wouldn't you say?
I hope you had a lovely Easter.
I made all sorts of edibles.
It was a lovely time.
And now, off I go, to catch that enchanted afternoon light.
As it dances through leaves and trees, right into my front garden.
Don't you love that light?
Off, to hug my two handsome fur sons.
And to oversee Mister Lovee's shenanigans.
The kind where he climbs tall ladders, and ties a rope around his waist.
Whilst wielding around an electric saw through branches and air.
Tree trimming you see.
Why I think I can save him if he falls, I don't know?
But it makes me feel better to keep an eye out.
Also, he is bringing down last year's gourds that went way up high.
Stay tuned for the next post.
I have the most exciting lil' visitor to share.
Who, might even take a trip to live at your pad.
Oooooo, he is so darling!
I can't wait!
(I really want him for myself, alas, he must voyage)
ps: I planted two apple trees, that do well in my region, last week.
I have wanted them for many years, I hope they flourish.
Do you have an apple tree?
I love apples.
Also, thanks for the allergy commiserating.
It only lasted a day, I think something I am not used to blew in with the windy days.
The pomegranate bush is full of blooms.
Something to look forward to for autumn.
pss: Typepad is still working on some issues from the massive attack. If you have issues visiting or leaving a comment, that's why, but hopefully in the next week all issues will be resolved. It was a doozy, eek!