Monday, July 15, 2019

July in the Humble Bungalow Garden

We have returned from the cruise to Alaska.
  I took oodles of pictures and if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen some of them.
I am catching up on the laundry and will try to put together a blog post of the highlights from our trip.

In the meantime...
Welcome to
The Humble Bungalow Garden 

The Humble Bungalow Garden
is a spot where we find respite from the busyness of life.

When I was working 
I de-stressed
pottering about in the garden.

The magic happens outside in Nature
when one is toiling in the soil troubles seem to evaporate
you can easily lose yourself
 dreaming about future plantings
 fresh air and exercise are both healthy benefits working outdoors 

Our Humble Bungalow Garden
 is an ever changing landscape of hopes and dreams.

You can see the holes munched by the hungry cutworms on this Claire Austin climber.

Some plants thrive and others fail...
I have tried growing delphiniums and hollyhocks but they never survive.

Roses are the stars here in our heavy clay soil.

Romneya Coulteri 
a stunner of a plant
it prefers gravelly soil
so we planted it out front in our driveway.

This plant came from a specialty nursery up island that is no longer in business.
It took 3 years on the waiting list to get a small plant.
Once established it seems to get bigger and better with each passing summer.

The side patio is a lush green oasis
 which features frothy chartreuse Lady's Mantle
Hostas and several limey Annabelle Hydrangeas.

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of the garden snapshots.

Until next time...
thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Weekend snippets...

I meant to post this earlier in the week but I have been preoccupied with other things...

Last weekend we had oodles of fun.
The highlights featured a garden wedding, lunch out with friends, pottering about in the garden tending to the roses, some leisure reading, and we went to see a matinee ~ Yesterday by Richard Curtis.

 It is a delightful story with the music of The Beatles playing throughout the film
Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate MacKinnin, James Corden.

We thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

a bucket full of roses from our garden for the wedding

Definitely deer food
half a hosta munched

Pink carpet of rose petals...

The wedding was set in the glorious garden of our dear friends.
You can see the Salish Sea just beyond the wedding arbour.
This arbour has been used several times for weddings.
It was reinforced with rope and new driftwood logs for this weekends' nuptials.

Beautiful bee balm co-mingling with yellow roses.

A gorgeous Monarda bloom
(aka Bee Balm)

A Family Affair...
Salmon caught by one of the cousins, 
smoked by the groom and served by my BFF

The theme for the wedding was birds as the couple are "birders"

The groom made these stunning bird sculptures.

I'd like to commission him to make us some too!

I wore a polka dot dress by a Vancouver company called Gilmour.

Flip Flops with some sparkle by Amanda Bleu.

My current read Windfallen by the exceptional author JoJo Moyes.
Marigold The Mouse is making an appearance on the blog.
She's been hiding snug in her mouse hole
as the ongoing noise from the construction has made her a wee bit jumpy.

The bedroom is getting a much needed makeover...
it is unbelievable that it has taken us so many years to have this done.

I am looking forward to purchasing new sheets and a dust ruffle.
Pillows are on my wish list too.

I must close for now and attend to some of the domestic chores that are waiting.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

Feel free to leave a comment
 tell us what you have been doing this week
what you are reading.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The omelette that reminds me of Paris....

In 2015,
I travelled to Paris as a gift to myself in the year that I turned 60...
(with the encouragement and support of my beloved husband!)
For many decades I had a dream about visiting Paris and I had always had other commitments...bills, a mortgage and a job.

I retired and started to save in earnest...
I decluttered my closet and cashed in at the consignment shop.
Sold some knick knacks and saved my pennies.

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride!

It dream came true!

The sights and sounds were more than I could ever have imagined...
the cobble stoned streets, the shops, the churches, the cafes, the galleries, the fashions...the food!

It really took my breath away...
I felt more "in the moment" and alive than I could ever have imagined.

I smiled all the time!!
I fell under the spell of Paris, and wandered through the streets for hours and hours with an intense energy that I never knew that I was BLISS!

Recreating and resurrecting feelings and the memories that I enjoyed when I was in Paris are easily captured in the flavour department.

Wine, teas, fragrances and food.

a simple omelette and salad 
savoured in a street side cafe, a famous Paris museum or here at the cottage

so simple

Follow along with me:

heat a non stick pan with a dollop of butter on medium heat
let it gently melt
 whisk a few eggs in a bowl
when the butter is melted 
gently add the eggs
turn and swirl them in the pan
when they start to firm up a bit
top with some grated cheese
let the cheese sink in and meld
add a tablespoon of capers 
(salt and pepper to taste)

swirl a wee bit more and gently 
using a wide spatula loosen the edges
when you have the edges loose
roll one side of the omelette over 
and make a neat little bundle

add a fresh salad 
(a glass of wine!)


Ah! Paris

Sweep me away...
in my dreams!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Cruise ship shopping...

The cruise to Alaska is approaching so fast and I have not even written out my packing list! I must get busy and do something about that or I will forget something important.

I did find some time for a quick trip to the shops to find a knit top that would look nice over my dresses and would be an extra layer over my Eileen Fisher tank tops and black pants.

When I spied this Nanette Lapore knit I knew immediately that it filled the required style idea that I had in my head.

I also found a simple linen Tahari Tee top which I will pair with my linen capris.
It will go well with jeans, my black knit skirt, and all my pants.

I plan to wear my pearls on the cruise ship as they go with everything...
"keep it simple"
 is my motto for a minimal travel wardrobe.

This is our first time on a cruise ship...
Do any of you have any advice on what I should pack?

                    Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, June 23, 2019

An amazing product that I never knew about!!

Am I the last person to hear about the award winning product by Weleda called Skin Food?

There has been a lot written about the formula in this green tube.

Here's what the Weleda site says about Skin Food.

No animal testing
Paraben and phthalate free
No synthetic preservatives or fragrances

Apparently it's a "cult favourite!"

Perhaps not being in a cult might explain why I haven't heard of it before!

I've just 
slathered my hands with this lotion and WOW!

I had to share this with you 
just in case I was not the only person who had not tried this cream.
(you'll thank me)

The clerk in the Pharmacy sold me her last tube...
she says they can hardly keep it in stock!

You can use this all over your skin, even in your hair!
It is good for ragged cuticles and if it helps with this issue,
 I'll be ever so grateful!

Gardening and homekeeping chores are hard on my hands.

So next time you need a hard working product you might consider trying this one.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog!

Let me know what you think about the Skin Food if you try some...
or you may already be using it!!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~