Monday, June 9, 2014

Paddling pool playtime...

The weather has been conducive for dining and playing outdoors...
this is not usual as we live so close to Juan de Fuca Strait and the winds blow more often than not.

Clover Point is the perfect kite flying area...
there are few overhead wires to get the kite strings snarled.

Gale force winds are not uncommon even in the height of summer so when a gentle breeze or no wind blows we are delighted to get outside and splash about in the paddling pool play on the slide...

Lounging and sipping a glass of something cool and refreshing...
soaking up the warmth of the sun.

Enjoying an al fresco meal overlooking the Humble Bungalow Garden.

Grammy's got a vintage watering can and Isla has a new pink one.

She has almost outgrown this slide...
hope that Henry will have some fun with this soon.

I scrubbed the pool clean earlier in the day and filled it with tap water that was warmed by the sun and it was like bathwater by the time we were ready to splash...and splash we did!
Grammy was prepared and dressed for the occasion...wearing a casual cotton skirt and top with flip flops.
There were big jumps..."the biggest jumps EVER Grammy."
Swimming and splashing until the pool was shaded by the trees and then it was time to towel off and get changed for dinner.

We served BBQ'd salmon, stuffed eggs, tomatoes with mint, coleslaw, Greek and green salad with buns.
Dessert was angel food cake, strawberries and whipped cream.

The house is quiet now...
The sounds of family ~ chatter and children really contribute to make a home feel full.

Our house guest has arrived and I will be kept busy as I take my Hostess role seriously!
I have some adventures planned and there will be conversations over a glass of wine later in the evening.
See you in a few days...

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."

~ George Santayana ~


  1. Isn't it just the best fun? I can hear the satisfaction as I read your words. We had a baby-filled weekend as well. Wishing your a lovely week with your friend!

  2. I so loved the days of paddling pool, sand toys and sprinklers. I like to visit with my brother when his little grandkids (5 and 3) are there. The day is unexpectedly sunny. Perfect for white wine and salad. Have fun with your friend!

  3. Your summer days with the grandkids sound wonderful...and your PORCH!!! I have some serious porch envy!!

  4. Sounds so wonderful. Your back porch is gorgeous. I'd spend my life out there:).

  5. Lovely days! I get spend them all lounging about in the garden...have fun with your guest.

  6. Your day sounds perfect from beginning to end. Have a wonderful visit with your houseguest! Bonnie

  7. These are lovely days. Water play is always a hit and your garden is such a beautiful spot. How lovely to enjoy time with the little ones and then a lovely dinner later. Let's hope for more of these summery days.

  8. I remember those days with my own children. What a wonderful grandmother you are!

  9. What a delightful post! I love your porch and would love to sit on it!

  10. Love your porch! what a great place to lounge. Sounds like your time with the grands was wonderful. Your pool reminds me of neighbors of ours who had one like that for their three golden retrievers!

  11. Beautiful garden HOSTESS!
    I adore your watering can too!
    Enjoy your guest!

  12. Your yard is lovely, Leslie. Enjoy your time relaxing with friends. You deserve a break from blogging!

  13. Lovely porch...great for entertaining!! Enjoy your house guest. My Dutch Auntie, and cousin and his wife are coming to stay with us for 2 weeks next month. I must get busy and make some meal plans :)

  14. What fun! And it's true, how quickly they outgrow each stage, shockingly, even more quickly than our children did. Our Nola is far beyond the splash pool, and how did that happen. . .

  15. It looks and sounds delightful - the perfect hostess!

  16. That's a lovely quote about family.

  17. Love that quote. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family!