We have some projects on the go and Mr. HB finished installing the railings on the front stairs...a project that he started while I was away in Paris. Besides weeding and deadheading the roses I have been wielding a paintbrush!
He will be painting the porch and treads one day this coming week as it was far too hot to do it today.
He has done a fine job and I am so grateful to be married to such a clever and handy man.
Thank you sweetheart!
I painted the planter on the porch black and bought some flowers to fill it.
They are bright and cheerful.
I made this fresh tomato and mint salad with balsamic cream...
Summertime and salads ~ so tasty and WW Friendly!
I know I have shown you Jude the Obscure in our Humble Bungalow Garden many many times
but for me this rose never gets old...
The Calla Lilies are amazing this year.
We have three big Callas in the front garden and one in the back.
Dusty Miller is in flower and I only grow it because I like to put it into flower arrangements.
The grey/silver foliage is a fabulous filler and looks wonderful with roses!
The Romneya Coulteri
aka the fried egg plant is looking so pretty.
The petals are very paper like and dainty.
It's a stunner.
and it thrives in poor soil...even gravel and sand.
Once you get it established it will be a star performer.
It's been a real scorcher of a weekend and we are all tried to stay cool...
some of us have fur coats which makes it much harder
Mr. HB has been guzzling Gatorade while working outside and I have sipped several bottles of Perrier.
I phoned and checked on Mother
just to make sure that she was keeping hydrated
seniors are at high risk for heat issues
and she walks most afternoons
fortunately she was home with the fans on, sipping a cool beverage and reading a book
she postponed her walk due to the high heat.
I did not go for my walk either as I was in the garden all day.
Lots of weeding and dead heading was done...
and I painted the French vintage metal table and chair black!
Here's a sneak peek of our patio extension with the freshly painted table and chair.
I'm going to get some black pots and fill them with pretty annuals and place them at the edge of the space...
I can see myself sitting here with my book and a cup of tea or a glass of Perrier.
I got stung twice by a hornet...
I don't remember having such a nasty bite and I had an allergic reaction.
My wrist got really red and swollen in no time flat
Mr. HB zipped off to our local pharmacy to buy some antihistamine.
It made me very drowsy...
Our Birthday dinner went ahead as normal...
On the menu:
maple syrup ~ ginger ~ soy glazed salmon
spinach strawberry salad
I over cooked the roasted veggies and spilled half the salad dressing...
I blame it on the effects of the drugs!
We had a lovely evening and the grandchildren were a delight.
It's my favourite thing...getting together as a family.
Hope your week is off to a great start.