I love having a stack of books ready and waiting for summer holidays.
Reading has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember...
The summer of 1960 we moved to Oak Bay and the first friend I met was Diane.
Her family lived up the block from us and we hit it off right from the start...
they resided in a charming heritage home tucked away, it was actually hidden from the street, surrounded by a lovely large garden.
We spent many lazy sunny afternoons playing in her garden that first summer.
I learned how to read at Monterey School using the Dick and Jane readers and became interested in other books. The Anne of Green Gables series, Trixie Beldon, The Famous Five series, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Box Car Children were among my favourites...
After playing outdoors all morning,
we would retire to read in her cozy bedroom nestled under the eaves.
We started reading novels voraciously...attending a library club one summer at the Public Library. Our mother's permitted us to take the bus downtown...Victoria was a small town and much safer in those days. We read so many books that summer and collected a stamp for each book we read...the program was called "Circus McGircus."
In our preteen years, we started listening to music and developed crushes on the Beatles. We owned a TV and her family did not, so she came to our house to watch The Beatles on Ed Sullivan...a lot of screaming ensued, and my parents were not amused!
We would peruse the Beatle fan magazines that her English aunt would send in the post...I had a huge crush on Paul McCartney, and if my memory serves, I think she liked John Lennon.
We even wrote fan mail to Paul and John at The Beatles Fan Club!
As we grew older our taste in reading changed and Diane and I went our different ways...she now lives back east and I stayed in town,
we are now "FaceBook friends."
The love of reading was fostered early in our lives and continues to be strong.
Fostering the love of reading is important and one needs to start early....
reading regularly to babies and children is the best way I know of to get them into the habit...and there are so many great kids books available!
Lands' End had a 50 % off sale on one item on the 4th of July.
I jumped at the chance and ordered some linen bedding
linen sheets have been on my list for several years.
Bunny is test driving them...
These are the flax colour and soon I plan to buy a linen duvet cover.
Love love love this bouquet!
Thorn and Thistle put this beautiful bouquet together for our darling daughter's elopement photo shoot.
NYDJ skinny jeans
London Fog polka dot trench coat
I arranged to meet a friend for lunch this week.
We met at a popular Victoria institution...
Pagliacci's on Broad Street.
You need to be there early or wait in line until a table is available.
They are well known for their pasta and focaccia bread.
After lunch we perused Russell Books
then parted ways
as I was totally immersed in searching the shelves for more books!
The newlyweds will be home soon...
looking forward to seeing all the pictures taken by Kim Kaylyn Photography.
What books are you reading this summer?
Any titles worth sharing?
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~