the weather is usually sunny and warm and the garden is looking its' best.
I find my days slip away quite quickly at this time of year.
Busy with the garden chores,
keeping up with the domestics, walking, and cooking.
There is a feeling of weariness after a long hot day and so I am content to sit and read or watch some TV.
The roses are at their peak of perfection...
Days are busy spent dead heading the spent blooms to encourage repeat blooming.
Black spotted leaves are removed and discarded.
So important that they do not come in contact with the soil and spread to other roses.
One of the luxuries of growing roses is that you can pick a bouquet for the home or to give to others...
The fragrant arrangements that I share are always well received and appreciated.
Jude the Obscure and William Shakespeare mingle together and make for a frothy marriage of petals and scents.
Our garden helper has moved to Sooke
(which is about a 45 minute drive out of town)
she is not longer able to help me once a month
and I have come to rely on her...
I am in the process of searching for someone to come once a month
help with the heavy work, weeding and generally tidying up.
The hydrangeas are making a big statement this month.
These are by our north patio and there are many more limelight hydrangeas
out front of the Humble Bungalow.
Last weekend our son took us to Sidney Spit in his new speedboat.
We arrived one day after our prime minister Justin Trudeau was there kayaking.
Cuddled up with two of our grandchildren...
we are ready to scoot across the Salish Sea to Sidney Spit.
And we did scoot...40 mph!
Fortunately my hat has a strap under the chin or it would have blown away!
We found a lovely little pool of water near the beach
Our beach umbrella stuck in the sand, beach towels laid out and the cooler at the ready.
Beach combing, wading, a few games of Frisbee and horse shoes followed before we tucked into our picnic lunch.
Isla and I are chatting and taking in all the scenery while waiting on the bench. Henry, Grampa and our son will bring the car and trailer back to the boat launch.
The bungalow is super dusty right now as we have a stone mason on site.
Our chimney was in dire need of some repair and he is installing a new liner to make it safe for us to light fires in the fireplace.
He is almost finished...
while I have had to stay home more
I have been busy
washing the slipcovers and sorting through our linen drawers
rearranging some bits and bobs
gathering up a bunch of things to take to the charity shop.
Oh and I started a new book!
When I was donating at the thrift shop I took a few moments to cruise through the aisles...
I found something that I could not pass up.
a silver tray
love the intricate details
I must close for now and get dinner started...
thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow.
How is your summer going?
Have you found any treasures at the shops?
What are you reading?