Friday, October 15, 2021

Fall Focus ~ Wool sweater, eye make-up, flowers and comfort food.

~ Autumnal shades ~

Glorious dahlias are boldly blooming here in The Humble Bungalow Garden.

I've cleaned and culled my make up bag and disposed of old mascara.
The last mascara I purchased was a real disappointment...
it was far too dark and really gloopy.

So I ventured to a local pharmacy 
where a long time clerk in the make-up section steered me in the right direction.

Benefit and Lancome

Brows and lashes

"Precisely My Brow" in "warm light brown" shade.
A soft smooth pencil to fill in the gaps and a wee brow brush for blending.
Waterproof, smudge proof for 12 hours.


360 micro bristle wand
feather light gel formula that provides:

Lash lifting mascara
140% eye opening effect
95% instant lift
94% intense volume
90% clump free lashes

Rachel Zoe wool sweater
comfy and cozy
sure to be a chill chaser
can be layered under my puffy vest.

Will wear this with my Eileen Fisher black pants or jeans.
If I had a great skirt I would pair it with that too...
HMMM...perhaps a skirt is next on my shopping list?

Will also match my grey cashmere socks.

Easy beans
a comforting meal on a chilly fall evening.

Slow Cooker Beans

6 slices of pork belly cubed
1 cup diced onion
1 cloves minced garlic
1 can pinto beans
1 can great Northern beans, drained
1 can baked beans
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
3/4 c ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
1/2 Tsp. ground pepper

Put all the ingredients into a slow cooker.
Sir to mix and cook for 4 hours.

(Omit the pork belly if you want a vegetarian bean dish)

Serve with soft buns or toast.

Very tasty and so quick to assemble and the slow cooker does the work!


Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, October 4, 2021


Mr. HB has retired from his role as a senior partner in Continuum Architects...
His career spanned 43 years at the longest running Victoria architectural firm.
He is looking forward to new hobbies, longer walks and more book time.

We spent the first week at Quarterdeck Cottage on Pender Island.
Friends joined us for the weekend and we rented another cottage...
we enjoyed their company immensely.
So great to be able to see long time friends, 
one couple we had not seen in over 2 years due to Covid.

The weather was lovely so we were able to sit out on the deck.

We went for walks, played crib, read our books and reminisced...
lots of laughter filled the cottage as we went down memory lane.

It was quiet after they left.
We went for walks and read our books.
Rain fell and the fog rolled in...
Fall is here !

We indulged in a "naughty Coffee" and it was delicious!
The Marina store is getting ready to close for the season.
They told us they plan to open earlier next year and serve more food options
and introduce music performances.

We're home now and busy putting the garden to bed for the season.
We gave away plants to friends who are establishing a new shady bed in their garden.

We have a few more plants to give away and other friends are happy to take them.

Mr. HB is outside right now tidying up the beds by the patio.
I have laundry in the wash and am going to make us lunch when I finish this post.

Fall feels like a transition in so many ways...
I took some summer clothes downstairs to the guest room closet.
Then I brought up some winter garments.
My basic wardrobe continues to serve me well and despite being small it works.

There are a few pieces that I am considering buying but not that many.
A new cashmere sweater is on the radar as well as some pretty new lingerie.

Cashmere socks are so cozy...

BTW this author, William Trevor, writes very intense stories!
I wasn't sure what would happen in this thriller and was on the edge of my seat as I read on...

I picked a beautiful bouquet of roses.
These are frilly frothy and fragrant...
Graham Thomas a stalwart David Austin Rose.

It grows out back in The Humble Bungalow Garden near my potting table.
The hydrangeas are drying, 
hostas are fading
but thankfully 
the roses continue to bloom.

Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
I appreciate your comments and readership.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Friday, September 17, 2021

A few things ~ French style.

A whisper soft scarf to wear that adds a wee bit of french style.
I have paired it with an Eileen Fisher top
Lands' End cashmere cardigan
Royalty jeans.

Silk square scarf by Pertrusse with exquisite hand rolled edges 
"Cha Cha Cha"

Scarves are such an easy way to amp up a simple outfit.
I own maybe a dozen silk scarves...
Pertrusse, Hermes, Ralph Lauren

My first Hermes scarf was a souvenir from San Francisco.
The second and third were from the Hermes shop in Vancouver.
The others were purchased in Paris.

A friend Ali who lives on Salt Spring Island gave me a Le Fermiere pot
she brought some home from her trip to France.

I brought several more home from my last trip to Provence and the SW of France.
The French yogurt is so rich and creamy that we indulged with a pot each morning for breakfast with fruit before going out to explore the villages.

These sweet peas are the last for the season...
it was an amazing season for these scented gems.

A bountiful harvest of apples await to be picked in The Humble Bungalow Garden.

One of our favourite apple recipes is from Ina Garten
French Apple Tarte.

Serve it warm with ice cream.

A gift arrived in the post...
fresh grown and dried lavender sachets!

I love the detailed embroidery...
thank you Lorrie.

Do you follow Vivi et Margot on Instagram?
Charlotte Reiss has a shop Vivi et Margot that sells all things French...
baskets, linens, aprons, copper pots, candles, soaps etc.

I purchased this kitchen candle.
 It will be lit on the cool days of Fall and Winter when I am cooking in the kitchen.

Today it is raining and I am in the kitchen making a tomato and potato bisque.

Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

Hope that you are staying safe.

 ~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Friday, September 10, 2021

Roses and reading...


Golden Celebration 
a beautiful yellow David Austin Rose

This rose has black spot on the leaves 
besides dead heading the roses 
I hand pick the leaves that have black spots on them.

Jude the Obscure Rose
what a stunner!
 Now showing off with a second full flush of blooms 

The fragrance is unbelievable...
a hint of citrus and a deep scent.

Loved this book!
The story is perfect for those of us who love to look at gardens,
work in gardens, plan and dream about gardens.
Set in three different eras all revolving around the British country home and garden.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile 
will know that I absolutely adore Louise Penny's mystery series set in Three Pines Quebec.

I read this one in 3 days...
could not put it down!

Louise is such a gifted and brilliant author.

I understand that there is a series being produced by a UK film studio that will feature her mysteries. It will be streaming on Amazon this coming fall and winter.
I look forward to watching the series with a friend who has Amazon.

Romneya Coulteri
a member of the Poppy Family.

Grows in gravel and looks like a fried egg...
I love the delicate crinkled petals.

Our weekend is going to be super busy...
lots going on here in The Humble Bungalow and Garden.

Hope that you are keeping safe.
The 4th wave of Covid is now infecting the unvaccinated.
We obtained our Vaccination Passports and will be required to show these at restaurants and all venues.

The only exceptions are essential services like grocery shops, medical clinics and such...
Take care and thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, August 30, 2021

Quarterdeck Cottage ~ an oasis of peace.

We are at Quarterdeck Cottage this week...
we arrived with a bucket of fresh cut flowers from The Humble Bungalow Garden.

I couldn't resist bringing some of our roses.
Jude the Obscure, Julia Child and The McCartney rose fill the vase. 

Sunshine and the expansive views of the Salish Sea are such a tonic.

We went for a drive and walked along two different beaches 
beachcombing...collecting feathers and pieces of sea glass.

An artist has been busy creating some interesting carvings...

Driftwood structures are popular with many at the beach.

Our cottage time is so peaceful.

We sat out on the deck last night and gazed up at the stars... 
watched the brightly lit ferries as they passed by the cottage.

Feeling immense contentment here at the cottage.

Nature continues to amaze...

it renews our energies
inspires us
refreshes and invigorates.

The sound of the waves as they hit the rocky shore

the various bird songs
my favourite of which is the song of the purple martins

the breeze as it swishes the branches of the trees

all things that I have come to love and appreciate.

I've got a post to share with you soon...
we were fortunate to be able to host a dinner on the deck here with a fashion blogger and her husband and her lovely daughter.

We didn't take pictures of us all but I can share the menu.
If you want to get a sneak peak check out my Instagram post.

In closing, here's a picture of the other flowers that we brought to the cottage.

Sweet Peas
this summer we have enjoyed a bumper crop of these fragrant beauties.
The more we picked the blooms the faster they grew.
I cannot remember a summer when we had so many sweet peas.
They are cheap and cheerful and so worth the effort of growing them.

Hope that you are doing well and staying safe.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Holidaze...The Humble Bungalow Garden Roses


Jude the Obscure Rose

Buttery yellow Julia Child Rose

Golden Celebration

Jude the Obscure up close

Jude the Obscure Rose is full of blooms.

We took our son and the grandchildren up island to Nanoose Bay for a getaway.
It is located 2 hours (driving) north from Victoria.
We stayed at Pacific Shores, which is s time share on Craig Bay,
 just south of Parksville.

Early morning views from the patio on Craig Bay up island.
We sat outside most mornings with our coffee and soaked in the pristine scenery.

We watched paddle boarders as they moved about the bay...
motor and sailboats, 
swimmers and waders all playing in the sunshine.

Many families stayed at the resort so there were lots of kids.
 Our grandchildren enjoyed meeting and playing with some summer "friends."

Large rocks and sandstone 
warmed by the sun.

A few treasures from my beach walk.

We kayaked in the bay, swam in the pools, walked along the beach, played Monopoly, cards, read our books, went to mini golf and rode in bumper boats.
Lots of laughter and fun were had by all.

Summer is winding down...
today we have refreshing and much needed rain.

Reading Santa Montefiore's new book...
Here and Now
about a woman and her family 
as they navigate a journey involving memory loss.

I have read all her books and enjoy her style of writing very much.

How is your summer going?
Have you been away or are you enjoying a staycation in your own town?

We don't plan to travel very far in the near future.
The rates of transmission of the Covid Delta variant are rather staggering.

The Canadian borders are open to the vaccinated visitors.

Vaccinations continue to be offered and I hope that the children will be able to get their shots as school will be starting in early September.

Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
Stay Safe.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Flower Power ~ a cheerful and bright pop of colour and a new murder series to read.

Abraham Darby
David Austin Rose

Fragrant frilly and frothy petalled rose in The Humble Bungalow Garden.

How is your summer going?
Ours has been a hot one with no rain.

We are staying hydrated by drinking lots of homemade lemonade 
reading in the shade of the front porch in the afternoon.

Trying to get our garden chores done early in the morning 
while keeping up with the watering.

Blooming Artichokes
seen on my walk.

These bloom every summer 
they always catch my eye when I walk down the street.

Buttery yellow Roses in the front yard.

Jude the Obscure
another David Austin Rose
citrus fragrance
deep cupped blooms
that are 
repeat blooming.

The sweet peas are growing vigorously this summer.
I cut them each day and the next time I go out there are more flowers!
It must be because of the heat and constant sunshine that we are experiencing.

Angel's Fishing Wand
aka Dierama

We have two clumps of this planted in our front garden.
The hummingbirds like them!

Jude the Obscure 
I almost swoon when I see these blooms.

The limelight hydrangeas are brightening up The Humble Bungalow Garden.
Their chartreuse shade GLOWS!

Verbena Bonariensis
I finally found this in a local nursery after hunting for it for well over a year!
It felt like winning the plant lottery...
I must have been in the right place at the right time.

I discovered a new mystery series by Canadian writer Steven Burrows.
"The Birder Murder Series"
which is set in the UK.

A memorable group of characters and a murder with birds featured in the story.
Steven Burrows is an experienced "birder" and has written for many birding magazines.

This book is the second one in the series...
A Siege of Bitterns is the first book.
I am planning to read it as soon as I finish this one.

Good News...
There are 4 more books
something to look forward to!

Hope that you are keeping well.
Our Covid cases have spiked again...
The delta variant seems to be spreading quickly.

We have had both our vaccinations but are not taking any chances.
Masks indoors and avoiding close contacts.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~