Hello and Good Morning!
How was your weekend? Mine was filled with all kinds of lovely things. First of all, Dee and I met up on Saturday morning for our knitting/chatting/sipping time together. That is always a nice time and this week it was too, other than the obnoxious woman talking on her phone - speaker phone - sitting right behind me. Luckily she and her friends left after a little bit.
The rest of my weekend was spent wandering around looking at stuff in the yard, doing some laundry and cooking some. In no particular order, here is what I saw. First up the regal one:
Such a sweetheart. You can see how our yard is beginning to turn brown. Everything is SO DRY. Fletch said that's what he could smell the other day - dryness. We are getting a little rain today...hopefully a bit more than a little.
We have an Elderberry bush and the berries are beginning to turn a deep purple.
Fortunately, I am not interested in making Elderberry Syrup or Wine...or dying anything because the deer have been munching on the berries quite a bit (and all of our Winter Berries have been digested by those critters). Elderberries in this state are not a good thing to eat. They are not really poisonous, but they will make you pretty uncomfortable if you eat them raw. But what a PITA it would be to get all those berries off the stems. So, I say let the deer have a feast!
You can tell summer is winding down because the Goldenrod is blooming. It is very pretty this year.
When I was a kid goldenrod and marigolds were the worst things for me. I had very bad hay fever as a kid and those two plants were the main culprits. Now they don't seem to bother me, thank goodness (because we have a lot of it!).
There are a few flowers the deer have left alone (most likely because they are too close to the patio and house).
The deer also have not bothered the snap dragons and I picked some for a vase yesterday morning.
And a shot of the entire buffet:
(Do you see that I'm hanging on to the dried Protea bloom? I even like it all brown and dry!)
As mentioned, I did a little cooking. Yesterday morning I made a Blueberry Gateau. Yum!
Delicious with a dollop of whipped cream!
And I made a new salad - a vegan recipe I came across recently (can't remember where) for a Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad.
We had that last night with fish (baked cod for moi and fried blue fish [yuck] for Fletch). The salad was fabulous and I definitely will be making it again.
And that rounds out my weekend. I'm heading to the office this morning to do a few things, but hopefully will be home in time to do my workout before lunch. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!