squirrelina

Sorry for being astray for awhile. We’ve had another far-away visit. Johan’s brother and his partner have been staying and a lot of the time has been spent roaming around out of doors, on picnics, shopping tours, bbqs and meeting wildlife such as the above quite worryingly tame squirrel.

ducksanddrakes

One of the leasurely activities we got the time to enjoy was playing ducks and drakes (skimming/skipping stones). It must be the greatest sport in the world, where half of the fun obviously is searching for the perfect stone! I adopted such a peculiar style I now go by my ducks-and-drakes-name when playing; mesdames et mesieurs, meet The Beach Angler!

picnic

Later we had a picnic in the park with flat bread from our local Turkish corner shop supreme (I do not know how we managed before it was there) artichoke & olive oil purée, couscous salad with tarragon and crisps and more…

twincherry

including conjoined twin cherries…

carrotcuppie

and carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and little crystallised rose petal toppings.

pineconebeachball

The boys played beach ball whilst us girls dosed off on the blanket.

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All in all a very refreshing day out.

Good Bye and see you soon again; have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

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yoghurt

This was my breakfast a couple of days back when we had an amazinly summery day.

sandwich

Later we went down to the allotments accompanied by a picnic:

ciabatta including ciabatta sandwiches

litchisand litchis

leek

This gentle giant was to become the last of the leeks for the season; except for the ones we’ll leave to flower because I think they’re just so absurdly nice in bloom and we’ll get to look forward to the extra treat of lovely baby leek clusters next winter/spring. I don’t know why not more growers practise this little “perennialising” trick, but I guess I might have other priorities since I’m a bit spoilt for space.

seedtassel

When we went home the ground was covered with these “seed tassels” looking (in my mind) very much like the hand of an eight fingered giant.

whitepath

They had coloured the whole path was white.

I’m sorry for being so quiet recently. Don’t really know why. Will be back with more soon! xo Bella