I received this postcard in the mail from friends visiting Bavaria suggesting I might like to make one of these. Oh Black Forest Gateau, how I do enjoy thee! Maybe sometime soon I can make one.......
Sunday lunch last week. It was our last big meal on our own. Michael surprised us by returning home early on Monday evening. The kids and I had a wonderful summer but we are glad to be together as a family again.
I found some more vintage linens at Goodwill by the Pound recently. I love this towel with the teapots on it. Perfect for the tea trolley!
Fresh blueberries have been so cheap at the grocery store this year! I've been baking a lot with them. Blueberry scones with lemon drizzle were perfect for some friends who needed cheering up.
And a gluten free version of Blackberry Cobbler with another friend.
Thursday afternoon I met a friend at Soho Cafe in Carmel. My first time there and I was very impressed with their tea. I chose Mango Black Decaf with ? (I can't remember). It was amazing and didn't even taste like decaf. Nice thing they have free refills!!
One of the biggest joys of the summer is watching the almost constant flow of hummingbirds to my feeder. They also like to sit in my vegetable garden. I love them so much! They are so adorable. This week they let me stand just two feet from the feeder while they fed. The goldfinches also come constantly to my sunflowers which are purposely placed by several windows as well as in the gardens. They are so beautiful and very cheerful.
A pause for a pot of tea on Friday afternoon amidst the mess of organizing and doing life. Enjoyed Prickly Pear Cactus Tea and a bite of dark chocolate.
Here is the vegetable garden, finally weeded. It looks so much bigger and better in person. Although it is tiny and doesn't produce too much, it does bring lots of joy and there are plenty of herbs: lemon balm, basil, oregano, chives, parsley, dill, sage.
And now its time for lots of household chores and cleaning up! A cup of tea and a blueberry muffin may be in order first.