Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pssss...over here!

First of all, I am so glad to say I found my camera. I had accidently packed it away in my suitcase and didn't come across it until I pulled it out to pack up again. Soooo glad to have it back!

I knocked off two pairs of socks since the camera went A-wall.

Regia Jazz colourway knit on bamboo 2.5 mm Dpns for my niece Melissa. I really hope she gets a job in Ottawa and these will be her welcome back socks. If not, I will mail them to wherever she goes. These are a bit long on my feet but I am modelling them here with the help of Romeo the Pup. He was using that patch of sun I guess.

With bags packed, I went to stay with my best friend Tracey for the weekend. I finished my second pair of sockies while I was waited on hand and foot. She is such an excellent host! This pair is Socks that Rock Medium weight merino knit on 2.5 mm bamboo Dpns. They are a wee bit baggy around the ankles but Oh-So-Comfy and purrrdy, I do not complain.

I got home Sunday afternoon to find my garden had busted a move and produced the first cuke, zuccinis, squash, ground cherries and snap beans. I have cooked with our onions this week too.

I planted giant sunflowers for atmosphere and surprise, surprise, there was a patty pan squash seed that was used instead...

I was wondering how my sunflower was managing to look like a zuccini there for a minute until I spotted the pretty little yellow disk under the leaves. I really want to try these!! I am sad I didn't remember I have these seeds and plant more. But it is a pleasant surprise.

I have had a good snack of three coloured beans. Yellow, green and purple.

Another first for my wee garden are ground cherries. I tasted these for the first time last August on vacation and decided to grow some this year. My first ripe parcels arrived Sunday and they were delicious (we found 2).

I have started a Drops winter cotton yarn cardigan in a soft shade a blue. The pattern is from Vogue Knitting...I am on vacation and hope to get alot of things done. Our Pup is doing very well. He asks for the door!! I found a Québec dog food that he likes and it has given his coat a luster. He roams the house all day without too much fuss. He still likes to eat lego and kleenex but has been mostly playing with his own toys. I am very pleased.

The shop vacation hours are working out very well. I have been busy on the Tuesdays I spend at the shop. I am glad so many knitters need my services despite the heat. I get tourists and locals and lots of new comers are still finding the place. Things are very well. The fresh baked fall yarns are heading to Main Street at the end of August, I am sooo excited!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fun day just for me

Upon my birthday earlier this month, I asked Chloé to take photos of the Bbq we had in the garden. My instructions were 'take lots of pictures of the whole party for the blog'. Too bad some were blurry and not all the guests were captured except her Mum, the dessert and the dogs...hmm. I finally got around to uploading these. I had to sift through numerous pet photos to find these on that camera...

The unofficial theme of my party was Julie/Julia Project. I loved that movie and desperately wanted my own copy of it. I think my people got the drift and hints... Ivy gifted me that DVD starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep and my Sister Donna gave me the book My Life In France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme. Just in time because I was without a new book for about a week.

Growing up with a birthday in early July in the country always meant strawberries and cream. So again this year, I bought fresh berries from the farmer's market early that Saturday morning before work to make it official.
Chloé and 'Peet' aka Romeo our new pup

At the party, our new pup met Poonie for the first time. It went well. I think Poonie thought he was a bit much.

I wasn't expecting the pup to be petrified of our tiny guests, Harley and Liliana. He had to be put to bed early for anti-social behavior.
 Chloé did all the decorating of the Gazibo while I was at the shop. She filled recycled jars with wild flowers and garden varieties.

I am wearing the necklace
Tracey gave me in this picturexx
Our meal was sun-dried tomato marinated chicken and porc kebobs. Corn on the cob. Salads. And for dessert chocolat cake and cream puffs. All homemade. We had frozen margueritas for cocktail hour.
my cake decorated with stella oro lilies; the kids loved eating real flowers on the cake!

gluten-free pastry on the left for my Sister;
regular pastry on the right for the cream puffs

Poonie came for my birthday xx

while grilling the meat, here you catch a glimpse
of the bracelet Tracey gave me, it's orange beads and I love it!
I don't like cake but I made one so the kids would sing. Harley tried her best at blowing out all the candles. Good thing I didn't have 39 of them. I had to help her put them out.

We spent the evening looking at knitting magazines.

Thank you Ritchie and Megan for the bottle of Merlot and Len for the comfy deck chair. A special thank you to Tracey for driving all that way to give me orange jewelry and a hug.

Aline xxx