Weekend Living

Before heading outdoors this morning I perused through a few photos for inspiration from gardens visited in the past. My eye stopped in Marrakech to view the landscaped areas of Jardin Majorelle the estate of Yves Saint Laurent.  I am always intrigued by native varieties of plants within a region. The blue and green tiled patio in this photo had a pink trumpet vine {Podranea riscasdiana} cascading down into the square to create a refreshing contrast with the hot arid climate. There were also an abundance of Barbary figs and prickly pears {Oputiaspp} planted towards the exit of the museum, which are native to Mexico but commonly found in Morocco.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than rising early on a beautiful weekend morning to walk around the garden, armed with a cup of strong coffee and my camera. Photographing the day to day changes is an exciting way of recording a season, which is also a useful tool in planning for the next year. I can also never resist cutting a few colorful blossoms to place in vases or picking fresh herbs to enhance the flavors of lunch or dinner.

After a busy day of trimming trees, planting peonies, clearing debris from the yard, there is nothing like ending a busy Saturday with an old fashioned barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs. As, I am not a beer drinker, there is nothing like a Cabernet sauvignon to sip as the sun goes down.

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe,

Living Simply

Lately, I’ve taken to indulging in daydreams, cherishing fantasies of happier, healthier times for all!!!

I cannot express how much I miss my friends, don’t get me wrong…. I love my family and spending quality time with them. But, I do miss chatting face to face with the girls in order to get the local scoop; lunching for hours enjoying one another’s company, while laughing so hard we are crying, or popping into a museum or gallery to see current exhibitions …. and lastly, what I truly miss is booking a flight to a distant land to spend time with friends and family.

Current issues and challenges have stayed with us a bit longer than intended, many states are entering Phase I of reopening this week to bring some semblance of normalcy back to our communities. While the majority of us are continuing to work from home; I find it imperative to set a few minutes aside each day to indulge in a spot of “gracious living” to reduce stress.

Photographing flowers {irises and peonies} from the gardens at Heath after an unusually chilly winter. I have not experienced such cold before, and have not spent time in the garden due to high winds. But, taking pictures of blooms as they appear is wonderful way to celebrate spring.

Can you believe this simply delicious snack is comprised of avocado, watermelon radishes, and rusk toast. There is an international market I frequent and they now have this heirloom variety of a daikon called “watermelon radishes”. They taste mellower than red radishes and served with a bit of salt are wonderful to nibble on busy days.

Stay safe,