|Morning coffee in a favourite mug bought in Monaco, mug cosy removed for the photo; smoothie in my also favourite Angela Walters 'Quilting is my Therapy' cup|
Pretty idyllic, I'd say. It's going to be another hot and humid day. I don't mind a bit. This morning, like most others, it's already 24C at 9 am, and the humidity is such that the air feels soft. Crickets and katydids are singing, and soon the cicadas will join in the chorus. I love the symphony they create.
So much to be grateful for, and also for my five senses that enable me to appreciate all this beauty right in my own backyard. Bella would like to note that her favourite summer place is also this deck, as well as her cat grass you see on the table here.
So LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color has started giving those of us who write these gratitude, or 'I Like/Love' posts, a prompt that we can choose to answer or not. This week it's a place you like to go in summer. Well, you're looking at it right there. From one end of Canada to the other, Alberta and Ontario, the two provinces in which I've lived, my backyard deck is the place I love to be in summer. As a kid, it was our patio, and perhaps that's where the love of and appreciation for, one's peaceful back garden has come from. I've been known to sew many a time on my deck, and of course, reading outside is just the best. Eating meals outside is another love, and definitely afternoon tea and morning coffee outside!
Last week the prompt was favourite summer sandals, and for me it would be my Body Glove flip flops, my Sanuk flip flops, and my Keen sandals for dog walking. I have small feet, so I have been fortunate to find my size either on sale or in discount stores like Winners and Marshalls.
Other things and places not far from my backyard deck for which I'm grateful this month would be the Leamington Marina and Seacliff Beach, just 8 km away. It's a wonderful place to walk the dogs, or grab a coffee or lunch and eat at one of the many picnic tables or benches along the walk and in the grounds.
The floral displays do not disappoint! I love them, and every year at least one quilt gets photographed here.
|'Crystal Constellations' the throw version of Pop Star, taken back in June|
I enjoyed the first season (and there's going to be a second!) of Alma's Not Normal, which I watched on CBC Gem. It's a memoir of creator and main character Sophie Willan's life, such a hoot, and best of all, I love that it's filmed mainly in Bolton, Lancashire, England, my mum's hometown. I recognized several places where we'd been in 2019, and especially LOVED seeing The Tea Court, which is the cute little tea place where we had afternoon tea! It features prominently in the episodes, as the sandwich place where Alma's friend Leanne works. When I first saw it, in indoor shots, it immediately reminded me of it, but I thought come on, what are the chances... And then an outside shot confirmed it. I pressed pause on the TV, grabbed my old iPhone since I was streaming Gem through my new phone onto the TV, and here you have it, a little grainy from an iPhone 4 but still:
|from the TV on my old iPhone|
|In real life in 2019 - I follow them on Instagram, and found out, sadly, they've closed.|
Another favourite place to go in all seasons, really, but especially in spring, summer and fall, is Point Pelee National Park, which is a mere 15 minutes' drive east of me.
|Looking south towards the point, the southernmost point of mainland Canada|
|a wild hibiscus|
|Looking west. No filter. That water is so clear and warm, the sky like a painting.|
Two other moments of gratitude and awe occurred on my deck this month. Interesting how the list almost all ties together.
I joined a book club (first time I've done this), through my alma mater, The University of Alberta. In July we read Nowhere Girl by Cheryl Diamond. What a gripping, shocking, childhood lifestyle way outside my own, memoir. August is another memoir, Rick Mercer's Talking to Canadians. It too was mesmerizing, and I finished it in a week. To my Canadian readers, you should get a copy of this book! As I said on Instagram, I view it as a love letter to comedy, to Canada, to the CBC, and to his lifelong partner, Gerald. Other good reads are below.
Didn't realize it until I was writing this, but August was definitely a memoir month, with three of the five being memoirs.
Last for this month, but always and forever, is I love new fabric.
|Bird Song by Pat Sloan for Benartex Designer Fabrics|
These are going to become this small quilt or wallhanging:
It's one of two quilts, a throw and a wallhanging, or perhaps a table centrepiece, in my newest pattern, The Light Within. I actually have yet another pattern ready to release, perhaps next week!