We were visiting our local art store the other day to pick up some clay. The girls decided they also wanted each a sketchbook. The ones they had picked out were a bit pricey but we decided it was good to support our local shop. It was the best money spent. They got right to work filling up the pages with lovely art work. Hannah’s portraits just warm my heart and Norah’s figures with their extra long legs are the sweetest. They spend time drawing each day, and it is so nice to keep their art work all in one book, and it’s portable too. I put together a basket full of drawing pencils, markers, erasers, and a sharpener so it can travel from room to room, outdoors, and on car rides too. I think we will be revisiting the art store again soon since Hannah’s book is almost full. I plan to label each one with their names and dates so that will all enjoy pulling these sketchbooks out years from now and paging through them.
Archives for July 2009
We had a fun filled overnight at an old friend’s farm in the mountains. There was live music, yummy food, a gorgeous 20 acre lake, wild blueberries to pick, a bonfire and lots of smores to eat. The farm was just beautiful with a combination of open sky, rolling hills, woodlands, and water. The perfect 4 season get away. And the weather… well the weather this summer has been absolutely perfect. The rain came just in time as we nestled into our tent. We fell asleep to the tapping of the drops and woke up to a windy morning and clear skies. Perfect.
Right now….summer is making sun tea, eating refrigerator pickles at every meal (yes, you will find me nibbling on them for breakfast) , smoothies with freshly picked blueberries, the humming of fans, the song of the cicada, daily swims, eating every meal outside, weekend farmers markets, creek play, nature hikes, and falling into a deep hard sleep at the end of the day sometimes with dirty feet and always with smell of sweet summer air on the skin.
We are so lucky to have quite a few local orchards around us. Our favorite is a small, family owned, mostly organic, peaceful and quiet, orchard called Indian Orchards. We try to pick as often as we can. We even come to cut our Christmas tree here.With absolutely delightful weather, and bushes dripping with berries, we had no problem filling up pint after pint. At least one whole pint was eaten on the way home in the car but we managed to save some for freezing and jam.