In summer this is what you would normally expect to see right? Beautiful blue skies against a brilliant green grass and a swimming pool.
Unfortunately that has not been the case here in the Northeast this summer with all of the cool weather and rain. Today’s sun and relative warmth has been a day to cherish for sure! (yesterday Ken had to put a sump pump in the pool to get some of the rain water out.)
It was such an incredibly spectacular day that I decided to spend some time in the garden watching the plants smile and reach up towards the sun. If you look closely you can see our very first baby tomato and cuke.
We have had so much cold, rainy weather this summer it has really put us behind the eight ball in the garden growth department. The lettuce however has been LOVING this weather.
One of my most favorite treats in the garden this year has been the Buttercrunch head lettuce.
It is such a tender yet crunchy lettuce. It does not like the heat so I am not sure how much more we will have until late summer when we can plant again….but I am savoring every single bit of it.
Just the other day, Courtney and I went on our yearly strawberry picking trip and it was so blessed cold it felt like a late march morning, even though the sun WAS out.
Poor Courtney in her little shorts and tank top outfit was freezing her butt off, but was a good trooper all the same.
We managed to pick enough to freeze 12 pints of sugared strawberries all set for shortcake…….a huge batch for our 4th of July party and enough for this………
Yep, my favorite lettuce along with some sliced strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and currents topped off with a light balsamic dressing……..yum!
The one good thing about the rain is it gives one an excuse to snuggle in with a cup of steaming coffee and some knitting.
With my Keukenhof soks finished I have started a few new projects. On the needles now is the Wing of Moth pattern in Red Hot Chili Pepper. (wow…I need to fix that picture) I may be one of the last ones to make this shawl, but I know I am going to love it.
I am also testing Anne’s Fruit of the Vine scarf pattern, using an angora/corriedale blend of handspun and it is scrumptious stuff for sure!
I purchased the roving from Chris…….and…………I think she may even have some left…..go get some before it’s all gone!