Have a baby.....
Welcome Charlotte Elizabeth Diana!
I do love a baby!
I see that Jamie Oliver had made a special cake for the Princess of Cambridge
The Royal Charlotte Lemon Drizzle Cake!
|How scrumptious does that look?|
You can find the recipe here.
Since I just got my order of edible violets and roses and flowers from Amazon.com, you KNOW this cake is going to be made here and likely this week!
Welcome Charlotte - we wish you a long and healthy life!
Clean the Garden...
The weather has finally turned and I have been raking and cleaning beds. I am nowhere near done and I'm not going to lie - cleaning an acre + of lawn and gardens was not so bad at 42, but at 52, oy vey!
|The first flower of the season - a Christmas Rose (Hellebore)|
All of my gardening friends in Southern England - can't you weep for me?
|This was outer banks of the garden on Sunday. Yes - that is still snow. It is nearly|
gone today, thanks to 25+ C temperatures
We had so much snow and the winter was so hard that we had a lot of damage to our property.
Our swimming pool must be replaced - the walls caved due to the weight of the snow.
Our grape arbour also died and we cut the grapes back drastically so Barry could build a new one.
Still, the joy of being outdoors in short sleeves can never be overstated. It is magical. My hummingbird feeders are back up and awaiting customers and the golden hawks arrived this past week.
Discover new (old) shows....
I finally discovered Call the Midwife! I am crazy about this show! It is always such a treat to find something new that you just adore and this is a goody! I see a lot of binge-watching on Netflix in the coming weeks!
The plucky heroine reminds me of Dani in face and style:
|Perhaps not as pretty as our Dani!|
If you are like me and have been dithering whether to watch or not, cease the dither and do it!
Let other people cook for you.....
I have been invited out to dinner for the last three Saturdays and I highly recommend it! All three meals were fantastic and what a treat to have a Saturday where you are cleaning or - ahem - reading and just not thinking about cooking at all!
At the last one, Barry was so well fed and comfortable he actually napped in the middle of it. In this case, it was a sign of a very comfortable dinner!
Read something new....
Mostly these days I am reading middle grade and young adult, as per my writing genre (one must know one's market, particularly what is selling and what is winning awards!) but I like to intersperse with some classics and new books.
I am currently reading The Professor's House by Willa Cather. I do not think I have read Cather before, so it was high time and I am really enjoying the book! Any Cather lovers out there?
Make a plan for the summer....
Summer goes so fast, especially in a climate like mine, where it won't get warm and stay warm for at least another two or three weeks. This year I have decided to make a list of things I would like to do/go/see/eat and actually do them.
First thing on my list? Make sure I go see one of the movies they show outdoors here in the summer time. Called Movies Under the Stars, it is popular, and yet I have never been. I will make it to one for sure!
Other things? I wine tour of the Motts Landing winery, a trip to my favourite garden, Kingsbrae, a weekly drink downtown with Barry and any of our friends we can line up. We don't do that enough, so I think it's time we did it!
Do you have any fun plans for the summer?
I have been so busy writing and rewriting that I haven't been here are much. I promise 3 posts a week, and I think I will start with my latest adventure in style, which I am calling How Jennifer got Wendy's Groove back. Stay tuned....
Other than that... T-14 days till Wendy and David McCullough finally meet and T-15 days till Wendy and Lane meet. But who's counting...
Have a wonderful day!
Oh and I am posting more outfits these days over in Instagram @wendymacknight. See you there!