After some really hot days here, the temperature finally leveled off at more of our normal upper 70s to low 80s daytime highs. Even if it is hot during the day, when the sun goes past the mountaintop to the west, it cools considerably. Early evening temps are pleasant, with a light breeze, and the quiet calm at the end of the day is inviting to linger outside.
I noticed a Carolina Wren flitting around the veranda a few days ago, and DH discovered her secret. She was building a nest inside the iron birdcage that was sitting next to the front door. We decided to move the cage to the opposite side of the veranda, against the outer railing, so we wouldn’t disturb the goings on by using the door.
Unfortunately, that made her abandon the nest. She came back to see it, but then never added to it or lay any eggs. Oh well, at least she could build somewhere else and lay her eggs in peace.
It was so nice outside, that a meal on the veranda was appealing. DH was going to grill bratwurst, and I dug out some fun things for a simple table for two. White plastic placemats are topped with yellow chargers and these green checked melamine plates – of course a thrift store find!
Yellow napkins got ceramic rings with flowers and butterflies.
Everyday flatware, some drink glasses and individual salt and pepper shakers completed the settings.
For a centerpiece, I took my thrift store find wheelbarrow and set two mason jars filled with water inside.
Then I clipped three hydrangea blooms from the huge bush.
They are tending to the blue side for the most part, so I need to add some lime to the soil to push them over to the pink side.
I love the lavendar color, and putting a bit of lime out should help it produce more of that color.
Table set, and waiting for evening to cook out.
It is difficult to get a good photo of both the table and the view.
The veranda is looking like summer is here.
Finally, time to get started on dinner. I have these vintage food covers for outdoor dining in green and yellow. Yes, I got them at the thrift store, LOL!! But they were perfect for this table with the yellow flowers.
Matching covers go on our plates, with buns waiting for the brats to be done. Other covers kept the side dishes bug free.
Now the place setting is truly complete. All we need now is the food.
On the feeder, the goldfinches are wearing their summer colors.
A cardinal and his mate are daily visitors in the evening.
Are you enjoying cookouts or outdoor meals at your place?