Seems like the number of activities has increased exponentially lately. Maybe it is just the contrast from the past year of staying home. We are playing pickleball a couple of times a week now, and doing more with friends as well. Two trips to Atlanta to deal with issues with my mother in law’s home didn’t help. We also made a quick trip to Virginia with one of our car clubs, and I’ll have a post on that for you soon. It was a fun time of dodging raindrops while we motored along past pastoral scenes of rural farms and beautiful mountain views. Very relaxing.
Early June brings the dogwood blooms, and the tree on the edge of our meadow is blooming beautifully.
The honeysuckle is blooming too. Paws folded and looking hopeful, who can resist this face? Please, may I have a sandwich?
Oliver isn’t missing any meals, though. We can tell him apart from the others now as he is a bit more portly than Jack and Charlie. It is past time for the females to have their litters so it isn’t a pregnancy. I haven’t yet seen any little ones yet, but probably will soon.
The last of the later blooming irises came up, and now those are all done. They are a nice two tone purple. My burgundy ones only had one bloom, and my purple and white ones didn’t bloom at all. I think I need to clean out the bed and uncover the rhizomes, they must have gotten covered with falling leaves.
In the continuing saga of the wrens, My Sweet Babboo decided to buy them a home. He ordered one specifically for Carolina Wrens, and put it in a tree near our home. We do like listening to their songs in the avian choir. You can see it here in the middle of the photo.
It is a lovely place, supposedly perfect for them, and should be very attractive to them. It is just the right size, placed under the cover of the tree branches. They sometimes sit in that tree, so this seemed like the perfect thing. So, did they use it? Of course not.
While we were out of town, they were able to build yet another nest and lay eggs for their second brood this year in a pot on the edge of the veranda. No way am I going to disturb eggs. I’ll keep an eye here to see if we get little ones hatched. Maybe next time they will find the wren house. I just hope that being away from our front door will keep us from being attacked when we are on the veranda. I also hope the moist dirt under it will not develop a nest fungus.
Inside, something exciting is happening! It looks like my orchid is going to bloom again. I am thrilled with this, as for several years it didn’t bloom at all.
Tomatoes are coming into the tailgate markets, and I got a haul of them recently. Of course, it was time for a tomato pie.
My recipe took months to develop, and the secret to not having a watery pie is to dry the tomato slices overnight.
I also make a vodka crust. The alcohol burns off in cooking so there isn’t any vodka taste. The secret to flaky crust according to America’s Test Kitchen is substituting another liquid for half the water, and this is what they recommend. Water with flour makes gluten, and that is what makes a tough crust. This crust is still flaky the next day! Plus, no water in the dish from the tomatoes either. Download the whole recipe with the vodka crust – Carole’s Tomato Pie Recipe – the crust is on page 2. You can also see my post Carole’s Tomato Pie for the recipe step by step.
After the Safelight Project delivery was made early in the week, I was able to have lunch with friends. We ate at my favorite restaurant, Champa. I love sushi, and the plates are always presented so beautifully. Not all sushi is raw. This one was spicy lobster topped with mango and tobiko (a Japanese caviar), and a shrimp tempura with avocado. Sometimes food is art.
Sometimes rocks are art. This past week, I painted more rocks and got them varnished. I hid some this past week, and have a few left to hide this coming week. This is really so much fun!
I was taking photos from the car as we drove out to see friends for lunch in Waynesville. It was hard to get a photo of the horses with the carpet of yellow dandelions. With the mountains in the background, these scenes are all over the county in late May and early June.
I participated in another bird count day, and was able to get this photo of a blue jay. There was a pair together in the tree. I tried to get both in a photo, but they wouldn’t sit still for their portrait.
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I need a quilting project, as I am done with everything I have in progress. Nope, no UFOs here! I have a repair to do, so that will be next, then I may start another Quilt of Valor. That is kind of my go-to when I don’t have something of my own design to do. I did a patriotic table runner for the MadamSew blog and it is scheduled to publish on Tuesday the 8th. I also finished a new design for a sewn Christmas ornament and that will publish on their blog in July. I still have those Japanese fabrics that I need to use, but I just cannot decide what to do with them. It sure is nice to spend a hot day in a cool basement sewing space, though. Now I just need to figure out what to sew next.
What are your plans for next week?