It has been really hot everywhere, and seems like we will have more days in the 90s this year than ever before. I hate this heat, it just makes me miserable. When it gets above 78 degrees F (25 C), I am ready for it to cool down. I am happiest when the temps are in the mid-60s F (15 C). I often say that in the cold, I can always get another sweater, but there is a limit to how much I can take off, LOL! Nevertheless, the garden seems to be OK, with our normal mountain pattern of rain most afternoons around 4 pm. The humidity is high, which the plants love, and I don’t. But if the flowers are any indication, they are delighted with the conditions. My hydrangea is covered in beautiful flowers, many this lovely lavendar that is my favorite.
In the front flowerbed, the pink phlox are beginning to bloom. Only one for now, but more are on the way.
The white impatiens are prolific in all three pots under the little tile tables on the veranda. It’s been too hot to sit outside in the rockers to enjoy them much.
In the vegetable garden planter, my tomatoes are coming along, but the squash isn’t. I have a lot of blooms, but no squash, and it looks like the borers have gotten to the vines in spite of my diligent efforts with the Sevin dust. I only put the dust on the soil and base of the plants so I won’t kill the pollinators on the flowers.
Still waiting for the grape tomatoes to ripen.
There are lots of basil leaves this year, and we’ve been enjoying them in Caprese salads and Italian meals.
The lobelia has such intensely colored blue flowers, spilling over the edge of the white planter.
Yesterday, our British car club gathered for a run around the mountains to Troyer’s Amish country deli. Our drive leader’s Sunbeam Tiger is on the right. We had several MGs join the drive this day.
We have such a variety of older British cars, fun to see them all together. The red Jaguar Mark II sits next to a dark green replica of an MG-TD. A Triumph is on the end.
Off we went, driving out through the apple orchards loaded with green apples, and past full fields of ripening corn.
We wound around the mountains, on arbored roads, heading east through Chimney Rock to Lake Lure, stopping at a visitor center after about an hour of driving for a break.
After about 20 minutes, we headed out again in a different order, passing pastoral scenes of old barns and green fields, with many horses grazing along the way.
We went north to Fairview where Troyers is located. We’ve gone there in the past, see my post on Troyer’s for more photos of the old house and gardens. We had our lunch under their large pavilion, chatting with friends and enjoying our thick deli sandwiches. Mine was roast beef with Amish Butter Cheese, yum! I went inside and got more of that cheese to bring home, along with some cherry wood smoked ham.
Back home in the sewing room, I needed to do a tracing of a basic shape for a Victorian house for a project I have in mind. But I don’t own a light box. But, I do have these clear boxes, so I put my desk light inside one.
It wasn’t perfect, but good enough, and I don’t have to store another thing! I just put it back on the shelf and returned my lamp to its place. I was using a photograph to get the proportions right for a wool applique.
So, a little design work needed, and I’ll be ready to begin a new wool stitchery. I was inspired by a program our guild had this month on wool applique. I think this will be a fun idea with a Victorian house, and there is a lot of opportunity for creative embellishment with this kind of theme. We’ll see. If I like it, and it works like I have it in my head, you’ll see it this fall. This next week is pretty quiet, so I plan to get some headway on several projects. I’ll need some handwork for TV time.
If you have the channel FX, see the series The Old Man (link to IMDB). It is complex and intricately plotted, very well written, and amazingly acted starring Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow. We are really enjoying it, but if you haven’t seen any of the episodes yet, set your recorder to get it when it re-airs and see it from the beginning. If you have a service that does Video on Demand like YouTubeTV or HULU, you can get all the previous episodes now. It is rare these days to find a series as well done as this one, with intrigue and schemes woven in two timelines, with many twists that you won’t see coming. Outstanding.
What are your plans for this coming week?
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