Sweet Summer Days

Summer has fully ensconced us. The heat is finally here. It is after all, the end of July already, and we have flung ourselves into Summer’s clammy embrace… With Pudding. Chocolate to be precise.

We have been going diaperless, doing naked waltzes around the house. (Well, Marc and I are usually diaperless but now Gabrielle has joined us though often she’s the only one doing the nude waltz per se….)

The diaperless movement is in an effort to lean towards potty training, which is not happening in the least around these parts. She sits on the potty for a chocolate chip, and pees promptly *beside* the potty. I think she’s got us trained anyway.

The field that we look out on has been hayed, after Gabrielle’s bedtime of course, which she proclaimed TRACTOR when she should have been sleeping. Oh well, done now.

The bees have swarmed twice. The second time it happened, I think I caught the swarm but haven’t checked on them today. They were swarming because there is a “honey ceiling” in the hive. It is so full with honey that they could not lay another larvae in any nook or cranny. So I added some more apartments to their high rise and we’ll see if that solves the problem.

“A swarm in July ain’t worth a fly

Well I hope that saying doesn’t apply to the mild West Coast, but we’ll see how this little swarm does through the Winter.

And then on the needles; a honey cowl. The pattern is on Ravelry. It is really easy but the wool is so thin (and soft and variegated and beautiful, drool drool) that it keeps me focusing my fingers on the knitting while my mind wanders. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy knitting it with such fine wool, but I do. Finding a rhythm to the needles has me sitting on the deck with some bubbly water, a few drops of lime juice for a tang, knitting away with huge sunglasses on, warding off the butterflies that are flanking the lilacs. This is of course, while she naps.

There’s something all the more sweet about these long Summer days.

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Living a simple quiet life on the Gulf Islands, BC.

4 Thoughts on “Sweet Summer Days

  1. Danielle on 26 July, 2012 at 8:27 pm said:

    That wool is gorgeous!!! And of course so is my niece. Sounds like summer is passing by with lots of fun and appreciation in your neck of the woods. Can’t wait for our next visit!
    Stay put bees!

  2. Always love reading your blog :) Miss you. Glad the summer heat has finally made its presence! Everyone spends enough time indoors year round on the “wet” coast. Enjoy :)

  3. oh yeah, what are you knitting? Looks like very beautiful wool you have!

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