Close to Home... scenes from a staycation











In the most delightful way, I lost track of time... Our staycation the past two weeks was filled with so much! I hardly know where to begin, or how to describe the richness of the days. Just pure delicious summer. One happy moment melting into another. Here are a few highlights...

There were fun days out, which I will share more about this week and next. * Picnics on the patio, and further afield.* In the kitchen I began preserving flavors of the season. * I've been making jam and fruit butters, among other things. A favorite is sweet cherry butter. (I used this recipe.) Beautiful tastes of summer put aside in the freezer--special to experience later in the depths of winter. I've also been been making things with lavender and lemon. Those and more coming up soon. * There was almost daily pottering around the garden. And one day we did a big makeover of what was a long flower bed of tulip/spring bulbs, and changed it into something more useful, and more edible too--herbs, strawberries, and more lavender. We're eating through the raised bed of salads...it's looking a bit shabby now. 

Two rather big personal accomplishments during our staycation... I finished my first crochet garment! This waistcoat/vest/shrug I'm calling Josephine's Many Colored Waistcoat, which I shared a peek of a few weeks back.  (If you're on Ravelry, you can find me there as PinkMagic, and see details of this and all my projects.) * And I got a bicycle!! I'm still learning how to ride, as I have no real experience with bicycles, so I'm still a bit wobbly! But soon I can go out for rides with TJ, who does have a bicycle. So maybe some more summer adventures ahead...

All is back to "normal" from today... It's a bit like after a "real" holiday--catching up on cleaning, laundry, etc. And I look forward to catching up with all of you this week!   


Comments

  1. Ahhhh. Delicious, from the looks and sound of it. So glad you've made this concentrated time of enjoying your home and results of your cooking and baking. I've also bought some cherries to make jam (with the chia seeds). Your cherry butter sounds amazing!

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    1. Hi, Anne! It was a wonderful time... it was so good to just be home and truly savor all we enjoy and have been blessed with. I love cherries! Cherry preserves are good, but cherry butter even better. I'm looking forward to trying jam with chia seeds after seeing the delicious stuff you were sharing ar your place--thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  2. I love this post! it covers everything! and your little cape/shrug is darling.
    and congrats on your new bike!!! but I happen to know how tiny you are and it looks
    HUGE! are you sure it isn't too tall for you? LOL! you'll get the hang if it in no time. :)
    and that adorable baby kitty all curled up. little luna love. give her a hug for me. xo♥

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  3. I so enjoyed reading your post today. I missed you! Sometimes, I don't get to read as often as I like but I smiled when I saw your post. Your photos are worth a thousand words and really describe a lovely two weeks. I especially loved your Josphine's many colored waistcoat. I love the name for various reasons. You are very talented at crocheting. I enjoy reading about what you are brewing in the kitchen. It inspires me to want to make some jams and etc. when our mission is completed. The sweet Cherry butter sounds delicious. Share the recipe sometime. Send in an email if you can. No hurry, of course; I won't be making any soon.
    Your garden is also inspiring to me. I keep saying next year we can do better in our yard. We did plant 4 patio plants. However, my peppers aren't looking well at all.
    I love that you got a bike. You will learn to ride easily. I am sure you will enjoy biking with your hubby. We both have bikes and used to ride and may try again this fall.
    Thanks again, for following my posts and for your lovely comments. I am so happy that I met you and hopefully maybe in person, someday. You are so delightful! I love your faith in Christ and your desires to follow Him and invite others unto Him.
    Sending lots of loving thought your way along with blessings and hugs~

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    1. Thanks so much LeAnn--and it's nice to be missed! And I feel so much the same--blessed to have met you and been offered the gift of your friendship. Oh, that would be wonderful--to meet for real one day! :))) I have amended the post above, adding the cherry butter link. But I will email it to you. It's very easy to make. Oh, but I hope you're pepper will come around yet. That's one thing we hope to add to our patch next year--peppers, spring onions, cucumbers and beans... Already planning next year's (hopeful) bounty! Blessings to you & yours!

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  4. I love, love your staycation! What a pretty crocheted piece. I could almost be tempted. Love the idea of cherry butter too. And there is your sweet little one. Good luck learning to ride the bicycle. I have a nice one, but never take it out. The cars make me nervous. I would ride on bicycle trails, so maybe I need to load it in my car to take it to a trail.

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    1. Hi, Marilyn--great to see you here! :) We are lucky here in that there are a lot of bicycling possibilities, and paths make specifically for walking and bikers only. Even some sidewalks here are marked for either pedestrians or bikers. I will be sticking to the bike paths for now, though I may encounter some car traffic with some paths that cross some side streets or such. But very excited to finally in mid-life be learning to ride a bike! That saying, "never too late..." ;)

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  5. Oh Tracy, isn't it magical to just lose track of time? To be so engaged in simply living and being that time doesn't matter (except keeping track of those things in the oven!). Each and every photo here is absolute perfection, magazine worthy. I especially love the ones of your lemons and lavender and yummy baking things! And the bike. Jolly good on you! The beautiful sea scene, that fabulous vest, lovely Luna -- oh, it all made me smile. And smile very, very big!

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    1. Aaawww... thanks so much, Jeanie! I'm so to be the helper of extra smiles! :) We were so enjoying oursleves, and that time-out-of-time kind of feeling, where we were almost making our own time... living by a different kind of clock, our inner clock... that it's been a bit rough at moments getting back in the swing of things here, and back to the world's time clock... LOL!

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  6. Such a lovely post! So much to see and adore and of course, sweet little Luna!

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  7. Oh, Tracy, this is a lovely post filled with sweet summer adventures. May you have many more days like these before summer's end. Marie x

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  8. Tracy some beautiful beginnings and finishes! Love the colors and shape of your crocheted shrug and the bicycle looks like it will be some great fun!

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  9. Tracy, what a wonderful staycation you have had. I think staycations are the best. I keep telling Todd we need to get some fire logs because I want to just sit out back one night and toast hotdogs and marshmallows while we watch the sun go down. It will be so much fun. Love the colours of your shrug, and you look very nice in it! Your rolls look fab also. You will love bike riding Todd and I thought about getting bicycles but it has been a very long time since I have ridden a bike and Todd is afraid I might fall and God forbid what would happen then! I don't want to take the risk! Lovely Luna! Love and hugs to you all three! Hope TJ had a nice birthday! xoxo

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    1. Love your staycation idea of hotdogs & marshmallows... mmm... We would like some outdoor firplace/pit or other, but don't really have a good spot for that, or an outdoor bread/pizza oven... oh, I'm set to dreaming now... LOL! ;)

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