Blackberry season started early this year, thanks to the warm dry weather. I am so happy to see an abundance of berries, instead of the moulding on the vine we saw last year. I have not yet done any baking, but do have berries in the freezer and have made two batches of jam – one straight blackberry and one blackberry-peach. The jars in the pantry make me so happy!
Some years summer knitting becomes like my summer reading – light and fluffy. I admit to reading more than my fair share of fluff chick lit/cheesy romance novels this summer, and to go along with it I have been knitting the staple of summer fluff knitting – dishcloths. I think the heat of this delicious summer has gotten to me, my brain simply doesn’t want to process anything more meaty, and I’m ok with that. For everything there is a season, right?
And like the ubiquitous potato chip – just one is never quite enough!
I can tell the season is waning, even though there are still lovely weeks of sun ahead. My thoughts are turning to lace, and my list of novels in my reading book is starting to call my name once again.
What’s your guilty summer pleasure?
Oh my goodness! So many stories are whirring by… but right now it’s working time and Hubert is determined to help me edit. Not sure about his spelling abilities, but he sure likes to tell me what to do.
Hope to be back soon with stories of blueberries, and knitting, and lovely gifts that I’ve been so remiss in telling you all about. But there are 80th birthdays and 70th birthdays and family dinners and family visits looming on the horizon, with work deadlines, a sadly neglected garden and beckoning blackberries as well….
How is your summer going?!
We always see a great assortment of critters while camping, and this year was no exception.
The mini frogs are favourites of ours. They crawl all over the trails out there and the road through the campground. You have to watch your step! These are the first critters Bushboy looks for every year.
If you time it right, there are multitudes of butterflies out there. This year was wonderful, lots of variety. Love these ones that land on the grass and dirt, but also love the white butterflies that fly up in the evergreen trees in the heat of the afternoon.
This was the first year the campground seems to have picked up a resident falcon. It sat in the trees above the campsites most days, calling its eerie cries. Like a small animal in distress, or an emergency whistle being blown over and over again.
The squirrels are Chika’s favourite critters! I love how they scold anyone who gets too close to ‘their’ trees. They run through the campsite pretty frequently.
We discovered this critter about four years ago, and eagerly search for it every year now. It only comes out at night. Red Western Frog, a nocturnal and friendly critter. This is a medium sized one, they can get much larger.
Critters make being outdoors so much fun!
This year the weather was once again gorgeous out at Ralph River. A bit cloudy the first two nights, and then sunshine and clear skies. The lake was really low as well as the river. Never get tired of just looking at the views…
View from the campsite we chose this year. Decided to go lake front (hotter sites but pretty views).
Looking north up Buttle Lake from the mouth of Ralph River the first day (cloudier than the rest of the week).
This glacier was also a view from our campsite, to the south. Loved watching it. At night it was the last place the sun touched.
Standing in the field by the lake in front of our campsite, looking south into a little bay. We usually swim here, but Bushboy went in and discovered that Swimmers Itch had arrived. Poor guy looks like he has the measles. Luckily once the rash started the itch went away!
The glacier from the river. I love it so.
Sunset was about 7pm, because of the high, steep mountains on the west side of the lake. This again is from our campsite. It was actually a relief when the sun went down, although still so warm we often didn’t start the fire until 8:30 or 9:00. And no morning fires at all. We were lucky to get a fire, as the cooler weather the week before meant they lifted the fire ban for the coast temporarily. It is going back on Friday!
This was what most nights were like. Can you see the two fly fishermen? Bushboy brought a trout back for dinner the next night.
Saying good-bye to the campsite this morning. The sky was like this for four days straight and the night skies were even more amazing. We saw more shooting stars than we have on any trip. Never saw the moon (either because of its cycle or because it was too south in the sky, not sure which), which made the star watching even better!
The Transformations on the Shore carving competition heralds summer around here. It is always held the week-end closest to Canada Day, and the sound of chainsaws and the smell of fresh sawdust will forever make me think of the beginning of summer. This year’s creations did not disappoint – these are some of my favourites.
Amazing work, and a great west coast art celebration!
I finished these gloves almost three weeks ago, and even took the pictures, but never got around to posting them. I love them, and think I have enough lovely yarn left (thanks again, Kathy!) to make a cowl as well.
The pattern is Serpentine Mitts. Even did a left and right mitt, which I don’t usually bother with. Followed the pattern aside from adding a little more length to the top ribbing and on the thumb ribbing.
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