Friday, July 17, 2015

Bitter Sweet












Lemon meringue pie, made by our elder Miss E with our homegrown lemons - bitter sweet at its best! It was wonderful having Miss E home from college/uni on winter break. There was the usual flurry of catching up with friends, watching movies at home with younger siblings, sorting books and cooking delicious treats and meals for the family. All squashed into less than two weeks! Yesterday morning we had to say goodbye again as she set off on the 10 hour train journey to her other home. There were tears from our younger Miss E who is only seven and adores her eldest sister. Sigh....

With two learner drivers (our twins) and another soon to be old enough, we continue to make every attempt to add to their total supervised driving hours (they need 120 each). Some of our local drives are uncovering new treasures, even if you have to make you own track and get your feet wet to discover what lies beyond the country road bridges. 

Winter means shorter days and trying harder to squeeze in brisk walks, yet the river always seems to yield refreshing views, as long as I can make it before the sun sets, so I best keep moving with my day....

Meanwhile Master J is enjoying last night's snowfall up on the tablelands near where his uni is. He has just sent the snow photos through of this morning's snowy scenes. It never snows in our riverside town. I spy more lemons! Sweet!


19 comments:

Maryse said...

The pie looks good, I wouldn't mind having a piece ... :-))

Michelle said...

that pie looks practically perfect :)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Lemon * pie, that orangie-lemonade taste I as I remembered and tried before, I liked it.

Barb said...

You captured such sadness in the girls' faces as they watch their sister depart. Lemon Meringue - my husband's favorite! The oldest are heading off to different climes now - it is always hard to see them go.

Patchwork and Play said...

Yum! Lemon meringue pie! It looks delicious! It seems the snow was quite widespread today! Looks like it could be a long cold winter!

s.c said...

Nice pic's as always.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

That pie looks delicious!

Love seeing your dear family, and your countryside scenes as well.

FlowerLady

Susan said...

We are busy making up driving hours for one! Two is a lot of extra driving time, but I find that it's good talking time too. Winter is certainly putting on its best this year. I can remember being the much younger sister when my sister went to Uni.......it was heartbreaking.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

You're right Susan, it does provide some talking time.Thankfully my husband is finally well enough to supervise and also to allow me to leave him for an hour or so if I take one or both for a drive. The last 2 years have been one health drama after another for him. If we go anywhere as a family we need to take our 14 seater Hiace and learner drivers can’t drive it as you require a Light Rigid licence.

SarahZ said...

Okay, those snow pics really had me for a minute!! Wonderful pictures Karen, and wonderful to see the hubs up and in them :)

Janneke said...

Wonderful photos and that lemon meringue pie looks so delicious. It must be very unusual and exciting snow in Australia...., beautiful that layer of white powdery snow on the lemon tree.

Preeti said...

Any lemony dessert always takes the number 1 spot for me, even above chocolate!! That pie looks delicious!!

flowersandhome said...

You have such a wonderful, warm family Karen.

Last night, the snow in your country even made the news here, and I wondered if you also had some snow. Obviously, from what I read here, you don't but you can enjoy it through master J's pictures.

geanina said...

Lovely images! :)

Giga said...

Beautiful pictures of the river. Grief as children leave us, but that is the way of things. Let's youngest daughter does not cry, my sister back. Snow's son enjoys, and I did not miss his views in my country. Greetings.

Lisa Gordon said...

You have such a beautiful family, Karen, and Miss E's lemon pie looks so yummy!

diane b said...

It must be sad to say goodbye but you sure have plenty to keep you busy.Lovely shots as usual.

orvokki said...

Interesant and beautiful photos. And you have snow there - great !!!

Maya Harrison said...

Hi Karen, the pictures are beautiful... the river, boat riding - they spell adventure. And the picture of the kids... it is indeed joyous to spend time with family and sad when it's over. The pie looks delicious as well. Is it winter where you are right now?

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