Friday, September 16, 2016

September Spring
















How I love September and the beginning of spring. Admittedly we do have a very mild winter by most standards, yet spring is still greeting with joy. September also marks the beginning of our run of family birthdays. I baked a pavlova for Master T's 17th birthday 'cake'. I find it most rewarding and interesting to watch as our children grow into adulthood.

Miss O's interest in gardening is reaping rewards everyday, both in beauty and the edible kinds - dwarf Chrysanthemum Whites, dwarf sweet peas, herbs, snow peas and much more. The Leucospermum from my birthday last November is doing well and developing a number of buds.

We had the pleasure of watching a couple of magnificent Crested Hawks/Pacific Bazas briefly exploring the tops of tall trees in our yard and neighbouring yards this week. They made an appearance two years ago too. It would be a treat if they chose to nest nearby.

A highlight of each day is time spent working on my current quilt, the details of which I hope to share next week.




Baking Notes: Pavlova is quite easy to make. Chrissie from The Busy Baker has as great recipe with lots of helpful tips here. I used one and a half times the quantities given to make a larger pavlova. I needed a slower oven than recommended, maybe our oven just cooks a bit hot.








9 comments:

✿ chica said...

Parabéns pelos 17 anos desse lindo jovem! Lindas fotos! felicidades! bjs, chica

Lisa Gordon said...

It looks like the beginning of a beautiful spring for you, Karen, and I am looking so forward to you sharing it (and your quilt!!!) here, as we go in the opposite (summer to fall) direction.

Congratulations to Miss O on her gardening. It's a lot of work, so she must be very committed to it.
And a very Happy Birthday to Master T!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. xo.

Julie said...

Gosh your family is growing up so quickly, I guess that means my kids are too. Love sweet peas, I have only managed to grow them successfully once, but have memories of visiting an old Uncle's house and walking under an archway smothered in them. That scent. Happy weekending to you all.

Dirk Rosin said...

flotte bilder !

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Happy Birthday to Master T. The dessert looks good. Not something I've had before.

The photos are all fantastic. Miss O's gardening efforts are so pretty.

Have a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

Susan said...

Ahappy birthday to your son. I agree that the transition to adulthood is a wondrous thing. Gorgeous photos, you do a great job of capturing the detail of nature. Looks like that quilt might be close to a finish.....looking forward to the reveal.

Anita Johnson said...

This whole post is amazing...spring? That seems so crazy. The Hawks are so excellent as is your quilting and cooking. And, by the way, your photos are beautiful.

Lady Fi said...

Fun shots of your son! And lovely macros of the flowers.

Liz said...

Your children are definitely growing up fast and now, with 4 young adults, life would be changing greatly for you.
We also have a large run of birthdays in September. Before I married Michael, we had 5 birthdays in September; now we have 8!
That pavlova looks delicious!
Miss O's gardening skills & hard work are certainly paying of and providing so much beauty.
What a treat to have a pair of Pacific Bazas visit your garden!

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