Catching up

Hi. I’m back.  The wild child of summer is finally settling down again.

I know it was very selfish of me to just take off like that. At first I was avoiding telling you some bad/sad news. Then company started checking in and I couldn’t find the time or peace to concentrate.

This house was like a revolving subway turnstile at rush hour.  Every week we had over night visitors.  I loved it.   I have this hosting jig down to a fine science.  First a quick clean through,  launder guest room sheets, bring in lots of local fresh fruits and vegetables, cook some amazing stuff, eat lots, drink lots, explore the wineries and art scene, walk the beach, laugh and enjoy life, wave goodbye and repeat – times ten.  It was all wonderful.

Now I have a situation where so much time and events have passed that I don’t know how I will ever catch up with this blog before moving forward with the current happenings.   I have three blogs in mind of essential stuff you need to know:

  • What happened to Molly
  • The kitchen renovation
  • The new fireplace project

Before we begin here is a quick visual scrapbook of July and August.

My garden was crazy this year. Everything grew well but the zinnias, marigolds; cleome and cosmos were mixed in with the tomatoes.   If you recall I was wheelchair bound at planting time .   I hired two local dog sitters to do the spring work.


I wanted to update you on how my hollyhock garden did this summer. Unbelievable. It should have been breathtaking.  This is what I have after three years, thousands of seeds and approximately sixty plants. One very, very tall specimen.

 last hollyhock

Libby and I went for many magical walks along the Sandbanks dunes beach


Special summer guests from Haida Gwaii stayed with us for eight days which was enough time to knit me a pair of socks.

new socks

Along our property line were wild grapes which I picked, boiled down and made delicious grape juice.

summer grapes

One weekend I held a taste-off.  This whole basket of heritage tomatoes (not my own) was  sampled and the best had their seeds taken for next year’s garden

summer heritage tomatoes

Right now I am gathering the last of my flower seed heads.  I spread them out on a screen door and wait until they are completely dried.  Over the winter I will store them in paper bags from the liquor store. I don’t tear the heads apart until next spring

saving seeds

Stay tuned.  Over the next few days I have a few stories to tell.

About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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4 Responses to Catching up

  1. Donna says:

    Can’t wait for the next segment…I am very anxious to see how the kitchen reno is progressing.
    Love your socks….I am about to start my winter crochet project…last years is now being used on this chilly nights around the TV. Glad you now have the time to reflect on your summer and sharing it with us.

  2. Wow – you’ve been busy and wonderfully so. Glad to hear you are back!

  3. I’m enjoying your recap. The hollyhocks around the County were gorgeous this year. Maybe your soil is too rich for them,try them along the road or driveway where the seem to thrive.

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