Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cape Cod Visit

My sister and her family are currently camping on Cape Cod with a friend and her son. After umpiring Monday night I headed to PTown for a quick vacation warm-up. I went armed with supplies for a project to do with the boys, who are now 9 and 7. Below are a few shots from our wonderful day together.

First step to the project was having the boys (Sassafras Mama's JT and my nephew D) draw pictures of what they like to do on 'The Cape'.

I don't have any in process pictures of the project, but both Sassafras Mama and the fabulous Shelley (D's mom) took a bunch, so you should expect to see them once they return to civilization.

Two of the six shirts we silk-screened. The blobs are the result of trying to silk-screen on a picnic table, without a flat surface. From my perspective the project was less than successful, but the boys pronounced them "awesome" which is all that really matters. The object between the trees is a tent, and the people on the right are speeding downhill on bicycles.

After we finished with the shirts we headed to the pool at my hotel. D spent most of the time on the pool deck.

JT, meanwhile, spent most of his time jumping off the edge trying to catch the ball D was throwing.

Check out the dimple!

Future tennis star.


We wrapped up the day with several games of Stratego. And Wednesday morning I headed back to reality.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Garden

July 7 Update: S sent me the names of the flowers I didn't know. They're appended below.

We had dinner with our friends B and S tonight. Among their many talents, B and S are incredibly good gardeners. Their yard is always a treat. And coupled with our first sunny day in forever the opportunity to sit amongst the luxurious greenary was one not to be missed. I took my camera along and now you can share some of the beauty as well. Click on the pictures to see them larger.

And by the way we had a lovely evening with our friends.

Clivia - this sits at the edge of their yard offering a splash of color to the dark greens of this shady spot.

I don't know the name of this one, which sits at the edge of the driveway.
Update: Nicotiana

white and purple
I found this little one hiding under a bush in the front.

Day lily.

roses and primrose
Pink roses and yellow primrose.

A delicate pink-purple frond.
Update: Astilbe

Purple blooms.
Update: Angelonia

This spiky red flower was a bit past its prime.
Update: Bee Balm (Monardia)

frog prince
A bit of garden whimsy.

B reflected in Amy's sunglasses.