Breaking into Summer

Beautiful homemade cakes that I definitely had two pieces of.

Beautiful homemade cakes that I definitely had two pieces of.

I am thrilled that the weather has at last decided to warm up after what seemed like 7 months of winter up here in the north! I was finally able to do summery things on the weekend and it was so wonderful to do so after being cooped up indoors for so long.

Friday night was spent at a friend’s backyard where a bunch of us got together for a barbecue and a couple of beers around the fire pit. We got our firewood by scouring the “furniture dump” in the Sports Palace parking lot. It was a messy job, but in the end we gathered 2-3 hours worth of wood burning. It was a clear night so we could see all the stars perfectly. Combine that with roasted marshmallows, good music and company – I’d say it was my kind of idyllic evening.

On Saturday, I spent most of the day out on the patio reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. Reading outside is one of my favourite summer things to do. Oh it’s the best! Especially with iced coffee. Gladys’ son and daughter-in-law came up to visit on the weekend and they stayed with us along with their adorable shorkie pup. The last time they had come up was Christmas. I had really missed them – they are such laid back and friendly people. After a full day of people on Friday, I really just needed Saturday to be quiet and relaxing – and it certainly was.

Sunday came ’round much too soon, but after church service, Gail and Chuck invited me over for their family’s Mother’s Day barbecue. They have a beautifully secluded backyard of age-old trees and a ravine – it really didn’t feel like we were in town at all. It was a bit gusty that day, but after the wind died down, everyone sat in the patio to enjoy a delicious lunch of steak, potato salad, greek salad, and two gorgeous cakes that Brontë had baked. One was a rich chocolate cake with caramel sauce and the other was a layered white cake with whipped cream, raspberry jam, crushed pistachios and blackberries.

Friends, bonfires, reading and cake time outside – this is just the beginning of summer!


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