Sunday, 22 July 2018

Mosaic Monday # 93 - those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

Bonjour, I've had such a lazy week since our last chat.
Sitting out of the sun in the shade of a spreading chestnut tree on an oh so comfortable Lafuma lounger snoozing and reading books on my Kindle. **
The one and only time I left home during the past 7 days was for a quick trip to the supermarche for essential supplies.
I blame the heat.
Work in the garden has mainly been just watering plants in the cool early mornings or late in the evening as the bats begin their nightly hunt for food, and I did prune some roses one once or twice.
The blue/pink hydrangea is looking rather splendid this year, don't you think?
So pretty that I decided to feature it as my blog header for the rest of the summer.


Once upon a time I used to have a potager and would toil daily amongst the courgettes, lettuces, beans and tomatoes. Now I only have a small herb bed and a few golden raspberry canes to tend to.
I do miss picking fresh salad leaves for dinner in the evenings though.

So, how's your summer going?
Are you out and about enjoying fun activities with family and friends, tending your garden or maybe you have animals and pets to care for.
Just between us - I always hankered after keeping a couple of donkeys in the back garden.
I knew in my heart that it was never going to happen.
Still it might have been nice.

** Completed summer reading list so far**
Bring Me Back - B A Paris
Seven Bridges - L J Ross
The Distance - Sue Folbigg
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
The Second Child - Caroline Bond
Together - Julie Cohen
Redeemer - Mark Dawson
**Still on my Kindle to read**
The History of Bees - Maja Lunde
A Piece Of The World - Christina Baker Kline


28 comments:

  1. Love your new header. I love hydrangea. Thank you Maggie for your 93rd Mosaic Monday, I look forward to seeing what other blogging friends have been working on this past week. Love hearing about relaxing - now I have to try that too.
    Hugs.
    Joy

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  2. Love your new header, Maggie I need to amke a new one myself one of these days!C I love hydrangeas but would not attempt to grow them here as I know they'd be eaten by deer. Summertime is perfect for relaxing and reading. A Piece of the World was one of our book club selections, and I am hosting the conversation about it in August. I'll be curious as to what you think of it after you read it.

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    1. I'll let you know and would love to hear what your Book Club members thought of it, too.

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  3. Maggie - this is just what summer is for … lazy enjoyment, punctuated by naps! We are in the UK now and relishing the lack of responsibility - in that sense, our summer has finally arrived. I love your 'paintings' in this post, and the mosaic of the vegetable garden - it inspires me to get a little more creative with my mosaic frames. As always, thanks for hosting MM!

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    1. Hope you're having a marvellous time in the UK, if you pop over to France let me know!

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  4. Wow...that's a lovely hydrangea! Your veggies look pretty good too. I always like to grow some fresh herbs,the taste is so much stronger than the packaged variety.
    Have a great week Maggie - Happy Monday!
    Ruby

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  5. Sorry I can't add the post link. I forgot to title my post before publishing!

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    1. No worries, the link is working fine now.

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  6. Your welcoming hydrangeas are lovely and so are your filtered images. the have a nice watercolour edge to them
    . Happy to join in another Mosaic Monday here.

    much love...

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  7. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower...I oooohed and aaaaahed over your banner when I saw it this morning! Love the photos you've shared. We are having a good summer and I've been able to choose some 'less hot' days to get out! Happy MM!

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  8. What a delightful post, Maggie. Especially as the rain is beating down and the wind is howling outside on this dark and stormy night in Melbourne...

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  9. Love your watercolor look! The hydrangeas are gorgeous. It's hot and humid and I'm staying inside ... ice tea, a book (or more) and knitting (trying to get some holiday gifts done). Thanks for hosting!

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    1. I just love the Waterlogue app on my phone, it changes photos into paintings at the drop of a hat!

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  10. Those hydrangeas are magnificent, Maggie! I don't blame you one bit for using them as a header!

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  11. I love those images at the beginning of your blog post - are they photos turned into paintings - or paintings to begin with. It sounds like you are enjoying your summer with a host of books to keep you company. You must add Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden. I loved it, and I've just started her book, The Lake House. Enjoy summer!

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    1. Hi Jill, I use the Waterlogue app on my phone to turn photos into paintings, love it!

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  12. PS: I like the watercolour effect!

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    1. That would be the Waterlogue app on my phone, it's amazing!

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  13. Your post evokes a perfect summer, with time to read, relax and enjoy the garden. That's quite a list of books you've read so far - I get so many great ideas for books to read from fellow bloggers.

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  14. I didn't finish before it published....

    Hydrangeas are such gorgeous plants and I love them all. Your new header is very summery, and reminds me that I need to change mine.

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  15. Those super hot days were kind of like a reverse-season hibernation ... and I think the downtime was good for me. And like you, I got a lot of reading done ! Love the two-tone hydrangea bushes.....must have the perfect mix of soil stuff (botany obviously isn’t my strong suit)..... I enjoyed your beautiful lazy summer post and thank you for all you do!

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  16. Hi there Maggie and it sounds like a lovely thing to sit in the shade and just watch the days go by. Now if the pesky Mosquitoes that thrive on my blood would stay away, I might be able to enjoy the same. I have to spray myself down with stuff daily and no telling what it's doing to me...I know that the insects still bite. Love your watercolour pictures, is that in your photo program? Hydrangeas...mine are still too young to do much blooming, but they are all green and a few have buds to open soon. I love the colours of the ones you have in your banner image. Have a blessed week. Mine have been busy the past several and this one has begun the same~

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  17. A lovely post, Maggie. Your hydrangeas are so beautiful. And I love the watercolours.
    Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Hi Dixie, I just love the Waterlogue app on my phone, it changes photos into paintings at the drop of a hat!

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  18. Oh Maggie, your waterlogues (and hydrangeas) are lovely! I especially love the one of the chaise!

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  19. Hello Maggie, I have to admit to hydrangea envy. They grow here--those big white mop heads and I so want to add them to the garden, but I can't seem to get them winter over. I'll enjoy yours. We've had a bit of a heat wave here, too. I find myself inside more and succumbed to turning on the air conditioning. I've done some sewing and reading and summer is slipping by. Looks like you have been enjoying Waterlogue. It's fun isn't it?

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  20. Maggie, I'm late getting my visits in. Hankering for donkeys! I love hearing that. I may have told you that my good friend has a pair of miniature donkeys on her property in the heart of Austin. You should make that dream a reality! You've the perfect spot!
    Summer gardening in TX is a challenge, but especially so this past week. We've had temps hitting 108 and higher. No rain in sight, which makes it even worse. Water retrictions limit the irrigiation system to one day a week. You can imagine the stress on my garden.
    Thanks for hosting! This is a favorite party!

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  21. The hydrangeas are beautiful! Wishing you cooler weather and a wonderful weekend1

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