Tuesday, September 2, 2008

WHERE HAVE THOSE LAST AUGUST DAYS GONE ?

I have been such a lazy bum these past few weeks, I amaze myself !

I extended to the max the wonderful last days of summer vacations, full of heat and sun, finally... Nope! I did not spend ANY time in my studio but decided to go all the way and celebrate the end of the season in happiness, love and peace.

We swam, soaked, floated and dove in the pool as often as we could ...

One of Francois' sons, Gabriel, arrived from California to spend a week with us and the half-bros had a great time skating together ...

We marveled at the fuzzy sky in the cool morning ...

and admired the fiery sunsets walking down the path on the mountain ...

We lived part of our days in the garden, startled by the size and beauty of the giant dahlias ...

We smiled every time we got inside our house by the front door, so many plants growing there, it is hard to reach it ...

All of our family, cats and dogs included, slept outside on the balcony every single night and woke up with this wonderful view ...

Ulysse and his friend Julien sold beans and eggs and ojos de dios at a stand they built right on the road. They stayed until 9 p.m. waiting for customers, had their garlic and tuna pasta supper on location, lighted up by my favorite dragonfly lantern ...

We made tea from Monarda petals, Oswego tea and savored it in fine porcelaine cups ...

and found old abandoned farm tools and implements in a old dump in a field behind an old neighbor's place ...

We popped open the seed pods of the giant towering Himalayan poppies ...

And spied on weird bugs showing off their various shapes and colors ...

We watched string beans climb the tall bamboo pole tippee ...

And tripped on the incredible pattern created by rust and rain on our old Ram Charger van's door ...

Ulysse changed the pattern daily in the zen sand garden he built all by himself, including the twisted rusty wire fork ...

Yes, indeed, we managed to do quite a few interesting things at the end of August ...

But nope, no work done in my studio ... Almost there ... and so ready to have fun with paint, brushes, paper and canvas ...

7 comments:

sweetmango said...

That was wonderful!! Thank you for sharing pictures and words from your life...we are just coming into spring and I am soooooo looking forward to summer!
Your garden is astoundingly beautiful, we have been in drought for years and I don't remember the last time I saw or experienced a garden as lush and GREEN as yours is.

Kim Mailhot said...

Bravo on a summer so well spent ! Looks like you absorbed every second ! What wonderful lessons you and your son are learning together !
And that garden ? Wow....
Here's to an easy transition to the next season !
Cheers,
Kim

bLu eYd YoGi said...

oh MY! i LOVE your garden...i have tons of plants too...plants in rain boots, flowers growing out of an old lawn mower...veggies & vines crawling from an old vintage coleman cooler...
i want to NAP on your porch...
LOVELY!
thank you!
LOVE.
e

Susan said...

Oh My! Is it my imagination, or has Ulysse grown up over this summer? I think it's more than just a hair cut. He looks so mature. How do you feel about that mom? The first time I saw his picture he was a little boy learning to knit. Was that just last year? Enjoy the rest of the summer. Take care. Susan

Jenn said...

Wow!! What fabulous photos Lulu!! Thank you for sharing all your beautiful spots with us:) I adore dahlias...your garden is such a lovely place!!!

xoxox...jenn

Diane Duda said...

I couldn't imagine a better way to spend the last days of summer!
gorgeous photos!!!

michelle sylvia said...

LuLu,
Your gardens are incredible! Thanks for sharing the Wonders of Nature!

Blessings,
Michelle