My Alpine Home

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer Solstice Celebration

Hello my friends,
We have had a very hot summer this year, but my friends and I still managed to celebrate our summer solstice. 
 Although to beat the heat we started the party at 8 instead of the original planned time of 6.
 
The official date of the summer solstice was June 21st, so we were almost a month late, but that didn't put a damper on our fun!
 
It was an absolutely magical event!
 


 
I have been the member of this craft group for a couple years now.  Each month we have a delicious dinner and create a craft.  For our summer solstice we decided that we would forgo the craft and just have a relaxing evening.
 
(Amy, Jackie, Karen, me, Laura, Brenda, and Joanne)
 
 
Joanne hosted it in her back yard and used her amazing talent to make it magical!
 
Here she is lighting the candles.
 

The table was set with gorgeous dishes, Spode Wickerdale which once belonged to her great grandmother. The goblets were her grandmothers.  I love all of the family connections!  She gifted each of us with a darling garden tea light holder.


 
 
The beautiful silverware was her mothers.
 
 
We all contributed a food item.  Laura made the fabulous salad and Jackie created this delicious cold citrus soup.

 
Brenda brought chicken salad and I furnished a fruit salad, but I missed getting a photo.
 
The draped netting and coffee filter flowers really made you feel like you had stepped right into the pages of a popular magazine! 
 I have always loved her door dividers.  Last year she added wallpaper to some of the doors and it's so cute!!



I loved the shrub showing through the glass panes of this door!



 
No surface goes untouched.  Not the chandelier or the back of the bench and chairs!  Her special touches are everywhere!
 

 
 

The hammock draped at one end was a big hit.

 
We all took our turn trying it out.  I'm certainly no pin up girl, but nobody can look too bad on this beautiful hammock!
 
 



Sweet Karen created the head garlands for each of us.  She also made a beautiful Maypole that we wound at the end of the evening.
 

 
 
I love this photo of friends conversing!!
 
 
Amy is a baker and her cookies and cakes are to die for!  Not only are they almost too pretty to eat, but they are delicious as well!
 
 
This is what they call a naked cake.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with the term.  If not, it refers to a cake with very little frosting so that the cake shows through.  It's placed on a beautiful cake stand and elevated with two amazing mirrored pedestals that belong to Joanne's mother.

 
Both the cookies and cake were almond flavored.  I was so full that I only ate a sliver and I am dying for a slice right now!  :)
 


Oh what a night!  One never to be forgotten!!
 
I hope you had a happy summer solstice.
hugs,
Jann
 

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Have a Daily Cup #257

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
 
 
the party where you share what makes you happy.
 
I'm sorry for the late start!  I have had one crazy week and am hosting another estate sale this weekend.
 
Because of that there will be no features this week.
 
Looking forward to seeing what you have all been up to!!
 
 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Share Your Cup #256

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
 
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what I call, "filling your cup"
 
Yesterday I had a very good reminder of how important it is to be happy and enjoy life.
 
My niece, only 57 years old died unexpectantly.
 
It was a huge shock and she was such a help to her mom, my oldest sister.  She will be greatly missed!
 
We never know when it might be our last day on this earth.  Be happy and spread happiness wherever you go!
 
Now on a happier note.  I had to have a physical to go to girls camp with the youth.  They did a bone density test and said mine was excellent.  One of the highest she had seen.
 
I might be old, but I've got good bones!!  :)
 
I'm starting the party a bit early.  I'm headed out the door to be with my sister.
 
Last week I shared a bit about the
 
 
and how we can be a bit critical when looking at our own gardens in
 
Now for the features of SYC #255:
 
Jane from Change Everything shared her festive 4th of July table.  I love the stacked stars and fun napkins!
 

Melissa from Welsh Design Studio added a fabulous faux wood beam to her kitchen.  You must go read what it's made out of!
 
 
Thelma's Days shared a tea in honor of Canada's 150th birthday.
The shortbread cookies and her strawberry/rhubarb jam look so delicious!
 
 
Ann Marie from  Musings of a Vintage Junkie shared the recipe for her yummy blueberry pie.  I just blueberries to give it a try.
 
 
Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Garden Critic. . .

Hello friends,
yesterday I wandered out into the garden for my usual stroll.
 
I was contemplating whether or not I would share a post with Pam's
 
 
It has been so hot here for the past two weeks.  Temperatures have been soaring above 100.  Needless to say, my garden is
suffering a little.
 
I had decided that the garden wasn't worth sharing.
 
 I was my own worst critic.
 
This morning I went out early to cut back lots of my perennials.  That's when I decided to look at my garden differently.
 
 
Pretending I was on a garden tour of someone else's garden.
 
I realized that even though there is not a lot of color right now, that the shades of green are quite soothing and there is plenty to look at  here and there.
 
As I stood up on the hill by 'hilltop cottage'  looking down, I found the view to be  quite fulfilling.
 

Sure, there are things I don't love right now.  For example, the view of the neighbors house.  There was a huge tree there that made our garden totally private.  A couple years ago they had to cut it down.  We've planted tall columnar pines that have a rapid growth to help fill in the area.  They've grown quite a bit, but it'll be a few years before we have our privacy back.
 
Miniature Hollyhock
 
 
Next I wandered over to our pondless waterfall and enjoyed it's soothing sound.

 
 
There is a bit of color with the pink coneflowers and this orange beauty, Lucifer's tongue plant.
 
 
The Salvia I cut back a month ago is starting to rebloom and the view of my tiled shovel and planted twin buckets made me smile.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I strolled over to our East gate and pretended to be just entering our back yard.  The narrow garden leading up to the gate is filled with flowers that will be blooming soon. 
 
 
I began to think that yes, maybe this garden is worth wandering through.
 
The flagstone path covered with moss and other steppables felt very soft to my bare feet.  Yup, I had tossed off my flip flops by now.  Ah, yes; I garden in flip flops.  :)
 
 
 
As I stepped into my backyard I was welcomed by my rose garden.
 
 
 
Some of the blooms have slowed down, but the birdhouses still add interest to the garden.

 


And this sweet little "lavender Lady" is trying to persuade me to linger a while.
 

 
Hostas seem to be doing okay, despite the heat.
 
 
and the hot weather hasn't seemed to affect the bees. . .
 
Monkshood
 


or the butterflies.
 

 
And these pretties are blooming in the front garden.
 
Queen of the Prairie
 


Rudbeckia
 



Daisy
 

 
 
 
Yup, maybe this garden isn't as bad as I thought.
 
So, next time you think your garden isn't pretty enough to share.  Try looking at it through different eyes.
 
Sometimes I think we are our own worse critics.  :)
 
hugs,
Jann