One weekend Liam's parents Soldier and Joy used our house for a birthday party for our little grandson. I love it when creative people decorate my house and take care of all the invitations and food for an event, and all I have to do is provide a relatively tidy environment and clean towels everywhere. In this case I even swept the floor because I knew the guest of honor would crawl all over it.
|Frosting the lemon cupcakes|
The Very Hungry Caterpillar was the theme for Liam's party. His mother made the cutest treats and favors and lanterns relating to the story or the colors and shapes in the book. Liam didn't notice most of it but he did eat most of a cupcake after the candle was blown out by his mother.
Their family had no sooner departed than Pippin's crowd arrived with Pat. They had come south to enjoy more and different adventures before Pat had to return to MD. Pippin's little ones are Scout and Ivy, so I was treated to more time with more grandchildren. So sweet.
Ivy scooted around on the floor, too, and tried to kiss the little girl in the dishwasher door.
The heat wave surprisingly extended to the North Coast beaches and we all trekked to one where there was no fog or wind. Barely any sand got into our sourdough bread and cheese and blueberries, and only Scout stood on his head in the hole that the cousins dug.
God gave us a rainbow in a cloud. It was even more brilliant than this but faded somewhat while I rummaged around for my camera.
|Tetragonia tetragonioides with CA poppies and iceplant|
I took this photo for Jo in Tasmania where they call New Zealand Spinach warrigal greens. Its botanical name is Tetragonia tetragonioides. It seems to have naturalized here on the coast and this is the second time I've seen it on beaches.
|big patch of NZ Spinach|
On the bluffs above the beach, as we were parting with Pat, I got a parting gift in this pale yellow/white paintbrush display in the middle of a coastal flower show. These all were just a few of the pleasures of the early summer - I will tell of more soon.