I am up early as usual and I enjoy this brief 'quiet time' sitting here typing by the open windows, listening to a backyard woods full of birdsong of all kinds!
After a couple gloomy days of rain, it is again a fabulous, green and sunny New Hampshire day. Tea in hand I strolled outside for a bit, the morning sun's rays slanting across my gardens. I can't believe how tall my peas and other veggies have grown in only a couple days, and how many more of our perennial flowers are in bloom now. I see the Columbine and Jacob's Ladder are in full glorious color, as well as others I can't remember the names of. The old dooryard roses are about to pop, as are the Larkspur.
Yesterday I made a new 18thc. straw hat for the season. It is just a simple basic one with black grosgrain ribbon that will look perfect with my sunny yellow French print pet en l'air and petticoat, as well as almost any other gown. (I use only the authentic, soft, all-cotton Japanese-made grosgrain ribbon with the scalloped-looking edge, and never the cheap, polyester blend grosgrain ribbon for sale at every fabric shop.)
|The new 18thc. low crown straw hat I made~|
I really can't wait to model my new gown, with the top-secret hat, and all the accessories for you soon!
Every day I am getting a bit better, but am still not able to do a lot. It can be frustrating in the extreme...Today I plan to sit in a chair out in the yard and work on a few small accessories to wear with the new gown---perhaps a simple, decorated silk ribbon to tie around one wrist, and maybe one of my pin-on silk and wax floral nosegays. I have some saved floral decoration in exactly the proper shade of that peachy 'ballet' pink as my gown, and some old cream netting lace from a long-gone garment.
Tonight we are going to BBQ since it's such a great day. I have cedar planks soaking, and we'll make one of our favorites---grilled planked salmon. I'll have saffron rice and a salad to go with it.
We also talked about taking the dogs and a picnic, and going back to again hike through 'Forest City' soon. I think that may have to wait for a couple more weekends yet, but I am really looking forward to it. In the meantime, I am reconciling myself to healing, trying not to get too impatient, and just enjoying the warmth and lovely sunny days.
Adam has gotten our tandem bike out, and made sure it's all cleaned off and the tires 'aired up', and we are planning our first ride of the season. I am sure he did this to cheer me up. We really love our 'bicycle built for two' and love to take long rides for many, many miles all summer long. We get quite a workout here, as the roads are hilly and winding. I think I can at least manage 2 or 3 miles soon, and in a few more weeks I should be all back to normal, and ready to do our normal 6 to 12 mile rides.
*(Read my past posts on 'Forest City'; You can find them by checking the tag list at the bottom of my blog.)