Summer Vacation

Just getting back from a week at DH's family's beach house.  It was a lot of fun, as usual, but I'm left feeling a tad exhausted (that whole need-a-vacation-from-your-vacation thing) and shell shocked that August has snuck up on me so quickly.  Where did the time go!  I need to get crackin' with school planning, which I intend to do next week.  I also need to play a bit of catch up in the garden.  A week away and WOOSH all the weeds I took care of just days before I left appeared to have not only returned but tripled in size!  Egad.  But enough about that… I'll write some garden updates in another entry.  I mainly wanted to post a few pics of vacation before I forget!  So without further ado…

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The top photo really says it all… beach feet! 

The second is a shot from the front porch, which faces west.  This is a million dollar view and I can't seem to take enough pictures of it that really capture the scene in all its glory.  This was one of the better ones; I'll spare you the multitude of similar shots! 

Photo number three:  YUM!  Need I say more?? 

Four:  The Peeps (Peep #1 sporting his new hair cut) play a game of chess while waiting for dinner.  Seems like all we do is kill time between awesome meals there! LOL 

Pictures 5 & 6:  Peep 2 and 1, respectively.

We really lucked out with the weather… not a single rainy day the entire time we were there!   The Peeps played tennis, swam, and enjoyed the freedom of being able to ride their bikes all over the place.  We don't have any good spots for biking right around our house– we have to drive to go biking– so this was a huge treat for them!

As for me, I got a lot of reading in, including my latest, Foreign Correspondence by Geraldine Brooks. (thumbs up)  I also got quite a bit of knitting done, including some felted items that I've been wanting to experiment with.  But that is something else I'll save for another post, once I get the photos uploaded!

So, after some much needed R&R (the summer has been crazy busy, as usual), we're settled back home, and I'm am really looking forward to August.  It is usually quieter as the summer winds down.  I love knowing my favorite season is right around the corner, but still enjoy the warm summer days and bounty of fruit and vegetables from my own garden as well as those from the Farmer's Market.  It is a season of plenty!  The hot days are tempered by cooler nights, where I find myself reaching for the thin wool blanket at the end of the bed in the wee hours of the morning.  Great sleeping weather!  This is a brief respite before the bustling days of school, honey extracting season, and putting the garden to bed for the winter starts.  But, I have to say, I am truly happy to greet each endeavor as it arrives.  It's a good life!

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