our roses 2021

Here are pictures of our roses this spring.  It was a good rose year!

Climbing Blaze below.





Carter arranged these roses for me.







Eden Climbing Rose above and below. Such a great rose.
Blooms like a champ every year, fragrant, plus the blooms stay on the bush for a long time. 

Climbing First Prize above. Carter is wearing a painting smock, fyi.

Since I took these pictures, the vegetable garden has really taken off.

 Climbing Eden Rose above and below.


The roses above and below that line the fence of our vegetable garden are from David Austin.



The irises above bloom with the roses.


Red Simplicity hedge rose below.


Peonies, roses and hyacinth above and below.

I have been taking pictures of the vegetable garden and will make a post next week. We are harvesting Swiss Chard and herbs for now and making lots of pretty flower bouquets for each room of the house. 

Last night we started a massive clean out of the garage. Our son has spent the night and we are going to start up again this morning after coffee and should be able to finish by late afternoon. We are going to easily fill up one very big trash bin and my son is going to try to sell the nicer items. I don't remember the last time we cleaned out the garage so it's long overdue. This is the last area in our home to get the (modified) minimalist clean and I feel so good about it. I think of myself as an enoughist rather than a minimalist. My goal was to get rid of junk and things I don't use, and to treasure and use what I have. I am finally discerning about what I bring in to my home and my closet, and if something does come in, something must go out. That has been the plan for over a year and so far, so good. 

We are celebrating Memorial Day tomorrow in the USA.  It's a time to honor and pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our wonderful country. Fly your flag with pride!

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Full Heart







I have an adorable knit to show you today. Full Heart is my new favorite children's pattern and almost as fast as I had it off my needles I bought some yarn to make a red Full Heart for Christmas. This was a test, but there was almost no need for testers as the pattern was delivered to the testers in near perfect form. If you've been wanting to knit a beautiful cabled pullover for your little one for fall, look no further, this is it, plus the pattern is 25% this weekend, details below. And we all know cables are easy, right? They just look difficult. There are three different cables used, the big celtic heart in the center surrounded by the common reverse cable rib with lines of one-by-one cables framing them. The cable pattern is also on the back but the sleeves are left in plain stockinette for less bulk which is nice for little ones. It is knit in one piece from the bottom up, then separated at the arms and front and back are then worked separately. After the body is completed, sleeve stitches are picked up at the armholes and worked down in the round with no short rows as it has a modified drop shoulder and does not require them. The neck stitches are picked up last and worked in ribbing, but just be mindful and try to match the big center cable to the ribbing pattern to make it look more professional. Even children's sweaters deserve thoughtful detail! See the last picture above for a close up. I knit the 4-6 year size and added length in sleeves (I rolled them up) and body to make sure it would fit him in the fall. He is a big guy and will be 4 this summer. I used Berroco Ultra Wool, a 100% wool that is superwash that I've grown to love. It's value priced and soft enough for children. They also have a DK, chunky and fingering weight and I will be using it again.

Modeling day was also one of our orange picking days. I don't know how many hundreds of oranges we picked in April and May, but we always made sure Carter was here to help. We picked wagonloads each week and squeezed about 40 quarts of juice for the freezer.  I prepare the fruit and my husband does the juicing and Carter helps with what he can. It's a three man job so we are happy to have the help, even if one of the helpers takes far too many tasting breaks. Here's a hint for homemade frozen orange juice: defrost overnight in the refrigerator then blend with an emersion blender before serving. 

Use the code HEART for a 25% discount through May 31, midnight EDT.
I'm just so delighted with this sweater. I think you'd like to knit it too.
Happy to recommend this 100% wool, especially for children as it's superwash.






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dinner with friends

Remember when I used to show pictures of my friend's parties? Now that we are vaccinated, parties are back on! Last week when I arrived at my first dinner party in 18 months I was handed a beautiful glass of bright red sparkling wine. That was certainly a nice way to start the evening. I felt like hugging myself as I strolled through my friend's pretty house. I missed getting dressed up and socializing so much. 

Rene loves color. Linens are Le Jacquard and roses are Joseph's Coat.

Rene is a great gardener and her roses were in full bloom. The house was designed to capitalize on their views and the landscaping was designed with garden vignettes that can be enjoyed from both inside and out. Throughout the house, window's views are framed by roses.  The entry way and hall way has full length windows that overlook three Climbing Joseph's Coat roses.

A massive Sally Holmes rose towering over a 6 foot tall fence.


The sunny dining room is flanked by windows on two sides. The east facing windows open to a patio covered with wisteria with a view of the horse ring beyond. The west facing windows open to a terrace covered with Climbing Blaze roses and a view of the vineyard.

Rene's love of color is on display again with this hand knitted
triangular shawl adapted from a Kaffe Fassett pattern.


We had drinks and appetizers on the terrace overlooking the pool, vineyard and horse ring that is to the left and just out of the camera's view. Isn't the view stunning? A Climbing Blaze Rose is growing over a bed of jasmine. In the early evening the perfumy fragrance of jasmine is unleashed. Heaven! 


Rene and Brian grow Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay grapes. They built a little winery into the hillside where after harvest they can crush, age, bottle, cork, label and store their wine (with a little help from their friends). Over the years yours truly has been on every detail above many times. A labor of love that is made more fun with good friends and food and great wine. California living at its best.


Another view of Climbing Blaze.


I hope you enjoyed seeing pictures of this beautiful home and garden. The dinner was delicious because my talented friend is also a great cook, but I have no pictures to prove it because I put my camera away after ten minutes and enjoyed the evening. 

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