Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July's Frugal Luxuries

Canadians are good sports about suffering through the long months of winter. Really we are. But when our brief fling with summer looks like it might be in jeopardy we tend to get a bit cross. This is why the month of June produced scowls all the way from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island.

We are now a few days into July and I am happy to announce that the sun has decided to make an appearance after all. Finally being able to soak up some rays, not to mention being able to get some vitamin D that doesn't come out of a bottle, earns top spot on my list of July's frugal luxuries. Here are a few more of my favourite things about July.

I love lazy Saturday afternoons spent on the back patio enjoying some iced tea, a good book and my latest knitting project.

There is nothing sweeter than the smell of sheets that have hung out on the line to dry.

Hikes out on the trail, sturdy walking stick in hand, are filled with wildflowers.

And last, but most certainly not least, are the fresh strawberries from the farmer's market. One juicy bite has more flavour than all those plastic imitations from California put together!

Happy July!


  1. Love your photos did you do that with your itouch? does it have a camera? I'm clueless, but they look great!

  2. @Jennifer - I just got an app for my iPad called Photogene. It is lots of fun to work with. This was my first post using it. The pictures were taken with my camera, loaded into iPhoto, then I used Photogene to put the borders on and make the collages.

  3. mmmm. strawberries.
    We had a few nice sunny days too, I hope there will be more to come.

  4. Totally agree about the 'real' strawberries ... I'm lucky enough to have a pick-your-own fruit farm just down the road :) Long may your July sunshine last x

  5. I made pie last night!! And picked another tub full of berries out the back door today, along with a small handful of raspberries! Oh finally it is summer.

    Your trails are much less consistently treed than ours. It's hard to find a trail through any kind of meadow around here, unless you go up to the ski hill and hike in the alpine meadows :)

    We were definitely grumpy around here in June, in fact right through to July 3rd we were grumpy.

  6. Folks in DC are scowling due to the heat and humidity--today I felt like I was back in Panama. But, it's better than shoveling snow. No, it's better than shoveling a deep, heavy snow. A little snow is always nice. =)

    You've reminded me that I need to hang our new retractable clothes line. Somehow I forgot over the holiday weekend.

    I'm glad to see you with walking stick in hand--so you can give Mr. Jerk a solid poke if he shows up again. I'm going to pretend I didn't see those amazing berries.

  7. @Thea - I am glad you are enjoying some good weather too. And hopefully some strawberries to go along with the nice, sunny days!

    @Annie - Yes, you are definitely very lucky to have the U-pick nearby. I was spoiled at our previous residence. There were U-picks for everything from strawberries to raspberries. I really miss being close to them.

    @kate - Yes, we are a completely different type of terrain than you have. In addition we have had many of the pine trees killed by the pine beetle. That is why you see dead trees in all my trail photos, including my blog header.

    Nothing is better than strawberry pie. I am making one tomorrow!

    @Ric - I think complaining about the weather is a universal human feature. :-) Once you get your clothesline up and smell the sheets that have dried on it you will wonder why you didn't put one up sooner! And yes, the stick is more for domestic encounters, both human and animal, than for the wildlife.

  8. We had the same wet, cold, spring here. But all the rain made for lots of strawberries - U pick right in my back garden. We had them with shortcake, ice cream, custard, yogurt and froze three gallon bags full for that long winter. Now it's raspberry time. I found a bag of garlic scapes at the farmer's market, so I am going to test them out this weekend.

  9. @Mary Lou - I am jealous of all of you who have strawberry patches in your gardens. Maybe next year I will be able to put in a strawberry box. The frozen strawberries are really good thrown into smoothies. Let me know what you think of the garlic scapes!

  10. You remind me a lot of my mom. She loves nature, we have a big house and garden and she spends hours maintaining her flower garden :) Wish I could be there now and spend some time at home.

  11. @MKL - I would really like to meet your mom! It would be fun to sit down with a cup of tea and talk abut gardening and life with her. Does your mom have a blog?

  12. Those strawberries looks SO good!!

  13. Oh, how I love all the fresh produce that is around right now.

    The sun and summer have finally made their appearance down here too. It was a long dreary spring this year.

  14. @Kate - My parents live in Spokane, so we have been exchanging weather misery stories for months. I am sure your weather has been very similar to what my parents have reported. I am glad you are finally getting some nicer weather. Enjoy your strawberries!