Friday, August 1, 2014

Hello August

Hello August!

I greet you with bitter-sweetness
for you move fast and September is on your heels.
Which in these parts of Canada means
autumn will be here soon.

The beauty of June is already a distant memory.
The blossoms.
The smells.
The colors.

Was it really over a month ago
that Wayne and I were on Vancouver Island
taking in the beaches and island life?

And now July has faded into the past.
I've been enjoying morning tea on the patio before work.

Taking in the colors of the flowers
and the warmth of each new day.

I've been watching my potted tomatoes
grow and multiply in the sun.

I've been marvelling at the wonders of nature
as spiders drape my garden with webs
that are soon covered in morning dew
making them shine like crystals.

I've been saving baby birds
that accidentally hit the windows.
I scoop them up and hide them high in garden pots
to ensure neighbourhood kitties don't find them while they recover.

I've been watching and laughing
at crazy squirrels raiding my bird feeders
although I should really be chasing them out of my yard.

I've been refilling bird feeders and bird baths
ensuring my sources of summer entertainment
feel welcomed and keep returning.

I attended a wedding where my son was the
BridesMAN for his very best long-time friend.
Taking the opportunity to take
a long-over due family photo.

I've had the opportunity to coffee and lunch
with many different friends last month,
some that live far and near.

At the wedding I also got to catch up with
this sweet young friend
who thinks Wayne and I are "young and hip"... :)

And Banjo has still been enjoying his nip cow
from his meowbox goodies he received last month.

So if you are looking for me in August
I will be outside when I can be
hanging out with my garden fairies
and all the other garden ornaments...

including Ceramic Kitty
who someone(?) so thoughtfully(???)
put in my backyard while we were away.

Ceramic Kitty with freaky glued on eyelashes.
Not sure how long she will last in my backyard...
just sayin'...

Wishing you a most wonderful August!

xo Catherine


Penny said...

Another month has gone by and I haven't seen my dear Catherine. Missing our walks and chats so much. Enjoy August!

Sandra said...

so many beautiful photos today and that includes the pics of you. you look wonderful... time is on fast forward for us, we can't believe how fast it is moving.. love the fairy's and the cat with the LASHES..

Pam Greer said...

Happy August to you too! I am so ready for fall, but our fall probably last much longer than yours!

S. Etole said...

I noticed a tinge of red on the woodbine this morning. A too early reminder of what is ahead. Looks like you've had a great summer. Happy August to you.

Brian said...

Such wonderful photos! Time sure does fly by. Happy August!

TexWisGirl said...

you're so beautiful, catherine. :)

soak in every bit of summer you have left.

BeadedTail said...

You've had a lovely summer and I hope August goes by slow so you can continue to enjoy these summer days! That ceramic kitty does have creepy eyes.

Tamago said...

Oh your photos are all so wonderful! The ceramic kitty with eyelashes is bit weird but she is cute :-)
How kind of you to save those baby birds. I hope they will get well soon.
I love your family photo. Everyone looks very happy and wonderful! Congratulations to your son's best friend on wedding!

Happy August and have a great weekend xoxo

Willow said...

This just had me smiling ear to ear ~ it all sounded so lovely.
You my friend do look fabulous ~ and hip !
Course anyone with a ceramic cat with eyelashes has gotta be hip ~ like the cats meow !

Pantherka said...

Beautiful photos. Catherine also for your beautiful August.

Kerri Farley said...

Wonderful post! It looks like June and July have been very good to you :) and I'm sure August will be too!

Jen Vandervoort said...

August does seem to have arrived more then a little before her time...Sweet soft kind August with her mid month cool breezes and faded sunsets...

Make the most of it, is all we can do I guess.


Sylvia said...

Enjoyed reading your post,
Catherine, looks like July has been a great month ... lovely photos !
Wishing you a wonderful August too !
Nice weekend,

sharon said...

what a fun summer! such good memories.

It's me said...

Yeah ...!! looking good Darling ...!!!....enjoy August and let autumnn wait please...)).....x...!

Deb said...

Great photos, Catherine. Your son is now taller than Stanley. Wow! Them young'uns grow fast.It looks like you have enjoyed your summer and yes, we still have another month to go. :)
Give Banjo a hug for me. Deb

Elisabeth said...

Time goes so fast and it is August .i don't want to think about athum yet .We have so much summer here in Holland .The family picture is so lovely and Catherine you look great !! Have a great weekend
hugs Elisabeth

Carolynn Anctil said...

I have to admit, I'm feeling the pressure of Autumn's arrival, too. The weather has been amazingly beautiful lately, though - if you like it hot, that is. Thank God for air conditioning.

SweetMarie said...

It sounds and looks wonderful in your world! Enjoyed all the pics!

Lúcia said...

You look gorgeous my dear Catherine!
How can you leave your home to go to work when you have this lovely garden? :)

Ann Thompson said...

You have been having a fabulous summer. Love your family photo and I agree you and your husband are young and hip.

Linens and Royals said...

Beautiful family photo, too bad Banjo couldn't go to the wedding and be included. I love August because my birthday is this month and the Wattle trees are out. Don't like the August westerly winds so today I'll stay inside.

Katnip Lounge said...

Lovely post and photos! Thanks for the Cedar Waxwing :-)

RoeH said...

Vancouver Island sounds more than nice. It's 108 here. How soon can I be there?

BTW - Hank has lost 2.4 pounds.


You've been enjoying your summer!!! Truly clear to us through your blog post.

Love the patio scenes. And of course, Banjo.

Bossy Betty said...

Loved this look at August from your perspective! OH! And that's my Happy Song too!!!!!!! Hugs to Banjo!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
Summer is so short in your area but lovely; looking at your photos.
You at least have great family photos again.
Stay well and enjoy the bonus days of summer. Here it is dark and wet...

Crafting Queen said...

What a beautiful family photos, one person missing, Banjo. :) Love all the photos. Give Banjo a big hug and tell him enjoy the nip. Hugs.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

This summer has gone by so fast. Here it hasn't really gotten hot yet, so it still feels like it ought to be June, yet the school supplies are out and the kids are talking about going back soon. Cute little garden fairies!

Magia da Inês said...

Passei para uma visita.
Imagens belíssimas!!!!
Bom fim de semana!

Michael Manning said...

I've never heard the name "Bridesman" before now. But I can say that I've been a Groomsman! ;)

Betsy Adams said...

Great post, Catherine. Seems as if you have had a great summer so far. Seems like it has passed by much too fast this year. Schools are already beginning to start down here...

Love your photos --especially the ones of you --and the family. Such a beautiful family!!!!

Have a great August.

Penelope's Beehive said...

What a cheerful, joy-filled post!
Wishing you a joyful August Catherine!
Sending hugs ...

Lisa Gordon said...

It really has gone by so fast this year, but it looks like you're having a wonderful summer, Catherine! It begins to get very fall-like here in NY in September also, so it's time to enjoy every moment of this "last" month!

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Catherine! The summer has flown by, and you've shown and reminded how each month has its own beauty. Fall will be here before we know it--I've already seen the geese flying, do they know?

But your photos are as always, lovely and each tell their own story. I also love the family photo--Your son has really grown up!!

Lin said...

This summer has been crazy busy for us, so I am sort of ready to have Fall come.

Love the new kitty. I think it will survive outside, but the lashes....doubt it. Some squirrel will probably eat them. ;)

Maggie from Stillness at Cherith said...

What a nice way to enjoy your morning tea.
Hi, Banjo!!

bobbybegood1 said...

although summer is fast going, you sure seem to having a BLAST!! great shots. do tell - where might miss/mr kitty be going? super post! cheers!!

Vanessa Morgan said...

I want that cat that's sitting next to your table! By the way, lovely pictures and friends.

Donna said...

Hello Catherine from Swift Current and I really like your backyard and your flowers and statues and ornaments and your little tea table...really nice! what a super post of photos...I have come back a few times to view them so i better at least leave a comment!!

Happy August to you too!!

troutbirder said...

Busy busy and your right the summer is passing way to fast....

Magia da Inês said...


Bom fim de semana!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Well, you certainly have had a lovely summer so far. I don't blame you for wanting to enjoy the outdoors. Your yard is looking lovely. And you, my dear, are looking fabulous! Best wishes, Tammy

Laurie said...

Hi Catherine, I love your back yard! How pretty and serene! You are looking good, very nice picture with your son. Enjoy the rest of August, it sure flew by fast.

Kamana said...

hope you have been doing well. Looks like a very busy but fun summer.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine & Wayne,
Happy 26th wedding anniversary!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

You guys look wonderful!

I love your bird post too....

You take such beautiful photos.



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