vignettes and perfect days

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squash blossoms ready to be stuffed with ricotta, fried, than drizzled with honey

I am sitting on my parents cozy porch feeling the breeze drift in as I pause and take a moment to review. I have been busy with work, life, and travel. Between all of these things it has been hard to keep up with the blog, but I have chosen a few photos to sum up all of my favorite things about this summer thus far. Highlight reel I guess! Among the photos are some shots from a trip I made down to Woods Hole, Cape Cod to visit a long lost friend from college, pics from a Shelburne Farms walk about with my man, and photos from days at my parents in Underhill with my sis and her husband.  Summer always allows me to to try and create "perfect days".  Perfect days for me require a subtle combination of the following: food, activity, loved ones, rest and nature. Throw something for the mind in for good measure, i.e.:a nap, a book, an amazing documentary, a chat about life with a loved one. The morning of a perfect day would consist of getting up early, drinking coffee and easing in slowly with a poached egg or two. The late morning is all about going out there and moving somehow; hiking, biking, running, etc. Get the endorphins flowing! Afternoon is recoup time-a lovely lunch, nap and shower. Evening is a meal that is thoughtfully created, or maybe out to a fun spot with friends, or gin and tonics on the porch as the sun slowly fades, the dragonflies buzz above the garden, and the low buzz of the summer bugs hums along. Savoring the last dregs of this Vermont summer.

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a modern day Wyeth vignette complete with grocery bag

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my friends amazing garden in cape cod

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peek a boo of the ocean through the sweet peas

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 mason jarred arrangements, artichoke, lace top hydrangea, blue thistle, lemon colored nasturtium, oregano, euphorbia and fern. all made and grown by Josh, Sadie, Josie, Noah and Lauren Leveque:)

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woods hole, at the Leveque homestead

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shelburne farms walk about

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turmeric tea made for my sis. fresh tomatoes from my Mom's garden waiting for a salad.

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marshmallow toasting and clear brook hiking

Things on my plate for the next few months; creating flowers for two fall weddings, (one in Seattle!), moving to the south end of Burlington, ( thats right folks, I am leaving the barn farm), and I will be posting about how to create a garlic braid/ wreath. All good stuff.  I hope everyone is enjoying these last hot and humid dog days and keeping it all in perspective.