"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dallying During Dahlia Days

My youngest daughter brought home bouquets of Dahlias from her favorite roadside stand for us to enjoy.
Recently, I met friends from NY at Multnomah Lodge for lunch and on the way home stopped to get a photo of Vista House from the East.
Isn't the glass pretty?
Looking East at the Columbia River
We used to have wild sweet peas in our home in NY, so finding them growing here in Oregon  helps me feel right at home here in Oregon as well.



After leaving Vista House, I stopped at the nearby Lavender farm to pick up a fragrant bouquet of Lavender, which I am enjoying on my tea tray while I continue to work on crocheting my Ruby Shawl.

Since I last posted I have been plotting and planning flying to Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Prince Edward Island.  It has been so much fun to line up visits with friends and family as well as contemplate a little sight seeing.

After my last road trip, my Dodge mini-van started making some rough sounds that resulted in having the alternator and serpentine belt replaced.  I was sooooo glad neither part broke while I was driving!

But my trip planning was interrupted when a week ago after swimming with Teresa, I planted the left side of my face into a flower bed I was enjoying viewing on my way back to the car! Broken glasses, a chipped front tooth, and a few cuts and bruises, sidelined me for a bit.  However, my dentist mended my tooth and I am healing miraculously fast. I am so grateful I did not do more damage to myself or the flowers!  My new glasses should arrive this week...Teresa told me to buy some glamorous ones :-)

Well I'd best not dilly-dally if I want to finish the shawl to take with me in ten days!!!

Have you been doing any dallying lately?

Gracie xx





27 comments:

  1. All the best in planning your trips! Sounds exciting! The dahlias are beautiful and so is the glasswork at the Vista House.

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  2. I'm so glad to hear you're healing fast. I've been praying for you because I knew you have that fun trip coming up very soon. Your lavender is so pretty-I can almost smell it. I love lavendar a lot! The color, the smell, how delicate it looks. Your pictures of Vista house turned out great!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. Such pretty Dahlias! I haven't gotten any so far this year and I must remedy that! It was fun to see you enjoying my neighborhood.. :-) I'm so glad your injuries weren't worse and that your tooth is fixed up and I can't wait to see your glamorous glasses! And yes, you need to wear that shawl on your trip!! It will come in handy on the airplane trips. Trust me. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  4. So glad you weren't badly hurt, Gracie. Be sure to post a photo of your glamourous new glasses when you get them.... :)

    I like that little island sticking up from the river. And your shawl is looking lovely. Have a wonderful trip - PEI is on my bucket list.

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  5. My dear friend Gracie, so glad you are getting better now... So scary! Hope you can recuperate soon and feel all better before your next trip. Your shawl is looking glorious !

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  6. Oh Gracie, how scary that fall must have been! You were lucky it wasn't any worse, with broken bones too! Thank goodness!!! I hope Teresa was still with you to help you. I am so sorry, but glad you are healing quickly.
    Your trip sounds wonderful!!!!! I would love to see the East Coast in the Fall!!! Rest up my friend.
    XO Kris

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  7. Some wonderful photos. Good luck with all the planning for your next trip, glad you are on the mend.

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  8. Oh my Gracie I am so glad you were not hurt to badly, but it sure would have been a sore time for you...
    Look forward to seeing the new glasses and fun time going on holidays.....We are about to head off with our
    Winjana for 2 weeks ☺☺☺

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  9. Nice pictures!! Good that you are going places and enjoying sight seeing. Your shawl is looking lovely on the chair.
    Glad to know that you are feeling better now. But the good thing is that you are going to get new glamourous glasses:)

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  10. Gracie, I am glad your tooth has been mended and that you are healing up. And great luck that your car has been fixed up and nothing broke on your trip. Your chair looks so cozy with the beautiful blue glass reflecting the sun in the background. I wish I was sitting right there next to you crocheting and drinking tea.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. Oh my goodness! I'm sorry to hear about your fall, but glad you are on the mend. It sounds like it was a painful ordeal. Your shawl is very pretty as are your photos. I often miss my native NY and hope to go back some day. Enjoy the start of your week, Heather

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  12. Gosh, I'm sorry to hear about your injuries. I'm glad you're healing well. Your trip to the east sounds wonderful, I hope you enjoy seeing friends and all the beautiful fall foliage you're sure to see when you go. Take care and have a great week. :)

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  13. Your dahlias look so lovely the ones in my garden are still in bud. So sorry to read about your accident I'm glad you are making a good recovery. Your next visit sounds exciting, I know you will be sharing it with us too! Sarah x

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  14. Hello dear Gracie....I am sorry to hear about your fall, but glad you are recovering so well. Your upcoming visits to friends and family sound wonderful, and new glasses (of course glamorous ones!) and your new shawl will be perfect for the trip! I loved seeing the dahlias here......such delicious colours and amazing shapes!
    Wishing you a great week.
    Helen xox

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  15. oh Gracie sorry to hear about you're accident I hope you are on the mend again soon and off on you're trip.
    Clare xx

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  16. Goodness Gracie, I do hope you're fully healed soon, and that your car reliably carries you on your upcoming trips. Have fun visiting :)

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  17. LOVE that last photo Gracie! So sorry you had a bad fall but thankful it wasn't worse. I do hope you are able to make that dream trip you were planning--sounds delightful :)
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  18. Your fall sounds nasty, I'm glad you weren't too badly injured! But how exciting to have all those trips lined up, so much travelling and visiting to look forward to. x

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  19. Those dahlias look wonderful :) Your trip planning sounds fun, can't wait for you to share more of your travels with us all...as for your accident, well, I am glad that you are on the mend and I second the purchase of glamourous glasses :)
    Hugs, Sarah x

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  20. So glad you are healing after your fall. ((hugs)). The shawl looks lovely. I am looking forward to your finish. Wishing you safe and happy travels. :)

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  21. Oh, Gracie! My goodness! I'm so sorry about your fall. New glamorous glasses sounds like just the thing! And sweetpeas...one of my favorites. :) Praying that your recovery continues to be a quick one!

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  22. Oh no Gracie, so sorry to read of your fall, but glad to know that you are healing well and have already planned your next holiday which sounds just fabulous. Your oics are always so beautiful, and I'm loving the look of your pretty shawl. Have a happy day & keep healing, hugs xx

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  23. Oh Gracie, so sorry to hear about your tumble! And very grateful you didn't come off any worse. Watch out for those flowerbeds, they can sneak up on you! My husband went over his handlebars a few years ago and has a mended tooth in front too. Thank goodness for modern dentistry. Not a lot of dilly-dallying here, but a fantastic Indian summer, and I am off on a two-day break in the morning, for which I am profoundly grateful. Take care xox

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  24. Hope you are easing up. I always love the colours on your photos, such a range. Jo x

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  25. I tried before to leave you a message here about a week ago, my message vanished. I am sorry to read about your fall, it is amazing as children we used to tumble, get up and run on. Not so now! The aches and pains develop for a day or two! I wanted to share a photo of a dahlia I saw on the internet, I thought you would like it, I hope the link works. xx https://twitter.com/MsJackMonroe/status/508312209387421696/photo/1

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  26. Oh the Dahlia I am trying to show you has a great name. Google search 'Honka Surprise' what the name lacks in elegance the flower makes up for! Honka! lol

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  27. Beautiful photos again. I love Sweet Peas, we have them in the garden. I am sorry to hear of your fall! but glad you are healing quickly. lots of hugs XOX

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