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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Wednesday 12 September 2018

A Nod to Summer and A Wink at Autumn

To every thing there is a season 
And a time to every purpose under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Hello friends! The last few days have been cool but it's warming up again on the weekend. Sadly, Summer is fading quickly and Autumn is knocking on the door. I am going to miss the warm weather.

Here on Prince Edward Island, we have two seasons that almost skip from one to another. Our Winters last so long that our Springs barely have time to sprout its greenery before Summer arrives. And Autumn barely winks at us before the cold of Winter sets in again which is why I really don't enjoy Autumn all that much. 
We had a very hot and unusual summer this year but we enjoyed it. Still it passed all too quickly. Ah, seasons! What is your favourite season?

Speaking of seasons, I will share just a few photos I had taken over the summer. Enjoy!

We visited our favourite tea room again a few weeks ago and the lovely hydrangeas are in full bloom.

As many of you know, we are beach people.
A day on the beach. Can you smell the salt air? 

I've shared this picture of my granddaughter on the beach at sunset before but I can't help but share it again. It was magical!

Last week, we took a drive down to Murray River which is east of us and I took this shot of the river with Queen Anne's Lace in the foreground.

With the cooler temperatures comes the inclination to nest. One day last week I made my wonderful Hamburger and Barley soup. It was a cool and drizzly day so this hearty soup was just right for warming the tummy. It was lovely with some crusty bread and cheese. Sorry, I can't share the recipe because I made it mostly in my head as I do with many of my recipes. I can tell you that it is filled with tomatoes, barley, veggies, hamburg, and lots of herbs.

Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It's all about the memories. ~ Buddy Valastro

This time of year I seem to crave cake a little more than usual. But this cake was baked for someone special; my son who just celebrated his birthday. This is a scrumptious two layer chocolate cake, sandwiched with strawberry preserves and whipped cream. The berries make it look so pretty! It was a big hit! 
Would you like a slice?

The plate is made by Wedgwood called Romantic England and depicts a home from 1605.

The cup and saucer are Vista made by Masons of England.

Steam rises from a cup of tea
and we are wrapped in history,
inhaling ancient time and lands,
comfort of ages in our hands. ~ Faith Greenbow

Next week, this wreath will replace my summer one on the front door.  Pumpkins will be squatting on the steps and mums will be replacing my petunias and pansies. 
Oh, dear summer, I will surely miss you! Although Autumn does have its benefits too. Like pumpkin pie and turkey dinners and walks through the woods with crunching leaves beneath our feet. 

I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves. ~ unknown

Have a wonderful rest of the week, dear friends, and please pray for our friends in North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. Hurricane Florence sounds like she will not be too kind! Please, dear Lord, watch over them all and keep them safe!

I am sharing this with ~
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Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi