22 May 2010

dreaming of sunshine (or of moving south...)



Sunshine.




I am getting a little desperate for it. We had a bit today, but, as is often the case here in the pacific northwest, it only lasted for a short while.





I am really looking forward to the warm weather, the sunny mornings, lunches outside, sun hats, sun glasses, bon fires, mowing the grass, picnics, days at the beach.





I want to get my tomato plants in their pots, the gardens to start to really grow, flower seeds to sprout, and the croquet game set up in the upper pasture.





I want to ride our bikes to the Saturday market more often, put sunblock on the boys, fill the water trough up and let them use it as a pool, need the umbrella over the sandbox to provide some shade, linger over dinners outside by candlelight with good wine and good friends.





I want to pull out our shorts, summer skirts, flip flops, swim trunks.






I want to entertain in the gardens, eat our own vegetables, make sun tea, throw open the windows, watch for butterflies.

Come on spring, we are waiting~

photos~ 1- weheartit; 2- shannon fricke; 3,4,5- martha stewart; 6-brabourne farm

50 comments:

A Refocused Life said...

I so agree - rain rain go away!
Actually, I headed south - I'm at the beach enjoying the sun. I hope I can take the sun back home with me.

Tattered Goods said...

Well, I am sorry to burst your buble...see I live in sunny Southern California and it was gorgeous all day. I will tell you that I so want to get my fanny up to where you are... so I can meet all of you and go to all the fabulous shows in your area. thanks somuch for the lovely pictures and enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Smiles,
sheila

Elyse said...

lovely collection of images.

xo
elyse

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I know how you feel!
Well, sort of...I've spent a good bit of time in the Pacific Northwest, and I know all too well how endless cloudy days can affect your moods and well-being. It certainly did mine!

Wishing you sunny days and clear skies! And no mosquitoes! ;-)

Hugs,
Anne

melanie said...

I blogged about this topic just this morning! I am sooooooooooo sick of the rain!
here's hoping and praying that the sun will be out soon~
beautiful blog, by the way- always adds a little sunshine to my day when I travel to your blog!
thanks

Shelly said...

I am SO with you "Sister"! We keep getting these "teases" and then,,,more cold and rain!

I'm trying to work out coverage for moi at Joyworks so I can at LEAST head East to Farm Chicks in a couple of weeks! Ackk! Are you going to be there?

I'm kind of "flying by the seat of my pants" trying to put it all together somewhat 'last minute.'

If I DO get to head "East" I may just keep going,,,,,,,,ackk! My Moss is growing Moss here in Washington!

We had a running "bud" of yours in Joyworks this afternoon......She was a sweetie!

Think sunny thoughts!

Hugs,
Shell

Jemsmom said...

Come on down to sunny Charleston, SC! We have been in the mid to upper 80's for the last few weeks. We hit the beach or the pool, but while you are enjoying a lovely warm/nice in the evenings in summer, we will be sweltering!! I still love it though!

a.love said...

Now you've got me wanting to plan a garden party again and I just traded my wonderful rental backyard for a new home that doesn't have a yard at all...woe is me...I think I should have thought harder about this... ;)

donna baker said...

I must admit, I always wondered about people that live in the NW. I figured they must love the weather or something. Maybe with global warming, you'll get a little more sunshine. Your summer sounds heavenly.

fairmaiden said...

Me too...been making suntea, but I can pretty much make it all year round living in Cali. It's been cloudy with chance of rain all day...strangely cold for us.

Andy's Attic said...

I, too, am anxious to see my shadow on a regular basis. Your images are wonderful and make me want summer even more!!
Annette

Florence said...

I am right there with you, what is up with all this rain, yuk. Maybe if we all think positive we could get our wish. I am thinking positive to get that sunshine going and staying with us. Hugs Florence

bullie_mama said...

I know, it was so gorgeous all day then of course we get more rain - BOO! Are you in Washington too? Maybe one day we'll meet up and be able to do a little flea market shopping - maybe when the sun is out! Let's keep hoping!

Miss Sew & So said...

thats is exactly how we feel over here....the english weather this weekend has {at last} been bliss...we are having our 2nd bbq of the weekend and have had an afternoon nap on the trampoline covered in cushions and throws in the shade of a big ol tree in the garden yesterday....
lovely at last....hope you get some too...
xx

Tom Stephenson said...

... and drink more Mint Julep ...

laura may said...

I love the feeling of dining outside. The air & atmosphere is different. You just want to stay out there all day. lovely post!

lm.x

LouBoo said...

Hi - I am so with you (apart from today it is very sunny and warm - miracle). Everyone is talking about summer and I have been wondering when exactly it's going to arrive!? This might be it; however it might not. England has a way of giving it and then taking it away! L x

nichole said...

I am with you on every front!

It's gray and yucky here, which is putting a damper on the day.

Lovely photos. ;)

Chez Zizi said...

Absolutely beautiful images! I want all those things too, can I come to live with you?
xox
Ziz

paige said...

i'm with ya girlie!


however, it was quite muggy & warm yesterday in atlanta...ugh...but it blew over & the sun came out to wrap up a beautiful evening.

la fille vanille said...

I know how you feel - we just had the first warm days here and it was amazing :-)

parisapartment said...

These photos are absolutely gorgeous! Love your shots of France too!

Chez Loulou said...

Spring came very late here as well. We had a dusting of snow a couple of weeks ago! So much for the "always sunny" south of France.
My flip flops are officially out and they're not going back into the closet until October!
I hope spring arrives soon for you too.

Stephanie said...

These are gorgeous! It has been a slow start to spring in NY too ... but we're starting to get hints. Hope it comes your way soon ...

Grammy said...

Ugh, I know how you feel. We, too,
live in the Northwest. Ahh, so green, but oh so wet and gloomy of late. But, then I remember that it usually stays like this until the Portland Rose Festival. The Queen and her court, up on their float all bundled up against the elements. THEN, we will have summer!

sinnlighet said...

Love love love your post today...

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Thanx for your kind comment!!

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Ciara said...

Oh I hope you get your sunshine soon, dear one! We are bathing in it here at the moment as you know, but cooler weather on the way for next week so we are making the most of it!

Gorgeous pictures as ever! Thanks for the inspiration!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

I'm longing for this too. Here in the South, we seemed to have gone straight from winter to summer. I'm going to miss those Northwest summers. They were the best!

Ange said...

Wish you were here - glorious days painting outside... tomatoes growing nicely. No chickens' eggs yet though ;-) Summer has arrived!!
xxx tu me manques

Kathy said...

I hear yah.....this morning while I was out doing my morning routine of collecting the dead slugs from my plastic plates full of beer, I was FREEZING...isn't this almost June? Shall we jump on the next plane to the south of France, I read the weather is good there today? Bisous

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Oh, lovely---I am not finding this weather fabulous AT ALL. Let's bust outta town together...Riviera fo-sho'

What date did we come up with for our walk-about?
oxooxox
Lara

lisa golightly said...

It has been freezing here in No. CA ... if I could put some sunshine in a jar and send it to you, I would ! xoxo Lisa

Lori said...

Well the sun is shining on the east coast ~ but I am with you all the way. I cannot wait for summer although this Victoria Day week-end has been the proverbial cherry on the top of our vacation ~ they are calling for 30C here tomorrow. I see weeding and relaxing on the deck in my future!

natasha said...

Me too! Except we are heading into winter here (which is probably still very mild by comparison to yours, so I guess I can't complain too much!).

Btw, thanks so much for your sweet comment, you gorgeous being. It really made me smile :) x

abeachcottage.com said...

we've had a few days of unusual rain too, how odd!!! rain is normally just a day or so in Aus then back to blue sunny skies...now it's been here way to long and I am over it...

perhaps I need to head south with you ;-)

Sarah

Morgane said...

if you want i can send you some sun : weather is clearly in a july way this week-end ! i enjoy the liberty of wearing a sun dress with flip-flop and went to the beach yesterday

Cathi said...

You just described why I have and always will live in California - the weather. (I wouldn't mind a few short term moves somewhere else though.)

You live in a pretty fabulous area too!!

Loving your photos - they are gorgeous! :) xxoo

Privet and Holly said...

KIM! LOVE your pictures, they do INSPIRE so! My parents live in SW Washington and have been going through the same thing you are experiencing....but I know from past experience that the summers in Washington are FULL of SUNSHINE and fabulous, DRY 80 degree summer days! I used to bring my kids out and stay for a long, glorious MONTH each summer before they were both too involved in STUFF at home. This year my son is going out early with a friend {very exciting to fly alone when you are 11!} and then my daughter and I will join him ~ three weeks for him and two for us. Can't wait to roam the property, eat blackberries and soak up the SUN. It's coming!!!
xx P&H

red ticking said...

i am so with you... this past week has been so strange.. i want to finally give my white legs a chance to get a little shade of pink! he he

have a great week... xx

DeHart Family said...

love the pics .Chateaumonette.blogspot.com

wishful nals said...

love them all. want to be on that couch right now! xo!

Teresa said...

Oh, I'm with ya sister! We are molding over here in Montana, and that's coming from a former Western Washington girl. I shouldn't complain because we need the water, but I really would like a bit of sunshine and warmth!

Mikaela H B said...

oh wow it looks amazing. I agree!

Gaia said...

I know exactly what you mean!
i'd love to live in a place where sun shine 365 day and where it's always warm..no more rain or snow!

Summer seems it's arriving...Hope it will last for so long...

Suzann said...

wonderful photos.
Spring doesn't visit Chicago, but we did seem to have one this year. Right now it feels like summer full on outside though. But, the sunshine, the glorious sunshine can boost the mood like nothing else.

RACHELLE said...

did you enjoy the hotel you stayed at in paris? we are planning a trip for the near future and are wondering where one should stay while in paris? it would be my sister and i. we love the brocantes and all the same types of venues as you visited so....we trust your judgement ENTIRELY. (no pressure) :) hee hee

shell

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Casa Mia * My House * said...

Well said. I love summer!

Kendall said...

What a beautiful blog. It has finally warmed up here in NYC, after months of praying for warmer weather!

I'll be checking back in on your lovely posts! Thanks

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

It's been quite a wait, hasn't it? It rained yesterday and is pouring today. I'm sick of it too and even my daughter told me she can't take any more rain. Everything sure is green and wonderful, isn't it?

Maybe tomorrow!

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Angie Muresan said...

Oh, it does sound so lovely, particularly as I'm looking out the window and it's pouring rain.

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