Summer is going out with a bang and we've been enjoying our last few visits to the beach to soak it all in. The water's starting to get a bit chilly because we've had a few cooler evenings, but it's always fun to go in for a refreshing late afternoon dip. Afterwards we sit, enjoy the view of the beautiful Ottawa River, and read, and I usually stitch.
Seeing quick progress on my Country Charmer has been wonderful but it's always a nice break to step away from the machine and pick up my hand stitching.
As an added bonus, we pass a quilt shop en route to the beach so the other night when I realized that I had left my needle at home an 'emergency' stop at the shop meant no down time :). With this being a long weekend, and a weather forecast that is hot and sunny, I am hoping that there will be a few more stars added to the pile soon.
This morning I've been experimenting with making my own granola. Betty gave me a delicious bag for my birthday that she had made and I stretched it out as long as I could - it was soooo good. I just love it on my fruit and yogurt. No oatmeal, just a combination of nuts, flax and sesame seeds, and coconut slow roasted with a bit of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup; afterwards I mixed in some dried cherries and candied ginger and orange peel. I'll have to see how close I've come to matching Betty's....M