Thursday, October 27, 2011

This or That Thursday: with 6 you get EGGroll eDition



Around these parts this can be a tricky time of year for photo taking. I've found myself still in what I refer to as summer mode; when I see a scene I'd like to photograph  I make a mental note to try it the next day or whenever I have a free moment. Only thing is, the next day the object could and likely will be gone. So while the sun was shining again last weekend I spent some time outside so my camera and my skin could soak in some much needed vitamin D.

The maples have almost entirely shed their leaves, with the exception of a few hangers on. Luckily the willows and the magnolia are still fully dressed, as is this miniature rosebush. It's not quite miniature anymore it's almost four feet tall and is still covered in blooms. I deadheaded the entire bush in July. I think my mom thought it was overkill until on a return visit I pointed out that it was replete with even more blossoms. 
I splurged on Thanksgiving weekend and bought three bouquets of gerbera daisies. Then, as our guests arrived and relaxed with a drink and snack out on the patio, I walked around the yard cutting a mix of wild flowers, grasses and 'weeds' and arranged them with the daisies in sap buckets for center pieces. You can see one here. Three weeks later and the gerberas are still holding their own. 

 


And please, don't think I'm advocating creating your centerpieces when your guests arrive. I just seem to always underestimate my time, even with three days advance preparation. Am I the only one with this issue?

Because there was a fire ban in our area over the summer due to the lack of rain this summer, despite the fact that we had record setting amounts of rainfall in the spring, this was our first bonfire of the year. And as the sun crept down in the distance Saturday evening, this was best seat in the house.
Did you know that I still had time for a little traveling on the weekend. Sure did. I went to Paris. Yep, Paris! I hadn't been there for awhile and I was sure you might not believe me so I took a photo so I could offer you up some of the resplendent beauty of Paris and, well heck, to prove I was there.
This was taken in the English section of town, obviously. All the sections are English though, in Paris, Ontario.

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24 comments:

images said...

SIX!
That should bring in the punters :-) Actually I could only find five. BTW, the sun only produces vit D on your skin if you never wash :-)
The leaves are so full of character. Pity we can't keep them all winter.

Judy Haughton-James said...

You take such beautiful pictures Andrea. Your flowers look great. My favourite flower is the rose. It is good that you got a chance to go to Paris. Have yourself a wonderful Thursday.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

gorgeous shots! love all of them:)

you're inspiring me!

have a great day!
betty

Gail said...

Beautiful...we still have roses lingering, too. I would not be sad if they remained through Christmas.

Tina´s PicStory said...

lovely shots :)

New End Studio said...

Visiting from Katherine's hop- tfs the flowers and your trip to Paris!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love the pic from Paris.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great shots! Great 'sense of humor'! ~ enjoy the day. ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked w/This or That ^_^

em said...

Ha! Your own little Paris. Great bonfire! We haven't had any of those in a long time!

Pat said...

Lovely shots! I like your Paris!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

That's a great bonfire.

Red Gate Farm said...

Great fire! And Paris? All in a day, lucky you :) It looks like a great little spot!

I must admit, I'm definitely the hostess that would also have been arranging flowers when the guests arrived! I always have great plans and can't quite manage to fit them all in, oh well it keeps the party interesting ;)

~Chris

Lynne said...

Gorgeous photos . . . loved them all.
Giving an extra vote for the daisy!

TexWisGirl said...

lovely images. i'm glad you were able to have a bon-fire. we're under such a serious burn ban i think it'll be 2014 before we're allowed to burn our brush piles! :)

lisa said...

Andrea, these are wonderful photographs!
I especially love the daisy. It is such a beautiful color.

Thank you so much for sharing these at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful day!

lisa.

Barb said...

Wonderful tour! I LOVE that bonfire! wow! and your shot of the building is gorgeous!

Elaine A. said...

I like your fire photo a lot.

And we have a Paris in Texas and it's SO fun to say "I went to Paris" - love that! :D

deb duty said...

Another fun post with spectacular photos! The first leaf one is my favorite and the flowers are so pretty.

Grace InAZ said...

Ha! There are Paris cities in US, too. Cute! I am blog hopping & following you from Katherine's Corner. Pls follow back. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/

Snoodles said...

All of your pictures are wonderful, but I love that first one the best! So crisp and clear. One day maybe I'll have good camera skills! LOL
I'm here from Katherine's....hoppin around!
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Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your photography has really evolved! Such gorgeous photos. I love going to Paris too. Following the river and bike path, checking out the places with great architecture and of course a stop at Mary Maxim.

Farmchick said...

Beautiful pics and I love that storefront.

tiarastantrums said...

the yellow flower is beautiful

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I wanna go to Paris in Ontario! In fact, I would pass up a trip to the real thing just to meet up with you there!
LYLAS!
xo, misha