August continues on with many visitors throughout the week. It's definitely not vacation time for us! When life gets busy, it's time to find enjoyment and sustenance in small moments. For instance, one day recently I was walking down the hallway with an arm load of laundry when I happened to glance into our Green room, and saw the afternoon sun filtering through the window. It brought me a moment of pleasure and gave me the idea to dedicate this week's blog to visual gratification that highlight even the busiest of days. I don't know if it's true for everyone, but for myself the beauty of the most ordinary things can fill me with a sense of tranquility and joy, feelings that are restorative and vital. During difficult times it's seems essential to find something that uplifts the spirit.
Dahlias have always been the most practical flowers in our garden. They're not my favorites, but they are abundant and long-lasting.
I have never lived in a house before this one, where I could so easily track the voyage of the sun across the sky and observe its effect throughout the whole year. Light plays a significant role in our daily lives, from sunrise to sunset.
Interesting shadows on the front terrace.
The sky and fields change colors throughout the day
Clouds come and go.
At the end of the day, when the sun is low in the west, it paints the hills golden. The white farmhouses on the distant hillside glow. We never seem to tire of these little charming moments.
And then of course there are meals. To eat well and take the time to enjoy the daily pauses meals together provide, nurtures in more ways than one. Here's a delicious salad we made this week: Recipe