Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer Bliss: Paradise Reclaimed

My Bliss is reading in the Garden...  barefooted, swinging on the swing in the backyard watching the children make fairy forts, and sipping Iced Lemonade with fresh mint garnishes. 


I find myself acting more like a child in these settings, feeling carefree and relaxed.  I call this feeling "Bliss,"  and my summer is full of it. 

It is in the Summer Season that my hankering for the casual lifestyle is strongest, but I also delight in the pretty. 



My cottage fresh style is never so carefree as in Summer, with fresh flowers straight from the garden, white tablecloths, with white sparkly lights, and candles on the picnic table on the back deck. 

I find it exciting to drift beautifully into well-mannered "rooms" in my garden during the sultry evening hours of summer. 

Of course, there is the Play Room in the middle of the Grassy Knoll of the Back Yard,
which is always abuzz with crazy activity

Making Little Forts out of the Bushes in the Back Yard

Children making forts and decorating them with flowers

This was the front porch including a "Weather Station"

Decorating with Rose of Sharon Blooms
Playing "House"

Picnics in the Sun

Memories are made of this...

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the Whole and Hidden Heart of your life, because in the last analysis, all moments are Key Moments, and Life itself Is Grace.”

-Frederico Bucherno, 1854


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