Monday, August 15, 2011

"How I Spent My Summer Vacation"

Isn't that the requisite "back to school" essay? I went back to school today, and instead of dwelling of things I didn't accomplish this summer (blogging? cleaning the basement?) I'm determined to look back instead on what I have done. So here goes.

Hubby and I replaced our quiet evenings at home in the recliners (laptops included) with quiet evenings on our bikes exploring nearby neighborhoods. We've found some lovely places to ride, and go for miles and miles.

I think I finally picked enough blackberries. I wish you could have joined me! Some went into jam right away, and the rest went into the freezer for later.

My grandson (and his parents) came for a wonderful visit. We played in the sand, saw dinosaur bones and had a Happy Un-birthday party complete with strawberry cupcakes with whipped cream frosting.

I've been frequenting my brother's vegetable stand and enjoying all the bounty of the season. He grows Argent sweet corn, which is the BEST!

When it got too hot, we headed for the hills, hiking trails in Shenandoah National Park. We sat at an overlook at dusk, enjoying this glorious sunset.

But I haven't had my fill of these yet. There's still enough room in summer to squeeze in a few more of these and make some crab cakes from my grandma's recipe! (Coming soon, I promise!)


  1. Glad you had a wonderful vacation, Betty! Loved all your photos, so beautiful!
    Your brother's produce stand look so good, and such great variety to choose from.
    Would like to have some of the yummy crabs!
    Looking forward to your next post:DDD

  2. Wow, what a wonderful summer!! Loved ones, the out-o-doors, delicious foods -- it just looks magical!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. What a lovely, lovely vacation, Betty! I wish I have some of that fun too! Blogging is just an activity you do but this summer you were enjoying life and relationships. Nothing to be apologetic about! :)

  4. I kept asking myself why you haven't updated your blog and even thought about writing you an email but with all the things going on here I postponed it all the time :(
    Glad to hear you had such a wonderful summer vacation. School already started? oh my goodness, so early!
    Your brother stand looks great, does he ever come to the farmer's market on Route 3 (cross the street from Home Depot)Saturday morning? I'd love to buy some from him.

    Can't wait to read your next post!

  5. What a Perfect vacation; sounds restful and healthy. You have a brother with a vegetable stand? I would probably have spent all my time there. Anxious for you to post your grandma's crab cake recipe. Great post.

  6. What a great summer vacation!

  7. I'm giving you an A+ on your essay! Good job of spending your summer well. Corn on the cob and tomatoes straight from the garden say "summer" to me and none are better than from your area. Thank you for the beautiful photos of my mountains. I love those mist shrouded peaks and valleys.

    Have a great school year.


  8. Bonnie beat me to it! I'm giving you an A+ for a fun filled, healthy summer! How lucky to have a brother that owns a produce stand:@)

  9. The vacation sounds and looks wonderful. A brother with a vegetable stand, OMGoodness, way to fine!

    Found you at Octoberfarm! So glad I did.

    I'm waiting for your Granma's Crab Cakes Recipe!

    Great blog, good photos and comments.

  10. Looks like you've spent your vacation doing things that you enjoy, I can't think of a better way to pass these glorious warm weather months;-)

  11. glad to see you back from summer vacation...looks like a good time was had by all....what a great time...

    can't wait to read some of the crab recipes
    happy to stop by today, my friend

    always a pleasure to visit here
    kary and teddy

  12. Wow crabs I love them and I so miss them, its so expensive here and its seasonal, if its in season all you get are the skinny ones

  13. It sounds like such a wonderful and restful vacation. Your photos are lovely and your grandson looks precious. So tiny compared to the size of the beach and the ocean.

    My husband and I also enjoy biking. Although he tends to ride faster than i do, it's still a great sport to do together.

    The view of the mountains in the distance from the top of the hill looks like heaven on earth.

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

  14. Oh your pictures are so wonderful and I am so glad you had a great summer vacation. I have missed your recipes but you deserved that time away!

  15. So glad to know that you had a great summer vacation! Beautiful sunset photo ;-))

  16. thank you for sharing your summer vacation with us. i really love your photos. so pretty!

  17. If I had a produce stand like your brother's anywhere close to me I would be so happy and would probably become a vegetarian--at least for the summer.

  18. I am with you! I would not get my fill of crab. I would love a crab cake right now - so light and luscious. What a beautiful produce stand. Looks like you had a wonderful summer. I can't even stand the thought that it might be over soon.

    Your heirloom tomato pie looks fantastic also!

  19. I would not have traded anything you did for blogging or getting other things done. What a fun summer you've had! I can't wait for that crab cake recipe.

  20. Now that's the way to spend summer - enjoying it! And I am looking forward to your crab cakes. I. Love. Crab cakes. Love 'em. hugs!

  21. now that's what i call a proper summer! you've covered all the right bases and seen all the right sights. thanks for sharing!

  22. A lovely summer vacation. Relaxing and enjoying doing things that brings fun and happiness with your family! I can't even remember when was the last time I sat down to enjoy the sunset! Envy, envy! Have a lovely weekend!

  23. It looks like you have been having a lovely summer...and can't wait to see your crab cakes :)
    Have a great weekend!

  24. What a terrific idea for a post! I, too, went back to school last week (I'm a lunch lady!) and didnt get much accomplished this Summer. I swear the busier I am, the more I get done. Summer was a wash if the way of getting anything done. O-well

    Wish my brother had a veggie stand. Lucky!!! :)

  25. looks like you had an amazing summer!


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