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Sunshine, Rellies and Bruschetta

Happy Monday, dear ones!  How was your weekend? You inspired me with your “simple pleasures” on Friday, and I hope you each found time to indulge in at least one thing that made you happy.

My weekend was a lovely hodgepodge of solitude and company, sunshine and gray skies, rest and hustle.

Friday night was grand fun with a jolly Classic Movie Night with a gang of dear friends. We popped corn and settled in to watch that hilarious John Wayne classic, “The Quiet Man.” I grinned all over again when I found this collection of Memorable Quotes from the movie.

Saturday dawned gloriously sunny and I slept in luxuriously. The rest of  the day was spent with beloved rellies. We had such fun exploring our favorite discount stores and emerging with all sorts of treasures. I was especially excited about all the new herbs, soil, and containers I found, and had such fun expanding my little garden with English thyme, variegated sage, spearmint and all sorts of lettuces.

I kept my food simple but delicious this weekend, drawing from my herb garden for inspiration. With fresh basil and gorgeous tomatoes at hand, I could think of nothing better than grainy bread spread with pesto and topped with diced tomatoes tossed with garlic, olive oil, and sea salt. Mmm. 🙂

I was tempted to be overwhelmed today, my mind racing with all the things on my to-do list, but decided that stressing out was not a good option. So I thought through everything and reckoned that papers could be sorted another day, vacuuming could wait, and learning how to use Adobe Elements could definitely be bumped down the list. Instead I had a beautiful day of puttering: cooking interesting things for my lunches, reading a good book in a puddle of sunshine on my bed, taking a nap on the creek bank. It was just what I needed and I feel ready to face a new week with a rested, happy me.

What is one thing you’re looking forward to this week, luvs?

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El - Love, love, love these photos. Just beautiful. I’m looking forward to watching Coco Before Chanel with my hubs and going on a garden tour!

Debi Shawcross - The purple flowers are beautiful! What are they? Picturesque photos and a lovely celebration of the season.

RamblingTart - Oh, thank you, El!! 🙂 I’m so glad. I was so pleased with my little garden that I had to take pictures. 🙂 Ooo, I just watched Coco before Chanel a couple of weeks ago – so very, very interesting – and a garden tour sounds lovely! Enjoy! 🙂

RamblingTart - I love them too, Debi! 🙂 They are campanula and are supposed to be a sort of ground cover. I just love them. 🙂

Duchess - It looks lovely! No way to sign up for updates anymore??? 🙁

RamblingTart - Thank you, Duchess! I’m working on adding those things, I promise. 🙂 Just not quite sure how to do it yet!

doggybloggy - the photo of the varigated sage looks other-worldly….

RamblingTart - I quite agree, doggybloggy! 🙂 I like it. 🙂

Malin - Oh thank you so much! 🙂

I admire people who can make food look good on picture. It must be the green grass surrounding it!

Kris - The bread you used looks wonderful!!

RamblingTart - You’re very welcome, Malin! 🙂 Your work is wonderful!

Yes, the green grass makes everything look good, I think! 🙂

RamblingTart - Thanks, Kris! It is really delicious. 🙂

Lazaro - Love the new look to the site. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. You take the best photos I’ve seen on the web. I wish you could photograph my dishes.


RamblingTart - Thank you, Lazaro! I’m so pleased you like it. 🙂 Thank you too for your kind words about my photos. You just made my week! 🙂 If I were closer, I’d love to photograph your dishes. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - I always feel so relaxed when I come to your site Krista! Perhaps it’s the gorgeous nature photos or the lovely food! 😀

RamblingTart - Ohhh, I’m SO glad to hear that, Lorraine! I want this to be a peaceful, beautiful escape. 🙂

Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Your new blog is looking fabulous! I love how your comments are laid out, I’ve not seen that anywhere else.

Yes we are leading parallel lives whilst I work out how to use WordPress and fiddle with my new theme. I still need to retag and recategorise all my posts yet. I still don’t know how to get up a twitter button so you’re a step ahead of me there!!!

Those tomatoes look great, we’re just at the point where we get some decent ones again here in the UK. I hate tomatoes in winter. I wish we’d get some summery weather to match.

RamblingTart - Thank you, Sarah!! That cheers me right up. 🙂

I still have to categorize and tag all my old posts too. Grrr. I should just put on an old movie and get at it! 🙂

I hate those grainy winter tomatoes too. Ugh!! We had the sunniest weather the past week, but today it’s torrential rains and dark skies again. I don’t mind too much. Gives me a good reason to stay inside and do the housework I’ve been neglecting. 🙂

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