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Campfires and Books

Rain is misting lightly outside, cooling things down after a gorgeous weekend spent with my friend Corrie. Neither of us were feeling good, so instead of jaunts here and there, we planned a thoroughly relaxing couple of days filled with eating good food, afternoon naps, and long talks while curled up in comfy chairs.

One of my favorite memories is from Saturday night. After trekking through the bush and spotting a couple of wallabies, we returned home and set up for an evening around the campfire. Bear helped me arrange the fire pit, haul chairs over, and collect firewood.

While Corrie had a good, long talk with her hubby back in Colorado, I sank into my chair with a cold drink and soaked up the stunning light shimmering through leaves and blades of grass.

I never tire of this time of day on our farm. We might be exhausted from wrangling goats or digging gardens, but once sunset begins, stress melts away and you can’t help but be happy to be alive.

As the sun sank lower we opened wine to breathe and brought out ice cold beers. Bear built and lit the fire and I brought out fixings for dinner: lamb sausages made with pepper and sun-dried tomatoes.

As the sausages popped and sizzled we settled back with our drinks, munching on potato chips and sharing stories. It felt so good to laugh hard and chat about our day, thoroughly relaxed and comfy with all the chores done and a free night ahead of us.

While we chatted and the fire crackled, Bear collected more firewood, fallen branches and bits of gum tree bark to keep the fire going late into the night.

At last the sausages were ready, charred on the outside, cooked on the inside, ready to be dressed with Dijon mustard and homemade chili jam.

Soon the sun was gone and we sat under a star-filled sky wrapped in flannel shirts and blankets, talking about life and work and hopes and plans. Corrie is a writer too, so very, very talented, and it was great to talk shop with her, sharing plans and book ideas.

Following in that vein, I’m delighted to announce that PDF versions of my books are now available for only $14.99 AUS ($12.57 US). With no shipping or printing costs to worry about, they are a great option for anyone who’d like a copy to store on their computer and have inspiring images of Italy and old European doors only a mouse click away.

italia by Krista Bjorn

To purchase a copy or for more information, visit my book shoppe by clicking here.

portals by Krista Bjorn

The rain has stopped, but the clouds and wind are keeping us cool as we reflect on happy memories with a dear friend.

What is your favorite memory from this weekend? xo

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Rachel Friesen - I always feel pressure to take my friends and family to see the sites when they come stay with us. Yet time and again, my best memories of those visits are the long, rambling chats that occurred over coffee or drinks when we didn’t venture any further than my own backyard. Sometimes, it’s good to just be together. Glad to hear you had such a lovely visit with your friend!

LindyLouMac - Just enjoyed a lovely catch up of your recent posts, glorious photography as always. Great news about your books.

Laura @ Travelocafe - I desperately need some quality time like you described so lovely in your post. Love to post and the pics too.

Maureen - What a wonderful fire spot! How wonderful to have your friend visit. Nothing better.

Glamorous Glutton - This looks like a perfect way to spend an evening, I love your camp fire set up. Beautiful photos of your farm. GG

Velva-Tomatoes on the vine - Wow, love these days when the sun golden is streaming-a fire,friends good drinks and food. So lovely.

Joanne (eats well with others) - The sunlight there is so beautiful! I can see how soaking it in is so relaxing.

Jackie Smith - What a lovely and relaxing time you had with a friend. Nothing better than being with special people In a special place. Magic, simply, magic.

Hotly Spiced - What a beautiful evening. I do love a casual dinner around a fire pit. Your images are gorgeous and congrats on having your books ready for sale xx

Margo Millure - I’m so glad you had such a beautiful time with your friend, Corrie. I’m also envious. I want to go wallaby walking and hang out with you around the camp fire. xo

Anna Johnston - Your pictures are stunning lady! πŸ™‚ Love the one of the beer, not the beer tho. LOL! Wawho on the PDF version of your book, you are amazing. Will there be a hardcover copy of your book available? I’d much rather your book sits on my coffee table than on my computer. It was my birthday on Saturday, so I was spoilt from the a.m right through until late, got to hang out with all my fave peeps. It was brilliant. πŸ™‚ Glad you are enjoying your pal, you both are stunners.

anne - Brilliant photos , and such a great way to spend time with a friend. Sometimes do nearly nothing , relaxing , books , chats , good food and friends, has to be done!! Love the Italian Lake, not been to this one. And no warmth here , we had snow overnight , it is freezing!!

Krista - I’m so glad, @katyabroad:disqus πŸ™‚ I love that you can bring me a bit of winter to cheer my Canadian heart, and I can give you a bit of summer to warm your English one. πŸ™‚

katyabroad - Sigh, just lovely! Long summer evenings feel a world away, but thank you for bringing them to me in the middle of my winter! Those photos are warming me up πŸ™‚

Krista - It was such a beautiful weekend with her, @tandysinclair:disqus πŸ™‚ How fun to shop for something you love!

Krista - Thank you, @budgetjan:disqus It is such a relief to have that done. πŸ™‚ It is downright chilly here tonight! We had to close windows and pile on blankets. It’s a lovely reprieve from the heat. πŸ™‚

Krista - It is my very favorite view on our farm, @liz_posmyk:disqus πŸ™‚ I look at it nearly every day. πŸ™‚

Tandy Sinclair - Your photos with your friend were amazing. This weekend I took happy memories of shopping for fresh mushrooms πŸ™‚

budgetjan - Congrats on the PDF copies of your books now being available. I can’t believe that it is cold in the evenings down there. We are still in the same state and we are sweltering all night up here! We love relaxing in the garden as the sun goes down too.

Liz Posmyk - Krista, that first photograph with the view is breathtaking! Just beautiful, lovely lady. Thank you for sharing your campfires weekend.

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