Friday, February 6, 2015

Summer Days



With all the reports of blizzards, snow and rain in the Northern Hemisphere I thought it would be nice to share some warmth with some sunny snapshots. I know when it's winter here I always appreciated seeing summery photos. 



It's a random mix of photos taken over the last month or so. Just things that caught my eye. 

The stripes of light streaming through curtains.

The glory of light giving the trees an unearthly glow.

Freshly picked tomatoes straight from the garden.

Fruity fun breakfasts! Cherries, peaches, mangos, pineapple...

We made cantelope rock melon sorbet made simply by putting the fruit into an icecream machine. No flavours, preservatives just good wholesome fruit. The white icecream is made with creamy coconut milk. I added the basil leaves as garnish and it's aromatic flavour added a herbaceous spice to the icecream. The next sorbet we want to try is watermelon and mint, mmmm.

What could be sunnier that a bright cheery sunflower

Exotic blooms and...

...banksias and proteas look as though they're made to survive hot summer days.

How about a nice mountain view.

Or a quiet place to sit.




We've had some sun showers to balance out the warm days, I came across this giant puddle and loved how there was another world reflected on the water.

Our garden is full of birds, noisy cockatoos, laughing kookaburras and colourful parrots of all types. I wish I was better at taking photos of birds but they're just too quick for me. I did however manage to capture this pretty parrot. In fact I think he took pity on me and kindly posed. I know he is such a lovely shade of green but it's just a shame he blends into the background. 

One last photo, 
of summer coloured stitches. Isn't it great that sewing suits all types of weather! 

Happy warm stitching to those in the Northern Hemisphere, and happy refreshing breezes to those in sunny lands. 

38 comments:

Catherine said...

Your lovely quilts and your colourful environment are just right for each other! Re reflections, have you seen Escher's etching, The Three Worlds?

shez said...

Hi Racheal Thankyou for sharing these amazing pics with us,all so beautiful xx

Terry said...

Good Morning Sunshine . The photos capture summer in the mts perfectly. I miss the panoramic. Views. Was the valley the Megalong?
The rosella and your stitching go together well.

Chris said...

With all the rain I bet everything's blooming. How are the girls performing?

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Nothing is better than a picture of zinnias and a sunflower. thank you for warming me up!

carol fun said...

thanks for this little taste of summer! it gives me hope that Spring will be coming soon!

Kyle said...

You warmed a lot of us up with your incredible photos.

Barb said...

aaaahhhh, I needed that.

Oh my goodness I can not believe that you have wild parrots just chilling around your garden. I used to own a cockatoo and it was fun - noisy but fun. makes my local birds look sad in comparison!
I feel like i just went on a mini vacation to sunny Australia.

Your ice cream looks amazing - as well as your breakfast. Wow, you just forget how good summer fruits are when they are gone. have you ever drizzled balsamic glaze on cantaloup? it is amazing.

thanks for a sweet taste of summer!

Melissa P said...

I love your mountain view! Such a splendid panorama.

Don't you love the ease of digital cameras (whether in your phone or in a separate device)? It just makes documenting the simple pleasures so much easier. Thanks for sharing!

Melody said...

Lovely photos. You do live in a very beautiful place

Susan C. said...

I am not a robot......ok...are we through.....hello?......your photos are brilliant, and very cheery.....or cherry! .....yes go back and read that sentence again......see can a robot do that, I thunk not. :-)

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree with Mel- you do live in a wonderful place! I can almost taste that basil! And a watermelon and mint slushy was the nicest summer drink from a trip to Adelaide a few years back! I really should try to make it too!

Quiltbenaco said...

Sì, le tue immagini ci riscaldano in queste giornate piovose e fredde...
Grazie
Ciao

rebecca said...

Oh you bring sunshine all the year round Rachael!

rebecca said...

Oh you bring sunshine all the year round Rachael!

Heidi said...

thank you, I'm feeling much better now :-)) ( it's finally soooo cold here )

tracie @ beets+birch said...

oh girl thank you for sharing all your beautiful!
i'm sucking in all the sunshine and goodness from your pictures!
i'm so sun deprived i'm stabby!

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Ohhh.... so lovely, lovely and lovely pics my dear friend!! Thank you for warming my heart up!
Hugs, Deborah

Linda said...

Great photos. I'm in Singapore at present en route to NZ. Hot and humid, such an amazing contrast to the icy London we left behind on Wednesday. Of course as it's a tropical climate we got tropical rain this morning so we delayed our exit for a couple of hours and I caught up with Bonnie Hunter's Quilt cam. Haven't got any sewing to do, but I can watch someone else sew! Your hand stitching looks lovely.

O'Quilts said...

I have booked my flight

Mary said...

Oh my! We do not have such plants here...in Ohio! The colors are amazing! I really think Australian quilters are so influenced by the magnificent color and shapes they see all around them! Thanks for the sunshine today, Rachael!

Judy said...

What a great post! I can feel the sun and the warmth all the way over here in Idaho ;-) I love that photo of the trees with the sunlight streaming through-wonderful photography!

Lynne Shandley said...

Thanks for the flowers and the views. That juvenile king parrot is certainly enjoying his afternoon tea of nectarine or peach!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Thanks--I needed that! It's the dead of winter where I live and bitterly cold, so perusing your lovely photos was like going on vacation!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

You're KILLING me :) But loved the mountain, the parrot and the coloured stitches and and and........
OMG, I just saw that you have another fan in Idaho! You are just everywhere
and deservedly so. Thank you.

Julie said...

Lovely photos - I think your grass is greener than ours in NZ, though we have had some rain now, it might change.
Happy weekend to you.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Lovely photos! They certainly brightened the bleak winter days we've been having!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Some beautiful rural scenes here Rachel. Enjoy!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Some beautiful rural scenes here Rachel. Enjoy!

Karen S said...

Beautiful photos. You have captured the warmth of Summer so well. Love the look of your sorbet!

DeborahGun said...

Gorgeous photos - I could almost taste that sorbet - delicious!

Vickie said...

Each picture is just beautiful ! Love your Blue Mountains scenery and your ability to see texture even in the shadow of window blinds.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Love the photos RAchael...love the basil...the colour and especially sorbet!

pandchintz said...

Beautiful photos! The sorbet looks most enticing and I see you have the same breakfast fruit tastes as me! Isn't that bird clever to be able to disguise himself so well, even if it does mean it's not easy to photograph.

pompom said...

Great photos Rachael.

Helen L said...

Lovely photos! Love the sunflower and the wonderful bird: I've always wanted to visit Australia/New Zealand to see the amazing birds. Maybe I'll get there someday, but till then, keep sharing your bird and flower and quilt photos!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Thimbleanna said...

Ahhh. That feels much better. I feel like I've had a little mini-vacation. And that parrot! Beautiful!!!

Karen said...

It has been so steamy of late I bet those ice creams will be very much enjoyed. The shot of the sun streaming through the tress is wonderful. I also love the shot of the magnificent Blue Mountains. Those clouds look like fluffy cotton balls.

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