Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lots of rain around here.....

and I am not moaning after such a dry summer. Ask me in another week's time if it's still hanging around.

I got together with my friends yesterday. We usually meet in Panera Bread on the first Wednesday of every month and sometimes in the between times. Four-and-a-half hours later we started heading back home. I am so glad they don't feel the need to kick us out after a couple of hours. In some restaurants two hours is about as much as you get, understandably so as they are there to make a business. Here, however, there are lots of tables and always plenty of room for people to sit, so that you don't feel you are taking a table from someone else. Otherwise, we would not take up the whole afternoon chatting.

Gregg is working out of the house today, always nice to have him around but have to remember he is working and I try not to interrupt him.

I don't think I will be going anywhere today. I have loads of things to do around the house, the never-ending, like fighting salmon upstream, tidal wave of housework that always seems to be there. Love that housework, not really. My "This England" magazine came in the other day and it's begging to be read.

I also finished a new book last night from Louise Penny. Has anyone read her Inspector Gamache series? They're absolutely wonderful! Her new one is called "A Trick of the Light". This is about the sixth one I have read in the series. They all take place in Canada. This link will take you to her official website.

Oh well, time to go dust up a few cobwebs.

24 comments:

  1. Pretty bloom. Sounds like you and your friends had a good time. It's always nice to visit for a while.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. There is a trunkful of recipes for using dandelion that I will have to crack open and see what I could use again.

    The Panera Bread meeting sounds like the place to be. Gosh they have good stuff in there.

    Never read her books - will have to click the link.

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  3. Just catching up with your blog posts, Denise. I loved the photos from San Diego zoo and the photos of the dog and the cheetah are wonderful! I smiled to see the meerkat handler wearing tough gloves - sharp claws, I'm guessing.
    It was good you met Brad to have lunch together and your dishes certainly looked appetising.
    We're having a fair amount of rain, too - keeps everything green, I suppose (and soggy!!)

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  4. pretty purple flower, just for me i'm sure!!

    i LOVE panera bread, i always get the vegtable sandwich with hummus, the bread it comes on is amazing!!

    i have had lot's of spiders and cobwebs this year, they kinda sway when the a/c kicks on. early halloween decorations?? maybe!!

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  5. Dear Denise,
    This is my first visit to your blog, and I love it. I an an anglophile, but I was born here. We went to England with our children this time last year and spent 2 weeks exploring and eating pasties :) Where were you born? I love the pictures of the water plants.
    Blessings!

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  6. Beautiful shot of the flower. I'll have to check out those books. I haven't read them yet. We've been having a lot of rain too.

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  7. Sounds to me you have your priorities straight, Denise... connect with friend, read a good book... show us a colourful bloom on a grey day.

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  8. It's been a week of rain here as well with rivers close to flood stage.
    I have the audio version of the new Louise Penny book but have not listened to it yet. Glad u enjoyed it Denise.

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  9. The weather has turned pretty miserable here too Denise - definitely autumnal. Thanks for the book recommendation, I will look out for it. A x

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  10. I wish our eating places allowed us to stay for four hour chats. That's what I call real relaxation.

    It's raining here too.

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  11. Cobwebs are made in a clean house my friend.

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  12. A lovely flower Denise and a fantastic new header.

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  13. That is a long lunch! You are out doing the French :) I haven't heard of that author so thanks for the recommendation.

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  14. Oh dear. Another book to chase up. Someday the shelves will not be groaning.
    I am with you about the rain. I always welcome it. Someone once told me that you can keep things alive by watering them but to get them to grow you need rain. And I think they were right.

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  15. In Hawaii, we tend to have liquid sunshine -- it drizzles while the sun is still shining, creating a beautiful rainbow. Only in Hawaii.

    Glad you had a good time with friends. What a nice restaurant!

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  16. Denise, Sounds like a nice get together with your friends. Panera Bread has a nice menu. I am so tired of seeing rain. We had several roads closed due to flooding. But, luckily we have made it thru the worse with just a little water in our basement. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely DRY weekend.

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  17. I like how you capture the bear up the tree. I was watching a docu on how some women kept feeding bears, and one of them was killed.

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  18. Lovely day, Dear!



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  19. What a bright & cheery flower to start the day! Love the intensity of colour. Your outing with friends sounds great - special times to be treasured. As for the rain, a dear friend once told me that God provides the rain to wash us outside and tears to cleanse us inside....

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  20. Denise, not much rain in this part of VA (eastern shore) but some might be coming on Friday. It's very hot and humid outdoors. Ah, Panera Bread is one of my favorites for many of the reasons you noted, plus the free wi-fi and when we're on a road trip we always stop in. Thanks for the info on Louise Perry, I'll check her books the next time I go to the library. Currently reading Donna Leone mysteries with inspector Guido Brunetti and these are set in Venice.

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  21. Neat stuff. Beautiful pictures. May you have all you need!

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  22. Very nice shot of the flower.

    I will check out the link of the book. I never read any of her books yet.

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  23. We have the rain back and another cold snap, just as we were getting used to the warm weather and T shirts again.

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  24. So enjoyable reading everyone's comments, thanks so much.

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