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    Living on Vancouver Island in B.C. Canada Diane loves the scent of forests and rain, the rhythms of the sea, and holds discoveries and stories in high regard.

    Where mornings begin with a drum roll! --Diane M Schuller

    Updated on random Mondays ... simply an online journal of an ordinary life. Come on in to enjoy a breath of West Coast air.

    Good Question

    • If we’re not supposed to have midnight snacks, then why is there a lightbulb in the refrigerator?
    • Are there any funny stories or memories (or characters) from your life that you’d like to share? Come on, there must be one 🙂
    • How would your classmates from school remember you?

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    I’ll answer the bottom question for now. When I was in elementary and junior high (middle) school, classmates would remember me as the shy, quiet one in the back who never talked or raised her hand. Oh yes, and she’s the one everyone either teased or bullied. They called her names, mostly “injun” or “squaw”. I guess with my long black hair and dark skin that’s what they thought. My insecure demeanour didn’t help. Away from school I was very different. If they could only see me now. When I hit high school, a couple of my teachers were instrumental in ‘opening me up’. I became confident, talkative, and sometimes even bold. But that wasn’t until those final three years. Thankfully, once I gained that high school confidence, things only improved from there. Whew. Care for a Dutch Baby?

    Now you.

    PS: If I write out my Dutch Baby recipe here, my website won’t allow you to cut/paste so here’s a link to a recipe online that is just about the same as mine. My recipe is different from many online in that I never use sugar in the batter. I prefer the sweetness on the top-only such as pouring real maple sugar or else make it like cinnamon toast: spread softened butter, sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Or just add some lovely fresh fruit. I also love lemon sugar spread which is simply softened butter, fresh lemon zest plus a little squeeze of the fresh lemon, and some sugar. Enjoy. I cook mine (the size above) for exactly 15 minutes and immediately remove it.

    sunset at Qualicum Beach, BC by ©Diane M Schullera peek of the Salish Sea at sunset

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    dinahmow - September 17, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Really? People were so rude as to call you racist names? I’m glad you overcame all that rubbish because you’re lots of fun to know. And if that’s the view from your back garden I am very green!

    lisa - September 18, 2014 - 10:33 am

    Kids (and many adults too!) can be so cruel). Glad you overcame.
    You’re a wonderful person and definitely one of my favorite people here.
    I feel VERY fortunate to have met you. xo.

    Sherry Galey - September 18, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    That is the most perfect Dutch baby! What a shot! I can remember the first time I was served one at a friend’s house when I was about 20. I was amazed. I have been making them ever since but they almost never look as good as yours. In grade school I was pretty shy and studious too. Always worked hard and kept my nose clean. My big rebellion is Grade 7 was wearing jeans to school — long jeans that were ragged at the ends. It was off to the Principal’s Office for me, but I didn’t mind. I was asserting myself!

    Eleanor had some wisdom

    “Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

    Fair warning: this is one of the longest posts I’ve done so feel free to skip over any/all. One of the reasons I’ve continued with my photo journal / blog is because some people I know like to look in and see what I’m up to, especially now that we’ve moved onto Vancouver Island. I often feel like it’s boring to keep telling everyone what I’m up to or sharing some of the beautiful sights we get to see everyday around here. And then I try to remind myself that is the very reason some like to stop by — you get a glimpse into a life lived differently. As we all do, each of us has something different we do and experience whether it’s daily or sporadically. So I shall continue.

    sunrise over Georgia Strait by ©Diane M Schuller, Parksville, BC

    Although I’m still spending all kinds of time outdoors each day, I’m beginning to spend more of my evenings indoors. Guess what I’ve been doing during those evenings? Knitting. I’ve made my first shawlette (just a smaller version of a shawl) and the lace pattern along its bottom is what’s known as feather & fan — I love how easy it was and how it turned out. I did have some mistakes I made in the eyelets that go up the spine but I wasn’t going to rip the whole thing out. So my Multnomah shawlette is complete. Even with a few mistakes, that’s not bad for someone who’s only been knitting a few months – no?

    black & white of Multnomah shawl hand knit by ©Diane M Schuller

    So now I’m on to the next project. It’s a full size shawl by the name of “Nae” and I adore how it’s knitting up. When I had the first 18 to 20 rows knit, I wasn’t crazy about how it was turning out so I promptly ‘frogged’ it and started over using two yarns held together — I love the resulting fabric it creates.  It not only looks so nice but it feels so soft and smooth. I can hardly wait to wear it.

    knitting a Nae with Madeline Tosh merino light and Berroco Folio held together

    I can see how easily other knitters end up never finishing several of their projects. There is such a strong temptation while knitting away on something to want to get started on the next project or the  next or the next. It’s for that very reason I am (so far) holding firm to finishing one project at a time and not beginning another one until the current one is finished. The Multnomah shawlette is going to be donated to one of the local organizations for their fundraiser. The Nae is just for me! And I already have yarn and patterns sitting and bouncing in anticipation for me to get started making Christmas presents. I’m going to have get busy knitting! The days of sitting and knitting beside the pond will soon be coming to a halt too.

    Although the weather here has been absolutely divine, I realize we are definitely well on our way to autumn. The leaves are beginning to turn colour, others have already begun to fall — one of my favourite trails to town is all crunchy underfoot. Since I didn’t post much through summer, I may end up posting some of my “summer past” photos because I had some lush flowers this year. Although I wouldn’t move back up north for anything, the one thing I truly do miss is autumn on the prairies or up north. Autumn has a lovely earthy scent there where that just doesn’t occur on the west coast. I also miss the twice daily flyovers by the Canada geese honking and carrying on in their readiness to head south for winter. Funny how little things like that are so meaningful. For those of you living where autumn has that smell — take in a great big deep breath and revel in it, just for me.

    One more little note about autumn … in a word. Hiraeth, (noun) a homesickness for a home for which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past. (Sorry I do not know to whom to attribute this lovely ‘definition’.)

    I’ve been busy with some of the committees on which I serve such as organizing ladies luncheons, local events (I’ve been working on setting up a tour of a local cannery for newcomers), our monthly supper club, etc. We’ve also been doing more entertaining though we’ve slowed down a tad in the past two weeks. Just as summer is fading so too am I in terms of needing a bit of a break.

    I’m headed out to the interior of B.C. to go visit my dad who is again in hospital. When I return I also need to spend at least a full afternoon catching up on grooming the dogs. They’re looking quite shaggy lately. That’s one job I have never cared for but it must be done.

    Oh hey, I have to do a post about books too — I have a couple good ones to recommend. I should also tell you about my little cry over some struggles I’ve had with the piano. See, life still has its bumps here and there.

    Bumps happen and despite a few here or there, that Eleanor Roosevelt was so correct about a life well lived, was she not? It’s the bumps that make everything else look and feel so darn good.

    Tell me, what are some of your favourite memories or experiences around autumn?


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    dinahmow - September 10, 2014 - 12:54 am

    Lovely! And, yes, life needs the leavening and spices to make us content.
    I managed a rather brief-n-boring blog post the other day.A bit like school reports – could do better!
    But things are ticking along.I’ve almost got things back to normal (ish) after the hard drive failure.
    And reading posts like this is soothing and cheering.
    The knitting? Um, I think I’ll pass.My hands are a bit too stiff these days.But bully for you!

    Gabriele - September 10, 2014 - 5:15 am

    It is always nice to hear how life is unfolding for you. You knitting stories encourage me to get out my crocheting. I don’t knit well. In German we have a similar word for the longing of home. Heimat, is perhaps close to the English word homeland but with much more yearning.
    I’m sorry to hear about your bump in piano. I cry over my dimishing finger strength and control. Playing fast is fading away.
    Please let us know about your new reads. I savored the newest installment of Inspector Gamache by Louise Penny. The series starts with “A Still Life”. This author captures me, totally.
    Sweet thoughts to you!

    lisa - September 10, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    What you are up to, is never boring, my friend, and I so love to visit you here.
    “Nae’ is looking so beautiful. I think the yarn colors you chose for it, are wonderful.

    I am sorry to hear about the piano, but I know you’ll keep at it, and overcome the “bump.” 🙂

    Hmmmm, favorite thing for me about autumn…it’s kind of a wonderful winding down time, but only for a while, because soon (for me, anyway), it is time to start thinking about the holidays. I love the smells of wood stoves on a chilly evening, and the sound of the leaves as I run or walk in the early mornings.

    Wishing you a wonderful evening, my friend! xo.

    katie - September 11, 2014 - 6:34 am

    hello diane~
    always happy to see a post from you! lovely photos 🙂 you sound busy, content & happy~ i hope you are feeling well~ sending get well wishes to your father~

    Susan - September 11, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Hiraeth, it sums up my feelings exactly. Does it cover what might have been? An unproductive thing to mourn and when it creeps in I sternly tell myself to get on with it-life that is. It is easy to get on with it here, just across the Strait from you. The location is so inspiring and small town living is very sociable. I volunteer on two boards, the garden club and the library. The town needs a bigger library and I spend a lot of time at City Hall inching the process forward. Once my term is up I’ll bow out and become the best book sale volunteer they ever had. Planning for winter I’m drawing up my winter reading list and planning to knit cushion covers. My simple skills might just be up to it. Look what your post brought forth. I better go and write some of this on my own blog!

    Candace - September 13, 2014 - 11:19 am

    Sounds like you’re having a lovely early autumn. In Phoenix, we totally look forward to autumn as it’s the end of the heat but we still have a ways to go yet. However, the light “feels” like autumn and the dragonflies and butterflies are coming around again so I guess Nature knows what she’s doing.

    I haven’t seen autumn leaves in a long time so I’m planning my annual trip to the midwest for early-mid October this year in the hopes that the Farmers’ Almanac is right and it will be peak season. I’m usually too early so I hope I won’t be too late this year.

    Leigh - September 17, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    Hi Diane! What a beautiful post this is. I especially love learning this new to me word: Hireath. Haunting hireath, I think we all must feel it. Your knitting is just lovely and its hard for me to believe that you’ve only been knitting for nine months – wow. xo

    Lately . . .

    Lately …

    . . . We have been entertaining by having couples over for brunch — what a great way to entertain! Nearly everything can be made in advance so that the morning-of all that’s needed is toss things in the oven, pull the fruit/berry plate out of the fridge, brown the sausages, and wait for guests to arrive. Since everything is ready at once, it’s a matter of setting things out, sit, eat, and enjoy some friendly conversation. We’ve had three rounds of serving brunch so far and plan on doing another one very soon.

    . . . At our last supper club (we do it potluck style with 6 other people) the theme was Thai food — what a great meal! And doing it potluck means it’s easy peasy since each of us only needs to prepare one dish to serve for dinner. Another great way to get together with friends.

    hand written thank you notes ||  www.dianeschuller.com

    Don’t you love receiving hand written notes and thank you notes?

    . . . Book club. Well, I love my book club but I must admit there have been a few books that I’ve had to read in recent months that I truly do not recommend. So I’ll pass on those and move on to share my thoughts about the two most recent books I read (one was for book club and the other for pure pleasure) and give you my thoughts.

    The Gift of Rain: A NovelI don’t have a photo because I read it on my Kindle. Before I mention the story itself I have to mention how much I enjoyed the author’s use of imagery and story telling. The story takes place during the invasion of Malay by the Japanese during World War II. This one is very unique compared to all other novels using WWII as it’s background or its main historical component.  I found the characters well fleshed out. It’s a quiet sort of story despite what is going on but because I really enjoy an intelligent literary novel, this definitely rates high with me. Recommended.

    A quote from the novel, “Like the rain, I had brought tragedy into many people’s lives but, more often than not, rain also brings relief, clarity, and renewal. It washes away our pain and prepares us for another day, and even another life. Now that I am old I find comfort, like the spirits of all the people I have ever known and loved.” ~ Phillip Hutton, protagonist in The Gift of Rain.

    Gone Girl: A NovelWritten from the perspective of each protagonist. The chapters alternate between each of them with the story unfolding from each perspective. It has a real interesting twist part way through that you won’t see coming. If you enjoy a page turner with plot twists, you will enjoy this one.

    Gone Girl recommendation

    . . . Knitting. As busy as summer is around here, I’ve been craving getting back to knitting. But before that, remember that pretty Saroyan leafy scarf I finished several months ago? It desperately needed to be blocked but I still haven’t been to the city to try and find a blocking board and pins or else those spongy interlocking things that people use in kids rooms (yes, they seem to make an ideal surface for blocking hand knits). I was browsing around YouTube looking for a useful how-to for blocking and one of the titles grabbed my attention. You can steam block if you don’t want to (or in my case don’t have the materials for) wet blocking. The video was brilliant so I got my steam iron out, ‘flattened’ out my Saroyan and began steaming and shaping. It turned out AMAZING! Brilliant. So now I can begin a new project without the guilt of not having blocked my last project.

    Saroyan scarf ©Diane Schuller

    Saroyan hand knit scarf now blocked

    Saroyan scarf in black & white ©Diane M Schuller

    And new on the needles:

    I bought two beautiful skeins of hand dyed sock yarn from Yarn Indulgences in the colour “Water and Sprouts” a while ago. I gifted one to a lovely neighbour who knits beautiful socks. The other skein I am turning into a shawl — my very first shawl. I attempted another pattern before this one but had nothing but grief so turned to a real simple pattern and it’s so addictive that it’s really moving along. Mind you I haven’t yet reached the lace ‘feather and fan’ section though I’m sure I can tackle it. So here’s a peek at my Multnomah shawl in progress.

    Multnomah shawl by www.dianeschuller.com

    I know, it’s all garter in this section but I like that the garter will make it squishy and stretchy.

    knitted shawl in progress ©Diane M Schuller

    NOW YOU!  What’s on your needles (for those who knit) … or … What book have you read lately that you recommend? … or … What’s your favourite way to nosh with friends (dinner, appies, brunch, backyard BBQ, or ?).

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    Jessie - August 21, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Every time I read your posts I find myself wishing I lived closer… you know something less than two time zones away… Because your food sounds amazing! We’d reciprocate though, I promise! You invite us for brunch and we’d be happy to have you over for dinner. Johns specialty is grilling (he’s got some excellent pulled pork recipes) and I’ll make sure there is something tasty for dessert…

    I also enjoyed Gone Girl, that was a book club book for me, good discussion on that one! I just finished Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb. Loving the whole epic fantasy (good epic fantasy) I was super excited to have her bring back my favorite of her characters in the start of a new trilogy. So much so that I went back and re-read some old ones. Good stuff (Starts with Assassins Apprentice and even a few of my non-fantasy loving friends though it was great!)

    As for knitting, the last dishcloth I was knitting is still on my needles, sad thing has been there since shortly after my oldest daughter was born… maybe one day…

    Sherry - August 22, 2014 - 8:17 am

    I love your posts, Diane, and all the goodness contained therein! Your knitting projects simply amaze me and since I have two left needles, I cannot contribute anything interesting there. I’ve been rereading Elizabeth Lesser’s A Seeker’s Guide lately, not a novel but her life story. Just bought a couple of new books I’m dying to read: The Motion of the Ocean… and The Monks and Me. Can’t decide whether to save them for the boat or not…As for eating with friends, we recently participated in a tapas evening with 5 others. Each contributed a small plate course, including dessert. A different wine was paired with each, except dessert. It lasted about 5 hours and was just wonderful! We smoked some salmon and trout and I baked blueberry cheesecakes in mason jars for the first time. Yummy, easy and perfect to transport. I didn’t get any pics though so it will have to live on in my memory ;-)…

    lisa - August 22, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    Diane, it sounds like you are having a wonderful summer, and your brunches sound like the perfect way to stay in touch with friends, and eat lots of yummy things too!! Cannot go wrong there!

    Your scarf is gorgeous. I love the delicate edge on it.

    Around here, it’s still a matter of working on the downsizing. Hopefully excavation begins next week (it’s been held up by the very rainy weather).

    I wish you a wonderful weekend, my friend! xo.

    Candace - August 22, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    You sure are a social creature, Diane! The knitting is beautiful. I keep meaning to download Gone Girl on my Kindle and keep forgetting. Hopefully, you have jogged me. The other book also sounds good but I like to read light in the summer (don’t know why because I’m not on vacation or anything)so I’ll keep that in mind for later reading.

    Susan - August 22, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    I’m about to decorate my kitchen/eating spot/sitting area in the very same colours as your shawl. Once gardening season begins I have little time or energy for reading. I save it all up for the grey days of winter. Soon it will be time to make my book list, a highly enjoyable activity. The two you mention sound good candidates.

    Andi - August 26, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Ah, those lucky people that have the pleasure of dining and sharing meals with you! What absolutely brilliant idea to have a supper club potluck.
    Your Saroyan turned out so pretty, Diane.

    Susan - September 3, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Looks and sounds like you are having a wonderful and very productive summer! I love the colors in that shawl you are knitting, inspires me to get my needles out..maybe once the weather gets a bit cooler here!

    […] had to look to see which were the last books I mentioned and, after looking it up, see that I am further behind than I thought. Well, there is definitely […]

    Where did she go?

    Qualicum Beach Farmer

    Qualicum Beach Farmer

    (Both photos taken on my iPhone)

    It’s about time I do an update, don’t you think? Even if only to demonstrate that I really am still kicking. Next post I’ll share a basket full of updates/tidbits. It will include some knitting, a couple novel suggestions, oh and who knows what else may spring up.

    In the meantime, I’m still in shock and saddened by the sudden death of Robin Williams. My favourite movie of his is still Dead Poets Society, though  it was the man more than the actor that I admired. He was an adventurer, he cared about Mother Nature and all her creatures, and showed great humanity towards each.

    “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” ~Robin Williams

    As promised my good friends, a proper update ‘showing soon’ at an Internet screen near you! 🙂


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    dinahmow - August 12, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    I think similar feelings are coagulating, world-wide, Diane.I am grateful for all that he did and gave to us.
    Glad you’re still “on the up.” 🙂

    Susan - August 13, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Looking forward to your next post. I wish you lived nearer then you could teach me to knit! We have just lost a co-worker to depression. I know how he struggled and the pain he endured from this awful disease. We need better treatment options.

    Sherry at Still and All - August 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Love these cornucopia images, Diane. And I so agree with you about Robin Williams.A highly sensitive and talented soul he was, and so giving. Can’t wait to see your latest projects and hear about your reading…

    Susan - September 3, 2014 - 11:21 am

    All this beautiful freshness! And yes, I too was deeply saddened by his passing..he was a beautiful soul.


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    neighbourly: adjective.

    characteristic of a good neighbor, especially helpful, friendly, or kind.

    strawberries from Qualicum Beach garden

    See what my dear neighbour is again sharing with us. Last year you saw the baskets full of lettuce, raspberries, and other garden delights. This year we are again the fortunate recipients of strawberries, lettuce of all kinds (eating lots of Chinese lettuce wraps!!), snap peas, and beets. And on the other side of our fence, the other neighbour has been sharing rhubarb, dill, basil, and strawberries.

    And the other neighbour shares her great sense of humour, conversation over the fence, sending me little quips and delightful points of interest. Not to mention that they treat our dogs like royalty. Aren’t we lucky?!

    “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ~John Holmes

    wind chime zen, Parksville

    I don’t have garden space except what I grow in pots so I share other things . . . homemade bread tends to top the list most of the time.

    “If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!” ~ Shel Silverstein

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    lisa - July 16, 2014 - 8:07 am

    You are indeed so very fortunate to have such wonderful neighbors, Diane! We have great neighbors too, and it is such a blessing since we live in the city, and are very close to one another.

    Those strawberries looks so yummy, but you know, I think I’d rather have your bread!! 🙂

    Happy day to you, my friend!

    Leanne@CottageTails - July 16, 2014 - 11:04 am

    mm summer strawberries – I can hardly wait. It is wonderful when you have good neighbours aye.

    Susan - July 16, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    I miss chatting over the fence now that we live on an acreage. I’m glad you have such lovely neighbours and I bet they feel the same way about you! We planted strawberries this year but have to wait until next year for our first harvest, however I have just picked some ripe, sun kissed raspberries, ate them straight from the bush while standing in the sun dappled meadow-close to perfect.

    Kelly @ JAX does design - July 18, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    You’re lucky to have such lovely neighbours 🙂 Ours are nice enough, but they don’t keep us so well fed! 😉 Nothing better than fresh local strawberries in the summertime…

    Michele - July 22, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Good Morning, I must tell your readers that we too love our kind generous neighbours! We are blessed to live next door to Diane and her hubby and our favourite furry friends!!

    Sherry at Still and All - July 27, 2014 - 11:28 am

    I love how your images evoke neighbourliness and summer-time sharing, Diane. Isn’t it a wonderful time of year? We have wonderful neighbours in our community too and there’s lots of reciprocity going on all the time.

    Shawna - July 28, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    What a beautiful spot. Makes me happy to think of you sitting there. Good neighbours are the best.

    Summertime … and the living is easy

    I can’t help but hum that little ditty as I begin this post. It seems hard to believe I haven’t had time to write a post in ages. Don’t look at the date of the last one.

    Clematis ©Diane M Schuller, Parksville BC

    It’s been a combination of being busy plus summer relaxation, though far more busy than anything else. We’ve had our huge annual garden party, been invited out to several dinner parties, appy nights, and have been reciprocating as much as possible. Oh and did I mention we’ve joined some friends in a ‘supper’ club that gets together once a month, rotating between homes, for a themed dinner. Good fun.

    I’m still making my home baked artisan bread. I can’t tell you what a hit that is when company comes over — or when I bake one as part of a hostess gift. It’s so simple yet so incredibly full of flavour.

    artisan bread made by www.dianeschuller.com

    I’ve also been playing piano daily — actually multiple times a day. Now that I’m able to actually make something sound nice, I spend a great deal of time at the piano. I’ve also got into the habit of sitting to play before going to bed, in addition to all my daily practice. What a wonderful way to end a day.

    It’s a good thing this post is purely for letting you know I’m still here and doing well, otherwise I could write a tome about all that we’ve been up to since the last time.

    I should possibly write another of my “currently” posts for you — let’s see if I can actually find another day in the very near future to share with you some of my soul-stirring moments here in our retirement.

    Since this post is purely a basic update, I’m leaving you with a few of my new favourite finds/try outs:

    • After making a few versions of baked brie, I’ve created my own that is really terrific — and simple for last minute: score an “x” in the top of a brie; smear a good quality fig jam over top; generously cover with coarsely chopped pecans; and heat in a 375 F oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese melts to your liking. Now do a ‘barely there’ drizzle of liquid honey and serve with good quality crackers or baguette. Yum.
    • I made this perfect Stromboli recently and it is a keeper! Try it. I used different meat — I used capicolla and sopracetta instead of the ham and salami, but otherwise used her method and recipe. Boy did our company ever go crazy for it. I could have made two it was so popular!
    • While I’m still on the topic of food, here is my new favourite cookbook for entertaining: Entertaining: Recipes and Inspirations for Gathering with Family and Friends . I love how it provides excellent planning information, useful tips, and some surefire recipes too.
    • Now something for my local friends . . .  1. One of my favourite lunch spots: Riso in Lantzville (try their “Mushrooms on Toast” or “Crispy Battered Cauliflower”). 2. My favourite place for local art, giftware, even specialty gourmet condiments (everything is made within 200 km of the Salish Sea) is Salish Sea Market. This is how they describe their store: Artistic expression in all mediums from the shores of the Salish Sea. We specialize in “Where did you find THAT?”
    • This lovely quote by Claude Monet, shared by Shawna Lemay on her Pinterest board: ““I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”


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    lisa - July 6, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Oh my goodness, you sound so wonderful, my friend, and that makes me smile!
    I am so glad to hear that you are still playing your piano. 🙂

    The baked brie sounds so delicious, and given it’s so simple, it is the perfect summertime entertaining treat. Thank you so much for sharing here.

    Wishing you a wonderful evening! xo.

    Gabriele - July 7, 2014 - 7:11 am

    I just made some artisan bread last night. I adore your rectangular baking crock. I’m glad to know you are out there.

    Leanne@CottageTails - July 7, 2014 - 10:16 am

    ahhh summer days and good for you to play the piano before you go to bed what a wonderful joy for you! Love Leanne – Maybe a you tube of you playing will not be that far away xx

    Jessie - July 7, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    Sounds like it’s a lovely summer up your way. Wish I was half a continent closer so I could get int on some of that delicious food though! 🙂

    Sherry G. - July 8, 2014 - 6:50 am

    So good to see you back here Diane. I love your folksy catch up posts and hearing how you’re doing and how much you’re enjoying life. Wunderbar! And I always find something I want to try here…like the brie…Years ago I went through a period of going crazy with the artisan bread recipe. It may be time for another go at it. I remember how easy and great it was. Keep enjoying the summer, my friend. It’s a good life.

    kate - July 14, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    always good to see a post from you~ lovely pictures! you’re bread looks delish~
    hope you’re having a good summer~

    Candace - July 15, 2014 - 11:43 pm

    If I had a view like that in the first photo, I would never be online! Gorgeous! Glad you’re having such a special summer.