Thursday, September 4, 2014

Settling Into September

It's been a lazy afternoon here. A too late night followed by a too early morning has led to fatigue. My own fault!

The coneflowers are looking tired, but other things are still perky in the garden. No doubt they all had a good snooze under the stars. These small white flowers are on a garlic chive plant.



Indoors, it's back to Louise Penny

and baking, as September settles into its own groove.

The knitting needles have come out of hiding and the sweater I as working on last winter is finally getting seamed. I'm not very good at that part of a knitting project, but hope springs eternal that it may just be wearable. I think I may have gotten carried away with the sleeve length!

I imagine you have you own way of welcoming September and its final days of summer. Perhaps you'll share an idea in the comments.

Till next time,


  1. September, garden season is slowly ending, more time for reading a book, preparing more Sunday dinners for children and grandchildren, starting autumn cleaning of the house. Every month, every season has its own charm. Magnificent flower pictures and inviting books.

  2. Lovely flowers. I love this time of year ... still flowering, but a suggestion of change in the air ... even with 95 degree temps and high humidity! I love Louise Penny and have her new one to read. You are knitting and I'm finishing an afghan I started to crochet last Valentine's Day. Better late than never! How is Claire doing in her new home?

  3. Flowers often get their second wind as it cools off. I think it is their last chance to attract bees before they go dormant or know....end up in the compost ! Your photos are lovely and your baking looks delish. I haven't turned on the oven for months and now I am starting to feel inclined to do some baking or cook a hot meal. No one likes all that finishing in their knitting! We are all the same in that regard. I am looking at different colours of wool now for my endless list of projects. But I still love bright sock wool!!

  4. Your clematis is beautiful isn't it! I hope that you are less tired and have a great September! xx

  5. All looks and sounds wonderful ! It is really humid and hot here there is a heat advisory on it is so hot ! I am looking forward to the cooler days and nights , the fresh smell of the fields and colours of the leaves . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

  6. We're enjoying some time in the Rockies after visiting Tim's mother in Alberta. Beautiful scenery, but snow in the mountains makes me realize that winter is not that far off. I'm hoping for several weeks more of fresh tomatoes and flowers in the garden when I get home on the weekend.
    Your lavatera is beautiful, as are the tiny garlic chive flowers. Enjoy September days.

  7. such lovely flowers...and your clematis is still blooming, how wonderful! It's still too hot for me to get my knitting out, but I did find it amongst the all the boxes - so glad I didn't lose it in the move! Have a great weekend Karen!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  8. Of course, if one gets her beauty sleep, she will look quite refreshed in the morning, as your still pretty flowers do, for, as you so keenly observed, they 'snooze under the stars'; the clematis image is brilliant - what texture and vibrancy! Baking is an all year round hobby for me, and as such, even the one hour I do in the pool every day in the summer is not enough to camouflage that passion!;) I sense you are settling into September very smoothly, Karen, and before we know it, it'll be time for Sunlit Sundays, again!

    Happy weekend!


  9. Wonderful pictures! Most I like the little garlic-flowers... and your knitting reminds me of Claire - she has similiar colors in her fur. Hope, she lives well, wherever she's living now -
    With us in this morning was the first autumn haze in the air, that I very like in this time. Just i will prepair a yummy picnic and later my love an I go though the forest and the meadowas, celebrate the autumn begin...
    We had many rain last time,but today ist an amazing sunny day.
    Have a great time :-)

  10. It looks like September is slowly brining Autumn in! I love this time of year with the cool air, brilliant colors, hot cider, baked goods, and sweaters. Your sweater looks so nice. I hope you like it when you are done. Those buns look delicious! I am not good at baking but I do a little bit in the Fall and Winter because the smell of fresh baked goods is very comforting when it's cold outside.

  11. lire , tricote , tout en profiatant encore des dernières fleurs du jardin
    tout un programme bien agréable
    bonne journée
    et bon repos
    edith (iris) France

  12. September is bringing some hot and humid weather right now, but the changes are creeping in. My coneflowers have faded but I'm leaving the heads on for the birds to nibble at. I've been reading Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs mysteries) and my husband is reading Louise Penny. I'm sure there will be more reading time coming soon.

  13. Beautiful photos of late summer blooms!! I've missed my crochet and quilting, too. I think I'll be glad to get them out again soon.

  14. As the requirements in the garden slow down I hope to find some time for reading. I joined a group of tea ladies on FB and we're having an autumn and Christmas card exchange so I've been busy making cards.
    I enjoyed seeing the blooms in your garden Karen.

  15. Beautiful pictures! It's funny you should mention having a too late night followed by a too early morning, then show a picture of two Louise Penny books. I have also had a too late night and too early morning this week, and it was because I went to hear Louise Penny talk when she was in Vancouver Wednesday night. She was wonderful!

  16. Your rolls look awesome, and your arrangement of nasturtiums, rudbeckia, and cosmos is glorious! The garlic chives have a pretty bloom. I'll bet you enjoy them in cooking as well. Have a great weekend, Karen!

  17. Beautiful flowers, and the breads look so yummy. It's nice to follow your blog. Have a nice weekend.

  18. Oh my, now I feel like baking and knitting. Except I don't know how to I kept saying, you know, when I have grandchildren, but now I have three and still don;t know how to knit. I think it's a bit hopeless there. Having been a the river all summer, my main concern is to get in a couple of swims in the ocean before the bad autumn weather sinks over Vancouver. Was thinking about it yesterday while at the beach, but chickened out (

  19. You have me in the mood for fall! Love your knitting - looks so soft and cozy. And those rolls - I can almost smell them baking! I do love this time of year, although we are still enjoying summer weather here in WA. What I love to do to start out the season is to start decorating with gourds and pumpkins and bake my first apple pie with the apples from my little trees. Oh, and pick berries....It is so peaceful to spend the afternoon filling my bucket with blackberries and coming in with purple fingers and lips! Hope your weekend is lovely. xo Karen

  20. Karen, your flowers are still looking awesome although the sweater you dug out looks pretty sweet too!...:)JP

  21. Yes, Septemer brings in Fall with gorgeous colors. Your images are beautiful. I always enjoy pics of flowers.

  22. Hi Karen, This is my favorite time of the year. I love your beautiful pictures. Have a blessed Sunday.

  23. Beautiful photos. What is Louise Penny like? I'm reading a lot of Lisa Jackson lately. And I'm waiting for the first Outlander book from the library. On the list for it!



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