for my mum

…a few of your favourite things for your birthday!

You are there, we are here, but we wish you a happy day and send you all our love.

peonies for you
peonies for you
some home-picked figs
some home-picked figs
fresh cherries
fresh cherries
wild irises from out the back
wild irises from out the back
some hand-picked lilas
some hand-picked lilas
baked bread
a little baked bread
a beautiful red poppy
a beautiful red poppy
oh boy, some more tins!
…oh boy, some more tins (you are the Queen of tins!)
and a rooster
…and a rooster
why not, a rainbow!
why not, a rainbow!
some snow for you, who's never seen the snow
…and some snow for you, who’s never seen the snow
a sniff of wisteria
a sniff of wisteria…
a little girl in an old dress
a little girl in an old dress
and a hug from me xoxoxoxoxo
and a hug from me
xoxoxoxoxo

What a crazy year this has been, Mum, but today is the LUCKY 13th!

As Mamy said, life is not a straight line…  And yeah, it’s crooked as hell right now, but there is a beauty and a whole lot of love in all these kinks.

xoxoxoxoxoxo

sweet berry picking

Lilas and her pickings ...not quite the ripe grapes papa is hoping for, but they taste just as good
Lilas and her pickings …not quite the ripe grapes papa is hoping for, but they taste just as good

A little mini update from the vineyards…

‘Les Vendanges’ (harvest) will begin remarkably late for us this year, with picking beginning as late as one week from now.  Yes we’re enjoying beautiful sunny days in these first few days of September, but the grapes are having a hard time ripening due to 2013’s fairly cool Spring and late Summer.   Waiting waiting waiting.  Benji’s getting those annual, pre-mens vendanges nerves and I’m keeping food on the table…

But even if the grapes aren’t all sweet and ripe for the picking, there is some ripe fruit to be had…  After an evening’s inspection of the vignes (vines), we’ve been tucking into the wild mures (blackberries) out the back!… 

grape walk3

grape walk 2

grape walk

berry picking season

berry picking season 2

And hey Dad, Happy Birthday!!….

Happy Birthday Pete

Before I get started after all this time away,  distracted by a Summer full of time with loved ones in all this delicious heat, I have to say (is it one year already!??)

Happy Birthday Pop!

It’s a biggie, but as you know, it’s only as much as you feel.  And that deserves a toast!

Have a good one and here’s to more voyages across the sea!

pete's birthday pic