Monday, June 20, 2011

Good Bye Spring

Detail of Nancy Thomas Spring, 1994

Good bye, Spring!

Tuesday, June 21st marks the official start of summer, but here at HFTS it hasn't felt as if we've had much of a spring. As local weatherman, Jim Spencer, wrote today: "The last day of spring closes the chapter on what is going into the record books as Austin's hottest spring on record."

June 21st also marks the occasion of the

annual Porch Party @ Rose Colored Glasses.

Last year HFTS celebrated with Rhondi

at a Summer Solstice Porch Party here.

Our sunroom above was once a screened in porch, though now it is enclosed. We can open it up when the weather is agreeable, or heat and cool this space when needed. This is our favorite spot and where you'll find us most any time of the year, rain or shine. Looking at last year's photo above reminds me it's time to pull out the boxes of red, white, and blue. It's less than two weeks before we'll be celebrating the 4th of July.

Even when there is no special holiday being

celebrated, you'll find fresh flowers on the porch.

Along with Nantucket Baskets . . .

Tabletop Roosters

Reading Material

And Bird Watching Tools

During the hot summer months

there's often a pitcher of refreshing ice tea!

Outside on the terrace is a table for alfresco dining.

The shade from the large oak trees and the

sound of the water fountains offers a cooling ambiance.

White geraniums mix in with red geraniums of a vining variety.

Delicate white alyssum cascades over the urns.

You might spy a wild critter or two below in the garden.

You'll hear the sound of birds.

And might even notice a bit of vintage among the leaves.

I've set out a sweet treat on the little bistro table.

Would you like to join me for something cool and refreshing?

Help yourself to a glass of icy

Italian soda and one of the little tarts.

I think I'll have a lemon tart.

There is also lemon meringue . . .

Cream Puff . . .

Or a tasty tart with summer berries.

See the beautiful delicate pink hankie?

It was a gift from Donna @ Conghaile Cottage.

You can click here if you'd like to visit her beautiful garden.

Cool and refreshing for our first day of summer.

Even though I love to spend time on

our porch and outside on the garden terrace,

I think you know where I'd rather be for summer.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Summer!

Click here to visit Rhondi and others

who are waiting for you on their summer porches.

Click the links below to join other summer parties this week.