A lost day without focus, this Monday. If you're feeling similarly, take a little more time & visit Elena Kalis' website & blog. A Russian photographer currently living in the Bahamas, she has a beautiful project combining two of our great loves: Alice & the sea. You can follow Elena on Pinterest, Twitter, & Instagram.)
Rushing to pack & do many errands before we end up at Hermione's house for another stretch of house/cat sitting. As usual, running late. But one thing we will do, after the opening of the Olympics tonight, is take a stroll around the lovely neighborhood. So many beautiful gardens. If we could teleport, we'd go straight to Fine Little Day'scountry house.
Watching Great Cities at Night: Views from the International Space Station brought to mind how magnificent London will be tomorrow evening, from above or here on Earth. Mind you, London is always magnificent. Still it's sure to be a spectacle in the best sense of the word. Almost-confirmed rumors about the Olympic Games opening's inspiration include: Shakespeare (specifically, The Tempest), beloved characters from children's literature, Paul McCartney. Can't wait.
...or clover chain necklaces, bracelets, all manner of accessories are waiting outside in a nearby meadow (or overgrown city lot). Who doesn't remember doing this? If you've not made some in awhile, you should. Giulia will be sporting a black-eyed Susan necklace this weekend. Photos to come on Twitter. Promise!
PS: French twist with flowers tutorial (& pretty photographs)
Have you noticed clouds lately? Do you remember the types of clouds? We forgot. But we did see a spectacular horse-in-a-cloud the other day. The phenomenon of perceiving images in clouds, rocks, & the like is called pareidolia. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia.
A few cloud links:
If you want to brush up on more than your Greek & teach some children about clouds, start here.
It's that point in the summer when nerves are beginning to fray, ideas for fun are exhausted, & it is so very hot in much of North America (& rainy in the Europe). Or you forgot what you were planning to do. Or you never did make a to-do list anyway. You are in luck because you're reading this & we happened upon Patricia's blog good + happy day on Playful Learning & they have plenty of ideas.
This is not difficult, doesn't cost a lot of money: have everyone at home (or those you see regularly, this can include friends with kids) make a list of ideas. (Here are some of Patricia's.)Then start doing them before the next whine or argument. Do this tonight.
Read this excellent & moving essay-prose poem, I Remember, I Remember by Mary Ruefle. Then write one of your own. This makes a terrific writing exercise. Well, what are you waiting for? Go, shoo. (Some ways to unblock.)
PS: Yes catching fireflies. And the first time seeing the ocean. Amongst hundreds of quick thoughts.
The Summer Triangle consists of three bright stars – Vega, Deneb and Altair – in three separate constellations. If you can find the Summer Triangle, you can use it to locate three of the sky’s smallest constellations: Vulpecula the Fox, Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow. ~ EarthSky Tonight
It's that time of year: the Summer Triangle is here. Click through to EarthSky's smart & beautiful (& beautifully written) website for lots of links, photographs, graphs, explanations that even we can understand. You can follow them on Facebook, too, so that you don't miss a day's post.
Should we confess to re-reading books this summer with not one visit to a bookstore in two months? To looking just past the pile of New Yorkers & New York Review of Books? (Of course, we've read the Vogues, are you kidding?) If you're in the same situation & haven't kept up with what's new, National Public Radio has an excellent section of their website devoted to Summer Books & Reading Lists.
Off to the bookstore this weekend.
PS: If you'd like to look at Olivia, the magazine that Liivia is reading, here's the website. It's in Finnish but it's pretty to look at. And you can always use Google Translate.
Atlantic Puffins spend most of their time at sea — coming to land each spring to breed in colonies on northern seacoasts and rocky islands, like Seal Island in Maine, home to the puffins visible on our live cam. These colorful pigeon-sized birds lay one egg in their burrow homes, with the male and female sharing incubation duties for approximately 39-43 days. After the chick hatches both parents feed it fish for approximately 45 days. After that the “puffling” is large enough to fledge (leave the nest.) ~ Audubon Society
These recipes can be served hot or cold, whatever the weather calls for. We've tried all four & love them equally. Two things, though: please don't use dried basil, especially in the summer; anything calling for chicken stock can be made with vegetable stock. (Or with water if your tomatoes are really good.) If you don't have access to fresh tomatoes, you can use good tinned ones.
A happy & safe holiday to all those celebrating. Whether you're in the States or not, here are 24 Fourth of July playlists for the rest of the summer; something is bound to appeal. And here's a link if you've not planned much & are regretting it. Have fun!
(Fourth of July #2, Independence, Missouri by Mike Sinclair; some prints are still available at 20x200)
Littering the internetz are many beautiful cakes & pies for the Fourth of July holiday. But it's already early evening & the thought of baking cakes & pies tonight - forget it. Make this cake instead. It requires one box of vanilla wafers, heavy cream, & berries. That's it. (You can decorate it a bit differently for Bastille Day in 10 short days.)
GG will be back tomorrow. The terrible storms of Friday night & ensuing power outages have wreaked havoc in our world. We hope you have electricity or that it is restored soon. Here's a new-to-us online travel magazine (via Lori) Wayfare to read & an iced coffee recipe.
To all the people we saw waiting to get into cafés for the wifi, good luck!
ciao-meow from Giulia who is resting after many severe asthma attacks due to the power outage. xo