A corner of the courtyard at Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.
This was a magnificent ruins to explore and one of my favorites of our trip to Scotland.
Inspired by WPC: Corner.
What is the thing that repeatedly catches my attention and has me grabbing my camera for yet another photo? The equivalent to the squirrel that is forever distracting Dug in the movie Up? The theme in over 20% of the photos on my cell phone?
I have a fascination with what is happening in the wild blue yonder and regularly point my camera upward to capture the ephemeral drama. I’ve chosen a sampling to illustrate my addiction. (They are cell phone images so the quality may be a bit questionable.)
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!
At the back of our yard is an unruly patch of wilderness we loosely refer to as “our garden”. We never seem to have the time to plant and tend anything worthwhile so the patch is overrun with leggy raspberry canes and prickly thistles. As bad as it sounds, it’s not a total bust. In one small corner of the patch, four little blueberry bushes are thriving and have produced a gorgeous crop of spicy, midnight-colored gems.
This surprising bounty is due wholly to Jay’s efforts. He is the blueberry whisperer and an all-around green thumb. He grows and tends to all the things and I take that raw potential and create art with it in my kitchen. This recent blueberry windfall is the perfect example. As soon as Jay brought the berries in from “our garden” I put butter on the counter to soften and then grabbed my camera to capture the dark beauty of the tiny fruit. After about a hundred shots of blueberries from every angle and degree of magnification, I got busy making the real magic – turning these berries and a few other humble ingredients into one of the finest coffee cakes in the history of the world.
Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake (Adapted from a recipe submitted to Taste of Home by Lori Snedden several years ago.)
I can’t really tell you what it is about this cake that makes it so good. The delicate crumb topping? The abundance of blueberries? The pecan chunks in every mouthful? Who knows. Maybe it really is magic. All I can say is that I’ve eaten four pieces of this cake in the last two days and I’m about to have another and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Do yourself or those you love a favor, friend, and make this cake.
July was filled to the brim with good things: rest and relaxation, fun celebrations, lush summer landscapes, and local farm stands overflowing with deliciousness. The downside of all this goodness is it’s been a struggle to edit my Small Pleasures list into something manageable. So, after much deliberation, here are my top five (plus a bonus) little happinesses of the month. Enjoy!
July’s Small Pleasures
I hope your height-of-summer has been as delightful as mine. Now it’s time to wave good-bye to July and embrace the mellow last days of the season.