Friday, October 08, 2010

Early October Faves

Friday Fave Five.  October 8, 2010.
Linking to Susanne's Friday Fave Five is a tradition here at Willow's Cottage.  I love this exercise in gratitude.  If you would like to join, you can link up at Living To Tell The Story.

1. Don't you love weeks that slip by without drama or extended driving?  Of course, sometimes it's fun to travel, but after many trips this year, I'm happy to be home for a few weeks.

2. We (meaning The Professor did it while I sat and watched) finally figured out how to get the camera and the laptop to talk with each other and play nice.  In any relationship communication is a key component.

Here's the proof. On Saturday morning of our weekend in Humboldt County, we joined a group of his classmates on a dunes and beach walk.  Fog hung densely and deeply in the trees and dunes vegetation.  Hoping for a better ocean view I walked ahead.  As I turned around, I saw The Professor and three friends silhouetted against the foggy background.


3. Rain.  For three days this week, it poured in Southern California.  Marking the first measurable rain in five months, the storm soaked quickly into our very dry ground and caused all the plants to slurp up the moisture as fast as they could.

4. Sunshine. After the rain. Most fall/winter rainstorms in Southern California last three days. I don't know why. They just do.  Then the sun shines again.

5. Lavender. It's one of my favorite plants.  I love the blooms.  I love the colors.  I love the smell.  Because one of the bushes outdid itself in growth this summer, I had to cut it back severely since it was overwhelming plants on all sides.  Carrying armloads of fragrant lavender clippings from the garden to the yard debris can wasn't a chore. It was heavenly.


Thanks for reading Willow's Week in review.  How was yours?

28 comments:

Islandsparrow said...

Mmm wish I could smell that lavender with you. Do you ever dry it and add it to sachets? I'm going to plant some next year.

Love your foggy picture.

Have a wonderful weekend Willow!

Lisa notes... said...

Yes, I do love weeks without drama! Glad you had one. I love the foggy picture. So cool. Your lavender is so pretty. Enjoy your weekend.

nikkipolani said...

Hurray for computers that will "see" cameras! I love your foggy photo. Glad you got good rain -- ours was small stuff, but still so good for the plants.

ellen b. said...

Love that foggy photo! It's always good to look back for photography. Your lavender is beautiful. Glad you had a quiet week...

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Sounds like the PERFECT week, dear Willow!!! And that photo is simply stunning!!! Love it!!! I always thoroughly enjoy your Friday faves...they are a highlight of the week!!! Love, Janine XO

Dee said...

Mmmm, lavender. Have you found that wearing a lavender-scented lotion will repel mosquitoes? I discovered that by accident when I started using some I had gotten from an herb farm in Texas. People were getting bit like craze around me but the mosquitoes were avoiding me like the plague. It's a lovely side benefit to this great plant.

Bethany Hissong said...

I think that photo of the guys is so cool!!!! And I'm a fan of lavender too! I put little sprigs in my wedding invitations. Well, this week was very eventful as last night Ellie was sprayed by a skunk in our front yard and I've been dealing with stinky smells all day!!!

Betty Jo said...

Sounds like you've had a good week Willow. Love that lavender! Can't have it in my home due to a sensitivity to it, but can smell it when it's growing outside. I love that you love white as much as I do. A white sofa, now that's special. I don't even own a sofa, got tired of lugging the heavy things around many years ago, and did away with it. But, if I had one now, it would probably have white slipcovers. Have a super weekend.

Roxie said...

Moody, atmospheric photo! And hooray for uninteresting times!

Flower said...

Being home is awfully nice! Glad to hear you can do a little of that these days.

Brenda said...

"weeks with out drama or extended driving", lol, its funny what makes us thankful.

I love that picture in the fog.

Tracy said...

LOVE the foggy photo! Ah, electronic gadgets cooperating, no drama, a hint of lavender... *sigh*...oh yes, very good week! After finally feeling back on track with things after our own travels lately, and a busy week, it's slow time this weekend and loving it! Happy Days, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

Susanne said...

The fog shot is really nice.

I love weeks that just sort of slip by with no rushing around and no drama. Enjoy your few weeks of relaxation at home.

Jane said...

Beautiful photo Willow, We had 5 days continuous rain and it was so heavy that the roads were awash! the poor guttering needs more brackets and the leaves clearing! Autumn is creeping in now as we've had several warm sunny days and cool nights at this end of the week. Your lavender looks beautiful too. I bought some for our front garden this year. Jane x

Knitting Linguist said...

Rain and lavender and fog - you hit most of my very favorite things this week. Foggy Humboldt beaches used to be one of my favorite places to hang out.

Hazel said...

That's a fab foggy photo. I love lavender too, although it's not quite common in my part of the globe. I got a few lavender fragrances in my bathroom.

P.S. The cleaners must have thought I was bonkers. I wished I danced too but I could only muster a little voice culture after that drama :D

Glenys said...

Nice pics. I like the paper bracelet in your blog title. Very colourful.

Sharon Lynne said...

I had to enlarge that lavender picture. So pretty.

What a great fog photo! I really love it. Now I want to take one like that.

You asked about our week...
It was busy but peaceful. (things are not often peaceful in our home)
So I'm very thankful!

Faith said...

mmmm...nice pic of the lavender...and what a great pic of the guys in the fog! we too had 3 days of rain here in NY but we really needed it...and we were blessed by the perfect autumn weekend....i'll have pics up later this week of my mountain hike and deep woods walk to a very remote pond....i just love autumn and all that it brings!

Melli said...

I love lavender too. And I REALLY love that foggy shot of your Professor and his friends! And Willow... if I EVER get a week without drama in my life, I will SURELY let you know how it feels!!!

Colleen said...

Hi Willow,
I love your favorite five for this week. There is nothing like looking on the bright side of life.

Janette said...

Wow! great photo!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love lavender too, Willow. I think it was too hot and humid here this summer, however, so mine did not grow well.

I liked your foggy photo!

Poshyarns said...

Oh that foggy image is splendid, quite spooky in fact.

Lavender is my favourite too, so uplifting.

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Sara said...

Your photo in the fog is fantastic! How do you like my alliteration? Even the word verification begins with an "f" -- faskiess!

Wasn't the rain delightful? I enjoyed it too.

Barbara said...

All that rain, I know you appreciated it.
My guess the Professor is 3rd from left! A fun photo.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Just stopping by to say "hello!" to my dear friend!!! Love to you! Janine XO