June is a pleasant month! Some weeks it is harder to focus on Five Faves, but this week the Friday Fave Fives just jumped out of the week for me. My week included but was not limited to these faves.
1. Berries and BYOD. Friday afternoon, we drove out to our friends' blueberry ranch bringing with us dinner. We had decided on a berry picking expotition with BYOD afterward. (BYOD: Bring Your Own Dinner) The blueberries have begun sharing some of the acreage with blackberries, so we were able to sample some ripe ones and pick a few handfuls which we have been enjoying on our breakfast cereal in the mornings this week. As always, we loved the company of two our oldest friends as we shared news of children and what we have been learning of life.
Dessert included sherbet and sorbet with--of course--berries.
2. We live in a part of Southern California which surprises people. Although we are only about fifty miles from downtown Los Angeles, we live in a prime agricultural area. One afternoon, we hiked up the hill at the edge of our neighborhood where we could see the large fields of produce being grown. Yes, those are cacti adorning the hillsides.
Santa Monica Mountains in the background.
3. June Gloom. May Gray has given way to June Gloom. We joke that this is the time when Southern California weathermen take their vacations and simply mail in their weather forecasts: "Early morning coastal fog and low cloudiness, giving way to sunshine later in the day." That's June for you here, and this week has been exactly that. Those days always end with incredible sunsets. I love our June weather!
4. Arts Alive. Our community artists who are part of this group of galleries and studios had a weekend event. Since some of them are members of our spinners and weavers guild, we were invited to participate and demonstrate our spinning and weaving. A wonderful time was had by all, including me.
5. Finally, I finished this shawl, Blossoms by the Brook. I spun the fibers and knitted it last month.
Particulars, if you are interested.
Yarn: one strand of natural white llama and silk blend, one strand of silk dyed with indigo
Needles: size 8
Although the shawl is knit with silk and llama and is quite warm, because it is really a 'shawlette', it is perfect for wearing on foggy summer mornings and cool afternoons.
These are some of my favorite parts of Willow's Week. Blessings are found in life as we live it. Do share your best blessing of this week!