Thursday, 2 May 2013

Evening Light


We've had the most glorious weather here today - warm and sunny with fresh breezes and deep blue skies. Perfect. It was John's day off (he'll be working right through the bank holiday weekend) and we spent as much time as possible pottering in the garden. The kitchen door was wide open all day long, something which always makes me happy. I love to feel that connection between outside and inside and to hear the sounds of summer coming through the house; you know, buzzing bees, lawn mowers, neighbour's radios, kids shouting, traffic (I do live in a city). It makes me feel alive and connected to those around me. 

I tried a new recipe for peppermint thumbprint cookies from this book. John, whose favourite ice cream flavour is mint choc chip, declared them a great success. 

The kids ate their tea outside and afterwards, in between clearing the plates away and tidying up the toys and bringing in the washing, I noticed the light. That dreamy, hazy, low and bright early evening light that makes everything look golden.

It's the promise of summer coming.

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In other more tedious news, it appears that my email has been hacked so please ignore and delete any random-looking emails from me that say "hi" in the subject header, and don't click on the links! Many thanks to those who alerted me, you are lovely.















29 comments:

Cerys said...

It's been a wonderful day here as well - I drove home from North Norfolk in the evening light it glowed. We've run around the woods in the sunshine today - no shorts but short sleeves and sun cream needed all day. Signs of summer is on it's way and that the long winter is behind us

Jelly Jam said...

Our back door was open after school today but sadly not yet warm enough to eat outside!
those cookies look good.
ellie
x

Noelle the dreamer said...

Enjoying fair weather as well here on the Pacific NW coast! Strawberries looking scrumptious!

Jo Shedden said...

Lovely pictures, those cookies look fabulous! Jo xx

Julie said...

We walked round the lake this evening and it was a lovely golden light. I'm so enjoying these lighter evenings. The cookies look delicious but my eye was taken by those strawberries - what a gorgeous colour. x

SaraJ said...

Doesn't it make you feel good when the sun shines. We had a picnic lunch outside watching my son's cricket. I thought the light was fantastic tonight too - and such a wonderful sunset here. I've loaded the photos already.

Susan Smith said...

Glad your days are lighter and brighter. Know exactly how you feel with a shift working hubby, as it's what I've known all my life,with both father and husband and you have to make the most of their days off. The biscuits look lovely and I'm a fan of peppermint too! Enjoy the weekend. Great pics as always.

the linen cloud said...

Oh the weather with you looks beautiful ... it's still cold here but the skies have been mostly blue ... love your strawberry photo ... Bee xx

Leanne said...

I love that evening light. You've captured it perfectly.

I love how you detail the day to day norms of our lives - gathering the washing in at the end of the day and the sounds from outside. Your blog is real, Gillian. You know what I mean?

Leanne xx

Plain Jane said...

Everything is making me a bit giddy with excitement at the moment - it's all soooo welcome. Open windows, washing on the line, eating outdoors - simple things but oh so appreciated! Jane x

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you're having nice weather. The cookies look delicious and those tulip buds are perfectly captured.

Julia said...

You captured the evening light perfectly! I am in such need of sunlight...it's been cool, cloudy and grey for days upon days here. Your sunny photos are making me very happy right now! The strawberries look delicious as do the cookies.

June said...

We ate outside too. It's been lovely feeling the warmth of the sun again. I've enjoyed pottering in the garden and seeing the new shoots coming through. Hope you enjoy the weekend despite the fact that your OH has to work.
June

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos. Sounds like a wonderful day. My husband's favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip too. He loves almost anything mint flavored. :)

Jo said...

It looks like it's going to be another lovely day today, I just hope it lasts through the bank holiday weekend. It makes such a difference to have some nice weather after the long winter.

Xelenacrochets said...

Oh, golden evening! So beautiful.
Sorry to hear that your e-mail has been hacked. No funny e-mails from you yet. ;-) Hopefully everything is OK by now?

Squiggling About said...

Wow, those cookies look fantastic i must try them. Sorry to hear you have been hacked, what's the point? Why do they do it?

Amelie Pou said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful blue sky and sun - same here, it's been lovely! - and yummy looking cookies!

The Faerie Factory said...

Scrummy pics, there is nothing prettier than golden evening light. Sarah x

Ladybird Diaries said...

Lovely photos, it's so nice that the evenings are lighter now. And how nice you were able to sit outside to eat - it has definately not been warm enough to do that in our part of Scotland yet! Hopefully soon though... Cookies look amazing.
M x

Sopa Azul said...

Oh, I can see the rainbow in the daffodil... Wonderful photo!!! Happy weekend to you and your lovely family. ;D

Irene said...

Beautiful pictures Gillian especially the strawberries and biscuits.
luv
irene
xxxx

Tracey said...

Love evening light too, the tulips are perfect, enjoy the sunshine.

Lisa said...

The cookies look very nice indeed.
Here's to many more meals being enjoyed in the garden.
Lisa x

Bungalowgirl said...

Those bikkies look so so so scrummy ( and i don't even like mint). Your new blog header looks so lovely too and very glad you are finally getting some sun. We had alot of rain over summer but have finally had some glorious sunshine for autumn and it is very well received. mel x

Monica B said...

we had a few glorious days too. back to rain today and clouds over the weekend. but it's warming up!

Lyn said...

Beautiful photos, I love it when you can have the doors open and let the outside in!
Xxx

Amanda Graham said...

What beautiful photos, so spring like. Evening light is my most favourite part of the day. Everything always looks lovely then- As do your cookies!

Charmaine said...

oh yes, I love late afternoon/early evening sunshine, lovely photos and those cookies look delicious! x