How did we get to late August this fast? I’ve been so busy I just noticed the crape myrtle trees in our courtyard garden are almost finished blooming. And, now the Japanese anemones are about to bloom—something I look forward to each year. Can’t wait to post about them!
I finally had a day free, and decided to stay home. No errands, appointments, or work. Just some reading, enjoying a bit of
food, tidying up the garden, and catching up on laundry (last on the list).
I hope you are enjoying the remaining days of August. Have I told you how much I appreciate you reading my blog? Many thanks! 🙂
 When I am home and have time, I like to start the day with a pot of black tea. I picked up a yummy blueberry muffin from our local bakery.
 The living room gets morning sun so I decided to have breakfast and read the paper there.
 I didn’t plan it, but the West Elm white-washed tray matches our bleached floors. Kinda neat, right?
 Here is our little courtyard garden. We built the fountain and painted it black so it would appear deeper. There are 6 white blooming Natchez crape myrtle trees underplanted with Monroe White liriopes.
 The last remaining blooms of Natchez crape myrtle.
 Monroe White liriopes seem to glow in the shade of the crape myrtles’ canopy
 I had a friend over for lunch, and we made Danish Smorrebrod “open sandwiches.”
 These elegant but humble sandwiches are always properly eaten with a knife and fork.
 We chose “smoked salmon with dill and lemon” and “prawns with egg and cucumber.” The recipes are from “Danish Food & Cooking” by Judith H. Dern with John Nielsen and William Lingwood.
 A dense, artisan whole-wheat loaf is healthy and tasty. I set the table with pale blue plates from C&B and the following vintage pieces: French bistro glasses, French creamware platter, Swedish hotel silverware, Swedish stone salt cellar, English bread board and knife. The linens are also from C&B.
 Have a great weekend! Farvel!!