Jul 6, 2010

July's Simple Life

Hello, dear readers!!! I thought all of you might enjoy a glimse of my daily life of July!

I am attempting to read Jane's Austen's Emma, but just like the main character (I have seen the movie:), I sometimes cannot so simply grasp onto the dialog of the character. Such romantic eloquence is so complex (am I getting the Jane Austeny feel yet *wink*), but I do wish that I could speak so beautifully. Introducing, my cat, Lily Rose O'Malley S. (Not revealing my last name; sorry). I had a difficult time having her pose for me, but with a little coaxing (that means cheese=) I finally got her to stand still. Well, only for a moment!

And, I think it high time that I show you my garden! Our tomatoes are finally ripening! This is the first year in awhile that we have planted tomatoes.

Roma tomatoes....

Remember the post that I wrote back earlier in February about my herb garden? Well, here is a picture of my box of the oldest herbs I have. These herbs have survived each year, since the first year I planted my herb garden. (From left to right: thyme, chives, sage, parsley). It's not an ugly mound of dirt right now:). My third batch of carrots are sprouting. Just plant them in a warm climate and give them water, and voila! They should sprout in no time! Here is my second crop of carrots: I am still letting them grow. Had to put them on another pot so the bunny would not munch on it; for awhile there he could hop into my herb garden and have a feast of carrot tops! :) He still eats grass, rose leaves, sometimes the cedar bush, carrot tops, basil, parsley, oregano, another bush that looks like yarrow, and occasionally I will see him munching on some spearmint (he probably wants to freshen his breath after eating so much!:).

I am also thinking of hosting a short story contest. I do not have everything thought out yet, but I know this:

The story you are to write will be based upon one of your favourite art pieces. For example, I am writing a short-story called The Keeper of the Garden, and it is about the young girl in the picture that posed for John Waterhouse. On my sidebar, it is the picture labeled, "Gathering Flowers in an English Garden." Will give details soon, but first, tell me what you think. I do also know that there probably will not be a physical prize, since I just finished my other giveaway and do not have much money to spend. Then again, I am coming up on my 100th post soon enough! :)

Hope you are having a joyous day filled with the many blessings of summertime!

Love from your Sister in Christ,


  1. Awww... what a sweet post, Grace! That Jane Austen book is beautiful, and your cat is sooo cute. :)

  2. Dear Grace,

    Looks like you're having a wonderful July, and I hope you're entire month will be as wonderful :) I often wish I could talk beautifully, too, but it's an art that is a difficult art to master ;) I love the idea of a short story competition, because I also love to write! And congratulations on nearly 100 posts :) That a massive achievement to a beginner blogger like me.


  3. I posted the code for your button on my new design blog. here is a link:http://funtimedesign.blogspot.com/2010/07/grace-graces-garden-walk.html


  4. July is a great time of year isn't it? Though over here it gets pretty hot... it's already 98.5*F! *pant pant* Hope that the weather isn't as hot over there!


  5. Dearest Grace,

    I LOVE miss. O'mally!!! *wink* So very prim, an proper!!! *wink*

    Your garden looks like it is doing well. We planted tomatoes this year as well, and like yours, ours are just starting to ripen!

    Well, have a lovely day dear sister!


    Ps. I would LOVE to talk with you on the phone again too! Let me talk to my mom about a good date, may this week!

  6. Hi Grace!

    I LOVE your blog! Your garden looks fantastic, those tomatoes look yummy! We have a garden too-my dad is the master gardener of our family! hehe We all help out, and it is wonderful to eat food that you have grown yourself! I hope you get lots of veggies this summer from your garden!! :)

    Also, I love your cat! She looks just like my cat Maggie! :D

    Hope you have a great day!


  7. Hello Grace, I just checked with my Mom, and she said tomorrow afternoon would be a good time. Would that work for you??? I was thinking around 3 o'clock?

    Let me know!

  8. Wow! Your garden is wonderful! I'll have to post pictures of ours soon too!

  9. Hello grace! Lovely vegetables! :)It looks like your garden is coming along quite nicely! Your cat is very cute...:)
    The story contest is a lovely idea!
    Have a charming day!

  10. Georgiana,
    I think your story contest sounds like a great idea! I know what you mean about having trouble with the dialogue in Jane Austen's novels. I love them! (have all of them, in fact) but sometimes (especially when I first started reading them) I've had trouble with the dialogue. Definitely have to be wide awake to understand (yes, I've tried reading parts of them when I'm half asleep):))
    Your sister in Christ,
    Liz Darcy

  11. such a sweet post, Grace! Thanks for sharing. :)

    By the way, your cat is adorable!!!