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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Salon...July 28

Bumper crop of blueberries this year.

We're home: we just got home from a three-day camping trip to the Washington Coast with other church families.  We have been participating in this church campout for over 25 years. It is a very special time for our family and a time for us to bond with others in our church. Even though it was pretty warm at the time of our departure from home, by the time we arrived at the campground the temperature was 20 degrees lower. I spent the whole week-end in my sweatshirt including while in bed at night in the tent. Ha!

Last week: My husband and I vacationed in Canada, mainly in the Canadian Rockies (Banff and Lake Louise.) We really had a wonderful vacation and the scenery was so LOVELY. We put over 1400 miles on the car for this round-trip and we still like each other after so much time together! I highly recommend it as a vacation destination.

Blueberries: We have the smallest, spindliest blueberry bush you have ever seen. In past years it has yielded maybe ten berries.  Today, after we returned from the beach, I peeked at it and was shocked to see our bumper crop. (Pictured above.)

Books: I have found it hard to get any concerted reading time this past week on the road and vacationing, but my husband and I did listen to one and a half audiobooks enroute:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn...a mystery about a married couple before and after she disappears and he is accused of murdering her. We had fun discussing what we thought would happen next. The audiobook was read by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne.
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan...a nonfiction book about a Seattle man who set about photographing Native American tribes in the early 1900s before their way of life was extinct. We are over 3/5th of our way through this fascinating book by one of our favorite authors. now that we are home from vacation, we will have to take turns finishing it up.

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  • Question: What is the title of a book that made you really want to visit where it was set?
  • My answer: The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt is about Venice. I really wanted to visit that city before the book but was doubly interested in a visit after.

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  1. Not a city but a location: Mary Stewart's This Rough Magic made me want to visit the island of Corfu. Thirty-odd years later, I still want to see it. (And of course, there are books almost without number that make me want to visit various places in Great Britain. But I'm a certified Anglophile, so that's hardly surprising.)

    Re your vacation -- how lovely! Our family vacationed in Banff and Jasper NPs last summer, and you're right, it's gorgeous up there. We drove out from the East Coast, rented an RV in Calgary, and spent almost 2 weeks in the Canadian Rockies. Heavenly!

  2. My parents visited that area and raved about it. There are too many locations to name--but anything set in Australia seems to intrigue me.

  3. Your trip sounds just wonderful!! I have always wanted to see that area - your photos were just beautiful!

    Ken and I listened to an audio together this week, too, on our way to pick up our kids. We always enjoy that on road trips - I was so disappointed a couple of years ago when our boys said they no longer wanted to listen to audio books with us! I think I have one that will at least entice Jamie this trip, though.

    Enjoy your books this week and being back home.


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  4. Those blueberries look fabulous, congratulations on a bumper crop!


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