Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday was one of those rare sunny days .. these ones that appear from time to time, and deludes us into thinking that summer has arrived. I’ve not yet put my winter clothes away yet and have found that procrastination has paid off! For the sunny days, there are my capris and t-shirts. For chilly days, I have my lined cargo plants, t-shirts & jackets. Gloves and scarves too.
But yesterday was a summery day as my pal D & I headed off to a local beach to collect seaweed for the garden.
Tide was at its lowest about 9:15 …. and it was lovely to see that we could walk way .. way out to the ocean! It was a nice quiet day, perfect for selecting this treasured material for the garden.
I’m very careful to only collect that seaweed which is dried or otherwise not still attached to rocks and yesterday, due to the heat, there was a nice crispy layer on the surface of the wet seaweed. So I was rolling the top layer like Sushi!
I’d brought my trusty old Rubbermaid containers, the same units I’ve been using for over 20 years. Originally I’d used them to store the variety of pot-pourri, moth repellents (herbal), stove top spices and bath herbs, back in the day when I was making the rounds of craft sales. And also selling these items, packaged, in stores, on a small-scale.
These containers were just plain handy. Anyway, as I started to fill them up, I noticed that there weren’t as many there as when I’d started. I had brought 11 and now there were only 7. Mystified, trying to understand why someone would take 4 of these .. didn’t make sense. Perhaps there are people who just like to take things that are on a beach?
Well, karma will out. Next time I’ll write my name on my few remaining containers. I just hope that whoever took them finds these containers to be as useful to them as they have been to me.
Anyway, collecting done, containers filled, tucked in the car .. it’s time to relax in the sun. Body aching from hours of bending, collecting, filling, lifting. It was sheer heaven to settle in on the warm rocks and breathe in the beautiful fresh air.
As always, we meet people who ask what we are doing .. and explain that the seaweed is good for the garden. Adds minerals and texture to the soil. enriches the compost. Garlic loves it and slugs avoid it.
We have both taken an intensive seaweed workshop and understand how to properly harvest any living seaweed, cut off just a little and leave the plant growing.
At the end of our long outing, the decision was made to visit a different little place for our special treats. We had been going to a little place that was noisy and that was just not relaxing. So yesterday we went to another place.
And wow .. it was as if we had been transplanted to a lovely little European bakery! It’s called “Little Vienna Bakery” and what a beautiful change this was for us. Entering the welcoming open front door (and there were precious mosaic designed bistro tables & matching chairs near the entranceway)… we found ourselves in the most delightful bakery.
Gilt framed mirrors were everywhere. Spacious tables were positioned so that everyone could comfortably visit and have privacy .. no crowding of tables. We chose a little table outside .. and were rewarded with the most colourful flowering vista! Vehicles could be heard but not seen. Instead, our eyes saw towering banks of colourful foxglove, a wall of sunny California Poppies, waves of delicate red poppies. And there were other perennials also, but my eyes were drawn towards the cheerful palette of the flowers.
How wonderful to find this oasis .. a perfect way to finish our day’s outing! Sandwiches, soups, cheeses .. are all served here. D had the poppy-seed bar, delicate and delicious (she shared with me) and I .. fell in love…. with the Schnecke! Bought 2, 1 cinnamon and 1 chocolate (a treat for my DH). Well, I broke off a little piece of the cinnamon one and found myself unable to stop. So .. bought another one, as a treat, for when I was home. Luckily there was one remaining in the case, otherwise, I don’t know, I might have broken down and cried if they were all gone. So I was saved that embarrassment!
D pronounced the Schneckes as perfect, identical to the dainty pastries that were served in Vienna! So the quality of the pastries, in conjunction with the most beautiful surroundings, the decadent regality of the gilt framed mirrors .. all added to the magnificence of this treasured place. Oh, and they serve meals also, Breakfast & Lunch. As well as wheat free products (as in the poppy-seed bar).
I think that next time I will have a grilled Panini .. they have a choice of Sicilian and Parisienne. Well, with names like that, I just know that they will be delicious (really, though, I know they will be delicious .. cause in this beautiful bakery, everything is beautiful and tasty) . I’ll order the Parisienne next time, and I’ll just pretend that I’m back in France, wandering around dusty side streets .. listening to the language being spoken all around. sigh.
Here is the site for the Vienna Bakery: http://littleviennabakery.com/
As I was sitting there, looking around at the flowers, D whispered … don’t move! A striking red and black butterfly had settled on the black ribbon encircling my hat, I was totally unaware. So I passed the camera to her and she clicked away. Luckily . .she was able to snap two good photos showing the butterfly nice and clear. I’ve not seen a butterfly as striking as this one. So I wondered, is this a sign of good luck? That’s what I’ll interpret the little visit as.
It made up for the loss of my four containers. And I released the negativity that I was feeling over the theft.
Soon, time to begin the trek home. Back in traffic. Happy for the day’s outing. It’s so much fun to spend a day like this every once in a while. Fresh air, sandy beaches. D noticed a deer and a mink at the beach .. she always notices these things.
Back home, I emptied the containers from the car, and began the process of moving them to the back yard. Some that I had gathered was for the bath so these I placed out on framed lattice sections, to dry. The rest .. well I’ll be digging that into the garden today.