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Sunday, August 29, 2010

END OF SUMMER

It's that time of year again that I look SO forward to: one week to go and I'll be hanging up my name tag for 3 weeks vacation in September! Autumn is upon us very soon, which is my favourite season. Not too hot, not too cold. Just beautiful colours and temperatures.

As always, I look forward to some extra sleep, photography outings, projects around the house, and did I mention extra sleep? Not having to get up with the alarm clock in the mornings is a blessing to this ol' hippie chick, one of those who doesn't always sleep very well. Throughout the year, working a full day dealing with the public, money, and some accounting functions (like payroll!) on one, two or three hours sleep is unfortunately the norm. So I always look forward to this time off and some catch-up.




Besides Spring when there are eruptions of blooms on our trees, summer's end is also a gorgeous time in our gardens. Throughout the summer everything has filled in and there are so many different coloured flowers.

The one cherry tree has turned its leaves burgundy in the early summer, contrasting nicely with the blue/green of the Spruce tree, the deep green of the other Cherry, and the silver green of the Russian Olive. And the flower beds hubby has weeded and tended so well over the summer are showing their maturity. The annuals have filled in nicely alongside all of the perennials.




Some of the flowers have gone for the year now, but there are still many that bloom in late summer and throughout the autumn. I think we've done well choosing some of everything: spring, summer and autumn bloomers. We've a ways to go yet though, and over the next few years I think we'll have it just as we want.



The horrible smoke from the B.C. forest fires has long gone thankfully, and the air is clear and fresh again. We just had a rather hot day on Thursday but the temperatures dropped dramatically within about an hour or two early evening. Late that afternoon sister Pammie and I headed out to a couple of stores on a shopping trip, and I bought some gifts for my best friend Michele's birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks. While we were out in Pammie's car (which has NO airconditioning) we were dying from the heat. It was about an hour after we got home, into our extremely hot house, that the skies clouded over, the wind picked up and the temperatures quickly dropped. It was HEAVEN! It's been cool since then and that's okay with me, especially with my vacation coming.

So as of the end of the work day on Wednesday, when I leave work my vacation begins. The only screw thrown into that this year is that we are very short staffed for the coming Saturday and my boss asked me to work it. So after a couple of days on holidays I need to work, but then I'm off again for the rest of it.

In a few more days I'll be posting the next Photo Contest, so stay tuned!

Have a great week everyone, and take good care of each other.

PEACE!
Love Jude

10 Comments:

Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

I hope you have a great vacation. Rest, relaxation and doing what you want - now there is something to look forward to! :)

4:08 PM, August 29, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Absolutely, well said! :-)

4:35 PM, August 29, 2010  
Blogger Tracey said...

Vacation time is awesome!!! I'm hoping you catch lots of 'z's and wonderful pictures!

*hugs*
(back to boxes for me)

8:17 PM, August 29, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Happy moving darlin'!

8:22 PM, August 29, 2010  
OpenID Michael said...

Have a good vacation Judlebugs! The garden looks awesome. I'm going to go out and take some photos of our morning glories. They're one of my favorite flowers, and they are really prospering at this time of year in Pennsylvania.

The air is crisp at night - autumn is just around the bend! SO excited!!

10:50 PM, August 29, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Oooooh morning glories are very pretty Michael, I hope you post pics on your blog. Sounds like you enjoy Autumn too. I wish it would last a few months! :-)

5:33 AM, August 30, 2010  
Blogger Diane said...

Have a wonderful holiday Jude...it sounds like you plan on totally kicking back and relaxing, which sounds pretty much perfect to me. Enjoy every single, precious minute :)

7:38 AM, August 30, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

I'm looking forward to it, thanks Diane!

8:01 AM, August 30, 2010  
Blogger sydwynd said...

I love this time of year as well. Although summer is ending with a vengance as it's going to be 90 degrees here most of the week.

I'm looking forward to fall for the weather, but with school starting next week (for me AND the kids) that means very little free time.

Enjoy your vacation!

10:20 AM, August 31, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Rocker Guy! Yes a lot of parents are looking forward to school starting I hear. LOL

6:46 PM, August 31, 2010  

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