I’m sort of in love with the colours of summer. I suppose I get this way about winter too; the brilliant white and blue of snow and shadow. Summer’s tones are popsicle-saturated. The kids in tees and swimsuits, flowers and pollen and the orioles that nest in our backyard.
Yesterday the kids and I went with my mom to my grandparents’ home in Silver Valley. Their cedar-sided house perches on the edge of fields and forest on the banks of the Peace River. Together with my mom and uncle, I hiked through the forest to the top of the River Hill; stepping for a few hours back into my childhood. My first trip to the Peace River along this same road was at two months old, and our post-dinner walks through my childhood always followed the same route. The aspens have grown taller; I remember them arching over an avenue of green and they stand more like sentinels now.
It was really sunny so my photos are a little washed out. This is the top of the River Hill where we turned around. From here it’s another mile or two to the river, down a very long hill that we didn’t want to hike back up! What I do love is that down at the bottom of the hill the forest gets quite thick and I’ve found all kinds of flowers that we don’t see at the top. The wild strawberries were blooming like crazy, and I found wild violets (which are the subject of my newest painting attempt) and saskatoon and chokecherry blossoms. The chokecherry blossoms made me think of tiny white lilacs.
All in all we hiked 5.5 km in about an hour and since I’d swam 1km in the morning and then biked 16km later that evening, I had a pretty good training day! A little over three days until the triathlon so I’m trying to find just the right balance between training and recovery. I think I’ll skip soccer this week since I don’t want to risk getting hurt or pulling a muscle two days before the tri.
I haven’t been doing any paper crafting. I’ve been working on a canvas wall art piece, and doing a little painting every day, but I have been saving this pretty card for a while. I love the blues, even if they are more “winter” than “spring.” Stamps from Unity Stamp Co. I love the silver embossed on the blue cardstock.
Just read: Blood of the Reich by William Dietrich. This novel was a little far-fetched (both parties attempting to find some Shangri-La in Tibet find the location first try?) but I enjoyed the quick pace of the action. I was browsing a series by the same author at the library but the first book in the series was checked out so I took this one instead. I doubt I’ll read the series now – I didn’t really warm to this author.
Just baked: Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & PB Chips. Found this recipe on Pinterest and it’s so good! I’m crazy about the addition of a salt sprinkle to the cookies. Which makes me think that maybe I should be looking for a recipe for those salted lemon cookies I love so much, since I can’t find them in stores.