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Friday, May 29, 2015

Five on Friday - Pictures From my Phone

Joining in again with Amy's Five on Friday link-up series. 
As usual, my five items are favourite photos taken from my phone that illustrate the week that has been.
 
Number One:  A lunch date with my hubby. 
My in-laws took the kids to a concert one day this past week and it just so happened that it was perfect timing for Kevin and I to head out and enjoy a leisurely lunch together. I had no stipulation on where we went as long as I could get a delicious latte.  I was not disappointed.  My meal was delightful, and so was dessert, but truthfully, I enjoyed my stripey latte the best and would have easily ordered another had time permitted!
 
 


Number Two:  Reading for pleasure
I had seen this book in many a bookstore and was intrigued by its cover.  I love the classic stories of the ancient Greeks, especially the ones concerning the gods and goddesses like Hermes, Persephone and Apollo.  So to find a story set in modern day London (my favourite city!) starring these very same deities, I was immediately excited.  The story twists together a modern couple and the ancient gods (who don't quite live up to "holy" standards) and chaos and excitement ensues.  I don't want to give away too much, but trust me - you'll like it.  A lot. 
 



Number Three: A new crochet project
I picked up a new afghan pattern that weaves circles into the middle of squares.  I like the geometric feel of it and I knew I had a few balls of variegated yarn that would work perfectly.  I've mixed green, blue and white for a "summertime freshness" and the blanket will be done when the yarn runs out!
 Baby sized- maybe?  Lap sized - possibly.  Time will tell. 
 

 
Number Four: Fresh berries
Picked these up at the local market.  Oh they looked scrumptious!  Brought them home, washed them up and had to decide how to serve them for dessert.  With shortcakes or whipped cream?  Or both?  In the end they went perfectly alongside a Almond Mug Cake and some vanilla ice cream.  Hubby was especially excited because I made him a gluten-free mug cake too!
 
 
 Number Five: An arm full of silver that reminds me of Daddy.
My father passed away 4 years ago today from complications of ALS.  I think of him often and it is always little things that remind me of him. 
 See the bracelet on the left?  My daddy bought it for me. 
 He didn't actually go into the store and pick it out for me, that wasn't his style.  Instead, he heard me speaking of it to one of my sisters, complaining how much I loved it but felt my car payment was more important. 
Later that day, my Daddy quietly pulled me aside and said, "I put some money in your bank account.  I hope it will cover the cost of the bracelet."
It did.  And more. 
Who would have guessed, back then, that I would lose my father within a few very short years.  These little tokens of his love have become all the more important and I will cherish them forever. 


Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  Kevin and I are going on a day-long winery tour with several of our friends.  I'll have lots of pics to share after the fact, I'm sure!
 
 
XOXOXO
 
Bronwyn

35 comments:

  1. lovely photos, now I fancy a latte!!! What a lovely story about the bracelet. Enjoy your tour of the winery(s) Need to get down to Niagara ourselves as we haven't been in a couple of years.

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    1. The wineries were great. We visited 4 and drank countless glasses of vino. Luckily we had someone else doing the driving!

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  2. You really can't beat a good latte. I love the story about the bracelet. It's really beautiful. Something to treasure. X

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    1. I wish I could make a good latte at home. We have an espresso machine that froths milk well, but I can never it to taste as good as a coffee shop latte! I must keep trying....

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  3. Brilliant pics of your five on Friday faves, Brownyn! I especially love the image of the sweet strawberries, which remind me of simpler, happy times. I enjoy creating culinary wonders with these adorable berries, and must say, I make a pretty tasty strawberry cream cake, myself!

    So lovely to meet you, too, and to have found your blog. Hope to keep in touch!

    Wishing you a warm and sunny weekend!

    xo
    Poppy

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    1. Strawberry Cream Cake sounds delicious! I'll have to look up a recipe for that. Have a warm and sunny week!

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  4. Beautiful bracelet with lots of wonderful memories. Loved the design of the blanket and the yarn used it looks amazing. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I will cherish those bracelets forever. In fact, my daughter has already requested that they become hers one day. I think that's the perfect idea!

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  5. What a lovely memory of your Dad. I have a few things that remind me of mine and I wouldn't part with them for the world. I'm glad you have such a solid souvenir.

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    1. My dad was never a present buyer, so any gift I ever received from him was extra-special. I wish I had kept the school jacket he bought for me back in high school......

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  6. All 5 very lovely things. I especially love your wrist of silver and the memories it evokes. The winery tour is right up my alley. Enjoy! Tammy

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    1. The winery tour was great - so many small, unknown wine-makers around here. Looking forward to a return visit in a few weeks!

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  7. Wonderful precious moments! Especially the beautiful bracelet from your Dad, that must be very precious to you indeed. Thank you for sharing such lovely moments and reminders to take pleasure in the small things! Thank you too for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. So glad to join in each week, Amy! Thanks for hosting.

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  8. A brilliant five Bronwyn, I would love that latte too, it looks perfect. Oh what a beautiful bracelet and such a precious memory attached. Have a great weekend and enjoy the winery tour, chinchin xx

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    1. Thanks! Maybe we can chat over a latte one day!

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  9. Sounds like a lovely week. I enjoyed the sweet story behind your bracelet. Such a precious memory of your dad. Enjoy the winery tour! Sounds like such fun. I look forward to seeing the pictures.

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    1. Pics coming soon. I didn't take very many because my camera died half way through!

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  10. The coffee looks so yummy and so does her cake recipe! You shared such a heartwarming story about your dear Dad and your bracelet. It's wonderful that you have those special memories. My best to you for a great weekend.

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    1. Thank-you. I miss my father every day but sweet memories of him allow me to smile when I think of him instead of crying!

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  11. That's a very sweet story about your dad. It's wonderful that you have these special memories of him and your bracelet must remind you of him every time you wear it.
    The strawberries look delicious ... I love eating strawberries just sliced in a bowl when they are so fresh & juicy! Your dessert ideas sound delicious though. Have a great weekend!
    Wendy

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    1. My own strawberries should be ready in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to eat them fresh out of the garden!

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  12. What a beautiful bracelet your dad sounds so lovely. It looks like you had a great week, love the look of your new crochet project, enjoy your weekend. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda. I've made many more squares for my blue and green afghan. I hope to have some more time this evening to make more!

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  13. Five lovely things. I love this time of year with all the summer berries and how lovely to have the bracelet to remind you of your Dad - so very special for you:)

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    1. Love this time of year - berries and flowers and lots of outside time. Bring on summer!

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  14. I agree with Rosie - five lovely things. Especially the bracelet. x

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    1. Thanks, dear. Love that bracelet too!

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  15. What a lovely blog! I really enjoyed reading about the bracelet. Thank you for sharing x

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  16. What a beautiful keepsake from your lovely dad x
    I like your stripy latte!
    Wishing you a mellow and kind new week x
    love Jooles x x x

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    1. Thanks, Jooles. I plan on more coffee and more crochet!

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  17. Oh how I love lattes! I make them several times a day for myself... yes, I just had to buy an espresso machine and I have not regretted one moment of it! :D Your latte however, looks lovely! Mine are made in an opaque tall mug so I can't see the beauty of it whilst enjoying drinking it. Hmmm, perhaps I should look for some mugs like the one you had your latte in?!

    You are getting me into serious trouble now because I just read the first chapter of Gods Behaving Badly and was hooked... I simply had to buy it for my Kindle. Now there is a piece of technology I never thought I would have being a book lover and all but here I am with Kindle in hand, and far too many books downloaded to it! LOL! In my defense however, my sister-in-law bought one for me and my husband as "just because" gifts so how can one argue? LOL!

    Anyway, if the rest of the book is as good as the first chapter I'm totally in!!! :D Okay so that's two things you have already gotten me into the "I want, and must simply have" mode... your blog should come with a warning label something like, "beware, intoxicating and addictive!" :D
    Great to meet you and look forward to visiting often!
    Hugs from across the pond,
    Beth P
    #18 Five on Friday

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    1. I hope the book lived up to all of my hype! My husband is reading my copy now and quite enjoying it. Apparently this same author has a few other cute books about other historical figures in modern-day situations. Summer reading!!

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  18. Oops, correction, not from across the pond. Sorry, I should have checked first. It's just that so many of Amy's followers are from beautiful England I just assumed. Ontario is just as beautiful and I don't have to cross an ocean to get to, LOL!

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