Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Fourth

I didn't have a chance, last year, to blog about our Fourth of July celebrations, up here on our hill. They were very homemade - a pleasant, warm summer's day.

My niece made a Fourth of July cake

and, then, after the traditional barbeque dinner, we went down to the small pond (spring fed = great, cool, fresh swimming!) that is down behind our barns for some fireworks and some s'mores and some mellow hanging out around the fire 'pit'.

I took my camera but no tripod - no pressure - no 'serious' attempts at photography - just fun

and look at what we came up with.... =D

The setting.....

 What happens when too many mosquitoes land on one's hand at once. (Kind of cool, though! ;-))

Lighting the sparklers!

 Wand wars! "Expelliarmus!"


 and something magical passing by....

and, whatever it is, it circled back 'round for another marshmallow!

Silliness and fun - all of it!

I hope that your Fourth of July (whether you're celebrating or not) is just as wonderful!



  1. Dear Katy,

    I enjoyed your photo's very much. It all looks sort of unreal, magical with the blue skies and the ghost like lights. You can see the boys are having fun! I hope you had fun this year too?!

    The pie looks absolutely beautiful. It's almost too beautiful to cut into pieces :-)

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Madelief x

  2. You have posted some very magical photos here Katy! Lovely!
    I hope your July is going well with perfect weather - not too hot - not too cold! :)
    xo Catherine

  3. Katy,
    Looks like a grand time. I absolutely love all the photos but, in particular, the "mosquito shake" and the last very ethereal shot of the house. Wonderful!!

  4. Hi Katy Noelle! Looks like your 4th of July was a lovely one indeed!

    Thank you for your most kind comment on my return to blogging after a four month break. I do want you to know it was most appreciated.

    Wishing you and yours the lovelies of summers


  5. Dear Katy, I'm so late in wishing you a happy 4th of July but it looks like you had a fantastic time. I love your photos - they look very surreal and other-wordly.

    I hope by now you have received some much-needed rain over there in Vermont. You are of course most welcome to some of ours!! My garden is full of snails and slugs - uurggh!


  6. Hi Katy! I am sorry to disappoint you in regards to me growing tomatoes and staking them. The thing is, I do not grow tomatoes at all. I have, in the past, given them a go (on more than one occasion), but I just do not have the right conditions (warm, sheltered spot and long summer) to grow them. So until I have a greenhouse to grow them in (a long held dream!) I will just have to get my tomatoes from the shop.

    Good luck with yours, though!

  7. Oh double exposure ~ you have been to the South Downs! You came with us!
    Mmm, marshmallows and fire pit spells H-E-A-V-E-N! Of course it hasn't escaped my attention that you were busy celebrating giving us Empire building fools the boot!Happily for us all you managed to create a brilliant flag that not only rivals ours for good looks but also looks bloomin marvelous adorning a cake, genius I say! I suspect we may be seeing quite a bit more of the Star Spangled these coming days...

    Love Sarah South Downs! -x-

  8. Great photos, well done! I'm visiting via a comment you made at Jane and Lance's blog. Last year, I visited with them in Budapest and they are just as lovely in person. Just as witty as well!

  9. Dear Katy,

    Thank you for your sweet welcome message on my blog. I enjoyed hearing from you! Hope you and your men are having a wonderful summer. It's quite warm in Holland at the moment, with temperatures up to 33 degrees Celsius this weekend. We plan to go to the beach. It's only a half hours drive and the perfect place to be with the wind and water.

    If can really advise you to make a cutting garden. It's such a joy to bring fresh flowers into the house. I love looking at them, soaking in the colours and the often delicious scent. The Sweet Peas are my favourite, but closely followed by Zinnia's , Cosmea and Dahlia's, but the Daisies and Nigella's are very pretty as well! I think they will all probably grow in Vermont too.

    Wish you a lovely weekend!


    Madelief xox


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