339: Bouquets

Colors of late August. From Maddy's bouquet of flowers.

It was another lovely weekend filled with family and fun.  The house is quiet now, something the cats are appreciating.  Both are napping and will likely sleep for the next 24 hours.  They tend to be jumpy when little girls and dogs come to visit, and get very little sleep.  It’s nice to see them settled down again.

Emma and Maddy's bouquets.

Emma and Maddy each picked a bouquet of flowers from the wildflowers growing around Breezy Acres, and I gave them each a sunflower of their choice to add to them.  I could be biased but I think both girls are talented when it comes to flower arrangements.

Yesterday we all went to the Portage County Randolph Fair, a yearly tradition.  The fair is a big deal in these parts.  The girls enjoy looking at the animals.  The adults do, too.  We also had our share of fair food.  Blech.  The only veggies I could find were deep fried.  Thinking that might be the best way to go, I ordered a bucket of veggies.  There was so much batter and grease on them that I ended up pulling off and discarding the fried batter on the outside of the vegetables, except in the case of the deep fried pickles which I bought from a different vendor.  They weren’t nearly as greasy or over-battered.  Later I got to thinking that I might have been better off having ice cream or a deep fried Oreo.  Those choices couldn’t have been much more fattening than the deep fried veggies.

This cow's name is Oreo. She is in no way related to deep fried Oreos.

I’ll bring you a bunch of county fair photos soon.  In the meantime…

Today's view of the pond

The weather today isn’t nearly as sunny and clear as originally predicted.  Bands of clouds have been streaming by, coming from the east.  They are part of Hurricane Irene who is currently plaguing the east coast of the U.S.

The clouds have been moving in and out quickly, blown in by some of Irene’s winds which is making conditions here at Breezy Acres very breezy indeed.  I like it.  I find the weather invigorating.  I’m not in the midst of Irene, of course, so it’s easy for me to like the outer weather associated with her.  We’ve checked in with family and friends out east, all of whom are safe and sound although some have been without power since late last night.  I hope all of my blogmates have fared as well or better.

I’ve been outside more than inside this weekend, including today, so my outdoor commitment has been firmly (above and beyond) met.  The weather has been too lovely to stay indoors.

Today I’ve been out admiring the sunflowers again.  I have become convinced that weather plays a major role in sunflower portraits.  I like windy conditions.  I capture the sunflowers as they bob around in the breeze.  It’s a little like taking pictures of my granddaughters.  They look so much better when they’re not posed and giving me those fake, cheesy grins.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of my Great Outdoor Adventures.

22 Comments on “339: Bouquets”

  1. I’ve missed The Bogs since I’ve been away. Good to be back. Sunflowers look nice in all their stages, don’t they? Love the yellow and purple flowers together!

  2. Kathy says:

    That is so interesting. One of our local restaurants offered deep fried pickles as a special yesterday. We looked at each other in horror and whispered, “Deep fried PICKLES?” (By the way, I agree, the girls are talented in flower arranging. Good job for encouraging them!)

  3. The girls bouquets are lovely, Robin, but for me all the photos are black after that. I wonder if it’s only me. Neither of the comments above mention it. Oh well–I’m glad you had a delightful weekend and the cats are now able to get some rest.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy M. 🙂

      Not sure what happened with the photos. No one else mentioned it, and they looked okay to me. Ah well… glitches happen.

  4. carlaat says:

    Glad you had breezes to enjoy at Breezy Acres! 🙂

  5. penpusherpen says:

    that last photo of the sunflowers,Robin. …. as I looked at it, first impressions?…the one in the middle looks really, really shy….and is just peeking out at you… Awww!! … and deep fried battered anything makes my mouth go all funny.. (but I don’t mind chips … um. sliced potatoes fried?) . … anywho, ’tis a drizzly day here, which I’m not surprised at, ‘cos it’s our Bank Holiday Monday…it’s almost as if the weather’s ordered long in advance…wet, wet and more wet. 😀 ’tis Britain when all said and done… . Have a good one my friend. xPenx

  6. Kala says:

    I absolutely love your cheerful sunflower images Robin.

  7. You didn’t fancy trying deep fried ice cream then ??… lol… Love the collection of wild flowers, but oh to be a cat eh… How nice would that life be (apart from the whole eating mice bit)… 😉

    • Robin says:

      Well, Brian, I didn’t see any deep fried ice cream on any of the fair vendor menus. But if I had… might have been better for me than that tub of greasy veggies. 😀

      I hope I come back as a well-cared-for cat in my next life. With my luck, though, I’d end up being a barn cat. Not the worst life but it does involve a lot of that eating mice bit.

  8. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Oh what lovely bouquets! And what creative granddaughters you have! I know how difficult it is to find healthy food when you’re out and about, and given a choice between two bad choices, I’d probably have settled on the ice cream. 😉 The sunflowers in your garden are so bright and cheerful!

    Happy to hear your family and friends made it through Irene all right. We lost some of our power, and then all of it for several hours, but we didn’t have to evacuate so we were lucky and grateful!

  9. Pat Bean says:

    I want a T-shirt the colors of your first photo, the limey yellow and rosy pink. Beautiful.

  10. eof737 says:

    Such a colorful collection of bouquets… I till love the yellows… they are always so cheery! 🙂

  11. I love deep fried pickles!! I had them a couple of years ago for the first time, and sadly, the restaurant that served them has closed since (but they have another location in a nearby town… just haven’t made it there yet)
    I can never get enough of your sunflowers, and those bouquets are really pretty as well.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Michaela. 🙂

      Lots of places around here serve deep fried pickles. Sauerkraut balls (sauerkraut balled up, dipped in batter, and deep fried) are another big item too. It’s a good thing I don’t eat out often.

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