Posts Tagged ‘backyard’

Indian Summer (October Challenge: Day 8)

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The thing about fall in the Bay Area is that it is incredibly subtle, and it’s taken 15 years for me to develop the sensitivity to notice it. To an East Coaster used to dramatic autumnal color changes and huge temperatures shifts, fall in Northern California is a bit underwhelming. Even though we get most of our warmest days of the year during September and October, the air develops a crispness (particularly at night) and some even trees lose their leaves.

But unlike the east coast, winter here is the greenest season, when the rains feed the plants and major growth happens. Temperatures rarely drop below the mid-fifties during the day and frost only comes a handful of times at most. The most dramatic shift is actually the wintry light – even though it doesn’t feel particularly wintery, the light shifts as the sun sits lower in the sky. Shadows are different. And, even in the greenness of it all, it’s winter-like. Albeit a mild one.

And so this afternoon, we enjoyed a beautiful fall day in Oakland – the sun was warm, but the air was crisp. The light cast it’s autumnal shadows and we enjoyed the season. We had our first rains last week, and the garden is starting to green up. Here are a few snapshots of our day:

Chasing bubbles...

 

... caught one!

Art - au plein air.

All smiles!

By the power of technology - Grand Dad was able to join our outdoor fun... from Pennsylvania!

Spray bottles make for hours of artistic and watery fun!

It was a lovely afternoon, full of family time and fun. We’re gearing up for a dramatic and stressful few weeks here at THL (more on that later), and so a day of simple fun in the backyard was the absolute PERFECT way to spend the day. It was lovely to just stop and enjoy the fleeting moments of indian summer. Tomorrow the week starts, and we’re off and running again.
~Susan

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Happy Summer!

Monday, May 30th, 2011

It’s been quiet here at This Hartmann Life lately. Not because there hasn’t been anything going on, but because we’ve been so busy that blogging has taken a back seat to actually getting things done! We’ve overhauled the backyard (details forthcoming), and were able to enjoy some of the warmth and sunshine of the holiday weekend. We bought a brand-spanking-new kiddie pool and set up for an afternoon of fun. Here are a few snapshots of a lovely afternoon full of family and fun with the kiddo…

 

Testing the waters.

Splish splash!

Ryan ultimately decided that it was too cold to stay in the pool, so much of the afternoon was spent running around, exploring, splashing and throwing things into the water. It was windy out – hey, she’s no dummy!

Watching Daddy blow bubbles in the wind.

Ready to put out some fires!

Exploring the flowers in the garden. (Verbena bonariensis for those who are curious.)

Future Gatorade model, perhaps?

Who am I? I'm Ry-Ry!

We hope you had a fantastic weekend and managed to have some fun in the sun!

~Susan