Lavender Lemonade, watercolor, 7" x 5"

Lavender Lemonade, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

Our local Farmers’ Market at Greenstreet Gardens has a wonderful treat.  On these hot, humid, summer afternoons, a glass of lemonade is a welcome thirst quencher.  Combine that sweet-tart taste with a hint of lavender and that welcome drink becomes memorable.  The cubes of ice cool the lemonade, and small beads of condensation form on the outside of the glass, reminding me that if I drink it, there will be fewer of those beads on my forehead!

What is your favorite summertime thirst quencher?

Most of the boat owners who participate in the annual rendezvous live in the Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Virginia, area and arrive at the host marina on Friday.  If the weather is nice, they sail in, or if the weather makes the trip difficult, or the boat has some problems, they may drive to the site.  But on Friday evening, we gathered at the wonderful porch at Dozier’s Marina, bringing chips and dip, finger foods, soft drinks, and wine to share while we catch up on each others’ lives for the past year.

There’s something very satisfying about sitting down with a friend over a simple cup of tea (or coffee, or wine, or whatever) and having a conversation.  Hopefully this watercolor painting will remind you of a friend with whom you haven’t spoken in a while and you’ll give them a call and arrange to meet so the two of you can catch up.

Join Me for Tea?  watercolor, 5" x 7"

Join Me for Tea? watercolor, 5″ x 7″

If you take me up on this, I’d love to hear about it!

This will be the last journal entry that may make you seasick.  The rest of our trip was much nicer!

When we moved into our current house four years ago, there was a small weedy area surrounded by pieces of slate that our landlord said we could use for a garden.  So, after we unpacked the boxes, we went off to our local nursery, Greenstreet Gardens, and chose a bunch of plants, a mixture of flowers and herbs.  One of my husband’s choices was some lavender, which has come back bigger and more luxurious each year.  When it is blooming, it is filled with bumblebees.

Lovin' the Lavender, watercolor, 7" x 5"

Lovin’ the Lavender, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

I haven’t decided whether to call this “Lovin’ the Lavender” or “Bee Heaven”.

Lothian Produce had a mouth-watering display this week at the Greenstreet Farmer’s Market:  neon eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, and modern tomatoes of all colors, and a sweet, orange-fleshed melon called a sugar-cube, to name a few.  It was hot and I was painting in the shade, so this one-hour study doesn’t do the vegetables justice, and I think I may try again.

Veggies from Lothian Produce, watercolor, 7" x 5"

Veggies from Lothian Produce, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

I came home and made a wonderful sandwich with the tomatoes, so full of flavor!

What would you make from these vegetables?

Every year since my husband retired, we join a group of other sailors who own boats made by Watkins.  This is the first installment of my sketchbook record of our trip.

Primaterra Carrots, watercolor, 10" x 8"

Primaterra Carrots, watercolor, 10″ x 8″

Two other artists and I have joined together to show and sell some smaller art pieces at the local farmers’ market at Greenstreet Gardens.  Across the aisle from us today was Henry of Primaterra Farm. We all sniffed appreciatively when he shook out the basil and other herbs. We admired his radishes, beets, and the different greens.  But I was drawn to the carrots – delicious morsels in varying colors.  I went over and bought a bunch, asking if he minded if I stood there and painted them.  He shrugged a little and commented about Stacy Greenstreet buying bunches of them to feed to her horse.  After I bought them, he didn’t mind what I did with them!

Henry, with his carrots (now my carrots), and me with my painted carrots.

Henry, with his carrots (now my carrots), and me with my painted carrots.

It wasn’t until I set up my palette and easel that he realized the paint was going on the paper, not on the carrots!

What have you eaten recently that came from a local farm?

Every year we do a shakedown cruise before going off on an extended trip.  It is a chance to make sure all the systems work and that we have everything on board that was taken off when the boat was put away for the winter.  For example, the past two years we discovered on the shakedown cruise that our bed pillows were still on the guest bed at home, disguised as a permanent fixture.  Other times we have forgotten such necessary items as matches for lighting the stove and a can opener.  And no one wants to discover in the middle of the Bay that the plumbing doesn’t work right!

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