Just Popping In

Hi friends,

I'm just popping in to say 'hello' and 'how are you'?  It's been awhile since I posted here and today's post will be brief.

Since I wrote last we have been having quite a lot of inclement weather.  Very dark skies and lots of rain. I would say we also have cooler temperatures than usual. We sure could have used the rain during the summer when all the wild fires were raging. Some parts of western Canada (northern British Columbia and Alberta) have even had snow yesterday and today and quite cold temperatures. We expect less rain and snow and warmer temperatures again soon and normal autumn temperatures to follow.  The intense heat of the summer and sadly, my garden is pretty much done for the year. I plan to dig all the debris from the annuals up before the end of the month.

You can just make out the Light Rapid Transit in the middle right.

I'm reading.
I started a Creative Writing Class yesterday. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to the next  few weeks of classes. I'm just hoping I can keep up with my homework. The instructor says we really should be writing every day! For a procrastinator & non-writer like me it will be a challenge but one I hope to meet.  The course is actually free and I cannot believe the caliber of the instructor. She is a writer, editor, publicist and comedian.  Maybe this is her way of giving back or looking for new authors.

Farmer's Market
On my way back from class I managed to stop at a local Farmer's Market. Sad to say I've been wanting to stop at this market for a few years and just never seem to remember what day it happens.

I happened to be walking by and saw that the market was underway, albeit much smaller than during the fullness of summer. I decided to have a quick look. I was on the hunt for bread or baked goods and there were some nice baked goods but no bread. In the end I bought 2 small tubs of hummus (one with beans and one with red pepper). I also bought one round package of vegan cheese. It is all very tasty but the vegan cheese as you can imagine is very pricey.  By early October, the Farmer's Market will be finished for another year so I'm glad I made it to at least one market day.

The photo below is taken from a 7th floor window looking south. The high rise you see on the horizon is the one you sometimes see in photos from my balcony.  You can see how threatening the sky looks but amazingly the sun came out late in the afternoon and it only rained a bit in early evening.

Last, but not least, is my small patio garden.  My flowers are pretty much finished for the year what with all the rain we've had over the past week.  I'm trying to hang on to them a wee bit longer because the brightly coloured flowers give me so much enjoyment.  But I'm planning to try and clean all the garden of debris by the end of the month if all goes well.

That's it for now friends. I'm feeling like an apple cake due to the coolish weather.  I've made this cake a few times but the recipe is from a blog that is no longer public. I'll have to google a new recipe.

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  1. Lovely street shot. Keep commenting in my blog because I love your comments.

  2. I Love farmer's Markets! Here, we have them year round. :o) Although, I am jealous of your cooler temps.

  3. Hello, our skies have been mostly cloudy lately. I love your pretty patio and flowers! I think with our farmers market you have to be first in line to get the good stuff. It goes fast. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  4. Love your patio!! We've also had a lot of rainy, overcast days in my part of Texas. Days to stay in with a good book!!

  5. Is that a little stand of Solomon's Seal? I cannot get it restarted in my new garden. I think we'll move it this weekend. Your flowers still look bright and happy.

  6. Hi Penny,
    I'm putting the Goodall book on my list...your patio still looks amazing...
    ~Have a lovely day!

  7. What a dark sky! Now I understand that brightly coloured flowers give you so much enjoyment. We need that with dark weather :-)

    Could you put flower bulbs in flower boxes on your balcony? Snowdrops, crocus. So you have color in the early spring. And do you have flowering plants in your house when it is winter? Christmas cactus :-)

    Love to read about your life. Thank you so much. Succes with writing.

  8. We've had lots of cloudy skies too.
    Good luck with your writing class.

  9. We had a good dump of snow. It's a few more days before things will start to dry our. Creative writing class sounds interesting.

  10. Your patio garden is so very pretty.

  11. Your photos today are so nice, Penny. I loved the variety of places where they were taken. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on Jane Goodall's book. An apple cake sounds wonderful...and your patio garden is still beautiful, in my opinion. I'm always impressed with the variety you have as well as the different colors. I hope you weekend is lovely and restful, my friend. xx

  12. Hello, and I like that photo from the 7th floor window. Awesome shot!!

  13. Lovely view of your city from your balcony. Wish you the best in your writing classes and homework. We are also having our share of dark clouds and threatening skies, and the weather is much cooler with less sun. At this very moment, it has just started to rain outside.

  14. Beautiful skies. I love your pretty garden and your wonderful view.
    Apple cake does sound good!

  15. Apple cake sounds wonderful. I love that dark, cloudy sky (though probably more in a photo than I would in real life!).

    It sounds like you've been very busy -- I've been doing the garden pulling, too. It's hard work. Your garden looks lovely, even at the waning end. And I'll be curious to hear more about your creative writing class. Yes, I've heard the write every day -- even something. So, maybe it's your blog?!

  16. Cloudy and rainy here, weather from Hurricane Florence even this far inland. I love hummus..... pine nut is my favorite! 💜


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