Thursday, August 13, 2009

You take the Power of the Flower...

Here are a few more shots from the weekend:

Mostly spent tooling around Sauvie Island, skipping from farm to farm in a u-pick flower frenzy, collecting more dahlias, zinnias, mums and gerber daisies than we could ever possibly display, even after filling practically every glass, mug, tiny novelty vase and empty bottle in the house! And of course I couldn't help but obsess over the colorsssss, collecting and photographing every perfect electric salmon pink and insanely rich velvety blood red!
We were originally planning to pick a few baskets of blackberries too, but found a heaping platter of them outside or front door just a few days earlier, a sneaky gift from our next door neighbor who has one of the most beautiful urban gardens we've ever seen!
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Portland in the summertime?
A few more Sauvie Island photos can be found at my flickr, along with a few more recent odds and ends, including this guy:

who may just be our new favorite Portland street cat ever!
PS. Bonus points if you read that last title and immediately thought of this scene (it started looping in my head and I had to find the footage, pronto!):

from Otto Preminger's Skidoo, one of my favorite movies ever made, of all time, EVER. It also stars Groucho Marx, Jackie Gleason, Cesar Romero, Frankie Avalon... no big deal, right? How about 60s supermodel and Rolling Stones pal Donyale Luna? John Phillip Law aka Pygar from Barbarella? Oh, and, costumes by Rudi Gernreich? Soundtrack by Harry Nilsson? If you haven't already seen it, do it now!

I seriously love, love, LOVE Carol Channing, and have probably never been more awestruck and starstruck than seeing her perform Razzle Dazzle (with fireworks!) a few years ago at the Hollywood Bowl!

Here's another classic Carol Channing moment, from Thoroughly Modern Millie:


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer's not a Bummer...

It's a Stunner...
and it's NOW!

Apologies for the woefully infrequent summertime updates around here. Lots more coming soon, I promise!

In the meantime, here's a quick snapshot from a birthday weekend spent wandering around the great outdoors:

Now we're enjoying a little string rainy days with a cool breeze and a little hint of fall, welcoming a little time to hibernate and focus after the epic heatwaves of the past few weeks. It actually seems to be the perfect time for it to be turning a little gray, now the million projects that we have forever in progress or waiting for just the right day to get started may finally have a chance to see the light of day!