Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Summer Solstice!

With the summer solstice happening today, I thought that my first 'real' blog post should show one of my outdoor spaces. This is our back patio, which is one of my absolute favorite spots to sit back, relax, and lounge (well perhaps less lounging and more running after the little munchkins, but one can dream, right?) I love that this space is covered, so it can be used year round.

This shows a corner of the space which will one day be transformed into our outdoor kitchen. I see a built in grill, bar fridge, concrete counters......hmmm, maybe I can convince hubby to start construction on this sooner than later?

We're lucky enough to have an inground pool (not very common in these parts). The girls (and us big kids too) love it. I can sit in my 'lounge' area and watch the girls swim.

With 2.5 acres, it can be hard to call in the troops when you need to. This handy dandy bell sure helps with those 'it's time for dinner' moments.

One of the gardens, pool-side.

Another view of our patio. We bought the furniture at Sears, and the outdoor rug at Home Depot.

Love the outdoor clock. On the other side, it's a thermometer. Bought at Costco a few years ago.

When we moved into this house, 4 years ago, the ceiling fans were indoor fans. The fan blades had warped over time and were 'hangin' limp'. I absolutely love these new indoor/outdoor fans (Home Depot) which keep us cool on those hot summer days. We also have pot lights in the ceiling which is great for lighting. Truthfully, I prefer the glow of candle light in the evening anyhow =P

I love this lantern, which was bought from a local artisan. The rain chain makes such a pretty sound when it's raining outside. Peeking in the background is our guest house. It's a great space which will be the focus of many future blog posts as we renovate it.

So there you have it. I'm so excited to show you this space and to actually have figured out how to post and create a blog! Much easier than I thought. Now, if only I can get some readers....I think I will need to attempt to link up to some party's and 'get out there' in blogland!

Enjoy the longest day of the year...perhaps a nice Iced Tea, a BBQ, a swim...hmmm, sounds like a plan!


Attempting to link to these party's:
Between Naps on the Porch
A Southern Daydreamer, Outdoor Wednesday
The Shabby Chic Cottage
I'm still working on trying to get the thumbnails and direct links....ugh!


Kim @ Starshine Chic said...[Reply to comment]

What a great place to relax and enjoy summer. Loved everything. Welcome, welcome to the land of blogging.

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...[Reply to comment]

This looks so relaxing....I'll be right over! :) I absolutely love your outdoor clock! The whole space is absolutely beautiful!

The Quintessential Magpie said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, this is a wonderful outdoor space! I love your outdoor furniture, and thanks for the tip about finding it at Sears. Love your clock, too, and I think ceiling fans are great. I used to have them when we were inland and had a big open front porch, but being this close to the water (and salt water), they tend to rust pretty quickly. We do have them inside here. But yesterday, I would have given just about anything to have had one as I took pictures on our balcony. It was some kind of hot!

Loved seeing this. Happy Porch Party/First Day of Summer!


Sheila :-)

Millie said...[Reply to comment]

I really like all your outdoor spaces, and the pool must be a treat for the kids (and adults!) I wish Costco still carried those clocks..the ones we have bought all seem to leak...maybe they are meant for indoor use only.
Readers will come, but they don't always make themselves known...

Rhondi said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea
Your outdoor space is fabulous, a covered porch, a pool, and eventaully an outdoor! I am so glad that you chose to join my porch party for your first official blog. Welcome to the world of blogging. I know you will like it. I am a Canadian too, now living in the US. I grew up in Toronto, but have visited Vancouver Island. What a beautiful pace to live. Lucky you!
Hugs, Rhondi

The Tablescaper said...[Reply to comment]

Wonderful space! How lucky for you! I'dlove to take a dip in that pool!!! Hope our outdoor kitchen comes soon.

Thank you so much for participating in "Summer Sundays". Try to add a link back to the party so people can see other "Summer Sunday" spaces. Hope you'll be back next Sunday.

- The Tablescaper

Marina Capano said...[Reply to comment]

Hi! what a nice home you have! I love your outdoor clock thermometer!! I love each detail!

and wonderful swimming pool!!!!!!!

congrats! and thanks for sharing with us


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...[Reply to comment]

Oh what a lovely patio area and your garden and pool look fabulous too. What a great place to sit and relax and enjoy the wonderful summer days. Hugs, Marty

eileeninmd said...[Reply to comment]

Gorgeous yard and patio! Lovley photos!

Kathy@ Gone North said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! What a wonderful outdoor space. Very inviting.
I too am new to the blogging world, though I am really enjoying reading all the great posts, I have not taken the time to figure out how to do it all...joining in all the fun parties & such...
Yours looks great!!
PS...LOVE to visit Vancouver!!!

Kansas Amy said...[Reply to comment]

What an amazing outdoor area! It puts mine to shame! We bought the house a year ago and have been working on finishing the basement and front landscaping, our backyard is suffering!

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

Kansas Amy, we too have areas in dire need of attention. We live on 2.5 acres and the previous owners gardened extensively. Between our jobs and two little ones, some areas are suffering. We try to work on indoor jobs in bad weather, and outdoor ones in good weather. It all gets a bit overwhelming, but we love to work on our home and it all slowly is getting done =)

Laurie said...[Reply to comment]

Your space is amazing! I would want to sit and read and drink tea or lemonade all day!

At The Picket Fence said...[Reply to comment]

What a lovely and welcoming space you have created! Perfect for relaxing and playing. I just love the fans and all of your other special touches. Thanks so much for sharing it at the Block Party!

Becca said...[Reply to comment]

Lovely backyard!! I envy that you have 2.5 acres ... and, the pool to cool off in is beautiful! And, yes, I think your hubby should start construction on your outdoor kitchen sooner, rather than later. We have one and LOVE it!

Andrea@ourbluefrontdoor said...[Reply to comment]

How beautiful, your pool is beautiful and the outdoor living space too. I too, love your clock and all the details you've pulled out there. I bet your kids are out there all of the time. Enjoy it!!
Visiting from the blog party....