The longer I live in Hong Kong, the more I appreciate the feel of fresh grass under my bare feet when I come back to America for the summer.
And the time spent just sitting out in the backyard at my in-laws' house.
The kiddos love to help my father-in-law pick veggies from his garden and I love to wander over to the neighbor's garden and admire all the bright colorful flowers.
I don't claim to be a green thumb, but I do love flowers. My mother has taught me the names of so many and even bought me a book about plants when we bought our first house. Flowers remind me of my grandmother, too. She had the most beautiful rose garden at her house in Australia.
Despite the mozzies being a little annoying this year, the summer has been full of perfect backyard garden days. Low humidity (comparatively speaking for us Hong Kongers), cool evenings perfect for spotting the fireflies and the bunnies and sleeping with windows open nearly every night.
Yesterday, the neighbor (yes, the carnival man) mentioned that his grapes were turning red and they needed to be picked. Our girls jumped at the chance. Though they are a little tart, they felt very accomplished picking enough to fill a whole bowl. Perhaps we'll make juice...
In three short days, we pack up to fly back to Hong Kong. It will be good to get home and back to our usual routine. Until then, you know where you can find me.
Next week, I'll be announcing a fun surprise to end to my summer Travelogue with Louella Odie. I started with an Instagram picture right here in this garden, so it seemed fitting to end it here. I hope you've enjoyed these posts as much as I've enjoyed writing them. Of course, none of it would have been possible without my hubby taking such lovely photos. Much of the artistic direction and ideas for posts came from him. He has an eye for it. You'll see what I mean when you look at his Instagram feed (@joey_no_)
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