Our friends Paula and Duane had us over for a Summer Solstice party where we celebrated with glorious balmy, sunny weather. First they took us for a leisurely boat ride with appetizers.
Then we strolled through Master Gardener Paula's incredible, colorful gardens. She told me the names of everything, but I've forgotten. I was too absorbed in the colors and shapes to stop and write anything down.
I posed with my daughter in front of some of the hundreds of lilies.
Then we headed to the house, where the table had some cute quilted potholders and a table runner made by Duane's mom, Marge.
On the menu were giant Northwest mussels, in addition to Copper River salmon and salads. Good summer fare.
Dave and Julia made cherry pies, which they're holding here just before putting them in the oven. Cherries are another Northwest summer staple.
Topping off everything this Solstice weekend was the blimp, shown here from our back deck flying over Fox Island after hovering most of the day over the U.S. Open at nearby Chambers Bay.