Summer closure/Birthday gift from Mom

Holiday and housekeeping:

It's time for the Passage's summer closure. The shutters roll up again on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. 

It's time for the Passage's annual summer break. 

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You say it's your birthday?

Every July for the last twenty-odd years of her life, my mother sent, in lieu of earlier years' packages wrapped in recycled paper bags and tied with saved string, a cheque for my choice of a birthday gift. The task was easy; a large outdoor art show coincided with that date.

She still celebrates this day from beyond. This year, the art show is cancelled, so I will shop elsewhere, with independent or limited-distribution artisans. In the window today, a short list of possibilities. Though I prefer gifts that don't take houseroom, from plants to perfume, Mom's doesn't feel right unless she would understand as a proper present—though she did once give me a Japanese maple.

1. Gold earrings

Like many women in the Passage, a handful of my earrings sit unworn. All winter, I stared at those with the fish-skin pallor of base metal showing through gold plate. These are not worth restoring, and I'd rather have silver or bronze than thin gold plate.

But Mom would like solid gold. Below, three versatile options.

Left: Dorothée Rosen 18k gold "Dragonfly" earrings. Also made in silver, and in two sizes. Price, $CDN 450.

I also like her clean-lined "Chronos" earring (not shown); 12mm in diameter; price, $CDN 450. Made by Dorothée in her Nova Scotia studio.

Upper right: Single earring: Pilar Agueci's graceful 14k gold Palm Stud is just the thing to bring summer onto my ear—but I'd wear it all year, too. Price, $CDN 95. Made in Montréal's Little Italy.  

Bottom right: Rusty Thoughts disc studs in 18k gold and silver, 27mm x 13mm. Especially appealing  choice because of the two metal colours. Sale price at Tomfoolery, Lomdon, £324. Made by the designers in their Tokyo studio.

2. Sarah Young print

I am captivated by "Satyrs and Nymphs"'s movement and theme, but also, other prints shown on her site.

3. Itajame silk kaftan

Even if you got into the sweats thing for lounging, it's summer. This graceful, hand-washable garment is from House of Wandering Silk.  Price, $US 195.


4. Cake server

I don't like the fussy server we have. I can't remember where it came from; one day it just appeared in the drawer. Besides, isn't this an excuse to eat more cake? 

Alessi "Caccia" cake server:

Cake! This is the one I'm hoping to put candles on, Marcella Hazan's Orange Cake Anacona Style. It is not frosted, you pour fresh orange juice into small holes poked in the baked cake. A gift of love; no cheque can buy this!

In case your affection is unbounded but your time is not, I recommend the luxurious-but-easy baking mixes designed and sold by Zoe Ford, chef Jo Notkin's company. Shipped across Canada. Not everyone enjoys obsessing ever a complicated recipe (looking at you, sourdough-bread baker child.)

Shown, Zoe Ford Jewelbox Brownies, "Love Ya" version.

Toodles, poodles!

Happy summer to all, and thank you for being here this past year! Your presence and comments have buoyed me through these times. 

We have also been lifted by the birth of a grandson, Louie. Thanks to recent move to the lowest level of Covid distancing, we can now squeeze this chubby muffin and play in the park with his big brother.


Laura J said…
Have a lovely summer and you look fabulous in this photo! See ya in the fall…
Ms. Liz said…
Have a wonderful summer! What a great photo of you and the baby. I will be back reading your blog on September 7th. Your posts are always interesting and I look forward to reading them every Tuesday.

Take care.
Jane in London said…
That baby is just scrumptious!

Thank you for so many intelligent and fun posts so far this year, and I look forward to more in September. In the meantime, enjoy your summer and a well-earned rest.

Jane in London

ps - I love that Alessi cake slice; like you, I have a fussy one that's not to my taste and perhaps it's time to replace it...
LauraH said…
Fabulous colour co-ordination!! I can just see the two of you texting:-)

Enjoy whichever gift you decide on, it's a lovely way to make your Mom part of your day.
Leslie M said…
Another beautiful boy to add to your grandson collection - the best gift of all! Happy birthday and have a wonderful summer. I look forward to your September post.
LauraH said…
BTW love your glasses, so much fun!

Happy summer.
Mardel said…
Have a great summer! And enjoy those grand-babies.
Araminta said…
Have a wonderful summer. Grandsons are the best. Our only one (so far) was transformed from a baby into a real running, climbing, chattering little boy of 2+ during lockdown. What a joy they are! Enjoy your little ones.
Tiffany said…
Have a great summer with your grandkids and see you in the Fall. Love your blog!
Odd, I find Louie charming, and of course cuddly, but not remotely chubby. I adore the misty but not pastel green you are both sporting. Enjoy your cake!
materfamilias said…
Congratulations on the new grandson -- he looks so tuned in to the world around him. Enjoy your summer break -- see you in September! xo

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