Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Take Five and Posts of the Week

A few weeks back, we had our nearly-annual street sale and street party. A few homes participated in the morning sale, and still more came out to the potluck dinner in the court of our dead-end street.

After dinner, we sat around chatting and singing. There are usually one or two neighbours who bring out their guitars, and this year was no exception. I took this shot while one of the guitarists took a short break from strumming. In case you're interested, the music sitting face up on the stool is Sylvia's Mother.


And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week.
The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.

A Good Read:

Conversation With Willie
by Elizabeth
at Magical Moments

Just Plain Good:

by Louciau
at Décolleté Glimpses

One Old Grump
by Jill
at Jillsy Girl Studio

Photographic Gems:

by Laura
at Shine the Divine

Shades of Yellow
by Scott
at Just Used Pixels

A Silver Chain of Evening Rain
by Kate
at Chornicles of a Country Girl

Some Of My Favourite Things
by Ruth
at Ruth's Photoblog

Funny Stuff:

Of Course, It's Possible the Mirror is Broken
by Pearl
at Why, You Little...

Plan C or Maybe D
by Terrie
at Kappa No He

Work As Fun
by Pauline
at Writing Down the Words

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful shot!

And thanks for all the reading tips.

Cloudia said...

great photo and crop of POTW!

Warm Aloha from Waikiki;

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Glo said...

Nice to see that Sylvia's Mother occupied a good seat for the occasion ;) Street parties are such fun and add a special family feeling in the neighbourhood! Lovely capture, and I will enjoy checking out your POTW.

ds said...

Gorgeous guitar! What a wonderful way to bring summer to a close.
Congratulations to every POTW--some great reading there!

Anyes said...

Youpee it's that time of the week. Going to visit the links right now. Thank you for your kind words too :-)

Dawn said...

Do I ever like the photo! I want to put it up in our schoolroom by the music!
I think I remember you talking about last years street party. What a neat tradition.

Pierre BOYER said...

I'm waiting for a song....
Enjoy your day !


Shrinky said...

Oh my goodness, there's a blast from the past! "Sylvia's Mother", I haven't heard that in aeons (sighhh).. oh, how I loved that song!

Another tempting selection here, some of whom I know well - thanks for the heads up, I'm off to sample a few.

Liz Mays said...

I absolutely love that photograph!

Merisi in Vienna said...

Beautiful capture of an evening filled with music! :-)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Brian Miller said...

nice...what fun to sit around playing or listening to music after dinner....

Pauline said...

Thanks for the POTW mention, Hilary! If you want a good belly laugh, hop (or jump) over to: Death, Taxes and Lost Elasticity at:

Anonymous said...

what a great idea!

Zuzana said...

When I was a child I spend a great deal of my summers in Prague and also outside Prague with my aunt and her (my fathers) cousins. One of them had a great voice and I recall him always singing for us in the evenings, as he played guitar when we sat at the campfire.
He passed away unfortunately a few years back, but thank you for binging back this recollection...
Congratulations to all those talented people mentioned here today.;))

Pearl said...

Sylvia's Mother!

Oh, no. I know all the words to that one (and I'm the kind of gal that gets songs stuck in her head...)

Dang it, Heather. :-)


TexWisGirl said...

i always enjoy your picks. thanks for sharing!

Daryl said...

Your Zapf Dingbats dont translate well do they .. however regardless of what they say these blogs/posts are all worth visiting/reading

Reena said...

What a fun time that must have been! Thanks for the POTW ... always great to meet new folks!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Oh this makes me want to dig my guitar out. :)
Wonderful posts, I was lucky enough to get to all of them this morning. And again, I'm honored to be included!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you live on an amazing street. Singing with the neighbors is something I used to do years ago. I'm inspired to find that kind of community again :)

Ruth Hiebert said...

Thanks for the mention in POTW. The guitar image is quite stunning.

Scott Law said...

Very lovely and creative image and I'm glad you liked my "Shades of Yellow". Have a great day.

Laura said...

Thank you so much for including my post on your list. I love your photo and post too. xo

Out on the prairie said...

It is nice to get together like this, I haven't done it much, everyone seems so busy to give it a try.One house I had we traded off making ice cream each weekend during the summer.

Country Girl said...

Thank you so much for including my post in your POTW, Hilary!

I am honored.

Gail Dixon said...

Awesome shot of the guitar! Congrats to all the POTW. I just love Pearl.

Anonymous said...

love the sunlight shining on the guitar. so peaceful! I bet it was a beautiful afternoon and what a great idea to have a sale and a potluck with your neighbors! Thanks for the list - congrats to the POTW!!

Karen said...

Sounds like a good time. Congrats to the winners. Will check them out.

Anonymous said...

Love some of the titles in this week's group! Hope to get over to read them tonight.
Your neighborhood street party sounds fabulous.

Mage said...

Ah, RYN: Putting a quilt together the new way is easy but takes some physical dexterity. Clear and clean a floor bigger in area than your quilt. I use my double car garage. Put the backing down on the floor face down. Tape it to the floor with masking tape. Next add the batting cut just a little larger than the backing. (You have measured all this in advance. LOL) Tape that on with loooooooong piece of tape out to the sides so you can remove them easily. Next, add the top face up. Tape that to the floor also.

Grab your giant box of BIG safety pins, and start pinning it all together from the middle out until it is all pinned. If you are tying it together, you need to pick your yarn or heavy thread, pick your needle and thread it, and run it through twice knotting on the back and tying it with square knots. Do this evenly spaced all over the quilt until it is secure and stop. Take pins out. Wash. Enjoy. LOL

Jayne said...

Hilary- As always--great selection of POTWs! So fun to find talented bloggers via your suggestions.

I want our neighborhood to have potluck dinner like that!

Lynne with an e said...

Thanks so much for the Just Plain Good award. My blog mantelpiece is getting crowded--so much dusting to do--but I'm not complaining!

Your dead end street party sounds like a lot of fun. It's good to have a sense of community, especially if a potluck is involved.

I'm looking forward to cruising around the POTW community this weekend, potlucks or no.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

You really need to think about making money with your photography. You are very talented. That photo is just beautiful.

Hilary said...

Thanks so much, everyone. Your kind comments to me and to the POTW bloggers are all very much appreciated. You folks are great! :)

CiCi said...

You know how much I like guitars and music so this photo is awesome.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for these and the beautiful photo that kicks them off.