Tuesday, March 22, 2011

to have touched the sun.





One of the things we especially love about our new house is the huge yard. Of course, it's also one of the most overwhelming things. There is so much to take care of. But while we're working outside every single weekend for as long as we live there, I'll keep dreaming up the dinner parties I want to have in the front yard. Lights strewn above in the giant trees, pretty vintage cloth napkins, fresh flowers on the table... (Don't remind me that the blazing summer heat is just around the corner.)

This weekend we spent hours picking grapefruit, lemons and oranges from our citrus trees. Our whole house smells like it now and even though I gave away bags to family, there's still plenty. If you want some, let me know.

p.s. I don't usually cut my grapefruit that way. I just thought it looked like a Rothko in fruit form, and that made me smile.

39 comments:

  1. Wow, looks wonderful! I can almost smell that summery citrus. makes me wish I could have a garden (although we've not got the climate for citrus fruit here in the UK!)

    Amy
    Narrowboat Lucky Duck
    www.nbluckyduck.blogspot.com

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  2. No way! citrus trees in your yard?!? heaven! I can't wait to see the photos of the lovely parties you'll throw. I'm glad you are loving your backyard. I'm excited for the day when we have a real one ourselves. :)

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  3. Lovely photos and lucky you! I would absolutely love to have a grapefruit now! : )

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  4. i'm so jealous you have a huge backyard and fruit trees! that's my dream right there! you always have great photos too!

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  5. whoa. not only do you have an amazingly beautiful house, but you have citrus trees, plural?! i am beyond jealous.

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  6. your future dinner parties sound perfect. i too love citrus fruit, the way it smells and also how pretty it can be. well done.

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  7. It DOES look like a Rothko! How cool!

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  8. Oh man, this is making me homesick for Arizona before I have even moved. I can't wait until I own my own few citrus trees.

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  9. I would love to wander around in your front yard (does that sound creepy?) ha! But really, it's still winter here, so this looks absolutely marvelous.

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  10. i love when you post, I really do.


    if I can't be anchored in mesa right now, I selfishly like other people to be anchored there. you guys in a big lovely house with lots of citrus? of course. it just makes sense.

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  11. my life dream is to have fruit trees in my backyard (orange, apple, and avocado to name a few!) and i'm sure rothko would be proud of those pictures! :)

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  12. My latest post was just about grapefruit punch... you need to make it, SO yummy! We actually also call it citrus punch, and mix lemon, orange or grapefruit, any combination of citrus we have juiced... the recipes on my blog. I am so excited for you guys in your new house, congratulations!!! What fun to have a big yard!

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  13. Darn it, that was me above, hate it when I post comments as my daughter on accident... oh the fun of sharing a computer with a family...

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  14. If I lived in the East Valley I would definitely take some of those lemons off your hands!

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  15. how dreamy! just one of many perks of living out west: growing citrus.

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  16. Oh my goodness, that sounds amazing. Super pretty pictures.

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  17. Marmalade, jam, preserved lemons, frozen juice, so many ways to save the harvest, I'm jealous!

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  18. Oh, sounds perfect!

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  19. you had me a twinkle lights and dinner parties.

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  20. seriously, you cut your fruit so it looks like a rothko? please, can we be friends? i mean, c'mon!

    i'm jealous of your citrus trees.

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  21. Well I'm jealous that your citrus trees are producing fruit! We love the big backyard too (and even working in it) but our citrus trees are just now starting to blossom :)

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  22. I feel bad for people that don't have citrus trees. Now I can stop feeling bad for you. That's definitely one of my favorite parts about our house. And today, I bought an avocado tree. Now I just need some romaine and I don't ever need to go to the store again. ;)

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  23. My boyfriend & I have a house, Gilbert & University-ish. We also have "da hood" across from us. Our trees are all ornamental citrus so I'm super envious of your trees.

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  24. In addition to your other billion talents, are you also a photographer? Your pictures always look amazing!!! And I liked your guset post today! I commented on it there :)

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  25. A house that smells of citrus!? That sounds like a dream!

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  26. So much envy! I'm hoping to grow an indoor meyer lemon tree and that's about all I can dream of in Canada. Would love a garden full of citrus!

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  27. this is one reason i would love to live there... citrus from my own yard. sigh!

    and your photos are seriously lovely.

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  28. I sure hope Brian and I are invited to one of these parties... sounds dreamy:) Oh, and I can bring dessert:)

    I would LOVE some lemons, pretty please!

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  29. just found your blog. stunning

    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  30. i can't wait to come and see your new place. and i want some...but it'd be a little tricky getting things to me.

    i miss you and i'm sad you aren't coming as soon as i hoped. take a bite of grapefruit for me.

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  31. what! you have citrus trees? How could you have said no to this house :)

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  32. what a clear and lovely blog...+ new follower :)

    with ℒℴvℯ,
    AmelyPhotography ♥
    http://swallowsecrets.blogspot.com/

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  33. i can't believe you have citrus trees in your yard. that is amaaaaaazing! lucky you!

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  34. That is an amazing yard, you are oh so lucky!

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  35. you have such a beautiful blog. definitely going to keep reading.


    kim
    xox

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  36. this made me want grapefruit soooo bad!

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  37. Those photos are so beautiful! Your yard is so beautiful!!!

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  38. whhhhaaat? you have citrus trees in your yard??? so jealous!

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  39. 'a Rothko in fruit form' Love that!
    Loving your blog :)

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