a mystery is solved

mystery bar

One of our favorite things to do in the summertime is to dine with friends out under the cherry trees. Guests never fail to question the metal bar that extends between the two trees. We never had a good explanation, but Harper figured it out on sight. See her reaching up?

Harper’s gymnasium

With a little help from her mom, Noami, she put the mystery bar to good use.

little bee

Meet Harper Grayson McClure, aka our little bumblebee (when you are almost three, costumes are not reserved for Halloween). R took her on a tour of the veggie garden (his domain), where she zeroed in on a ripe yellow sweet pepper, which she munched on as if it were a sno-cone.

communing with the bees

Of course she was interested in her tribe: the bees that were busy working over the lavender walk.

dinner under the trees

And then we all settled down to enjoy our dinner “en pleine aire”. Isn’t summer grand?

15 Responses to “a mystery is solved”

  1. linda Says:

    Clever little bee! You have the best setting for simple out door dining , no fussy outdoor cooking contraptions !

  2. Peter/Outlaw Says:

    Summer is indeed grand. How kind of you to have a be workout station between your cherry trees. Perhaps you need one of those ‘Pollinator Friendly” signs?

  3. Casa Mariposa Says:

    Wonderful! The temps were so mild today we ate outside, too. Love that lavender walk but that giant bee is the best! :)

  4. Alison Says:

    Aw, Harper is such a cutie! Meals outside are one of summer’s best treats.

  5. Heather Says:

    Okay, that’s the cutest bee I’ve ever seen. What a sweet face!

  6. Loree / danger garden Says:

    What a cute little bee, and she obviously has great taste in veggies.

  7. ricki Says:

    Linda~More than one kitchen to clean? No way! (that’s what I always think when I see those elaborate outdoor setups)

    Peter~Trouble is, I don’t think the pollinators can read…nor can our little bee (yet).

    Tammy~Glad you’re enjoying outdoor pleasures as well.

    Alison~Do you dine in your folly? Seems like a great setting.

    Heather~Even when she frowns, which isn’t often.

    Loree~I couldn’t get over the pepper-munching thing. And they say it’s near impossible to get kids to eat their veggies.

  8. Angie Says:

    Wow, Harper is the strongest, prettiest bumblebee I’ve ever seen.
    Glad to see you are making the most of the weather – it’s always great to dine outdoors.

  9. ricki Says:

    Angie~I think we should put her in charge of teaching the hive to survive.

  10. Noami Says:

    Thanks for another lovely dinner and for posting pics! Harper had a blast, as did her parents. Hope all is well out on the farm :)

  11. ricki Says:

    Noami~A few bug bites, but no Bee stings…otherwise excellent: savoring memories of our time together and looking forward to more.

  12. Beth @ PlantPostings Says:

    Yes, yes, yes. Summer is grand! Leave it to the little ones to reveal the true purpose of objects and life itself. I’m smiling after reading this beautiful post. :)

  13. ricki Says:

    Beth~We feel fortunate to have access to this little one, and another on the way.

  14. Anastasia Abboud Says:

    What a beautiful little bumblebee and how lovely it must be to have cherry trees — blessings all!

  15. ricki Says:

    Anastasia~Blessings abound.

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