Now that the pollen has settled, it was time to take action to make the patio a more desirable place to relax.
Here you see a pile of pollen that I swept from behind the patio chairs in preparation for power washing time.
Brett in action.
He power washed the patios, all of the patio furniture, the screens and here he is blasting the rocks in the fountain. They get coated with a black film during the winter. That is all gone now and everything is looking so fresh and clean.
While he was doing all that, I was inside cleaning.
Dusting, vacuuming, washing floors, laundering and tidying.
Sounds like a fun weekend, doesn't it? ;D
To lessen the drudgery I started by cutting a little bouquet for the kitchen. My hydrangeas are just coming into bloom along with the coneflowers.
Before the work began we visited the farmer's market.
The local strawberries are still in season so we purchased a quart along with a delicious cantaloupe.
I was able to pick a small bowl of blueberries from the garden and snipped a sprig of spearmint while I was out there.
It all came together for a colorful fruit salad.
Filled with eggs, cheese, tomatoes, onion and basil. Yum!
It paired nicely with the fruit and was a fairly effortless dinner at the end of a busy day.
The pie was loaded with tomatoes and soooo tasty.
It seems to me that a meal tastes especially good after a productive day, particularly if most of the ingredients are fresh and seasonal.