Saturday, 6 February 2016

Five on Friday

Our summer days just go on and on
February has arrived
and the weather is amazing!

by the Irish writer

Colm Tóibín

I read this wonderful book years ago and
I've just seen the movie.

I often find the movie adaptation of a book
to be disappointing
but with this one it wasn't, they followed the script so well.

It is set in Ireland and Brooklyn, New York
in the early 1950's.
I love both the book and the movie.

A mixed bowl of cherry tomatoes
so full of flavour at this time of year.

There's always a rose!
This is Comtesse du Cayla
bred by Pierre Guillot in 1902.

In this hot summer weather the petals have faded out

whereas the early blooms have stronger pink tones.

Thank you for popping in to say hello!

I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt



  1. That tomatoe salad looks delicious. Is the Waterfront Cafe the one at Russell?

  2. The rose is beautiful, and the cherry tomato salad looks yummy! Thank you for the review of the book. I'm going to read it though. Stay cool!

  3. Lovely photos, fun to see summer in February.

  4. Wouldn't I love to smell that rose!?!
    The beach in your first photo could have been the beach just down from our house - same curve, same amount of sand by the look of it.....and same esplanade. Beautiful!

  5. Lovely Summery photos for Five On Friday, Shane. Thank you for the movie recommendation as I'm always looking out for something good to watch. I believe it will be released as a DVD this month in the UK.

  6. I loved the book but couldn't find anyone who wanted to see the film with me. I'm pleased to hear it followed the book.

  7. Oh that rose ♥ The cover of the book is so intriguing... Enjoy your weekend!

  8. I've not read that book. Think I will dig it out of the library Off can almost taste those tomatoes. How I long for summer flavours drenched by the sun

  9. Very nice photos of summertime! I've not read that book, but thanks for the good review, I'll have to add it to my list :) The tomatoes look delicious! Beautiful rose, it looks like it would smell divine. Enjoy your weekend,

  10. Shane, that's the movie we loved so much when we watched it just before Christmas. I was quite tearful as so much of it brought back memories of my leaving home and emigrating to America - especially when she was packing her suitcase! Bob held my hand, and thanked me for coming to this country! l will read the book another time as it is a lovely story.

    Glad your weather is so great - those tomatoes make me want Summer days for flavorful ones - but I can wait, I'm enjoying Winter here too.

    Have a special weekend.
    Hugs, Mary x

  11. I have long awaited the movie "Brooklyn" and am seeing it next week. I'm glad you gave it a very good review!

  12. Great photos and movie and book review. The rose is just beautiful and the tomato salad looks yummy. Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend. Madeline

  13. Hello Shane,
    I don`t know the book, but also love to read books which tells about older times.
    My mouth is watering seeing all the wonderful tomatoes,the colors ,tastes and so goos with basil. And then your beautiful rose, it is adorable, dear friend !
    Hugs, Dorthe

  14. It is high praise to love both the book and the movie. I am jealous of your beautiful salad with all those ripe tomatoes.

  15. That summer tomatoe salad is tantalizing and the antique rose is a beauty. Enjoy your lovely late summer days, I'm looking forward to our spring.
    Have a nice weekend!

  16. My mouth is watering over that tomato salad! The first photo is beautiful and I can almost "feel" your summer weather. Looks lovely. I did not read the book but enjoyed the movie so much. It was really well done.

  17. Loved seeing that movie. Dreaming of warm summer days, roses, and sitting by the water. The tomato salad looks just yummy and does speak of summer. We are just beginning to think what will go in the garden this year.

  18. Aahh, this pink rose is so soft and pretty, and the cherry tomatoes look Yummy. So good for us too. I have another blog friend who does these 'Five on Friday' posts, and they are simple, fun, and interesting. :)


  19. That bowl of tomatoes looks SOOOO good!!! So much better than the cardboard-tasting ones we have here at the moment.

  20. Sounds like an awesome book AND movie...will have to check both out! Lovely rose. How odd for me to read "summer goes on, and it's February" :-)

  21. It's so lovely to see these photos of sunshine and flowers and fresh tomatoes and to know that you are enjoying them! A really great roundup of five things.

  22. Lovely summer moments. Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope that you have had a happy weekend, sorry to be so late visiting. xx

  23. Such bright, warm and sunny photos, I am quite envious to see such a wonderful blue sky but it is a pleasure to look at and not at the clouds, rain and wind outside my own window today :)




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