July 31, 2019
Our start to the day was very foggy.
Lasted until after lunch and then it went
away. The sun came out, then it rained,
then the sun was out, then it was dusk.
A very crazy weather day. At least it
didn't snow! How was it in your world?
All our rain has helped our tiny front garden
grow well this year. In time, I want to see this
full of bushes, plants and blooms. But for now,
we have started with perennials and I love it!
My hosta is going well. It was dicey in the
Spring if it was going to come back. It did!
I love all the pink. I looked out last night though
and I think a deer may have munched the blooms ....
A new addition to the garden ~ some creeping Thyme
that promises to spread. I've given it some good space.
More as we go. I'm loving being able to now see
progress but still have the final look in my dreams!
How does your garden look this year? Do you have
the garden of your dreams or are you still building it?
July 30, 2019
And finally, a photo print of King George
sitting at his desk in Buckingham Palace.
My kids were shocked we took this to
the booth as we're big fans of all things
British and love the Royals. But it was
$10 and will sell for $48. It includes an
incredible note on the back, handwritten,
from May 1st, 1939. Priceless really!
Another find from our recent trek to
the charity shop in our little hamlet.
It was marked at $1.25 but was half price
that day, so I paid 62.5 cents. Not bad for
a perfect condition glass tray that still
had the price tag on it for $16.99. In the
end, it stayed home instead of going to
our booth! Sometimes I fall in love ....
July 28, 2019
I'm off to the post office tomorrow to
show them these pics. I'm guessing the
mail delivery person has seen these
but I want to make sure we get a new,
more secure box. They are replacing
boxes but it's done by damage/break
ins. Hopefully this is enough to get us
a new, secure unit for our subdivision.
A trip to the charity shop netted a few
new items for our antique mall booth.
I almost kept this one to hang on the
wall and put some small plants in it.
But didn't as we don't really need to
buy or collect anything more. Our
home is comfortable, not cluttered
and we don't need to fill it up. So off
it went to the booth. I do truly hope it
sells soon so I don't change my mind!
Every night, just before bed, Lola gets
to have 2 little heart shaped turkey treats.
But we ran out so off to the store we went,
She was so excited when we got home!
Our rainiest Summer ever will not stop!
It is making our evenings feel like Fall.
However, we love our cozy home and
this shot of our Butler's Pantry shows
just how little light we're having in the
early evening. Cozy, sweet and warm.
July 27, 2019
When we built our house a few years ago, our
builder was kind enough to place these rocks and
boulders of all sizes close to the house for us to
place some day. And some day has arrived ....
Our neighbor down the road was able to use his
tractor to move them in to place for our "rock wall
garden" we've been dreaming about. Behind these
will be a row or two of good soil, then we'll place
wrought iron fencing that is about 4 feet high in
just after the soil, which will one day be filled with
perennials and bushes. It's start of extending our
English Garden concept to the back of the house.
Pictures to follow once we have the rest in place
and you can see the progress and hopefully blooms!
We found huge cupcakes (her favorite)
and sparklers for the each one to light.
Later on the weekend, we had ice cream
cake, another sweet favorite for all of us.
The sparklers were super bright and in the end, we
didn't light all of them for fear the alarm would go off!
My choice: strawberry cheesecake with chocolate
swirls on top. So delicious but so very filling!
I'm learning each day how to garden. This year, with
all our rain, I finally have filled pots with blooms that
just won't stop! We were at the nursery last week and
they had filled this stone planter with beautiful plants
that have also filled every inch. One day, I'd love to
have a planter this big to fill up. So luscious and full.
Spotted these vintage Valentine's Plates at the old
Antique Mall a few weeks ago when I did a shift.
My gramma collected these plates when she still
graced our lives. When she died in 1982, her girls
(my mom and 2 aunts) split up the plates. For years,
my mom had hers in the dining room. Then they
moved to the coast and I can't remember now if I
actually saw them in any of the homes they lived
in out there. They came home when my dad was
diagnosed in 2000, he died in 2002 and back in
2017, my mom moved in to care. We had to pack
up her house and there are still some boxes in our
garage that I've been going thru. And guess what I
found? At least 12 of the plates! They were all in
perfect condition, safely tucked away in sturdy but
beautiful display boxes. Now I'm going through
each to decide which ones to hang up and which
ones to gift to my daughters. Feeling so loved ....
I'm a huge fan of Susan Branch, who has a million
books ~ okay, not quite but many. She uses art and
words together. I've never seen anyone else do this.
Until I came across this photo in an Art Magazine.
As I begin to expand my art journey, this technique
is something I hope to incorporate. Isn't it sweet?