10 July 2014

Garden Goodness

Summer tomatoes...

...ugly, Russian, heirloom, yellow, purple, cherry.

It's what's for dinner most of our summer evenings.

The garden mix of crazy cucumbers, banana peppers, fresh rosemary, basil, and...

a concoction of balsamic vinegars and delicate olive oils...

...freshly ground pepper and sea salt, maybe a sprinkle of goat cheese or feta makes a scrumptious salad.  

Or maybe we'll have a plain tomato and cucumber sandwich. 

Or, a fancy BLT.

Later it will be fresh gazpacho.
{Have I shared my recipe with you?  If not, I'll do that later this summer.}

It does not really matter how we eat them.  All that matters is that we got them before the squirrels and deer did!

Enjoy your summer bounty.

Ciao amici,

06 July 2014

Our Beautiful America

Our America was beautiful
this weekend...

...filled with stars and stripes, sunshine and fresh mountain air, family and new friends,
and the freedom of enjoying it all.

Hoping that your America was just as beautiful for you.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

30 June 2014

My Locks for Love

Four years ago I made the decision to grow out my locks for love.

My hair has not been this long since I was a little girl.  I have loved having it long again, but now it's time for someone else to "love" it.  I have ten inches to give away and am cutting these wavy strands tomorrow to send in a care package to Locks of Love.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Locks of Love, it is a non-profit organization that uses donated hair to create high quality wigs for financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada.  Most, but not all, of the children who benefit from the donations have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, for which there is no known cause or cure.

It is my hope that a child will regain his or her self-esteem, confidence, and feel beautiful wearing a wig made with some of my hair.

I am ready to have a new "do" too!

Thanks for your visit.

Ciao amici,

27 June 2014

A Walk on the Wild Side...

...of blackberries.

The other evening after dinner, and after our familiar late summer afternoon thundershower, the sun was glowing as it set, but before it did we went for a short walk.  Across the street towards the railroad tracks, entangled in kudzu and wisteria vines, are masses of wild blackberries.

With colanders in our hands we plucked the ripe wild blackberries off their vines and came home with enough to share.

They are the tiniest berries, and a little tart, but I am sure they will be scrumptious smothered in fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

I think that this may become a habit.

{I'm so pleased with how these photographs turned out. I used a slightly different setting on my camera then I usually do and...allora, snap, just right - no retouching necessary!}

Thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

_ _ _

Reconnecting with some friends here.

31 May 2014

Lavender Dreams

Feeling sort of in a lavender mood these days...

so thought I share with you some of my favorite photos and creations...

some with a little sparkle and shine...

some a little bit French and home grown...

some vintage...

some vino?

some delicate millinery on a handmade book...

...and, some I made when I was a little girl.

Most available in my Etsy shop.

Happy last day of May.

Ciao amici,

26 May 2014

Thankful and Proud

Thank you to all of the soldiers who fought for our freedom.

Happy Memorial Day

Stay safe and be proud.

08 May 2014

Garden of Eden

On my morning walk today, 

this precious cottage rose garden took my breath away.

When I was finished with my walk, I came back to this historic neighborhood and this tiny white cottage {which I was told, was not so tiny after all} with my camera to capture a few of these climbing roses.  I was fortunate to meet and talk to the charming "goddess" of the garden who was tending to her roses {as she does every morning in order to create and maintain this beauty}.

She invited me to return to make more photographs and see her hydrangea garden in back, which I will very soon.  This is one of the prettiest gardens I have seen in Macon in the eleven years that I have lived here.


May flowers.

Springtime in the South.

Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the mothers out there and a special thank you to the Garden Goddess who shared her little Garden of Eden with me.  {She showed me her Eden roses growing and climbing on her white picket fence, so I decided to call her garden the Garden of Eden, not to mention that it was a rose paradise!}

Ciao amici,

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By the way, these photographs are not retouched.  As soon as I got home, I downloaded them from my camera to my computer and then posted them here to share with you as soon as I could.  Are they gorgeous, or what?!?

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