Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sleep Over

Oliver cat has been enjoying some BFF time.
The "Nesting Days" are upon us.......

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To Autumn


"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells."

~ John Keats

Friday, September 18, 2015

Older Than Dirt

I've been busy giving some of the Blue Willow and Staffordshire Ware pieces a bath.
I'm not sure why, it seems I often get the urge to spring clean in the fall.
I think it has something to do with the changing seasons, the coolness of the Autumn air, the heady scent of spiced-mix candles magically weaving their spell.

This gathering of antique 'blues' are collectively over a half millennium in age. They are still beautiful after all their years of service, and oh, what stories they could tell !


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Changing Seasons

Be clothed within an autumn mist
Of morning’s coolest dew
Look upward to the painted sky
Of season’s rusty hue
Step lightly midst the crunching leaves
That blow ‘pon hearty breeze
Then hunker down and lay their bed
Neath winters snowy freeze.

Be crisp the night with snap of chill
And short of day be warm
The sunset mirrors the changing leaves
As stars of night do form
The fields be tanned with burdened straw
Of summer’s life fulfilled
And autumn’s flowers, days be kissed
With season’s colors willed.

~ Sherry Gail

Sunday, September 13, 2015


This beautiful sweet face belongs to my granddaughter's cat, Cooper.
You wouldn't know by looking at him, but he's a senior citizen, closing in on fifteen years old.
He's a spoilt kitty, but who could resist.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

How I'll Miss You When You're Gone

What seems like forever in the making, the Heavenly Blue Morning Glories are finally in bloom.
They'll share their flowers until the first frost.
A life so brief, yet so full of beauty.

How you've made me smile each morning.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Parson's Retreat

The Little Home

The little house is not too small
To shelter friends who come to call.
Though low the roof and small its space
It holds the Lord's abounding grace,
And every simple room may be
Endowed with happy memory.

The little house, severely plain,
A wealth of beauty may contain.
Within it those who dwell may find
High faith which makes for peace of mind,
And that sweet understanding which
Can make the poorest cottage rich.

The little house can hold all things
From which the soul's contentment springs.
'Tis not too small for love to grow,
For all the joys that mortals know,
For mirth and song and that delight
Which make the humblest dwelling bright.

Edgar A. Guest

Saturday, September 5, 2015

September Cheer

"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer."

~ Helen Hunt Jackson  ( 1830 - 1885 )


Friday, September 4, 2015

Simple Pleasures

" The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had."


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Autumn's Calling

"September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours,
But in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn.
The cricket chirps in the noontide, making the most of what remains of his brief life.
The bumblebee is busy among the clover blossoms of the aftermath,
And their shrill and dreamy hum hold the outdoor world above the voices of the song birds,
Now silent or departed."-
~ September Days : Rowland E. Robinson, Vermont


Monday, August 31, 2015

The Great British Baking Show Season 2

 The U.K.’s beloved and highly watched THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW (known as “The Great British Bake Off” in the U.K.) returns to PBS on Sundays, September 6-November 8,
2015, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
U.K.’s Smash-Hit Competition Series Returns to PBS After Acclaimed First Season ‒
 This year, the tent welcomes a baker’s dozen to the battle to be named the U.K.’s best amateur baker. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax them through their Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges, under the scrutiny of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. With 13 bakers — from space engineer to student, teacher to dentist, psychologist to carpenter — Mary and Paul may decide at any time to banish not one but two bakers. After 10 weeks of whisking, crimping and piping, only one can emerge victorious.

Sundays, September 6-November 8, 2015, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET Check your local listings.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cottage Love

The cottage homes of England
   By thousands on her plains,
They are smiling o'er the silvery brooks,
   And round the hamlet-fanes.
Thro' glowing orchards forth they peep,
   Each from its nook of leaves,
And fearless there the lowly sleep,
   As the bird beneath the eaves

~ Felicia Hermans  1793 -1835

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cat- astrophe.

Oliver is not a happy camper.
He took a trip to his veterinarian today, in order to get his annual checkup and feline vaccinations.
It completely stresses him out, being out of his comfort zone, and to add insult to injury three shots in his bum before he's finished.
I'm in the cat house.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

That Was Easy

I was in the mood to do a little home decorating, updating kitchen counter-tops and new appliances.
Then I started looking at all the options, colors, and designs until my head began to ache, and my blood pressure shot up. 
I have convinced myself, that what I have already is quite charming, and well.....timeless.
On to the next project.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

A dear friend painstakingly cross-stitched this timeless Irish blessing for me several years ago.
I grew up hearing this prayer and seeing it grace the walls of many homes.
It's words have always been a favorite of mine, encouraging peace and good fortune into one's life.
From my little corner of the world.....to yours.

Friday, August 21, 2015

On Patrol

The weather has turned cooler.
Lower humidity and gentle breezes, the perfect weather for outdoor adventures. .
Oliver was on patrol today, keeping those pesky squirrels at bay.
He takes his work very seriously.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer's Waning

Summer days are noticeably shorter. There is a cooler rush to the evening air.
Down on  main street the shopkeepers are displaying their Autumn flowers, and the feel of changing seasons is afoot.
The Summer's Gold Lantana blooms heartily,  as if it knows Summer's loveliest smile, is fleeting.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Home Sweet Home

"Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest. "

~ Robert Montgomery
View from the grandchildren's bedroom window...now all grown up. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Potting Shed

The Shed..

"In the potting shed, our hearts, the pleasures of home, and the glories of the garden merge.
Its practical character eases our garden labors.
Its romantic nature enriches our lives.
Here is peace, and beauty, and a sense of purpose."

~Linda Joan Smith : The Potting Shed

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mother Nature's Bounty

Meadow wildflowers make me smile.

  "He who is born with a silver spoon in his mouth is generally considered a fortunate person, but his good fortune is small compared to that of the happy mortal who enters this world with a passion for flowers in his soul."
- Celia