The Christmas decorating has begun.
A little here, a little there, and before you know it, the house is transformed with the magic of Christmas.
I think we could all use a little magic right about now....
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
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 !
I often find myself wondering what tales the little creamers could tell, if only they could talk.
Sitting around a Victorian ladies tea table, listening to the latest fashion news from Europe.
Or quietly displayed in the cabinet of a fine Southern Antebellum home laying in wait to be used for a special dinner, in celebration of a loved one, returning home from some foreign war.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Our first freeze of the season came last night, blanketing the landscape in a hoar frost.We still had plenty of flowers in bloom, yet sadly no more.
It's the perfect time to warm up with a hearty bowl of homemade soup.
Navy or Northern Beans
Smoked sausage or Kielbasa sliced
Salt and Pepper
Soak beans overnight, discard water, add chicken stock, ham hock, smoked sausage, herbs, and seasoning, bring to the boil and then simmer for one hour.
Add chopped cabbage, onions, carrots, celery, continue to simmer for an additional hour and a half.
Add water if needed.
Serve with buttermilk cornbread, or your favorite loaf of crusty bread.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Finally, a little Autumn color has crept in.
Just in time for a blustery wind, to blanket the ground with Autumn brilliance.
Raking leaves sits at the top of the "to-do" list.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Courtesy of Britain's ITV3 television program 'Living the Dream' we are treated to an incredible visit inside Yew Tree Farmhouse, home of Beatrix Potter.
The life of Beatrix Potter is a fascinating story in itself, one that has a lot to offer children particularly as an insight into the constraints and expectations of women in the Victorian Era. Ahead of her time she defied convention to become not only one of the great storytellers and artists of her age but also a landowner, farmer and conservationist .
Video credit: yewtreefarm1/ITV3
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Sunday, November 1, 2020
An hour backwards from Daylight Saving Time, affording an extra hour of sleep on these colder mornings.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
"The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong."
Monday, October 26, 2020
With milder than normal temperatures, these few early weeks of Autumn, the Morning Glory vines are still blooming their little hearts out.This Grandpa Ott variety, returns year after year, without any help from the gardener.
The vines wrap their tendrils around the weathered-wood fence, and grace us with beauty, all summer long.
The flowers are a sumptuous Royal Blue trumpet with a contrasting purple star.
A strikingly beautiful combination.
Not quite the Autumn palette, yet nevertheless, we'll enjoy their presence until the first freeze of the season, and then it's " show-over ".
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
We were watching re-runs of Downton Abbey today, I couldn't help but smile as I watched the offer of "tea ?" being suggested at every twist and turn.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Over the last couple of days, the remains of hurricane Delta has taken away our sunshine.
The dark clouds linger overhead, making for dark and dreary days. If I didn't know the difference I would think we were in the depths of winter, even the house has taken on a different hue.
The days are noticeably shorter, dark by 7:00pm now, the wild turkeys lead their flocks to the nightly roost late afternoon, and the last of the hummingbirds are leaving for their winter homes.
Orange pumpkins and Chrysanthemums are replacing summer blooms, now fading fast.