This past weekend The First Sergeant and myself attended our granddaughter's wedding..
The day started with rain, not the weather we had hoped for, since the ceremony was an outside venue.
As the afternoon approached, the rain cleared, and the most perfect of days emerged, low humidity and sunshine.
Is there anything sweeter than a simple, country style
wedding, surrounded by all things good in life, friendship, food and
My sweet niece Mollie from England, presents the bride-to-be with a lucky horseshoe.
Mr. & Mrs.
"Come, let's be a comfortable couple and take care of each other! How glad we
shall be, that we have somebody we are fond of always, to talk to and sit with.
Thank you for sharing in this precious day and for all of the sweet well-wishes they are truly appreciated.
Our dear family members are flying across the Atlantic ocean as I type.
Returning home to England, after spending a week filled with laughter, a wedding, and much tea-drinking.
The house is now eerily quiet, yet oddly enough I still hear their voices echoing amongst it's walls.
" More tea anyone ?"
We had a late afternoon rain, an unexpected thunder storm that popped up out of nowhere.
It didn't last long, a mere thirty minutes, but ooh was it a welcomed sight.
If you listened carefully you could hear the trees and flowers, heaving a big sigh of relief, their roots and foliage drinking in every last drop of moisture.
The temperatures fell, and for the first time in several weeks we enjoyed a tolerable 81degrees.
How lovely is that !
I have been burning the midnight oil, these early days of September, consumed with a project.
My lovely little granddaughter is not so little any more, and will be marrying her best friend Daniel, in just two weeks.
She has plans for an outdoor wedding, rustic decorations, good Southern food, and maybe a little shindiggin' under the September night sky.
So back to the project part....
I wanted to make her some wedding bunting, to help make a festive mood. Oftentimes it is hung inside the food tent, or used to decorate the tables, we're not sure yet where it will be used, maybe just hanging from tree to tree, as this example shows.
I chose vintage-patterned fabrics
This being my last one to cut with the pinking shears.
A beautiful print named "Coming up Roses" from the Olivia Audi collection.
Next step, to sew all the triangle flags and ribbon inside the bias tape.
The wildflowers continue to share their beauty, even as Summer's end is drawing near.
nights and mist-filled mornings have finally prevailed.
so as we transition into the gentler days of Autumn I share with you the last
few flowers of our summer meadows.........
Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum, is an amazing plant that is an herb, a
wildflower, a butterfly plant and an ornamental for the flower bed.
obtained its name after a Native American herbalist, named Joe-Pye, cured fevers
using the Eupatorium plant.
we tend to think of it as a wildflower in the U.S., it's long been an ornamental
plant in England where our cottage gardens are so popular.
enjoy gathering the flowers, stems and all, to hang from the rafters of my
potting shed. Surprisingly enough they stay vividly colored until late Winter.
The Wild Yarrow, Achillea Millefolium, also known as Milfoil, Soldiers
woundwort, Nose Bleed Weed, Sanguinary, and Devil’s Nettle is a very useful
has also been used as a food, and was very popular as a vegetable in the
younger leaves are said to be a pleasant leaf vegetable when cooked as spinach,
or in a soup.
is sweet with a slight bitter taste. The leaves can also be dried and used as a
herb in cooking.
commonly called goldenrods, are herbaceous perennial species found in the
meadows and pastures, along roads, ditches and waste areas in North America.
of some goldenrods can be edible when cooked, they can also be used for
decoration and making tea.
are, in some places, held as a sign of good luck or good fortune.
are considered weeds by many in North America but they are prized as garden
plants in Europe.