Monday, September 27, 2010
I did detect a note of frustration from Kevin, however, this past weekend as we asked him to stand under the centuries old Linden tree, said to be the oldest tree on campus and situated next to the President's Mansion, for yet another picture. "You know," he said turning to me, "I think you've taken more pictures of me on this campus than you ever took of me playing all of those years of baseball while I was growing up." Admittedly, that may be true. But, how can you compare the beauty of a baseball field to the beauty of an historic arboretum-like college campus...I ask you?! And, by the way, we have plenty of pictures of Kevin playing baseball along with every other sport that came along since he, after all, is our pride and joy.
I also happen to know a student on campus at UMW who will be happy to stand and pose for a picture along with you and your own college-bound child. And, by the way, I do have a picture (or two) from last year of that same student playing baseball here, as a matter of fact. Hmmmmmm, it looks like a nicely clipped lawn and pretty good pitcher's mound, too. Don't you think?!?
Monday, September 20, 2010
Peter's booth neighbor, Joan, who I know through my Night Bloomers Garden Club, brought cookies to share with him on Sunday, which made his weekend all the more sweeter. He has all of the luck...
Bluemont is situated on a narrow and winding road that climbs up through a mountain pass which opens up to a vista of rolling hills and valleys that once led settlers to the west. Later, it was known as a resort town for busy Washingtonians during the Victorian era. I think, in many ways neighbors and visitors, alike, would tell you Bluemont is still a bit of a resort to live in. And, on the third weekend, each September for forty-one years now, people come to visit here, where neighbors meet neighbors and even the strangers are friendly and the sun shines down on this quaint little town.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Here, we find ourselves in the bright to muted transitional phase from summer to fall. These days, even with little rain having been in the forecast, Mother Nature's colors have been more subtle but no less beautiful. The warmth of the sun and the moisture in the air have created a lively blend of late summer settings that are too lovely to pass by.
Oh-ohh...those sweet-faced "Devil Deer" are cautiously making their way back into my view, eying some of the same things the squirrels and I are both already vying for. Ahh, those cunning "Devil Deer." I have no intentions of sharing with them my country road potpourri. They'll just have to collect their own mix of magical magnolia pods, "piney" seeds and fragrant rose hips, preferably on another person's property but, I don't think I'll be that lucky. Just to be on the safe side, I think I'll stash my autumnal blend, while I'm jazzing up the colors and mixing up the textures, in the garage where the "Devil Deer," around here, still fear to tread...
I'm combining these blissful little nuggets from Mother Nature to create my own "Colorful Country Road Blend" to highlight and brighten my indoor tables with the shine that seems to accent golden autumn days and pay homage to this glorious late summer season...
All of it came to together in a whimsical combination of Autumn shine that looks enchanting set in a pretty bowl on a bedside table or complimenting a favorite stack of vintage books that lay on the living room coffee table. Bronze intertwined with silver and gold, complimented with mossy green and deep red, showing off the minty-sage green of dried and scented leaves with a pop of orange for cheerfulness. I love the way it turned out.