Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunflowers for the total eclipse . . . . . . . . . . .



This weekend, as I entered Trader Joe's to pick up a ball of fresh
 pizza dough and a couple of bottles of rosé wine (still the best refreshing
 drink for our continuing heatwave - high 90's and so humid), I was again
 blown away by the selection of colorful, affordable floral offerings. 
Five beautiful sunflowers for just $3.99.
My daisies from last week are still fresh, and a few more sprigs of dill
 from the garden are tucked in. Adding sunflowers seemed perfect for
 some happy color on the table.

I'm not planning to actually look at the total solar eclipse today, saving my eyes!
 No photos planned, but we'll definitely be aware of it here in North Carolina
 where it will become dark early to mid-afternoon. 

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot 
see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do.
~ Helen Keller ~

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Look At Life III. . . . . . . . . .

Peaceful moments in England, Ireland, France and North Carolina - 2016

Hope you are enjoying your weekend wherever you are.


Friday, August 18, 2017

A Look At Life II. . . . . . . . . . . . .


Photos from Ireland, England and North Carolina - 2016

Still working at getting back on track here on the blog.
I'm needing some time to plan, organize, think through, relax, discover, detox the
 body and perhaps more importantly the mind. I've stopped watching television news. 
Am I sticking my head in the sand to save my sanity?
 Maybe I am, but at my age I can do that. 
Currently I'm having a difficult time with the world situation. 

I want to enjoy the beauty of life.
For a start, I need to spend more time on my huge library of photographs
 from the seven continents, doing something worthwhile with them.

This past week I watched the most amazing two hour program on my
 PBS station - Ireland's Wild Coast (watch the trailer) with
 award-winning Irish cinematographer, Colin Stafford-Johnson. 
Be certain to see the program if you can.
Since visiting there last year I've not stopped thinking about the glorious
 beauty, magnificence, peacefulness of that lovely country's Western Coast.
If it was at all possible I believe I would move there tomorrow, or even today!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A look at life. . . . . . . . .



The days are flying by much too fast and I feel somewhat overwhelmed. 
The humid days of August have sapped my energy ~ I'm just tired.
 A little break is needed so I'll be missing for a few days.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The color purple. . . . . . . . . .


At the weekend I carried home bunches of purple stock, white daisies, and some
smokey greenery, all from Trader Joe's and less than $10.00 total. . . . . . . . .



. . . . . . . . bringing loveliness to the dining room table.



I added stems of dill flowers from the garden - the perfumes mingle gently
 and the colors are cool and refreshing on these sticky, humid August days.


Summertime in the south, especially the month of August, you just have to
 grin and bear it knowing that Autumn can't be too far away.

Did you see that purple is becoming the 'it' color in decor - yes purple is definitely
 in the air. I do love the cooler purple hues, such as a deep periwinkle blue-purple,
 rather than the warmer shades such as fig with more red - and of course 
true blue-black aubergine purple is always my favorite.

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