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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tasha Tudor Day ♥ ...

 Joyfully celebrating the life & art of  Tasha Tudor today.  This is my 4th year participating.
  A wonderful idea of Clarice @ Storybookwoods
who began the tradition of Celebrating Tasha's Birthday
  (Aug 28 1915 - June 18 2008) with other
bloggers who share a love and respect for Tasha.

I cherish & take joy in  my collection of  children's books written and illustrated by Tasha as well as those written on her life and garden.

Her style of art is such an inspiration to me.
  Her love of dogs, nature, and home is evident in her beautiful watercolours.

I always loved the simple knitted shawl Tasha wore around her shoulders & knit one similar.

Tasha's favourite dog was the Corgi ... while mine is the Black Labrador Retriever ♥
 My yarn holder and constant companion ...
 I feel a kinship with Tasha ...
 loving the company of blossoms everywhere ...
and taking joy in the little things ...

 and gathering joy wherever I go ♥
and when I read this quote in my Tasha Tudor's Garden book by Tovah Martin ...
"Her hands are always busy
and her head is forever filled
with dreams"
xoxo

Monday, August 27, 2012

On A Bright & Sunny Afternoon ...

 some weekend pics ...








Who has not dreamed a world of bliss
On a bright, sunny noon
like this?
~William Howitt~

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Texture Tuesdays...

~Writing down my dreams~
Kim Klassen Texture: Dream-It
***
If I fall asleep
with a pen in my hand,
don't remove it ~
I might be writing
in my
dreams
~Terri Guillemets~

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Serenity...

 You are so beautiful !!
 enjoying the afternoon with your friends
We spent the day in the country
and came across deer at every turn.
How gorgeous they are ~ peacefully enjoying  a meadow of wildflowers ♥
***
Leave only footprints...
Shoot only pictures

~Have a wonderful Sunday~
xo D

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Texture Tuesdays...

The Look-Down Edition
Kim Klassen Texture: Dream It
***
Joining in Textured Tuesdays where today's prompt is "Look Down"
Thank you Kim for sharing your gorgeous textures ♥
***
What we see
depends mainly
on what we
look for
~John Lubbock~

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happiness is like jam...

 It finally rained ...
                                                          on and off throughout the weekend
 it was so nice to be able to open up all the windows and feel the cool breeze ...
we so desperately needed it.  The garden looks so much better ...
                                        &  it was cool enough to bake bread and make a few jars of jam ...
 my husband is the bread maker in our family ~ we decided on a loaf of Cornmeal bread to go with blueberry jam .... YUM
Happiness is like jam
you can't spread
even a little
without getting some
on yourself
~Vern McLellan~

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Archer's 3rd ...

 the birthday boy ♥
 who waited patiently while we sang happy birthday :-)
 i love this photo ... Archer giving my daughters hand a sweet kiss while we were singing ...
keeping his eye on his cake :-D
The average dog
has one request to all humankind.
Love me.
~Helen Exley~

And we DO!
xo

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

~From our August Garden~
 The Hibiscus is in bloom ♥
Huge dinner plate sized blossoms.
 
 We have LOTS of Yarrow growing in our garden & cut a few bunches to keep near the doors
and by our outdoor table ~ we've found them to be a fantastic all natural mosquito repellent (and they look pretty too) :-) Next month, I'll make Yarrow/Grapevine wreaths for the garden gates.
 We've had more birds & butterflies in our garden this Summer than any other.
In my Garden Wish Journal I have photos from an old Country Living magazine of a  big, lovely birdhouse that hubby has promised to make :-D
pure joy & sweetness ♥
who celebrates his 3rd Birthday next week... but looks like such a puppy sometimes.
~Happy August~