Recently I took a few photos of things I've had a long time, like this plate. It's the last survivor of four dinner plates and four graceful soup bowls, a set I bought in Poland in 1987, I believe. I brought them back successfully in my duffle bag (!!), along with a set of 6 fragile slim wine glasses.
And this vase -- it was a wedding gift, from whom I don't recall. I love its shape, and the thin lip, and the faint swirls in the glass. Right now it's full of shells, but it's served many purposes over the years.
I've hung on to this basket for a very long time. One year my mother and I went to the Canton Flea Market in Canton, Mississippi. I'm sure it's been over 30 years ago. This interesting basket cost me only $2! It looks old, but the bottom says, "Made in China."
Each beach trip I tell myself I won't collect any more shells, and each beach trip I disobey. I've taken to putting the excess shells along our windowsills because there's nowhere else left.
I finally threw these flowers out. They were tired of life in a vase. But I wanted to enjoy them once more here.
These beauties came from my friend Kip's house. Really ... I should just go to her yard and take pictures for an hour and share them with you. What flowers she has! She's got a true gift for beautiful flowers.
This ... this is pretty too. This is my bee balm lotion I make for the market. I think it's so luscious-looking. It's creamy and swirly, and the only color in there is the beeswax, and it turns out this golden, sunny yellow. My customers love it. I'll be making more of this today.
The magnolias have just finished flowering again this year. As you ride a bike around the village, waves of magnolia scent will roll across your path, enveloping you in sweetness. These photos are from last year.
Last but not least, a girl and a dog. And a creek and a sky. Beauty.