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Summer is starting to sizzle…

There are about forty-fifty lavender plants

on the new hillside in front of a young olive tree…

backed at intervals by cypresses and white roses…

Not yet a year old (last year here)…

summerNicotiana…waiting to be planted…an annual that lends

a sweet scent and soft glow to a summer evening…

I have this in a lime green in the lower garden…more info here


Made my own case for my Ipad 2…

Not the work horse of my office computer…but

great for looking at blogs and reading the news

shoulder to shoulder with my husband.

 I especially love how easily I can flip through my blog

archives on it…at this time unique to WordPress blogs…

more here.

French Flea market finds

Still finding big and little gems…

even when I’m not trying…

(or trying NOT to!)


As much as I love the hunt..

the find…I also enjoy pulling

together the bits and pieces of what

I already have…

antique etchings

Until something special pops up…

antique French fabric

like this 18th century piece of French silk brocade…

via Carolyn Forbes…here

She has another gorgeous 18th century piece on Ebay here


Hiking the hills and hitting the Farmer’s markets…

Keeping up with hats and suncreen…

Love these tips at Eating Well here

Will stop in from time to time to send postcards

from my Summer blogvacation.

Hope you are having a wonderful Summer!








The best of the batch this year…rescued from late rains…

The Alameda Flea market is pushed out to June 12th here

Big Daddy’s Antiques is having a big container sale unloading in SF today here

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend…whatever your weather!

Wet…wet…wet out here in Northern California!

I might just crawl back to bed with a good book!


Update: visit my friend Karin in Périgord, France

at La Pouyette here  for her wonderful post about peonies!


While it’s Raining


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Walls painted by 18th century artist Jean-Baptist Pillement

(More here) at Haroué, a palace in Lorraine…

 The French Chateau… more here

Christian de Nicolay-Mazery

antique shoes

My birthday is at the end of May…and the accompanying

effusion of self-love (!) with which I regard myself

for a week or so before my “special day” often leads

me to extravagant and serendipitous finds.

I was thrilled to find one pair of late 18th or early

19th century silk shoes, and then stumbled upon

this tattered silk pair inscribed with a wedding date c1773.

antique textiles

I’m happy with just a few tangible and tattered pieces that

are a wispy connection to a far off time…little triggers

to my imagination. When they intersect with my love

of gardening…perfection.

garden roses

 Though my favorites garden roses are 19th century

Bourbons…here are a few modern roses with an old rose

look. They are reliable, easy roses with old fashioned

blooms on a nice shrubby bushes that look lovely

in a garden border. Or, when it’s pouring outside..

in a line up of votive glasses inside…

Garden roses

Love that particular shade of blue with peachy pinks…

The two tone pink is Pierre de Ronsard (also known

as Eden) introduced by Meilland, France in 1987.

 From David Austin’s rose collection: the peachy bloom

is Cressida, the light pink Evelyn was developed for

Crabtree & Evelyn’s rose fragrance here.

Design book

A  Duchesse Brisee tucked into a window recess…

Also from The French Chateau …fits my “nose

to the window” mood…waiting for the bright

days of Spring to return…


A bouquet of peonies and foxgloves rescued from this

morning’s downpour!