28 July 2014

Nothin' Sweeter

There's nothing sweeter than a Georgia Peach...they say.


For those of you who know me out there, every summer I hit the fruit stands to gather bushels of peaches almost every week during their peak season.  But before they are devoured by my family or made into peach cobbler, I photograph this luscious fruit and capture forever their delicate texture, vibrant colour, and the hint of the sweetness that lies beneath their fuzzy skin.

It's a Cezanne moment for me...if you know what I mean.


They are some of our favorite creations from Mother Nature's summer garden, and each and every bite tastes deliciously scrumptious!  In fact, the other morning I asked my son if he had sprinkled powdered sugar on the sliced peaches I gave him for breakfast because they tasted like candy.  {He said no.  And that really was the truth.}


One of my other Southern summer passions is my Shasta Daisy garden.


These babies grew almost as tall as me this year and we just planted them in the Spring of 2013 when they were tiny specimens I purchased from the local Master Gardeners' Club.  They did not look pretty then, but I knew with the help of several green thumbs that we have in our family, they would thrive.  They have.


Love, love having fresh blooms to cut from my garden and bring indoors.


Happy flowers.  Nothin' sweeter.

Happy week to you all.  See you soon.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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Sharing with some of these blog friends this week and Tuesday Garden Party.

10 July 2014

Garden Goodness

Summer tomatoes...


...ugly, Russian, heirloom, yellow, purple, cherry.


It's what's for dinner most of our summer evenings.


The garden mix of crazy cucumbers, banana peppers, fresh rosemary, basil, and...


a concoction of balsamic vinegars and delicate olive oils...


...freshly ground pepper and sea salt, maybe a sprinkle of goat cheese or feta makes a scrumptious salad.  

Or maybe we'll have a plain tomato and cucumber sandwich. 

Or, a fancy BLT.

Later it will be fresh gazpacho.
{Have I shared my recipe with you?  If not, I'll do that later this summer.}


It does not really matter how we eat them.  All that matters is that we got them before the squirrels and deer did!

Enjoy your summer bounty.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

06 July 2014

Our Beautiful America

Our America was beautiful
this weekend...


...filled with stars and stripes, sunshine and fresh mountain air, family and new friends,
and the freedom of enjoying it all.


Hoping that your America was just as beautiful for you.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne


30 June 2014

My Locks for Love

Four years ago I made the decision to grow out my locks for love.


My hair has not been this long since I was a little girl.  I have loved having it long again, but now it's time for someone else to "love" it.  I have ten inches to give away and am cutting these wavy strands tomorrow to send in a care package to Locks of Love.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Locks of Love, it is a non-profit organization that uses donated hair to create high quality wigs for financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada.  Most, but not all, of the children who benefit from the donations have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, for which there is no known cause or cure.


It is my hope that a child will regain his or her self-esteem, confidence, and feel beautiful wearing a wig made with some of my hair.

I am ready to have a new "do" too!

Thanks for your visit.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

27 June 2014

A Walk on the Wild Side...



...of blackberries.


The other evening after dinner, and after our familiar late summer afternoon thundershower, the sun was glowing as it set, but before it did we went for a short walk.  Across the street towards the railroad tracks, entangled in kudzu and wisteria vines, are masses of wild blackberries.


With colanders in our hands we plucked the ripe wild blackberries off their vines and came home with enough to share.


They are the tiniest berries, and a little tart, but I am sure they will be scrumptious smothered in fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.


I think that this may become a habit.


{I'm so pleased with how these photographs turned out. I used a slightly different setting on my camera then I usually do and...allora, snap, just right - no retouching necessary!}

Thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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Reconnecting with some friends here.

31 May 2014

Lavender Dreams

Feeling sort of in a lavender mood these days...


so thought I share with you some of my favorite photos and creations...




some with a little sparkle and shine...


some a little bit French and home grown...


some vintage...


some vino?


some delicate millinery on a handmade book...


...and, some I made when I was a little girl.

Most available in my Etsy shop.

Happy last day of May.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

26 May 2014

Thankful and Proud

Thank you to all of the soldiers who fought for our freedom.


Happy Memorial Day

Stay safe and be proud.

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