Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shades of Summer

If the fragrance of flowers were palpable,
the summer garden would be canopied
with rainbow hues ~ Helena White

 Painting by Linda Land
 My Red Rose looks Pink!
 Strawberry Sundae Peony
 Pretty Petunias
French Silk Lilac Tree
Carpet Roses
Pinky Winky Hydrangia
White Petunias
White Carpet Roses

I hope you enjoy all The Beautiful shades of Summer

´¯`•.¸⁀°ღ¸¸↗⁀☆L ҉ O ҉ V ҉ E ҉

Friday, August 10, 2012

Signature Pieces

I write not here for beauty, I write not here for fame
I write to be remembered, so here I write my name.

The Autograph Book

Is there anything more precious than friendship? 

In the past friendship was highly regarded and typically autograph books or friendship albums were started by school girls as keepsakes.   In the Victorian era they were kept by young middle class woman. These books housed poetry, prose, pressed flowers as well as signature souvenirs  from close friends.   The tradition was passed down from generation to generation and has evolved, yet today they still captivate our imaginations. 

 "Yours till the ocean peeks to see the salad dressing" 
 These treasure filled albums held meaningful memories of   favourable friendships, places we lived, people who may of influenced us and a few who we don’t even remember now.  Signatures and verses added a magical touch of whimsy.  Friends, both old and new were encouraged to pen the perfect words to express their feelings.   Most would just sign their name, while others copied their favourite verse.   Friendship albums or autograph books are a rare find today.  Antique autograph books are found at estate sales.   Some of them fetching hundreds of dollars. 
"Like many, trust few...Always paddle your own canoe" 

While we modern men and woman may not pen our lives for future generations in a friendship album, many of us record and write about love, losses, travels and our life's journey through journal entries, photo stories in scrapbooks and of course creating a blog. With just a simple click of a mouse we can open the door to our very own virtual keepsake album. We can continue the tradition by leaving a signature piece of our own.
My Autograph Books 1962 - 1968

When I was about 8 years old, I received my first autograph book. I think it was one of my favourite gifts. However, I’m pretty sure people got tired of me asking, “Won’t you sign my autograph book, please .” I still have my two childhood autograph books. They are filled with verses and signatures from school classmates, friends, teachers and relatives . When I read through the entries from long ago, it evokes sweet long forgotten memories. So to answer the question. “Is there anything more precious than friendship?” I believe my answer would have to be, absolutely not.

It tickles me...It makes me laugh...To think you want my autograph"

I now feel I have a virtual autograph book in the form of my Blog. 
So why not try writing your own verse or call one up from memory.  
Come on…Would love for you to leave one on my comments...

So, for old times sake,
Will you sign my autograph book, please?


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Porch Portraits

Close your eyes, listen for a second
Relax in the moment as the summer porch beckons
Bright and fresh, as a cool breeze caress
A summer-morn porch, so easy to acquiesce
An invitation to reminisce
How could this ever be anything but bliss.” 
~ Helena White 

Join me on the porch and sit awhile

This is the time of year to wander outside, find a seat and just sit.
Everyone needs a safe haven and for me in the summer, my front porch is my
retreat from the busyness of the world, especially early morning and at dust.
A front porch is a gathering place.  It's a neighbourly place. 
Private enough if what you're after is a leisurely Sunday afternoon with a 
good book and public enough for a freindly chat with the dog walkers
 and neighbours who stroll past.

 A front porch is like a front row in the neighbourhood

I was of the belief that porch sitting was a lost art.  Since moving here, hanging 
out on porch  is a wonderful way to connect with friends and family to find out how 
their day went or calling an informal hello to our neighbors.
We can  enjoy this simple pleasure, morning, afternoon or evening,
while watching life unfold from the comfort of our own front porch. 
Come along with me,
 I'll meet you on the porch for tea!

❤ (ྀ ❤

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