Snowbirds

3 White Doves” heading south for Christmas.

3 White Doves

Peace on Earth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

As a child growing up in the country, I don’t remember being particularly bothered by the heat of summer but that was a long time ago now.  Here in Richmond, the summers tend to be sultry – awash in a stultifying mix of humidity, still air, and high temperatures. This year, however, we have had some spells of divine weather lasting for few days here and there in between the heat waves.  It makes me once again love summer, a long-forgotten but immensely pleasant feeling.

So what is there to love about summer?

Summer Reading

Being able to sit outside and read a good book.  Or just be.

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Taking a walk down the lane where I grew up; the breeze soughing through the sycamores my grandfather planted almost 100 years ago.

Sparklers

Sparklers at the family picnic on the 4th of July.

Up, up and away

The “wheeee! ” of flying through the air at a small-town fireman’s carnival.

The Zipper

Day turns into evening and the carnival lights glow against the sky.

Pink Blossoms

Lushness in the garden, crape myrtles blowsy with blooms.

Silent Conversation

Chairs on a dock by the water waiting for quiet readers, wet swimmers, or warm conversation amongst friends.A toast to summer

A toast in gratitude for another lovely summer’s day.

Starfish Dreaming

Feet in the sand at waters’ edge, a starfish winking at me.

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Peace at the end of day.

To see what others love about summer be click here.

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Next time, I’ll be back to Vintage Christmas.  I’m back in the workshop making new things!

Happy New Year

This was my fortune on New Year's day 2012.  How lucky can one get?

This was my fortune on New Year’s day 2012. How lucky can one get?

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

May all of you have good fortune and robust health in the coming year.

 I wish you peace, love, and untold delight.

On Christmas Day

This is my wish for you:

A Lamp in the Gloaming

“May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.”
–   Ada V. Hendricks

Many blessings to you and yours.

What is Christmas?

Christmas Robin

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”
~ Agnes M. Pahro