Sep 29, 2016

Changes....

I am sure
 I have mentioned Fall is not my favorite season...
 
This year
with the changes in my life I see it differently...
 
instead of only seeing the browness and the death,
I see the energy going into the revitalization,
the preparation
for rebirth...
 
I find myself
looking inward,
ready for my metamorphosis...
 

the stages of the lingering roses,
backlit by the soft low sun...
 

the final stage
 hips...
 
 
my morning view of Mount Rainier
out a bedroom window...
 
the valley cozy
snuggled under the soft hazy morning light...
 
the Mountain hidden,
but no less grand...


Anemone
hold the garden together in the Fall,
abundant and cheerful...
 


the girls,
exploring in the tall grass...
 
we are all feeling a little unkempt these days,
wild...
 


my little family,
wild hearted
and
joyful...
 


 
Ever since the spider had befriended him,
 he had done his best to live up to his reputation.
When Charlotte’s web said SOME PIG,
 Wilbur had tried hard to look like some pig.
When Charlotte’s web said TERRIFIC,
Wilbur had tried to look terrific.
And now that the web said RADIANT,
 he did everything possible to make himself glow.”
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
 
 
 
radiant,
the sunset reflected on a rose...

 
 my favorite backyard destination...
a little iron bench
under the now old Cherry Tree
I planted as a wee sapling...
 
an obvious place for contemplation...
 
***
When she transformed into a butterfly,
 the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty,
 but of her weirdness.
 
They wanted her to change back
 into what she always had been.
But she had wings. 
  
     Dean Jackson
 
***
 
I am so grateful for the time you share with me...

Sep 24, 2016

Lace on the Line...

As we step into Fall
I think of the Summer things that got away...
 
like finding time to paint the fence,
or a million other tasks...
 
as I build my newly single life
I have a million things in a new bucket list,
things I want to include in my new life...
beaches with aqua colored waters,
concerts...
I want to learn to surf,...
 
then there are just the small
oversights of Summer...
like the photos for the following blog post...
 
 
 
sometimes the small oversights
bring with them a little thrill...
 
like seeing the Roses in full bloom...

 
 
finding bits of old lace
at garage sales is always a little thrill...
 
 
I like to hand wash them and line dry them...
 


 
scraps of lace fluttering in the Summer breeze...
 

romantic,
a nod to a simple era,,,
 



a day
when there was time
to sit on a porch like mine
enjoying a Summers day,
hands busy crocheting lace trims...
 

 
I like the peacefulness
of those daydreams..

 
Thanks for stopping by today,
I always enjoy seeing you...

Sep 20, 2016

InstaSale... Transferware and Rachel Ashwell...

I'm hosting another Instasale
 over on Instgram tonight...
 
I thought
I'd give you a peek
at the goodies...
 
 
 
Victorian Transferware Bone Dishes
set of 6 in mossy green...

 
Big Brown Transferware Platter...
(it's fall ya all)

 
this wonderful
retired Rachel Ashwell Teapot
from her Treasures Collection....
 
all item are shipping for free...
 
Thanks for stopping by...

Sep 15, 2016

Thank You....

Thank you all
so so much for the love you have sent my way,
your kindness warms my soul...
 
blogging has been
one of the most rewarding adventures
of my life...
 
because, of all of you...
 
as we sit behind our key boards
all around the world,
sharing bits of our lives...
 
sharing love and sorrow,
I always know you will be here to hold my hand
and offer a hug...
 
much love to you all
my friends...
 
Thank You!!
 

 
 
Thank You...

Sep 13, 2016

Blu Berry...

 
 
It is with the very saddest of hearts
that I share the loss of my sweet boy Berry....
 
 
 
I know you have seen him
here around my blog a lot...
 
he always played a background character,
always curled into a little ball, napping...
for he has been old forever...
 
he left me just shy of his 17th birthday....
 
 
 Frank on the left
was my first Italian Greyhound...
 
when Berry was added to the family
a few years later...
 
Frank was beside himself
Squealing....
Love at First Site...
 

he was the best big brother,
I have never seen two dogs more bonded...
 
I love the thought
 of Frank meeting Berry at Rainbowbow Bridge
once again squealing in delight to see his brother...
 


 all my boys...
Randy, Twiggy, Cosmo and Berry...
(Frank must have been hiding somewhere?)
 
all but Cosmo gone now...
 
“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love,
they depart to teach us about loss.
A new dog never replaces an old dog,
it merely expands the heart.
 If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.” 
 Erica Jong
 
 
In the Spring we took our last road trip together....
 
to my childhood home of California...
 
my sweet boy
road on my lap the whole way...
 
his nearly blind eyes
soaking in the sites
 
purely delighted...
...
 
although my heart is broken,
I am so thankful for the many many wonderful years
we shared...
he was a pure delight.
 
 Thanks to you all for sharing these bits of my life with me...

Sep 8, 2016

Late Summer Tea on the Porch....

 
 As this Summer fades,
I am trying to find moments to
appreciate its beauty...
 
Taking time to smell the roses
you might say...
 




a beautiful late afternoon
on the back porch,
the sun is low and shadows
are long...
 

 
 
I am feeling a little French...
 
 so I bring out some pretty Limoges China,
my absolute favorite pieces...
 
the dainty florals
thrill me to no end...
 


 
have you yet noticed
my new lovely iced tea glasses?
 



 
the beautiful raised
Fleur de Lys ...
 
dreamy...

 
 
I have a complete crush on them...
 
they are wonderfully thick glass,
substantial in your hand...
 

 
these beauties
are made by
  La Rochere
they have been creating beautiful stemware
since the 15th century in France...
 
si joile... 
 
you have probably seen
 their lovely French Glassware
featuring bees...
 
I have never partnered with a company before,
because I have been very choosey...
 
but I am thrill to have partnered
with La Rochere
 
and I have a code so you too can enjoy
their lovely glasswares...
 
simpily visit La Rochere here
 
make your selections
(this is the hard part)
 
and enter BellasRoseCottage
in the code box at checkout
and you will receive $10.00 off your order
offer expired 10/31/16
 
if you make a purchase
and have an Instagram account
I would love for you to tag
them larochere_na
and me bellasrosecottage
 
so I can see what you chose!
 
 
 
on with the tea....
 
the Roses are David Austin's
James Galway...
 








 
 as the shadows are getting longer
and the days shorter...
 
I hope you are finding moments
to soak in
the fading Summer days
 
I am so grateful for the time we share...