“Elegance comes from a slow accumulation of things I love.” – Marston Luce
Veranda magazine showcases many lovely homes in each issue. But, I found this one particularly appealing and just had to share it.
I love the muted colors and , of course, the gardens. And, I learned a new word today – the round building in the first photo is a “pigeonnier”, an outbuilding containing nesting boxes in which pigeons could roust.
The southern garden is lush and verdant in June. It is also unbearably humid! I was able to bear the almost liquid air for a few moments of solitude and photography practice with my new camera this morning.
Then I started melting, making a huge mess, and decided to come back in the air conditioning before there was nothing left of me but a sweaty, molten puddle for my family to find in the back yard.
Oak leaf hydrangea through the garden gate, fading now from cream to a reddish mauve
Tomorrow is the first day of summer… which makes me think of being a kid: swimming in the pool all day, coming home and taking a bath, smelling of soap and comfy in summer pj’s, the Braves game on TV with Skip Carey or Ernie Johnson announcing – creating the soundtrack of my childhood summers, the screen door letting in the sound of the racket-y cicadas. I also think of the drive-in movie lying on blankets in the back of Daddy’s old pickup truck, fireworks and the laser show at Stone Mountain (a huge chunk of granite protruding from the red Georgia clay), riding my bike, running through the sprinkler…..the list could go on.
Sunday’s action-packed, sitting on the edge of my seat episode of Game of Thrones has left me in a state of serious withdrawal. I so look forward to the show every week – usually Monday nights, because who can stay up past 9 p.m. at my age?
So to occupy myself until the next season arrives, I’ve bought the first book of the series for my Kindle. The task is a bit daunting considering how long the books are. But, if I can make it through the first book I think I’ll buy the boxed set.
Wish me luck! And, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the show or the books.