Monday, June 24, 2019

My Favorite Things. . .2019 June, Vol.6


Lavender is one of My Favorite Things within
On Crooked Creek's Garden!

I adore its heady aroma!



With all of our extreme rain totals and cooler Spring weather,
"Mr. Ed" and I have been waiting for the Lavender to bloom.




























My favorite way to harvest On Crooked Creek's Munstead Lavender
is to cut it and place it into my vintage French Gathering Basket.



Almost two weeks later than in our Lavender Harvest past,
the blooms began to open. 

The air within the Garden was filled with its heady perfume.




In less than an hour,
"Mr. Ed" and I had filled the French Gardening Basket with Lavender!



Oh, my goodness,
the most enchanting heavenly scent that I could ever imagine!

I had made a unique purchase recently
just for the purpose of drying lavender bundles within Studio One.

I am told it was originally a portion of a vintage shoe cart.



It works perfectly for hanging and drying of this years Lavender Harvest.


Most of the Lavender harvested On Crooked Creek
is turned into Lavender Sachets for family and friends.



Some is tied into bouquets and given as gifts.


In years past,
I have used Lavender within my tablescapes.












Whether fresh from On Crooked Creek's Garden
or dried within Studio One,
Lavender is one of My Favorite Things!




Until next time. . .

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Deep in the Heart of Texas. . .

To celebrate our Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary, 
"Mr. Ed" and I took a road trip Deep in the Heart of Texas
to Fredericksburg.


We had the most wonderful stay at Lindsay's Haven,
a local Bed & Breakfast.



Step through the front door with me
and I'll give you a glimpse of this comfortable, English Cottage establishment.



Waiting just inside the front door
and resting on the shelf for our room keys,
was this petite vintage sterling silver vase filled with real roses.



Two twin beds, with the most comfortable mattresses
and gorgeous linens, made for a restful nights sleep.



I took full advantage of the lovely library on the shelves next to my chosen bed
and flipped through the pages of several gardening titles.

While a downpour rain storm took place our first night there,
"Mr. Ed" and I enjoyed watching Out of Africa,
from the amazing DVD selections.




I absolutely adored the elegantly set Table for Two!





The gorgeous vintage drop leaf table was beautifully
set with Chintz Rose dinnerware.

Two petite loaves of homemade banana bread
atop a crystal cake stand and an appealing hand painted  fruit tray
made a near still life portrait for our arrival.


A fragrant fresh rose and an anniversary card 
added such a personal touch to an otherwise formal table setting.




Our hostess, Mary, won "Mr. Ed's" heart with a fully stocked Coffee Bar.

A full bodied dark robust coffee was awaiting us,
along with a wide assortment of teas.

Extra dinnerware and glassware was stored directly above.



The wing back chairs were perfect for journaling, reading, relaxing
and television viewing or simply sharing conversation with each other.

On the mantle  of the intricate faux fireplace,
a petite blue Wedgwood plate held freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Within the hearth,
 a basket of fresh begonias scented the air with a heavenly aroma.





Next to the Coffee Bar was a curtained hallway leading to the bathroom.

Directly outside of the bathroom was the mirror, shelf
and blow dryer area where I applied my make~up each morning.

Great use of a hallway space!
This area allowed me to leave the main bathroom free for "Mr. Ed's" needs.

The shelves above the toilet where perfect for housing our Cologne.





Lindsay's Haven is to the side of this beautifully owned home of our hostess, Mary.










I thoroughly enjoyed the views of Mary's private Gardens from the windows.

It was from an article that I read within my Winter 2018 Edition
of Cottage Journal, that "Mr. Ed" and I choose Fredericksburg, TX.
as our Fiftieth Anniversary celebration destination.



Although it was difficult to say "good~bye",
we will always remember our Fiftieth Anniversary spent
Deep in the Heart of Texas.



Until next time. . .