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Saturday, October 24, 2015

What Was Found At The End Of The Road

Looking across at the high rise condos.

In the morning light, before the lunch time urge, father and son stand silhouetted, reflected on the sand.

Seagulls standing in a row.

Chatting among themselves
about the weekend traffic on the beach.

Skittering by.

Side by side.

Looking back down the beach. 

Could not have replicated the reflections on the sand unless I had sprayed it down with water from a hose.

Travel companions. 

The photographer.

Define your hobby this weekend,
 what is it that you enjoy doing  repeatedly. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

On Our Way To Otto Georgia

Driving through the Smokey Mountains.

Thought I'd snap some pictures from the truck.

The sun was shinning and the sky was blue.

The fall colors were popping.

In one end and out the other.

Steve, slow down, I want to take a picture!

Above the clouds.

6654 feet into the sky we drove.

View after view.

Steve stopped briefly and I took a picture!

We either had to stop or drive as there were quit a few leaf peepers on the road.

Five mountain ranges and counting.

Who wrote that song,
 "I can see for miles and miles and miles, oh yea"?

We were way up there!

Coming down.

So much sky at the top.

A train to the bottom, no thank you.

Silhouetted against the sky. 


Gatlinburg...where every franchise and his brother set up shop. Be careful what you wish for National Lake Shore!
But we persevered and saw heaven. 6,600 ft of fall's glory cloaked in ombres of many oranges. The spectrum of yellows against a sapphire blue sky.

I would do it again it was that spectacular.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

When Inspiration Strikes

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The New Living Room: 4 Top Trends | Apartment Therapy:
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Palm Beach Green (M):
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11 Delightfully Unusual Color Combinations (Plus the Reasons Why They Work):
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(1) eric ravilious | Tumblr:
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Chinoiserie Chic:
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mug with eric ravilious (for wedgwood ceramics):
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Chinoiserie Chic:
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Photo from Carolyne Roehm post.

Searching searching searching the net.
 Looking for that lightning bolt to strike.
 I am getting ready to go on a buying trip and I have been thinking about what I want to look for. 
If I can focus, on color and objects, I should have a good body of work collected for resale in the shop. Sort of taking the creme off the top from Michigan to Florida and back.
 I am looking for architectural salvage pieces, rugs, textiles, artwork and English tableware.  

I will keep you posted on my finds.
 Enjoy the rest of the week!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

My Little Rose In The Snow

The big sunflower says to the little Peace Rose,
 "I will protect you my little rose".

"Snug up here, under my leaves,
 and I will shelter you from the snow."

The sunflower hangs his head over the rose.

"Thank you, my big friend, for looking out for me".

"I am safe, nestled in your leaves."

First snow of the season.

I was able to push it to the side with my windshield wipers.

When it's 39 degrees it's time to head south!

Funny thing is; the leaves are still on the trees and they are green!
Keep er' warm this Sunday.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Paintings By Holly Sturges

Thoreson Farm #3

Port Oneida Rd

Clouds Over Omena

Beach Song

Dune Climb Entrance

Orchards On Swede Rd

Thoreson Hill

Regional art by Holly Sturges.

Available here in Anchor Cottage.
Guess which one is my favorite!


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