June Greetings!

Still grows the vivacious lilac a generation after the door and lintel and the sill are gone, unfolding its sweet-scented flowers each spring…"

 Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”

 I do believe the lilacs this year are more fragrant than last.  The scent drifts about on the breeze and reaches me in even the farthest corners of the yard.  There are two bushes – one with pale lavender flowers and the other with blooms the color of amethyst.  Both bushes are heavily laden and after yesterday’s rain showers were so bowed down with the weight of their drenched blooms that I worried their branches might break.  Thankfully, they did not.  I bring them in by the armful, filling my old ironstone and transferware pitchers, and still the bushes do not look at all bereft!  The blooms are a precious gift, although they last only a day or so once cut.  Even a single panicle, laid on the table, will fill the room with the sweetest fragrance.  Heaven!

"Just now the lilac is in bloom

All before my little room..."

Rupert Brooke, “The Old Vicarage” 

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"Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”

Ray Bradbury, "Dandelion Wine"

In The Works… 

Last month I wrote about feeling out of touch with my creative spirit and the need to give myself some time to recharge.  Simply admitting that to myself and to you was such a relief that I felt inspired to start stitching a reproduction of one of my antique samplers. Worked in muted shades of green and ivory, ruddy brown and a hint of pale salmon.  The soothing colors remind me of the garden.  Here is a peek at my progress.  I hope to have this little beauty finished and ready to share with you soon.

Until next month, my friends, enjoy these blessed early days of summer…

As Ever,



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