A SMALL CROSS BODY BAG

Have you tried to find just the right small, cross-body bag? It’s difficult!

I’ve used a cloth one for a few years. When do I use it? Well, when traveling I like to go out early in the morning to take pictures and to walk. But of course I want my iPhone with me, and probably keys, a license and some cash and a credit card. The necessaries.
But I do not want to be burdened with a large purse; and pockets are hard to come by.

Here is THE solution:

Find it on Amazon

 

It is, without doubt, the most perfect small cross-body bag out there! I had ordered from Anthro, from e-bags; I had looked at small stores at the mall; and had scoured Etsy. Who knew? Just go to Amazon and start a search!

The reviews were fabulous. Many people commented on the lovely, high-end packaging and I totally agree. From the handsome box to the fabric storage bag, this is quality.

And the price?$31.99. Yes, you read that correctly. And it’s available in nearly ten colors.

 

And this, y’all, is […]

By |2021-06-02T13:12:21-04:00May 19, 2019|Travel|

FRIDAY FLOWERS: DIG DELVE MAGAZINE

Each week I await the arrival of the on-line garden magazine,
DIG DELVE

For all you gardeners out there, and all the garden geeks:

If you don’t know it, let me introduce you!
Such totally fabulous, gorgeous photography. Each week is just one subject and each week reveals beautiful images.
It is an on-line magazine written by award winning landscape and garden designer, Dan Pearson and additional writing and photography from his partner, Huw Morgan.

Last week was all about tulips.

So many, many new ideas for my tulips! He lists ten different types of tulips planted this year, with delicious, gorgeous pictures. I’ve already made note of those I will be ordering.

Today, by coincidence , I was reading my Gardens Illustrated which had just arrived and saw an article about The Delos Garden at Sissinghurst and Dan Pearson’s task to give the garden a new lease on life.
Here is the article from Dig Delve: scroll to the end to see mention of the redevelopment of the Delos garden. Having been to Sissinghurst before these developments, I am now dying to go again!

Hope you will take a look at Dig Delve and subscribe […]

By |2019-05-16T20:33:35-04:00May 16, 2019|Friday Flowers, Garden, Travel|

MORE ON SHOES AND FEET AND WALKING

I talked about my search for comfortable walking shoes back in February
in this post.
I was, or so I thought, headed to London to spend a week with daughter and then see friends.
Not to be.
My foot problems were SO excruciating that I couldn’t possibly get on a plane, stand in any immigration line, take the Tube and stairs involved, or ENJOY MYSELF.

I did, however, get those wonderful Kurus:

These have got to be the most comfortable shoes ever, and are made for those with Plantar Fasciitis (which is what I have had for almost seven months now…. ) They are fabulous and I cannot recommend them enough. When worn with these inserts:

Available HERE

 

My next update is the OOFOS flip flops:

Oh my are these heavenly. I wear them every day, anywhere. I use them as slippers. I never, ever go barefoot but reach for these instead. The support is really quite amazing …

I have ordered and tried so many different shoes..and have come back to Vionics.
These are really comfortable, the leather is soft, the velcro at back is adjustable and maybe, […]

By |2021-06-02T13:12:42-04:00May 12, 2019|Travel|

FRIDAY FLOWERS: THE TULIPS

Tulips
My very favorite flower.

Princess Irene

This was not my best year for tulips. I think the warm winter didn’t allow them time to fully develop: some of them came up quickly, were short and stumpy, or had flower heads that were much too heavy and large for the stem. Not sure.
However, yes, I did get some really nice shots of those that flowered and put on quite a show!

The next four shots are
Tulip Blumex Favorite from Wayside Gardens

 

 

 

Ok, I have to admit, they were pretty stunning! And mixed in there is the
Triumph Princess Irene from Terra Ceia.

 

These next three pictures are
Sensual Touch from Burpee

 

 

These bloomed very late, well after all the others, and were definitely stunted in growth. Short stems with bulbous flower heads….not quite what I had been expecting! But yes, they make great photo subjects.

Here are some […]

By |2019-05-02T20:44:37-04:00May 2, 2019|8 McDowell, Color, Friday Flowers, Garden|

HOUSE RENOVATION: BATHROOM

Our house was built in 1992 and had just one owner until we bought it in 2010.
We live in a planned community or a “subdivision.” There are almost 2,000 residents and many different neighborhoods, some with free standing houses, some with attached town houses, some in the woods, some in the central village area, some hilly, some flat. You get the idea.

This is the front entrance, back in 2011. It is basically the same (path, white gate etc) but also very changed.

And here it was before we did anything at all. Note the tall fir tree by the front door. There was no fence, or gate, to enclose the front garden area. Huge shrubs were everywhere…

 

Our house is in the central “village” area: we don’t have much land around the house although we have more usable, gardening-friendly land than many/most houses in this area. This is what appealed to me when we were looking. We wanted, definitely, to be in the village. We can walk to restaurants, bank, fabulous book store and several shops. We have people walk by our fenced terrace just as in a French village. It is, as they say, perfection!

But the house is showing its age.
When we moved […]

By |2019-04-28T16:37:56-04:00April 28, 2019|8 McDowell|

FRIDAY FLOWERS: APRIL GARDEN CHORES

Lots of small jobs around the garden this week: time to update the pots!

Looking great! But that was a month ago and now the pansies are brown and almost gone.

I had won (at a garden club dinner!) these two planters years ago and love them. For years they were sort of planter orphans: no home in the garden seemed right for them. But now they sit in the front entryway and are perfect. The pansies do well all winter: when it’s cold and icy the flowers shrivel up but give them a day of sun and some warmer temps and they flourish!

But, given that this is the hot Western side of our house, I have to be careful in summer. So this year I have filled them with Portulaca and Delosperma (Ice Flower); both are wonderful in hot, dry conditions! I added that one dark purple petunia…we shall see.

 

Another ‘to-do’ is to plant seeds. I don’t plant many seeds as I find they just do not do well for me. Last year a friend started some in his greenhouse for me (seeds brought back from England so they were very special!) but otherwise I […]

By |2019-04-18T19:51:30-04:00April 18, 2019|8 McDowell, Friday Flowers, Garden|
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