On The Bookshelf: Parish-Hadley Tree of Life

My current bookshelf obsession is Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams' treasure trove of recollections from designers personal experiences while working at the famed firm, Parish-Hadley. Parish-Hadley Tree of Life... as you turn the cover, the interior of the case is indeed PH's Tree of … [Read more...]

Sara Foster

I was so excited to meet Sara Foster, cookbook author and chef/owner of famed Foster's Market in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  I actually made a detour on a trip several years ago in order to experience the Market I had read so much about in her books.  Well, she has a new book, Foster's Market … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf: Modern Mix

I've been traveling quite a bit over the past couple of weeks and Eddie Ross' new book Modern Mix has been my constant companion...  chapter titles alone are enough to inspire... Inspire, Discover, Acquire, Restore, Curate, Mix, Style and Entertain! chapters are introduced with a colorful … [Read more...]

Antiques at the Garden

This is the second year in a row that a group of friends has gathered for Antiques At The Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens... Earlier this year I was at a meeting in Atlanta when I found out that my hero, Bunny Williams, would be speaking in Birmingham.  I quickly phoned a friend and … [Read more...]

Welty On Wednesday

I was so happy to be with my friends, the Cereus Weeders, last week as we worked in the Eudora Welty Garden.  It's been a little while since I've been able to give you a Welty on Wednesday and I thought you'd enjoy seeing the how pretty the garden is this fall. a gaggle of gardeners... it was … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf: Circling The Sun

  Paula McLain's historical novel The Paris Wife remains at the top of my favorites list... I had waited with keen anticipation for the release of her new novel, Circling The Sun... Believe me, I was thrilled with the story of Beryl Markham, a bohemian beauty brought to Kenya from … [Read more...]

Meanwhile There Were Letters

I'll be heading to the beach next week and this is a book that will definitely be in my beach bag... Suzanne Marrs, Eudora Welty's biographer and Tom Nolan, Ross MacDonald's biographer, have edited the correspondence between Welty and MacDonald and it is a must-read. The two met in the lobby of … [Read more...]

The Buzz About Bee Cottage

If you don't already know about it let me give you the buzz about Bee Cottage... I eagerly awaited the arrival of Frances Schultz's book The Bee Cottage Story and the day it arrived I immediately set about to devour it from cover to cover...  I had long been a fan of Frances' from having read … [Read more...]

Lady Peas Salad

  The elegant little lady pea is the caviar of summer here OPP and yesterday I was off on a mission to find some.  This was easier said than done and it took me four stops at local farmer's market stalls before I had my treasure in hand.  The Lady Peas Salad pictured on the cover of Martha Hall … [Read more...]

June Recital Remix

Last Thursday the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Eudora Welty Foundation sponsored "June Recital Remix" - an evening of music and dancing in Eudora's garden... To say that the event was delightful is an understatement!  The weather was perfect, the company was excellent, … [Read more...]