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...]

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...]

Pollinators at Bellingrath Gardens

A group of gardening friends headed south for a summer field trip this week.  I enjoyed hearing Harvey Cotten's lecture on gardening to attract and protect pollinators at Bellingrath Gardens yesterday.  Mr. Cotten is a horticultural consultant who is largely responsible for the creation and design … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf: Dear Carolina

I finished reading Dear Carolina yesterday and it was one of those books that I didn't want to end because I knew that I was going to miss the characters so much!... (book cover photo from sarahsarna.com where Kristy is a contributor - I bought the ebook so didn't have a cover photo!) The debut … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf: Charlotte Moss Garden Inspirations

Garden Inspirations by Charlotte Moss is my current bookshelf obsession... I knew I would love it but let me tell you, I really, really love it! I love the way the book is divided into sections... There is a plan percolating in my imagination right now about a garden room addition here OPP … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf: Bunny Williams On Garden Style

Oh Happy Day! Look what arrived on my doorstep yesterday... I was so thrilled to get to hear Bunny speak earlier this year at a conference I attended and have been looking forward to the re-release of On Garden Style ever since!  It was wonderful to hear her recount the story of how she and John … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf: Invitation To The Garden

In his new book, Invitation To The Garden, Michael Devine has put together a sumptuous collection of outdoor entertainment ideas.  More than just a book on gardening or cooking or tabletop design, this one presents elements for putting together gatherings that are sure to be the talk of your town … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf: Burning Prospects

  You may remember reading about my visit to Prospect Hill Plantation (Click here if you missed it) back in the spring of 2014...  While I was there I met the author of the historical novel, Burning Prospects. I had already purchased her book but failed to bring it along with me to the open … [Read more...]

Churchill The Artist

I am smack dab in the middle of listening to The Churchills on Audible and one of the things I am intrigued by is Winston Churchill as an artist.  I knew that he had painted but did not know anything specific about his pastime.  He did not pick up painting until he was about 40 years old and it … [Read more...]