I always enjoy looking back over the year to review where I've been. Something that blogging makes easily possible. The days and weeks fly by in turn otherwise, and become lost in the daily haze.
But I can see that they were filled with moments of beauty, and touched by all the things that I love. While so much of meaning in life is fleeting and only to be savored in experience, a glimpse of the rooms and scenes which we inhabit along the way can be captured in the passing with the changing of the light. Seized in a way that even our memories can fail to do.
There was the joy of work and shop keeping. . . .
Filled with the texture of fine linen.
Showered with vintage. . .
Sprinkled with garden delights.
Almost always with white as a signature.
My days were dished up in my favorite china.
Served up on a platter with preferred colors and patterns.
My pitchers runneth over. . . .
So much of the year was filled with the comfort of sameness and routine.
The homey familiar surrounding me each day in the absence of friends.
Objects to use in the caring and feeding of loved ones,
and putting order in my ways.
Even sweeping the patio in spring becomes an event worthy of documentation when you blog!
And holding on to the first blush of spring.
Girls in white dresses, perhaps for the last time before some imagined day held still in the future..
A cherished memory may spring full formed from merely an innocent morning of play. . . .
There are the gifts that we keep.
And the gifts that we give away.
The endowments of a new season.
And the present in the unfolding of each breathtaking day.
(Summer equinox at White Sands NM.)
Summer fun came in visiting new and favorite shops at home and abroad like this tea shop in Old Town Albuquerque.
The Old Lucketts Store at Leesburg, VA..
Guy Wolff Pottery, Bantam, CT..
And once again, home sweet home!
I hope you enjoy some of these favorite moments on the blog!
The holidays continue with more family arriving today! It's a blessed time of year when family can gather together even if only for a short time.
I hope you look back and savor the best times from the past twelve months.
Wishing you a rich and wonderful New Year, filled with all of the things and people that you love!
Happy New Year!