I have returned from a week of gallivanting to and fro.
It's warm here, mixed with pure spring sun, simmering at full force.
I find myself watching movies set in the 1600's today as I go through my collections.
Truth be told, you may have noticed I collect all manner of things.
However, I have a special wood and glass box that I put my beloved insects in.
If I see a winged creature that has lost its life, then I bring it to my box.
Of course, I can never say no to petals.
Dried or fresh.
I have an abundance and still get petal greedy.
I was thinking I should change my name to, The Greedy Gardener.
What do you think?
My vintage bee pins have an incredibly vast tale.
Too long to tell.
I'll give the short version.
I have a large bee pin identical to these with the dark jade, which I purchased 16 years ago.
One of my most favorite things.
Huge sentimental value.
I lost it one night 16 years ago, and searched for it for 4 months.
Restaurants, shops, a boyfriend's house.
Cars, streets, nooks and crannies.
I went to the same department store a dozen times and they always said it was not there.
So, I went to the lingerie department on a last try, and the seamstress had a cubby there.
A gal pulled out a basket and my brooch was sitting right on top.
My favorite most cherished piece for years, I was so happy to find it back then.
Until 5 years ago or so.
It disappeared in my own house.
I have taken the place apart many times in search, nothing.
Just like my coral rose pin that disappeared and then magically reappeared.
Trust me, I am not just missing it.
So, hopefully one day "they'll" return it to me :-)
Leprechauns? Elves? You decide.
In the meantime I have scoured the earth to find the exact pin and over the last few years found these.
Identical brand and style.
Still, not "the" pin.
So maybe, possibly, hopefully one day - it'll be right back where it disappeared from.
In my glass case.
In the meantime I enjoy the stand-ins.
Have you ever lost something you adored and never found again?
In my more mature being, I just give up a little easier and accept the loss.
But refinding is always so swooningly wonderful, isn't it?
It's okay if I never find it again though.
Petals and insects and keys and tiny tea sets.
All things I adore.
What's on your list?
Now petal collecting will be at its best for the year.
All of my roses are blooming madly.
All shades of pinks and corals and reds and yellows and lavenders.
Dreamy little rose days indeed.
I've been spending lots of time in the real world and painting in town too.
I have been having so much fun.
Wonderful marvelous times.
I'm enjoying my balance of country and city life.
I went to a crazy event on Friday, had champagne, listened to good music.
Painted in a city garden all weekend.
Now I'm back in the country jumping on the trampoline with ML and Miley.
Matty wasn't into it at all.
Life is full of twists and turns and I'm enjoying them all these days.
I'm still a person who likes seclusion but going places is proving to be quite enjoyable.
Thank goodness the boys all hold down the fort.
I've been making all sorts of art and sculptures.
If I can wrangle myself in I'll take pics soon and share.
I'm listening to Antony Hegarty (The Lake) and old Bat for Lashes (lonely) as I type.
I love rediscovering old faves.
How are you out there?
Is it cold, is it warm?
Is life good?
Lots of love,