Illustrated Design

Today’s been a good day for reading.  Taking notes on the timeless style of Sister Parish -


And appreciating the detailed watercolors of Mita Corsini Bland.

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Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend too!



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Lunch in the garden.

Today a cool crisp breeze fills the air & the house with the smell of sweet Clematis!Clematis Arbor 2012
The rain has renewed our landscape & the arbor – she’s being a bit of a show-off!
Path to Gate August 2012
This year Miss Clematis put her best dress on. The roses are envious & climbing higher than usual!DSC_0496
 Peeking over the fence and feeling grateful for the new stone path & Bluegrass that my son helped lay. 
Clematis on Fence
Miss Clematis is lazy & full & with arms opened wide she welcomes guests at the back gate.
Garden Gate
This old bronze bell has been at the entrance to all of our patios, courtyards, porches since I was a child.  My mother sent it with us when we moved to Kentucky.  Thanks, Mom.
Garden Bell Today I’m preparing lunch alfresco for friends.
Life seems so much easier & relaxed when we eat outside.
Lunch in the garden.  Meanwhile, my helper is still guarding last Sunday’s paper!
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On the menu, Warm Beet Salad with Wilted Greens from a favorite cookbook, Fresh & Fast by Marie Simmons
Lunch in the garden.
Baskets are handy for bringing everything outdoors.
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Lunch in the garden.
I’m using some beautiful china that I recently purchased from Decoratifs’. If you’ve been here from the start, you might recall that the Lexington landmark was the subject of my very first post!
Lunch in the garden.
  I was able to grab the last 6 dinner plates in three different patterns, from their “pink house!”
Lunch in the garden.
Time to pull things together and enjoy a lazy afternoon.
Lunch in the garden.
 Help arrived just in time for a long walk!
Lauren's BootsGracie's Collar
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend too!
It saddens me to no end to tell you that after 27 years John & Wes decided to close Decoratifs’.
They are already missed!
Clematis and Roses
Photos| Lisa Porter

Poetry & Gardening

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“Courtyards and boxwood and stonewalls and nepeta,
Agave and old barns and salvage antiqua
Formal and classic and playing with greens
These are a few of her favorite things.”
Mary Jasch

When I first read this poem I thought to myself…
These are a few of my favorite things & the poet must be a gardener as the two always seem to go hand in hand. 
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My intuition served me correctly…
Penned by freelance writer and photographer Mary Jasch, she is also the editor & publisher of DIG IT! magazine. 
Let me tell you that DIG IT! is more than just a garden full of pretty flowers.
 DIG IT! is a digital publication where avid gardeners delight in sharing their roots & gaining knowledge.  The contributing writers are horticulturists, conservationists, landscapers, artists, master & everyday gardeners!  It’s dog-eared with wonderful links – Also a newsletter & calendar of events for all of you gardening along the east coast. 
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Informative & resourceful yes!  Another appealing aspect is that it reads like a gardener’s journal as the magazine is enriched by and dedicated to the loving memories of Mary Jasch’s mother & grandmother. 
At DIG IT! Mary also invites readers to put on their muck boots & join her at her blog where she tends to her own personal landscape. 
Whether it’s the gruesome task of pruning & plowing past a six-foot Rose of Sharon entwined in chain link or the sleepy-eyed luxury of picking early morning breakfast berries from her own backyard, she reflects in a melodious tone even while yanking a dead plant out of the soil! 
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The Grounds, a regular feature at DIG IT! is where I discovered that this writer, photographer, editor, publisher & gardener is also a poet!  In an article titled Her Favorite Things - Mary opens with her poem about designer & gardener Andrea Filippone is seen here at the entrance to her Orangerie. 
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The beautiful photographs you see throughout this story and the “Courtyards and boxwood” that she speaks of are in reference to the 19th-century homestead of Andrea Filippone & husband William Welch.  The “old barns and salvage antiqua” refer to their all-encompassing architecture, interior, and landscape design firm.  
Tendenze DesignAndrea Filippone & William Welch photographed by William Waldron for Elle Décor   
All beautifully settled together amongst the gentle hills of New Jersey horse country.
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At the end of her poem,
Mary Jasch begins her narrative & leads readers on a prolific tour of the windswept estate.
“Walk through the archway of the barns, anchored with iron horse legs, and enter another world – beyond the threshold of Americana out front. A courtyard comes into view. Suddenly the barns morph into house with long stone steps across the front with rows of heuchera, boxwood and ivy rising, flanked with agave, elephant ears and hydrangea. This is a landscape to learn from.” Mary Jasch
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While writing this story a theme kept running through my mind. 
The woman who works with her hands is a laborer.  The woman who works with her head is a craftswoman.  The woman who works with her hands, her head, and her heart is an artist.
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Mary Jasch & Andrea Filippone are both hard-working & incredibly talented women, but it’s the way in which they weave their artistry not only into their own lives but the lives of others as well that inspires me to no end.
Thank you, ladies.
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The May 2012 issue of Elle Décor featured a marvelous layout, photographed by William Waldron, on the bucolic country life of Andrea Filippone & William Welch.  


  Immediately following the attacks of 9/11, nearly 100 trained search dogs and their handlers were deployed by FEMA to assist in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
PHOTO:Blake Wallis / Barcroft USA   
Inspired by the tenth anniversary of 9/11 last September, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas tracked down 15 of the surviving rescue dogs who assisted emergency crews searching for survivors.  
"I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved," explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam. "They speak to us as a different species, and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective." Charlotte Dumas


Composed at close range in natural light, Dumas’ powerful portraits—reproduced here in her book Retrieved—offer an intimate view into the everyday lives of these highly specialized working animals, now sharing the vulnerability of old age as they once pursued a common heroic goal.

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Scout was activated on the morning of the 11th. Together with Blake Wallis, Scout was deployed to the World Trade Center the same afternoon. Their last shift was on Wednesday the 19th.
Charlotte traveled around the country traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland and photographed these aging heroes in their homes. These noble and vulnerable images are a beautiful tribute to the efforts of all the search and rescue teams in those frightening and challenging days. 
 PHOTO:Charlotte Dumas / Barcroft USA Moxie, age 13, Winthrop, Mass.
Moxie arrived at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11 and began working the next morning. Though she is trained to find survivors, she identified six bodies and many body parts during the eight days she worked there. Since her owner retired her at age 7, she has hunted and spent time on the waterfront.
PHOTO:Charlotte Dumas / Barcroft USAMerlyn, age 14, Otis CO.
Merlyn was deployed with handler Matt Claussen and worked the night shift searching the rubble of the World Trade Center for five days starting on September 24. 
PHOTO:Charlotte Dumas / Barcroft USA  Orion, age 13, Vacaville, Calif.
He worked at the World Trade Center for five days after the attacks and later participated in searches for missing hikers in the High Sierras, at elevations of as much as 12,000 feet. Orion’s owner says that the dog ‘‘loved the work. His purpose in living was doing search and rescue work.’’
PHOTO:Charlotte Dumas / Barcroft USA Red, age 11, Annapolis, Md.
Trained as a ‘‘live find’’ dog as well as a ‘‘cadaver’’ dog. Red was driven by her owner to the Pentagon after the attacks, and she worked for 11 days, finding remains for DNA identification in the north parking-lot area. She retired in July. Her owner says, ‘‘Red wants to work, but her body just can’t do it anymore.’’

PHOTO:Charlotte Dumas / Barcroft USAGuinness, age 14, Highland, Calif.
He worked at the World Trade Center site for 10 days. In the wake of Katrina and other catastrophic hurricanes, he searched for survivors in areas where the water receded. Guinness’s owner says, ‘‘We keep the training fun for the dogs; it’s like a game for them.’’

PHOTO:Charlotte Dumas / Barcroft USABailey, age 14, Thompson Station, Tenn.
She went to the Pentagon following the attacks of 9/11. Later in her career, she was active in wilderness searches in her home state. Her owner says: ‘‘Even today, if I say we’re going to search, she’ll get all excited. She still perks up.’’

PHOTO:Charlotte Dumas / Barcroft USATara, age 16, Ipswich, Mass.
She arrived at the World Trade Center site at about 1 a.m. the day after the attacks. At that time, her owner says, ‘‘there was a lot of hope that people would be found alive.’’ Over her nine-year career, she located the victim of a crane collapse and participated in wilderness searches. She died earlier this year.

PHOTO:Charlotte Dumas / Barcroft USABretagne, age 12, Cypress, Tex.
She worked at ground zero for 10 days; it was her first deployment. Subsequently, her seven years of active duty included searching for survivors in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Here is a picture of Bretagne taking a nap while working at the 9/11 site.
PHOTO:Blake Wallis / Barcroft USA
After tirelessly braving crushed glass and smoldering debris while searching for survivors all day, these fearless dogs were given nightly decontamination baths in which their eyes, ears, and mouths were washed out and their paws gently cleaned.  
About 300 courageous canines contributed to the rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the tragedy, including search dogs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and NYPD, along with therapy dogs and volunteer dogs.
They are the Canine Heroes of 9/11.
Noble indeed.
photo Lisa PorterPhoto|Lisa Porter

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