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!

Sunday PaperSunday Paper

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

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