Heirlooms

The rhythms of becoming an heirloom are rough for some & smooth for others. I thought of this when I picked these heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market. When I arrived home, I felt that they deserved a nice rest in the soft lap of my grandmother’s bowl.
Heirloom Tomatoes | Lisa Porter | The Lisa Porter Collection
We spent our last summer evening appreciating much ~ along with a few heirlooms. As I was sitting in the cool grass with Granny’s bowl in my lap I was reminded of the cycles of life, of the rightness of change, loss & rebirth.
Heirloom Tomatoes | Lisa Porter | The Lisa Porter Collection
For the first time, I used my Great Grandmother’s pairing knife that my cousin Kris sent to me. In her note she said ~ Grandmother Collier peeled a ‘million’ peaches for preserves and for pickling with this pairing knife. She always liked a very sharp knife. The best part though ~ the soft and comfortable handle.
Isn’t it amazing how memories can unfold. Thank you Kris ~ I love it & you too!
Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

High Hopes!

A quick note from the Bluegrass ~

As we begin to wrap up the summer, I realized I hadn't shared photos from one of my favorite equestrian events, the High Hope Steeplechase!

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

To clarify, a Steeplechase is a distance race for Thoroughbred horses across ditches & over fences. Originating in Ireland in the 18th century, its roots were in the fox-hunting field, and occasionally horsemen would match up their horses for races over long distances to landmarks such as church steeples.  

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

At High Hope, the official with the flag signals the start of each race & spectators tailgate along the gorgeous cross country course at the Kentucky Horse Park.

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

American steeplechasing is unique because its races support the local community. The competition is fierce yet friendly & one that my husband's company, Flair Nasal Strips is proud to sponsor. High Hope Steeplechase charitable efforts support the Kentucky Horse Park Charitable Foundation and CKRH Riding for Hope.

High Hope Steeplechase 2014 | Photo | FLAIR Nasal Strips

High Hope is a full day of family fun for equestrian & dog lovers alike.

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

After the thoroughbreds race, it's time for the stick pony races.

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Again, the competition is fierce yet friendly.

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

We placed our bet on the boy on the right!

Ready-Set-Go!

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

And the winner is….

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

breathing easy!

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Where there are horses, there are hounds.

Parade of the Woodford Hounds | High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

 Lot's of them! In fact there was a parade!

Parade of the Woodford Hounds | High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection The annual Parade of the Woodford Hounds.

Parade of the Woodford Hounds | High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

At the end, Huntsman Glen Westmoreland and I had a good laugh & his hounds were slobbering all over me!

I was in heaven!

Parade of the Woodford Hounds | High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Just another beautiful day in the Bluegrass!

High Hope Steeplechase 2015 | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

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