Friday, October 29, 2010

Dining with Jane

Our {formerly} mild-mannered Autumn
has turned from a blaze of glory
to a biting cold fury!

On Tuesday night, a power-outage
helped me to channel my inner
Jane Austen as I penned Wednesday's
post by candlelight.....

And I believe that she stayed with me 
yesterday as I set my autumn table
for Vintage Inspiration Fall Friday 
at sweet Debra's of Common Ground.

So please, step into my dining
room this cold and blustery 
autumn day, as Jane and I
welcome you with dining-parlour
passages from one of my favorites,
Pride and Prejudice.

When they repaired to the dining-room, 
Elizabeth eagerly watched to see whether 
Bingley would take the place, which, in all 
their former parties, had belonged to him, 
by her sister.

They followed her into the dining-parlour.
It was a large, well-proportioned room, 
handsomely fitted up. Elizabeth, after 
slightly surveying it, went to a window
to enjoy its prospect. 

Mr. Darcy was almost as far from her
as the table could divide them.  He was on one
side of her mother.  She knew how little
such a situation would give pleasure to either,
or make either appear to advantage.

Their party in the dining-room was large, 
for almost all the Lucases came to meet 
Maria and hear the news: and various were 
the subjects which occupied them.

His behaviour to her sister was such, 
during dinner time, as shewed an admiration
of her, which, though more guarded than formerly, 
persuaded Elizabeth, that if left wholly to himself, 
Jane's happiness, and his own, would be speedily secured.

"Well girls," said she, as soon as they were 
left to themselves, "What say you to the day? 
I think every thing has passed off uncommonly 
well, I assure you. The dinner was as well dressed 
as any I ever saw."

"The soup was fifty times better than 
what we had at the Lucases' last week; and 
even Mr. Darcy acknowledged, that the partridges 
were remarkably well done; and I suppose he
 has two or three French cooks at least."

"Oh, my dear Eliza! pray make haste 
and come into the dining-room, for there
is such a sight to be seen! I will not tell you 
what it is. Make haste, and come down this moment."

Elizabeth had at first rather wondered
that Charlotte should not prefer the dining-parlour
for common use; it was a better sized room,
and had a more pleasant aspect.

"It has been a very agreeable day," 
said Miss Bennet to Elizabeth. 
"The party seemed so well selected, 
so suitable one with the other. 
I hope we may often meet again."

Elizabeth smiled.

I hope you enjoyed dining with me 
and Jane and that YOUR autumn day 
does not include a high of 38 degrees, 
like mine does!

I am also joining Friday Flowers
with  Laura,
dedicating these posies to
my muse, Jane Austen.

Imagine her delight
to still be inspiring and entertaining
so many of us around this world,
193 years after leaving it
for the next.

All images: Privet and Holly

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


What do you get
when you  {deliberately} mix

 {Smooth-coated Fox Terrier}

 {Miniature Doberman Pinscher}

 {Italian Greyhound}


and this???
{Manchester Terrier}

You get...

 Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier
{also known as the AmerToy}
is one of only 12 true
American breeds.

The others include:

Alaskan Malamute
American Eskimo Dog
American Foxhound
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Australian Shepherd
Black and Tan Coonhound
Boston Terrier
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Cocker Spaniel
Plott {A type of Coonhound}

According to the American Kennel Club,

The Toy Fox Terrier is a big dog
in a small package that possesses intelligence,
courage and a take-charge attitude.
Both a Toy and a Terrier, they are a true working dog,
delighting in hunting tree squirrels and flushing out rodents.
The breed’s colors are white, chocolate and tan;
white and tan; white and black; or tri-color.

 First Christmas  with Gracie ~ 2004

Our six year old TFT,
dubbed Gracie Marie by my
{then}fourth-grader, is on the
 larger size for the breed.

She’s seven pounds…..

of big dog attitude
of terrier scrappiness
of best friend
of love.
 Gracie ~ Queen of the Castle... and our hearts!

Although comical and playful,
Toy Fox Terriers also love
to be held in your arms
or on your lap!

Summer 2006
 Some famous owners
of TFTs include Olympic skater
Kristi Yamaguchi and Twilight
Actress Ashely Greene.

Ashley and TFT Marlow arrive at JFK Airport

When our friends from
New Zealand were in
the States visiting
four years ago, they fell
in love with Gracie and
were determined
to have a TFT of their own!
But back in NZ, they couldn’t
find one.  Eventually they
landed on the Austral-Asian
Toy Fox Terrier Club’s waiting list….
And Miss Abby joined them
a few months later, from
Australia : )
Like Gracie, she likes nothing
better than to play,
cuddle or nap in the

A white and tan ~ also called fawn-colored ~ Toy Fox Terrier

 It’s fun to imagine
this made-in-the-USA breed
tearing it up on the
other side of the globe.
I sooo wish Abby and Gracie
could meet, but due to
quarantine rules, it cannot be.

 So, from this American dog
to that little pup 
far far away....

Good night, Abby.

Good night, Gracie!

My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet. 
~Edith Wharton

1 flickr ~ click for attribution
2-7, 11-12 Google images
8, 9, 10, 13 Privet and Holly]

Monday, October 25, 2010

A potpourri

My little niece turned three yesterday!
Here she is in her new tutu, lost
in her own potpourri of thoughts!

  1. (n.) A jar or packet of flower leaves, perfumes, and spices, used to scent a room.
  2. (n.) A piece of music made up of different airs strung together; a medley.
  3. (n.) A medley or mixture.
  4. (n.) A ragout composed of different sorts of meats, vegetables, etc., cooked together.
  5. (n.) A literary production composed of parts brought together without order or bond of connection.

I had planned to
share a couple
of projects that
I've been working
inspired by YOU...
But the biggest
one won't be
ready for a few

I harvested the
rest of my herbs
yesterday and strung
them to dry, which
reminded me of

refill your
coffee or tea while I meander 
through some 
random updates....a
of thoughts
from me to you.

1.  6 cups dried petals { such as roses, chamomile,
 honeysuckle, violets, lilac, lily of the valley, 
carnations, white jasmine and nasturtium}

My dear friend Kathleen
is recuperating from
her third round of chemo,
administered last Thursday.
Three down, three to
go!  Thank you to all
who have written to ask
how she is doing as well
as to those who sent her
sweet gifts via me : ) !!

2.  Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of a 
lemon herb, such as lemon geranium
or lemon balm.

I joined Twitter on
Friday.  Facebook is
probably next.  After
seeing The Social Network
last week, I decided it
was time to step into
the 21st Century!

Twitter symbol from The Guardian UK

3.   Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon

I have FINALLY narrowed
down my choice of light
fixtures for our powder room.
However, now I'm considering
distressing the walls to look
like this inspiration photo.  And
maybe I'll start hunting flea markets
 for a different mirror.

4.  Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of  rosemary

Muchas gracias to all of you
sweet readers who took the
time to vote for my daughter's
design on!  With
your help, she garnered 625 votes.
  She inquired and was
told it takes one to two MONTHS
to hear whether or not a submitted
design will be offered as a tee shirt
on their site.  I'll keep you posted!

5.  Add 1/3 cup powdered fixative 
such as orrisroot and 3 drops of essential oil
both available at craft and florists shops. 
Add some citrus peel too.

We saw the movie Secretariat 
this weekend and despite what
some of the critics said, we found
it to be very touching and uplifting.
I love period pieces and true
stories and this one was both.

6.  Mix everything together and place 
in airtight jars. Let the mixture stand for
 4-6 weeks and shake the bottle to mix every week. 

We had family photos
taken two weeks ago
by a talented friend  who 
is also a photographer by
trade and received our
disk of photos yesterday.
I'm excited to get a jump-
start on our Christmas cards.
Here is a fun one!

7.  Potpourri is beautifully displayed
 in glass dishes or small decorative baskets. 
Tie 1-2 cups of potpourri into a sachet of tulle 
and tie with a cinnamon stick and bow for 
a sweet way to freshen up a lingerie drawer.

I realized that my
six month blogiversary
tiptoed by without
me noticing this
month.  It has been
wondrous ride and
I hope you will 
continue to journey
through this new
world with me!

There you have
potpourri of thoughts
as well as a very simple
recipe for a floral potpourri,
all jumbled up!  {The potpourri
recipe was taken from here.}

I'd love to know what
you did this weekend, 
so please  add
your reflections
to the potpourri!


1,2,3,8 Privet and Holly
4,7 Google
5 Source unknown
6 Amber Alexander
9, 10 Country Living