A dear friend has been visiting with me for the past week. We had a few lovely rambles and many hours sitting and putting both our own small worlds and the big old world to rights.
Setting things to rights is always a favorite pursuit, and the crisp air and lively sunshine of these Autumn months are a powerful muse…as are the pale warmth of the trees and sky, the glimpses of spare beauty, the delicate embellishments of vines and wind-tossed leaves.
Cupboards are being turned out, bookshelves pared down, and I think a bit of housekeeping is in order here, as well, as I continue to re-arrange and decorate these pages.
I wonder what you think of the new background? The all-white was feeling too stark for me, and I love the way the circles weave in and around the words and pictures. On my computer, the circles of flowers are pale, but I have worried that on some monitors they might be too dark and distracting…so do let me know how they appear to you. I will probably change out the background when inspiration strikes…
Recently I learned that some of my dear readers no longer comment because they don’t know how to sign in through Google or some other “identity”. Then I switched the settings on my comments back to allow for anonymous comments, and in a matter of hours started receiving spam comments, so I’ve switched the settings back again. I don’t like to do it, but nor do I like receiving all those meaningless comments in my inbox…all a part of simplifying each little corner of my life. So I hope, if you don’t already have a Google (or Typepad or other blogging account) you might take a minute or two to create one. It’s as simple as choosing an email address and password for a Google account (you don’t need to have or sign up for a gmail address) and using that to sign in with when you comment at blogs. It would be so lovely to hear from everyone who wants to share their thoughts with me….
And that reminds me of another detail. A few months ago I added a little explanation at the top of the comment box about setting up your Google profile to send your email address to me when your comment is sent. This makes it SO easy for me to write back, but I still receive lovely comments with no “return address”. I don’t always write back, of course, but love to be able to if everything conspires to make that possible. So if you have a desire to set your online conversing to rights, I hope these few things help.
Now I am going to get to some non-pixellated sorting out. One of the rambles I took with my friend Dori was along the aisles of our antiques mall. I found some very beautiful and very useful things that are still mostly wrapped up in papery bundles awaiting the clearing out of those things that are no longer of use or beautiful to me. It will be the kitchen cupboards today. It will feel so good to move out all of the things that only get used once a year…or the things that were given long ago that just don’t suit us any longer…or the things that belong to old dreams and visions.
Then I will fill those shelves with what suits us just now….as we are….with a little empty space for new dreams and visions to take root in.
*photos taken in and around Colonial Williamsburg during one of our rambles*
A Thousand Clapping Hands October 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm
Your new background is so pretty…and nice and light on my monitor…not in the least distracting. I always enjoy reading your posts.
Best wishes for a beautiful autumn,
sarah elwell October 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm
The background flowers are a little distracting, but very pretty nevertheless 🙂 Like old-fashioned wallpaper.
If I didn’t have a Google identity already, I would certainly set one up for your sake. Besides, we should try to care for each other as a community, and that includes protecting each other from spam! 🙂
Now I have written too much, but I have a question for you. I would love to pin some of your beautiful photographs to Pinterest, where they are automatically credited to the original source (so it might bring more people to your weblog) but I would not like to do so without your permission. What do you think?
Many blessings my dear.
the wild magnolia October 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm
The circlet of flowers are so you, so perfect. I am not at all distracted. But that is me.
Good to see you here again. Beautiful and peaceful post.
melissa October 19, 2011 at 3:04 am
Your background is so pretty…and it looks to be a sweet, light grey on my laptop. Perfect. 🙂
And, btw, your house is wonderful. Makes me drool it’s so homey and authentic.
Take care, sweet one.
Julie October 19, 2011 at 4:54 am
I have also enjoyed putting up and taking away Spring/Summer goodies and pulling out Autumn/Winter lovelies. Like the acorns I picked up at Louisa May Alcotts gravesite and a few spiced blackened wax turkeys from Doreen Frost at ww.VermontHarvestFolk.com She has so many lovelies!
I’ve also added 2 walls of bookcases, so books are out in little stacks from the old one to wipe down and then spread between the three. It’s wonderful to have new shelf space!
I love the background, too.
Happy Fall! xx, Julie
Salina October 19, 2011 at 7:20 am
I’m so happy that you have posted again, I was wondering how you were doing.:) I definitely love the flowery circles on your background…they are so you.;)
a pink-bee October 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Lovely new background ~ thank~you, for such inspiring posts :).
HaPPy day , crystal
kkkkaty October 20, 2011 at 11:40 am
Lesley, I so like the picture of the leaves blown into the web by the door- and the one of the empty chairs in the place you no doubt had your conversation with your old friend.
I hope I’m not the only one who would like to see more of your original drawings as a background as opposed to a pattern by someone else..this is nice but your own would be even nicer….have a pleasant weekend.
Laurie October 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm
So lovely to find a post from you, Lesley. Your rambles look and sound just the sort I’d love too. The new background is quite nice, but kkkkaty came up with a wonderful idea as well. Happy Fall!
Heather October 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm
I love the background Lesley. Your blog is always so peaceful to visit and I look forward to each post!
maryanne October 21, 2011 at 8:05 am
Thank you for your lovely greeting on pinterest, Lesley..and I like the new background..
donna rae October 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm
I’ve just found your place of beauty on the web! The photos in this post are so lovely. My son and his wife met while attending the College of William and Mary, and we spend many weekends at the market or ‘rambling’ in Williamsburg. Can’t wait to visit again!
sandra October 25, 2011 at 1:51 am
I love your new background, so soft and flow-y :))