Thursday, February 28, 2008
A sight as welcoming as this tree
However near or far I roam.
This tree whose gnarled branches soar
Above our foolish human roar
Once crowned a meadow grassy green
Now only asphalt can be seen.
Yet powerful still this tree remains,
It pulls me back from distant lanes
Patiently like a trusted friend
Guiding my journey to its end.
Whether an hour, a week, a day
From 'neath its leafy boughs I stray,
It's always waiting there for me
Whispering, "Home at last, I see".
~ penned by Laura Amongst The Oaks
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Camellias look so clean, fresh and elegant, don't they? At BIL's house Sunday night, SIL had several floating in a pretty glass bowl in the center of the table. A perfectly beautiful way to display them.
Camellias seem to be quite happy here in our heavy clay soil beneath our oaks. All over town I see them blooming in shades of red, coral, pink and white. Are the camellias blooming in your town?
Posted by Laura whilst enjoying the camellias Amongst The Oaks.
Monday, February 25, 2008
First preheat the oven to 300 degrees and collect all the ingredients:
flour, sugar, lemons, eggs, butter, blueberries.
You will also need a tart pan with removable bottom.
BUERRE AU CITRON
lemon juice, and sugar.
Remove the ring from the pan.
Put the crust on a pretty plate.
Pour in the lemon butter and
smooth the top.
Heap the blueberries on top.
Dust it with powdered sugar.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Aren't the blossoms beautiful? They are across the street and I can see them out my bedroom window. I love raising my shades in the morning and seeing this. The contrast of the bright blossoms against the dark ivy is stunning. There is a white one too.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Happy Spring from Laura here Amongst The Almond Trees.
P.S. I sent out the packages to Jan and Travelbug yesterday. Let me know when you get them, ok?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
When I redecorated my office last year, I printed, framed and hung all these photos from my travels, but it never looked quite "done." I'm really happy with it now. Below the quote are photos of Venice, Assisi, Lucca and Roen Cathedral. On the other walls I have photos of Pisa, Siena, Lacock, and Paris. I really enjoy this inspiration at work. It helps me to remember why I'm working in the first place.
I also have this memory board that I made. I put all kinds of interesting cards, photos, and brochures on it. Can you see Siena in the upper right? Then going anticlockwise, there's the leaning Tower of Pisa, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Berkeley, Paris, Rome again, Vernazza, and Stonehenge.
Although I've never bought one, I just love memory boards and have several. I've made all mine. It's really easy. And you can make it exactly how you want it: size, color, details, etc. This one is rather masculine; beige linen, black grosgrain ribbon and plain black buttons. (Hey, I should do a tutorial on that. Reminder to self: memory board tutorial.)
So here I am at work, dreaming of traveling while I should be working.