Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First Day of Fall Tomorrow! and Yard Sale Update


As far as I'm concerned summer is officially over.
I ate my last "real" peach last week.
It tasted as good as it looked.
I know it's my last for the season 
because they are no longer available 
at my grocery store.
Yes, I can still get California peaches
but I chose South Carolina peaches.
And they are gone.


It's been a little over a week since the neighborhood yard sale.


Once again, it was a lot of work,
but a tremendous success.


I am a merchandiser at heart...


...and am always organized.





Hopefully, it makes shopping a little more fun.


I KNOW it makes me enjoy looking at all this stuff
a bit more!




I wasn't able to do the "Bistro on the Porch" this year
since I didn't have my sister Nancy here to help.
But, I did have homemade zucchini bread, with samples,
which sold well.


Finally, late Saturday afternoon,
this is what was left from the sale.
It has all been picked up by a local charity.
Done!


As a treat to myself for all my hard work,
I treated myself to TWO ice cream sandwiches
from the ice cream truck,
 which made the rounds
all during the sale.

Summer IS really over.
Happy Fall everyone!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ready...Set...(almost) Go!



This is what my well loved,
and well used, front porch 
looked like on Monday.


Calm and relaxed, right.



Since then I have cleaned out the garden shed,
as well as the basement.
I'm getting ready for the great neighborhood
yard sale!


My first customer?
This little guy greeted me 
first thing Tuesday morning.
He's wondering,
"Where in the h... is the wicker furniture
with the soft cushions???"


This is what the porch looked like
Wednesday morning.
All the heavy lifting is done.
All that's left is a bit of tweaking,
a little bit of tagging, and
hanging some signs.
The sale "officially" is Saturday,
but serious shoppers are already
cruising the neighborhood.
In fact, I've already had three sales!

Just a little hint for anyone planning to
attend a yard sale this weekend.
I know lots of people go to the bank
to get their "mad money" for the weekend.
Instead of getting a $100.00 bill (just an example),
get some smaller bills.
Yard sale sellers, 
also go to the bank to get change, 
but few can break a $100 first thing 
in the morning the first day of the sale.
I've had it asked of me numerous times.

Happy yard sale shopping this weekend!
I'm off to the bank now...
to get change.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Au Revoir France


We finished our tour of France with three days in Nice.


Nice is a seaside resort.
This is a shot of a private beach,
identified because of the matching chairs and beach umbrellas.


This is a public beach, just next to the private one.


Kate and me enjoying a night time stroll along the beach.


Nancy in front of Villa de Rothschild.



Views from the Rothschild Villa.






Note the pink facade of the villa.
It was Madame Rothschild's favorite color.




The flower market in Nice.


Scenic drive from Nice to Monaco.


This is the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly
were married and are now buried.


The palace at Monaco.


The changing of the guard at Monaco's Palace.


The casino at Monaco.


Marina at Monaco with no shortage of yachts!



Monaco is very dense...


...and our tour guide told us they were always building more there.



So we bid the fondest of farewells to France.
It is a beautiful country,
with wonderful people,
and for us, so many memories now.

When can we go again?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Snapshot Impressions of Avignon



The Papal Palace in Avignon

After our three day stay in Paris
we made our way through the Provence countryside,
via a high speed train
to Avignon.


Avignon is a walled city dating from the 1300s.


Our hotel was the Cloitre Saint-Louis,
dating back to 1589, 
when it was a Jesuit School.
It served as a military hospital during 
the French Revolution.
Imagine eating breakfast every morning in the 
above cloister!


Avignon is filled with elegant shops.


And of course, lots of them sell lavender,
in all shapes and forms.




Eating is never a problem in France.


Walking in Avignon is a perfect mixture
of old and new.


Nancy and Kate ready for lunch at a sidewalk cafe.


Kate's lunch of fresh mussels at the above cafe.


...and for dessert!
French ice cream is very much like Italian gelato.
It is readily available everywhere at "glaciers" on the street.
The flavors are exotic and intense.
This being Provence,
I even tried lavender!


One of our fondest dinners was at the 
above small cafe, which we found
while wondering some side streets of Avignon.
Once seated at one of the outside tables,
another patron who was leaving,
brought a bucket with a half bottle of wine
to our table which he gifted to us!


Of course, I could not leave Provence 


without visiting and purchasing from a beautiful
Provence fabric shop!
I bought three different prints.
I am not sure what I will do with them,
but without a doubt, something beautiful!

Please visit back later
when I will complete our trip on the Cote D'Azur.

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