Friday, August 3, 2012


Each month of summer holds it's own personality and traditions:

The days of AUGUST  welcome a foretaste of fall....a time to reflect on simpler times.  Time to relax a bit and enjoy:

Today is "Open House" which means sharing together about  Hospitality, Home,  Food, Craft or Garden.  Feel free to link up below if you have something to share about one of those things.

This morning, after cutting a few blooms in the garden, I took some time to enjoy reading Edith Holden's book "The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady and especially reading about August.  The book is a facsimile reproduction of a naturalist's diary for the year 1906 which was published in Great Britain in 1977.

I also enjoyed refreshing my memory about the meaning of many flowers which were beloved in the Victorian Era and recalled in "The Language of Flowers".  This copy is a reproduction of the original:

With all the troubles in this world and our own present economy - make time this summer for "opportunities of escape".  This is very important!  Relaxing is necessary to restore PEACE.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
its a wonderful idea to host this Open House party. I am happy to link in with my memories to Italy.
Your collection of nice garden books is enchanting. I love to see Edith Holden's diary and also the Language of Flowers. And the thistle-picture is so natural that even the bumblebees are coming - or are they also painted? LOL
Have a wonderful summer-weekend.
Best greetings,

Donna Heber said...

Hi Bernideen,

I've joined you this week with some summer butterflies. You have such a nice collection of vintage books. I agree we all need some down time and a place to relax. Your garden is the perfect place!

The Charm of Home said...

Thanks for hosting this party! I entered the wrong link first, please forgive me.

Michele said...

Beautiful post - and thank you for hosting a lovely new linky party!

Have a wonderful weekend, Bernideen!

Lady Linda said...

Greetings my teatime blogger friend! I had to chuckle when I saw your books...I have all of them too....kindred spirits, heh? Lovely pix as always.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful post! The books are amazing, thanks!

Terra said...

Hi, I came over from Lemon Verbena's blog and am your brand new follower. I like your themes of flowers and books, and finding time to escape to the garden or have a nice cup o tea.

Clara said...

A beautiful post and my absolute favorite teapot. Thank you for hosting.

janice15 said...

Your book looks so wonderful...I have a garden book that has wonderful illustrated photos..just lovely...with love Janice

Angela McRae said...

Lovely thoughts! And yes, I am enjoying thinking of August as the prelude to fall!