It is common for daily sightings of deer, wild turkey, coyote, owls, hawks, fox, bobcat, and bear.
What is awe-inspiring are the prodigious herds of elk that run through our property. When a gang of 60 elk start a spontaneous run, the ground shakes; the sound is like nothing you have ever heard.
Our Golden Retrievers have been face-to-face with bobcats; have chased antelope and have sparred with porcupines (and lost).
What a blessing it is to see these beautiful creatures among their habitat.
Top photo- A small herd of elk running among a field; Bottom photo- a spindle-shanked 8-point buck who let us within 10 feet of him to take his photograph.
Here is my attempt - preparing a healthful and pretty plate for lunch. It is not practical as a quotidian experience but it is nice to be mindful on occasion of making life lovely in simple ways.
Sara's mother, Betty, with whom I was close while growing up in Midland, passed away in June and Sara took the time to complete her mother's cookbook and present it to me this Christmas.
During a weekend stay with my mom and good friend, we ate a year's worth of delicious seafood and southern grits; toured one of the oldest working plantations; walked along the famed King Street of downtown Charleston; visited the SCAD campus where I begin classes soon (from afar); went island hopping and soaked up the friendly hospitality and warm weather of these historic and captivating cities.
Some of the new features will be lovely place settings with calligraphy touches and unique paper goods and gift wrapping ideas.
My magazine partner Laura Dombrowski, who is a talented webmaster, will create the new look and contribute her fetching photography.
Images by designsgirl
Our Golden Retrievers love snow more than just about anything, except tennis balls and belly rubs.
Here is our girl Gibson, photographed by Laura Dombrowski Steele, on the set of a recent photo shoot for Laura's and my new magazine - paperswell - coming soon.
We look forward to telling you all about it on March 5th.