May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Windsor Women Chanel Glamour!

People are as het up about Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they were about Princess Diana some 30 years ago.  The Daily Mail Online had a spread of the Duchess in a drop dead gorgeous Alexander McQueen styled gown, and compared her to a 19 year old Lady Diana Spencer making her first public appearance with the Prince of Wales 30 years ago, dressed in a similarly styled black strapless number that wowed everyone at the time!

The ladies are different in stature and coloring, but they both wore their respective dresses well in their own element and their own time.  Of course 29 year old Catherine, who has been at her Prince of Wales' side for many years prior to their marriage earlier this year and comfortable in the public spotlight, is more mature and worldly-wise than the naif 19-year old Diana, engaged to a much older Prince of Wales who seemed to be daring her to sink or swim at this very first public outing.  One can see in a couple of her photographs in this article already that certain "look" - a certain wistfulness around the eyes - that she was to wear many many times over the ensuing years.  Their differences in age, temperament and experience take nothing away from either woman.  They are each unique and stunning on their own merits.

Here are the dresses!  Oh, if only I'd been able to wear a dress like this when I was 19, or 29, or 39, or even 49.  I still had a waistline at 49, menopause was only just starting then and my figure was still "girlish" - no "donut" middle!
By Elizabeth and David Emmanuel
By Alexander McQueen

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