Saturday, December 16, 2017


One of my favorite downtown buildings is the  John Hand Building. Built in 1912, it was Birmingham's tallest building for one year, till the City Federal Building took that honor. It housed banks until recently and now it's been reborn as a mixed us building featuring downtown condos. The architectural details make it one of Birmingham's finest.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017


I had only to step outside my apartment to capture this last Friday. We love our random snows in Birmingham. We especially love it when it comes and goes quickly without lost of power. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Who Knew!

Friday morning was set to be the time the magical and very talented flower ladies were to decorate Independent Presbyterian Church from top to bottom for the 68th Annual Holiday House Tour. After all, that has been the day for 68 years. What could go wrong? Well a surprise Alabama snowfall that's what. Friday morning, our city got about 4 inches of wet fluffy snow. Those with four wheel drives made it and the show went on. Some had to catch up on Saturday morning. The doors opened at 10 and except for a few icy steps, everything went perfectly as planned. The addition of snow to the outside decorations was a photographer's delight!

Please come today ( 1-5)  for the tour of the church, tea in the Great Hall, then visit  the five beautiful homes. You may purchase tickets online, at the church or any of the homes. All proceeds benefit the Children's Fresh Air Farm and the STAIR reading program at IPC. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Change In Plans

Well the weather through us a curve ball here in Alabama, and was suppose to be a "light dusting" proved to be a delightful fluffy snow day. That meant no schools, no Lessons and Carols and no just about anything but staying inside and enjoying watching the snow fall. I did venture out several times, just around my apartment for photos so you'll be seeing a few for the next few days. It will be back to business as usual tomorrow I hope!

For my Birmingham area readers, I hope you will attend Independent Presbyterian Church's 68th Annual Holiday House Tour. You can purchase tickets online, at each home or at the church. Saturday and Sunday the church will be open for you to see the exquisite floral decorations and have tea in the Great Hall. All proceeds go to fund so many wonderful projects such as the Children's Fresh Air Farm and the STAIR reading program. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Tradition

Today will be the  11th year I've attended the exquisite Service of Lessons and Carols at the Advent School. Under the direction of Richard Phillips, this beautiful service is the true beginning of the Christmas season for me. For 9 of these years, my two grandchildren Eva and Davis took part in the service as students then as members of the Choral Ensemble as well. I will miss seeing their sweet faces but look forward to sharing the service with friends. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Birmingham Rouge - en pointe

Last weekend, my granddaughter Chappell danced in the Magic City Nutcracker, Vestavia Dance. I photographed from the audience as a very proud grandmother but will share some special photos from the performance this week!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Simple Pleasures

I'll confess right here, I"m a garden shop junkie. I am already a frequent flyer at local garden shops in Mt. Brook, Crestline, Homewood and Southside. Now I can add, my Forest Park neighbors, Shoppe Birmingham. I'll remain true to all of them, but right now I'm loving the photo ops (not to mention the gifts) at Shoppe Birmingham. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017


I have a lot to be thankful for this day. I've just returned from my trip to Paris and as much as I wish I were right back there, I"m very thankful I'll be joining friends and family over a lovely meal that was easy to buy for and prepare. If you are an American in Paris, you can get most of your favorite items at Thanksgiving in the Marais, but you will pay the price! My ex-pats friends, Randy and Steve tell me the new Costco in Paris has been a game changer. It's really not so much about the food, but the fellowship and taking the time to reflect on our blessings.

For my American readers here and across the globe, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

These Guys

Just arrived at Sweet Peas Garden Center in Homewood, these guys made me smile.  Put a candle inside and you have instant Christmas spirit!

Sweet Peas Garden Center
2829 Linden Avenue
Homewood AL 35209

Land o Cotton

Forgive my absence! I've just returned from a fabulous 8 days in my beloved Paris. I'm weary but have so many photos and good memories. If you'd like to see those, please visit Paris Through My Lens. 

Meanwhile back in Alabama, cotton picking season has just past. I found this photo taken at a cotton field at Auburn University a few years ago. I'm a city girl in a cotton field is a sight to behold!I think cotton bolls are very photogenic.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Welcome To The Neighborhood!

The Forest Park neighborhood is delighted to welcome our newest business, Shoppe, to the Clairmont Avenue area. Owners John Draper and Mark Thompson have transformed the existing house into a charming garden and gift shop featuring soaps, Danish handmade tapers, gardening supplies and gorgeous pots and containers. Outside in the greenhouse, a delicious array of plants and topiaries. I will be back to shop for gifts and more photos!

3815 Clairmont Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35222

Sunday, October 29, 2017