Thursday, July 17, 2008

Five Things I Love

I've been tagged by Kathy, of Kathy's Cottage, to play the "Five Things I Love" meme.  You can probably guess most of them, because I tend to write about the same things over and over again.  But here goes:

1.  Photography.  I LOVE taking pictures.  Right now I seem to be focusing on flowers, like the peony above, but I have been known to photograph everything from funghi to shadows.  I'm hoping to be able to sell photo notecards.  More on that to come soon.

2.  Nature.  I love being outdoors, walking the trails at the park, pictured above, and enjoying the trees and grass and stream.  I really love the mountains -- the Adirondacks or the Green Mountains of Vermont -- but I would also love to see the desert and the Great Plains someday.

3.  Flowers.  I love gardens, although mine is a sorry specimen this year, and I also love wildflowers.  When I was little, the fields around our Little Red House were filled with daisies and black-eyed susans and queen anne's lace, and I would pick armloads of flowers to bring in the house and arrange.

4.  Dishes.  Well, you already knew that, didn't you?  Some of my favorites are milk glass and transferware, pictured above.  I have way too many dishes, but still they call out to me.  And thrifted dishes are the BEST!

5.  Reading.  This is my favorite reading spot.  I feel unsettled if I don't have something to read.  Anything from cookbooks and decorating books, to poetry (Yeats and Gerard Manley Hopkins are favorites) to mysteries (Dick Francis and Janet Evanovich) to trashy romance novels.

Well, there you have it.  I'm not going to pass this on to anyone in particular, but if you have not played and would like to, feel free to pick it up.

I will be taking a break from blogging for the remainder of this week, and through next week.  We are going down the shore, and I'm not sure if I will have internet access.  I'll be back posting here on July 28th.  I have prepared autoposts for my photography blog:  In a Soft Light.  If you have a chance, please stop by there and enjoy the pictures.

See you later, alligator!


  1. Great post, Mary. Even though we do know some of these things about you, it is these exact things that we enjoy you sharing.

    Have a wonderful and relaxing time. We'll be enjoying your pictures while you are away.

  2. I love the same authors you do:>) That's what I love about the meme's, seeing what we have in common. I hope you hae a wonderful vacation, I know we will see some great photos when you get back!

  3. Enjoy the shore. I hope it's as relaxing as it sounds.

  4. Oh Mary...have a wonderful, fantastic, relaxing time. The shore sounds just wonderful right now. Unfortunately I'm at least a two-day drive from any shore worth sitting on.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

  5. I love your photos and admire your blog! I am plate/dish collector too. Never too many, especially when you get them at a steal. Enjoy your vacation.

  6. I love your photos and admire your blog! I am plate/dish collector too. Never too many, especially when you get them at a steal. Enjoy your vacation.

  7. I have definitely enjoyed your photography! And that transferware tureen is simply darling!

  8. What a lovely blog!
    And what a charming house!

    Nice to look at :-)

    Hugs from Norway

  9. I think we love a lot of the same things. Your posts always show them so beautifully though. You have such an eye for presentation.
    *hugs* Shimmy

  10. Mary, have a wonderful vacation. Enjoy!!!
    Love the dishes. you certainly have a way of setting a gorgeous table.

  11. Great "5 things" meme.
    I love the same 5 things too :-}

  12. Have a great time! Don't feel too bad about being away from the Net. It can be a good thing... except when you really want it :)

  13. I love transferware! Can't help it!!!!!

    Have fun on your vacation.


  14. Have fun at the shore, Mary. Your photos are wonderful.


  15. 5 Things I Love About Mary:

    I love that you call it The Shore. You can tell you grew up in Jersey. (Me, too.)

    I love your new Photography site.

    I love this site, too.

    I love your profile description that says that you'd rather be an international supermodel, or a forest ranger, or a jockey.

    I love when you curse. It's such a funny surprise.

    Hope you have an excellent time at The Shore! You're a good woman to autopost for us. I need my daily fix.

  16. Thanks for sharing and let me just say the desert is a beautiful place. Rugged, serene. If you ever have the opportunity to see the desert in spring, grab it. There is wonder in a desert that is in bloom.
    Have a safe and enjoyable vacation.

  17. Ahem....
    That would be the GREEN Mountains of Vermont. Those white ones are in New Hampshire!

    The Vermont Maid,

  18. I love your reading spot! Your space looks so cozy and inviting.
    Have a wonderful little break. Popping over now to visit your photography site...

  19. Lovely favourites and I will definitely visit your new blog when you are back. Enjoy the break! love Eleanor

  20. Morning Mary. You do take beautiful pictures and I would buy your notecards! Have a wonderful trip and rest up and take lots of pictures to share.
    Wish you would pop in to visit me sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  21. Have a marvelous time at the shore! I know that you'll have fun practicing your photography there.

  22. Great meme! Enjoy your vacation and bring back lots of great photos for us to enjoy!

  23. Hi Mary! Oh, I just love your photos!
    Here is a link for you, a forum for you to sell your photographs..

  24. Beautiful post, Mary! Loved all photos. Me too, I love reading and I always have a book on my hands.

    Have a nice time and enjoy your trip!

    Thanks for your visiting and nice comment.

  25. You reading spot is just perfection. Butthen you know how much I love your home...

    Your photography is amazing and it is addictive isn't it?
    I have learned to love it so much.

    Have a sweet vacation. I know you will be able to get beautiful images and I look forward to seeing them.

    Stay well and have fun!


  26. Mary

    Enjoy your vaca with your family!

  27. I just discovered your blog. I am enjoying it.The Peony picture is BEAUTIFUL!
    Enjoy your vacation.

  28. Hi Mary!
    Lovely photos Mary!

    I created a magazine cover on my most recent post. I understand I'm to let you know so you can add me to the list of people.

    Thanks, Sherry

    I linked you on my post.

  29. Beautiful! Even though you have shared your loves and passions before, it is always a treat to get to see your thoughts in words and the photos of your beautiful things. Hope you have a relaxing time away. Oh, I am reading a good book that you might be interested in. It is called The Memory Keepers Daughter. Awesome!


  30. Have a great vacation. My mini-trip to the coast was super. By the time you get back, however, you'll have to scroll down to check it out, as I'll be posting about California by then. Enjoy!

  31. Just found your blog....what a charming delight! Judging from your meme, I think we have a lot in common. I will check out your photography site, too!

    Have a great vacation, it will give me time to catch up on your blog! ;)

  32. Hey Mary, I hope you're having fun on your vacation. When you get back and have some time there is an award waiting for you on my site. posted on July 23, 2008

  33. I have to say I'm missing the daily posts of beautiful photos and witty conversation! Thank heavens for "In a Soft Light" -- I'd be going through withdrawals if it wasn't for your autoposts! :o)

  34. I hope you have a great break. I ADORE your couch.. so comfy and stylish at the same time. I've not had the best of luck with couches...

  35. I know you're away but I've given you an award. I just admire your site and what you're all about.

  36. Hi Mary,

    I feel the same way about reading, and you have such a perfectly cozy spot to snuggle in :) I hope you are having a wonderful vacation - see you soon!


  37. Wonderful post, sounds like we like alot of the same things. I hope you enjoy your vacation!

  38. I miss you, Mary. I'm ready for you to come back home and blog! Only a few more days.

  39. Another beautiful blog you have Mary! And I too share your five fav. things..I love being out doors, gardening, flowers, my plates~blue&white china, & love reading.... Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!
    Have a beautiful week!


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