Tuesday, April 30, 2013


We slipped out of the cold and into the warmth of a 13th century church, where the stone threshold was worn low by 800 years of footfalls.  Mass was being celebrated as we entered and the singing and prayers we heard will be long remembered.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Stitch In Time

There's always a project in my embroidery basket, and as soon as one is finished, like the one above, it's time to start another...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Meanwhile, On The Sun

In this photo of the sun, courtesy of NASA, magnetic field lines become visible in extreme ultraviolet light.

Friday, April 26, 2013

In The Stock Room

With limited space in the stock room, we have a tendency to stack floor to ceiling.  And just what is in all those boxes, you may ask?  Vintage millinery flowers and leaves, mostly made in Germany and Czechoslovakia at the end of World War II.

 My time has been devoted to sorting and organizing.

Fancy metallic sewing trims need to be wound onto cards.

Velvet leaves need to be separated by age, color and country of origin and then boxes labeled.  It's satisfying work, where one can see instant results and the effort now makes life less complicated down the road.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Heavy Light

A copper and beveled Bohemian crystal chandelier, shaped like a crown.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

City Night

This was the scene at the end of our street.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Pink Tree

Pink tree on the town square.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

More Random Pictures

Straw Easter creatures in the courtyard of an 11th century church.


Old town Easter market.

The city at night.  And below, staying on the fifth floor meant 10 flights of stairs climbed several times a day.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Visitor

 We had a new species of bird out the front window this weekend.  It admired its reflection in the glass and spent a good deal of time in the birdbath.

Monday, April 15, 2013

What We Saw

We visited the people who produce the goods we sell.

Our vendors welcomed us like long lost family.

We were able to see how our beads, mushrooms and millinery flowers are manufactured, by hand, each and every one, utilizing techniques from the 1800s.

Appearances could be deceiving - what looked like a stately old home could just as easily be a bustling hive of creativity and the largest employer in the village.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Where We Stayed

A fifth floor apartment in the cobblestoned city and a family run penzion in the countryside, where there was a lot of snow.

Friday, April 12, 2013

More There

 Art nouveau.

Castle guards.


City kids.

Village home.

On city streets.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

There And Back Again

We've been away, far away.

Where it was cold and snowy.

Where things were different.

But also very much the same.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Sunrise

Yesterday's sunrise, dark palms against a soft sky.