"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happiness in May:

two gorgeous blooms on my Christmas Cactus,

making a collage with friends,

knitting a dishcloth for a new friend,

seeing Mr. Mallard and some wild iris,

and Mama Duck with her ducklings,

and bright rhododendrons in bloom!

What is bringing you happiness this May?

Gracie xx


  1. Hello Gracie, your cactus flowers are pretty, my Dad loved growing little cactus plants ♥
    Lovely collage and knit cloth too, love all your pictures actually lol

  2. And very beautiful happies they are Gracie! Your Christmas Cactus is still doing well isn't it - such a gorgeous colour it is! I'm happy seeing the rain refreshing the gardens and us, and watching our grandsons growing, developing, spreading their wings! Enjoy the rest of your week lovely lady, Love and blessings, Joy xo

  3. Some lovely happies Gracie, our Easter Cactus is bloomin at the moment to.
    Clare x

  4. Lovely pictures! And the collage is also nice.

  5. So happy to see your post Gracie! I've missed you. Lovely pictures and I think your collage is beautiful.

  6. Your cactus flowers are lovely! Love that splash of color. The ducks are so much fun to watch. We have some that live in our area, they are always so interesting.

    May has me thankful for the warmth of Spring and sunshine.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  7. Hi Gracie! I love to visit you. Your photos are stunning! But that is not why I love to visit you. It is like coming home. That is how I feel when I visit you and your life through your blog. Like I always tell Teresa....I am going to meet all of you one day. I will.
    XO Kris

  8. Having a friend to swim with and chat with to make the time pass quickly brings me happiness. And reading your blog and seeing your pretty pictures makes me happy too! See you in the pool tomorrow! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Such lovely happy things. I love seeing the cactus blooming, I hope mine blooms again this Christmas.

  10. Hello Gracie - such happiness. Things here have been a lot happier of late. My knee has been a lot easier and hoping to find out soon exactly what is going on with it. Have been crafting and also had a wonderful weekend with my eldest son and family. Beautiful surroundings , beautiful weather and beautiful family - I am happy and blessed. Hugs Anne x

  11. All the things you posted make me happy! I LOVE ducks and wish they'd visit us more often. I LOVE all the flowers of spring and never tire of the blooms. I LOVE handcrafted items and...I LOVE visiting other's blogs :) There are many, many things I love in May (and at other times of the year)--these are just a few!

  12. A fantastic health report for my husband!!!
    Fresh chives from the garden
    open windows and storms

  13. I'm sorry I missed a couple of your posts my dear Gracie. Love all of your pictures and it looks like you have had a very fun week. Hope to see you soon. :)

  14. Reading your lovely post is making me happy today Gracie.

    Sending you a big hug,

  15. We have some great wild rhodedendrons flowering here too - they are magnificent and always make me smile, as does the glimpse of a grove of bluebells nearby :)
    Fresh asparagus and wild garlic are also making me happy this May!
    I hope you continue to be blessed in all you do x x

  16. Such lovely photos, as always. Does your Christmas cactus always bloom in May? I have also been over the moon by the springtime - my first spring in Glasgow. I feel as if I've never experienced spring before, somehow!

  17. Such lovely happy things in your post, Gracie! I loved seeing your gorgeous colourful flowers, and the ducks with their ducklings, as well as your pretty knitted dishcloth and collage. I am enjoying the spring here and the all the joys it brings!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    Helen xox

  18. Hello Gracie,

    How lovely to see your beautiful images of a happy May! It is always a treat to visite your happy corner of this world. This month I am content to let each Day, with its detailed planned list of concerts, théâtre, music exams, dance shows pass as smoothly and happily as possible. Our children are busy bees with all these challenges and my eldest id sittg the French Bac from now until end of June. My happiness comes from mantaining serenity!

    Stephanie xxx

  19. Reading your posts I'm always struck by how you look at things, I recognise a kindred spirit in someone who really sees what's there and doesn't just glance at it.

    Gorgeous flowers on your cactus :)

  20. I love the way you celebrate life as you see it Gracie, in the everyday moments in nature and in your home. There is lots of lights and colour in your photos, they reflect this lovely lush month.

  21. Hi Gracie, it was lovely to hear from you & that I'm not the only one too busy to type ;-)

    Your christmas cactus looks beautiful, I've got few normal cacti on my windowsil and I'm wondering if any of them will flower.

    May has bought me happiness in the form of family, friends and wool! I need to get my camera out and start clicking :-)

    Nicole x

  22. What a lovely feast for the eyes your post is! I've knitted lots of dishcloths like that, they are always appreciated.


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