Friday, October 31, 2008

Autumn Bistro

The nice thing about living in the "burbs" is that you can run to the grocery store and then make a quick left at the Botanical Gardens to catch a few quick shots.  I walked around for about half an hour and enjoyed the warm late afternoon sunshine.  The last roses of summer are fading, but some still beautiful and  sweet smelling (see below).   The leaves are almost ready to put on a grand show in the very near future.   I especially liked this scene with the sprinkling of golden brown leaves all around.  Oh,  I'll be back!

 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
OK, I haven't dressed up for Halloween since about the 7th grade.  That said, in a weak moment I let Wayne talk me into being Natasha to his Boris today. We are both so O.L.D. that we forgot until a while ago.  In case you are wondering, YES,  Natasha and I have similar figures! In fact we look very much alike except for hair color of course. Now who wants to be Bullwinkle??? Anyone???


The Tune du Jour is  "Young at Heart" by Frank Sinatra.  Why you ask?  Because going to Paris really is a fairy tale come true!

PARIS COUNTDOWN....16 DAYS!!!!



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31 comments:

Eki Akhwan said...

I like the quietude and reflective mood of the top photo, V. ANd the rose, what a beautiful rose it is!

I missed your yesterday's post.

This portraiture speaks volumes of this man's job and personality. Way to to go, V! Your stanger portraitures have more and more pro touch in them.

Judy - So California said...

Virginia - Well that beautiful bistro table will soon be occupied by friends in Paris - making us all wish we were along. I can almost smell your rose! What a beautiful picture. We can always count on you giving us the very best. You selected one of my very favorites by Frank.

Tash said...

The rose is really exquisite! Thanks for the tranquil, reflective post.

Bibi said...

Oh, Virginie! ( spelling "a la francaise; sorry no accents on this keyboard!) Your photos are already in Parisian mode!

Webradio said...

Elles sont jolies ces chaises, couvertes de feuilles...

La rose est très jolie !

Olivier said...

superbe ta première photo, un peu triste je trouve, on dirait une fin de saison, tout le monde est parti et l'endroit est laissé a l'abandon. Une photo qui raconte une histoire, j'aime.

superb your first picture, a little sad I think it looks like an end of the season, everyone left and the place is abandoned. A picture tells a story, I love.

Laurie said...

This is so lovely, V. Once again, you make Birmingham look like somehting out of a little European town!

Julie said...

The light in the garden setting is exquisite, Virginia. Until I enlarged it, I thought the photo was sepia. I missed your grand announcement of tripping off to Paris. How long are you staying for?

Kathleen said...

Oh The Rose!!!
Bravo!

Virginia said...

Bibi my photos and I are BOTH in Paris mode I can assure you.

Julie sadly only 8 days. Not long enough but we will savor every minute. I LOVED your Paris detail collage yesterday. I wish blow it up into a poster and hang it on my wall. It was just wonderful!

Web, Olivier, Tash, Laurie and Eki, Merci beaucoup!!

Judy, Glad you like the tune. Fairy tales do come true they say.

Knoxville Girl said...

Maybe I'm just in a Halloween mode, but the browns and wrought iron look kind of ghostly.
You are soooo going to rock the face off of those Paris bistros!

Kelly said...

Wish I were sitting there taking in the scent of the fading roses with you! How beautiful! Your new masthead photo is terrific!

Louis la Vache said...

That is a beautiful rose, Virginia! Do you know which variety?

PJ said...

Good morning, Virginia. You're very Zen today with your minimalist approach to the end of warm weather. We are definitely feeling the cool weather here so I think we may actually have a winter this year. I'm looking forward to it.

I love changing out my header, it's like and extra post of a different kind. The kids in the header look so wonderful, I'm sure they'll get a thrill out of seeing themselves.

Halcyon said...

What a beautiful rose! The bistro looks like a nice place for a coffee or a hot cocoa and to enjoy some fall scenery.

The Life and Times of a Southern Foody said...

An wall in the Gardens sounds like a perfect thing to do!

Thanks for reminding me.

I have been too busy to look around and see how pretty it is out!

Thanks

Jilly said...

beautiful image. Love the effect of the sunlight

marley said...

Two of my favourite things today. Beautifully scented roses and Old Blue Eyes himself!

Petrea said...

Nice one.

16 days!!!!!

Wayne said...

I never noticed until now but Boris Badanov only seems to come up to Natasha's, ahem......Now I'm blushing.

He's a lecherous looking dwarf too.

Virginia said...

And well you should be blushing! The very idea!HA

Marie-Noyale said...

Well,you devil,you have been dieting for your Paris trip!!!
I love your very slim figure!!! I am envious!!!
The kids on the banner are fantastic,a superb Halloween picture!

ken mac said...

those kids are hilarious!

babooshka said...

My Eurpoean Birmingham doesn't resemble this delightful scene at all. We do have a Botanical gardens though. Halloween dress up. Long blak hair, black eyeliner, red lipstick h dear that's my usual attire I'm afraid. Manx withc you bet.

Virginia said...

B. You might be a much bette Natasha than I . Take that up with Wayne for next year. You would make a great addition to our team this year!

Hope said...

I enjoy your blog so very much...wonderful photos and writing today as every day!

Blognote said...

I can immagine myself sitting there in the warm sun with a book and a glass of chilled white wine for apéritif. (I have to confess that I did that here too, till the weather permitted so: these last days it has been pouring down with rain and it is getting cold. Should not complain: Autumn is Autumn! At least we still have some blooming roses on our terrace!!

Virginia said...

Thank you Hope. I appreciate your visits so much.

D.,
i think your terrace so lovely. How nice to enjoy your wine there for just a while longer till the weather runs you inside. Our weather is still fine. We can enjoy our patios, porches and decks still. Funny you stopped by, I was just listening to La Vie en Rose!!!

GrandAnglais said...

I love this scene of the table and chairs, so stylish, like all your work.
Hey Babooshka, you need to get back home more often - we even have cafes now with table and chairs outside(see my last blog entry)!

Virginia said...

PJ, I've been accuse of a lot of things, but ZEN is a new one!HA I am so not Zen, although I would like to be. I'll work it.

Ming the Merciless said...

Gorgeous colors on the rose.

Sometimes, I do miss the 'burbs.