Sunday, April 22, 2018

Springalingadingdong

Saturday was a great day to be in English Village! Thanks to Carole Griffin, owner of the fabulous Continental Bakery and Chez Lulu, the day was spent celebrating Spring in a variety of ways. There was the Seed and Feed Marching Band ( In a variety of outrageous dress), hula hooping, fairies floating around, a Bread Toss, May Pole and the grande finale...the beheading of Marie Antoinette. You had to be there. 








Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time for a Reunion!


Tonight Shades Valley High School classes of '62,'63.'64 and '65 will gather, along with corresponding classes from Ramsey HS, Miss Howards, BUS and anyone else who wants to join us. Our favorite HS band, The Ramblers will provide the music. We'll be dancing the night away, or well some of the night anyway!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sweet Memories

With a heavy heart, we bid farewell to our dear blog friend Karin Bugge. Her blog Altadena Hiker, was one of the fist blogs I followed way back in 2008. In 2010, my blog reader Judy Dunn and husband Dave flew me to Los Angeles so I could meet my Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena and Palo Alto blog friends in person. Karin was a talented writer and animal lover and I loved her dearly.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

W'e're going on an egg hunt!


Enough!


I won't be marching in Birmingham today, but I will be there in spirit!  My friend Bethanne Bethard Hill's poster speaks for me as well. I pray this movement will be the end to the violence in our country. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Found it!


The wee ones have a hard time finding the one zillion eggs thrown out in plain sight. While helpful parents point them out, they just have fun wandering around and sometimes, even stumble on an egg!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Frank Flemming 1940-2018


Birmingham artist Frank Fleming passed away yesterday. I was privileged to know him as a neighbor back in the 90. He would walk up and down Saulter Road in his shorts and floppy hat, and give me a wave. In 2010, I spent some time with him,  and he graciously allowed me to photograph his studio, housed in his home. He was a humble, kind and gentle man. He will be sorely missed but his magical creatures located all over this city will always be a reminder of his creative spirit.









Egg Hunt Memories




This year, I was down with a bad cough and didn't make it to Independent Presbyterian Church for the annual EGG HUNT!  I was so sad, I took a trip down memory lane to Egg Hunts past and found some sweet kiddos that I recognize! I'll share some of my favorite hunt photos this week and next.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Please Come!


I hope to see you at my big print sale. Priced to go to good homes!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Parisian


Found on an alley in downtown Birmingham, the remains of our iconic department store. My mom and I shopped there when I was growing up and in later life, I worked at their Vestavia store for several years. Now it makes me smile as it's taken on another meaning, my love for all things Parisian!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Please Come!


For all of my dear Birmingham area readers, I hope you will stop by Black Sheep Antiques in Harpersville on the 25th for my BIG PRINT SALE. Everything is priced to sell.  We'll have refreshments and you will want to see Barbara Adkins's charming antique shop as well!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Think Pink, Think Spring

I know. I know. We might get another little, weird spring snow or freeze. I prefer to relish the tulips that are popping up and saying a little prayer they will continue to flourish!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Welcome Senator and Mrs. Jones!

On Friday, the STAIR students and tutors at Oliver Elementary welcomed some very special guests. Senator and Mrs. Doug Jones came for a visit to see just how much these second graders in the STAIR of Birmingham program were learning. They greeted each and every student and tutor, then they shared the reading of Dr. Seuss' Oh The Places You Will Go. It was a great day for all of us!




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reading Buddies

This fine young man signed on to be a STAIR tutor at the Independent Presbyterian Church site last fall. Little did he know that he would be blessed with this boy, who didn't smile and struggled with reading. Yesterday I went by for photographs and witnessed the transformation. All smiles and these two are enjoying the adventure in reading. Birmingham is blessed to have STAIR tutors in 13 sites giving one on one reading instruction with Birmingham City School struggling second graders. I LOVE MY JOB!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

New Life


While driving through a neighborhood in North Birmingham this week, I spotted this home, completely gutted by fire. Alongside, this glorious tree bursting with spring blooms. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dare We Dream of Spring?


The temps are inching towards the 70's this week. I know, I know, we could get one more freaky hard freeze or SNOW, but I have high hopes. These daffs at Shoppe just down the street, make me hopeful.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sunday Church Series - Organ concert at Independent Presbyterian Church



For my Birmingham area friends, I hope you will join us this afternoon for a special event. Notre Dame titular organist, Vincent Dubois will be our featured organist at a beautiful recital this afternoon. Please join us at Independent Presbyterian Church, at 3:00  for this beautiful performance.



Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fresh New Face


Norwood School was built in 1925, but due to disrepair, the system closed the beautiful brick school in 2013. As the result of public protests, it was renovated and reopened in 2016. I was there this week photographing our STAIR of Birmingham site and fell in love with this bright orange stairwell. What a happy place to learn!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TRUTH!

I love making STAIR site visits with my friend Caroline. Yesterday we went to Norwood School's site and this sign caught my eye. I"m a former teacher, and I approve this message!

Do you have about 1 1/2 hours, one day a week,  to give to a second grader who needs extra help in reading after school? Visit the STAIR website and volunteer! It's a terrific program that makes such a difference. No experience necessary, just a willingness to help. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

For my Birmingham area readers, I will be exhibiting my Paris photographs at my church, Independent Presbyterian Church the month of March. This is in conjunction with our Religious Arts Festival's salute to France. Next Monday, 5 March, I will present a phototalk on Sacred Spaces of Paris. There will be wonderful events planned every day next week culminating with a concert featuring Notre Dame de Paris' organist Vincent Dubois on Sunday, 11 March. All events are open to the public and are free except for the banquet on Thursday evening. Reservations for this may be made through the church.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Doors, Doors, Doors



Take a stroll out back of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques and you'll find a warehouse chock full of windows, doors and a lot more. Need a door? They have big doors, small doors, colorful doors, beat up doors, really beat up doors, you name it.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Have a Coke and a Smile!


You really can get an old fashioned bottle Coca Cola from this cooler when you visit Southern Accents Architectural Accents in Cullman. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Field Trip !


Over the years since I began my photographic journey, I've made a few field trips north of Birmingham to Cullman,  It's a sleepy little town with a lot of terrific photo ops. For a while, I"m revisiting my photos from those trips. Today and for the next few posts, we'll stop in at Southern Accents Architectural Antiques in downtown Cullman. Treasure trove is an understatement. In a warehouse out back, lots of architectural details and old windows and doors. I could have stayed a week!

Come back tomorrow as I'll still be digging through my archives for more!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Birmingham Rouge - One of My Favorites


I hope all of my BTML readers had a beautiful holiday. I"m back and hope to post more from the Ham in the new year. Today, I"m dragging out one of my favorites. This great red truck sat in a neighbor's driveway and I lusted over it every time I drove past. I caught it during a brief B'ham snow a few years ago. I still love it.