I"m very lucky to have one of the hippest garden shops located just a block from my home. Jay Draper and Mark Thompson manage to find the most beautiful plants and irresistible containers and gifts as well. On the Third Friday of every month. They throw an afternoon workshop along with wine and appetizers. Today we all left with adorable little vases with locally grown flowers from area flower farmers.
Today I had some big fun. I worked with 8 fifth graders from our IPC Summer Learning Program at our Children's Fresh Air Farm. These kiddos were part of our STAIR reading program as second graders and are invited to attend the program every summer through their fifth grade year. It's six weeks of reading and math with wonderful teachers, in the mornings, nourishing breakfasts, lunches and snacks, and swimming and exciting enrichment activities in the afternoons. This year, the fifth graders were encouraged to choose some extra activities of interest, and I was asked to do photography with this group. After a short discussion about taking better photos, each one took my camera and photographed their classmates. They took some terrific photographs. I"m so proud of them!
If I want to find some terrific old and new flags, I head down Hwy. 208 to Harpersville to visit my friend Barbara Adkins at Black Sheep Antiques. She carries a wonderful collection of vintage flags and her shop is always decked out year round.
Yesterday began a new tradition at Independent Presbyterian Church. Rev. Susan Clayton and Rev. David Seamon greeted dozens of animals, from dogs, cats and rabbits. I left early so who knows what other critters came for a blessing! Here are a few of the photos I managed to capture amidst the sniffing, barking and delightful chaos!
Today the Southern Garden History Society toured Stone Hollow Farmstead and then had lunch and toured the historical home and gardens of Barbara and Sonny Adkins. I never miss a chance to photograph here. I'will share more images in the days to come as well as more of other Birmingham gardens.
This weekend I have had the pleasure of volunteering to guide bus tours for the attendees at the Southern Garden History Society'smeeting, being held at our Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I've so enjoyed showing off my beautiful hometown, and vitiating some outstanding gardens for myself. Of course, meeting so many lovely visitors to our city was just a delight.
For the next few days, I'll share some of my images.
On the Friday before Palm Sunday, the ladies at Independent Presbyterian Church gather to lovingly make hundreds of palm crosses to be pinned on Palm Sunday. There is much friendly talk and laughter as they share this beautiful tradition.
One of my favorite "jobs"( joys) is visiting STAIR Birmingham sites all over the city and taking photographs. Today, I was right at home at my church, Independent Presbyterian Church. STAIR ( Start The Adventure In Reading) provides twice a week, one on one reading tutoring for second grade students from Birmingham City Schools. It's a wonderful program providing much needed reading mentoring along with a lot of love.
STAIR Birmingham now has 14 sites throughout the city and growing. Please visit their website to learn more.
Across the street fro, The Garages, Fritz Woehle stored a treasure trove of old statuary, doors and so much more from his travels. I have been fortunate to get inside the gates and photograph. Fritz even took me there once. A photographer's paradise.
After weeks of rain, last Sunday was bright and sunny. As I sat in church, I looked up and was startled at the gorgeous play of color and light reflected on the balcony wall from the stained glass window. I made a mental note of the time and went back last Wednesday to try and capture it.