Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Family picture wall, rosemary and bring on the flowers

- Finally getting the family pictures wall in my home office going.  The plan is to cover the rest of that wall with more.  Upper left - my maternal grandparents are in that group of employees of Southern Railway and their families at a picnic in Macon, Georgia.  Right - my aunt and dad as children - taken in Fullerton, California.  Bottom - my dad and lots of other Navy men bound for World War II at Camp Peary, Virginia.

- Picking oak tree blossoms off my rosemary bush and finding that delightful scent of rosemary lingering on my fingers after I come inside.

- From the wonderful emails from Doug and his garden, the end quote:  "Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."  - Luther Burbank.  More helpful?  Bring on the flowers then!


LL Cool Joe said...

I love photos and pictures clustered together on a wall. I have a large montage of black and white photos in the dining room.

I have to say I used to hate flowers but now they are growing on me! Ha, that sounds like joke, but it's true! :D

TALON said...

I agree on the flowers - instant mood boosters (just like sunny days) :)

Photos look wonderful, Lynn! nice spacing ;)

happygirl said...

I think the smell of rosemary is so invigorating. I had a huge rosemary bush outside my front door in Monterey, CA. I would step out to pick up the morning paper and be AWAKE!

Joanne said...

I love those old family photos!!

Leonora said...

I love your family picture wall. My Uncle Dan had an entire room covered in family pictures and my mom has the same in what she calls her music room. I never tire of standing there for long lengths of time and staring at all the old photos.

Lee said...

G'day from Down Under, Lyn. I hope you don't mind my popping in uninvited and unexpectedly.

I'm a blogging mate of Elephant's Child.

You've made me feel guilty...I keep meaning to go through all my family photos and put them into some semblance of sensible order! :)

Munir said...

That wall looks nice already. Pictures do add a special touch in our homes don't they!

Riot Kitty said...

Rosemary smells great but I can't stand it in food. So true about flowers!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Like your Photo wall, n choice of pics. I have baby pics all over. I just don't get sick of them! I grow herbs when they will- n now have Lavender. The smell is always great- I like to put the leaves into pockets. I agree on the flowers make you better quote- it works for me!

Elephant's Child said...

I love your photo wall. My parents is as far back as I have any photographs - and I have none of my mother's brother and don't even know if my father had any siblings.
I adore the scent of rosemary, and rub mine as I go past. Also the lemon verbena and the lavender.
And the flower quote was spot on.

Lynn said...

Joe -

I thought about doing this in the living room or dining room, but I like the way those rooms look now, so the home office is a good choice. It's my favorite room anyway.

lol at the flower pun!

Talon -

Definitely mood boosters!

Thanks again for your virtual help on the spacing. :)

happygirl -

Yes - it definitely has that effect.

Joanne -

Thank you -

Lynn said...

Leonora -

That's wonderful. I love doing that, too. I have so many more waiting to be framed. I started with the originals first and will go from there. That photo of my dad's Naval unit was rolled up and cracking - torn in one spot. It's preserved forever now with UV glass and acid free backing.

Lee -

Hello and welcome! Of course I don't mind and will visit your blog shortly. Any friend of Elephant's Child is a friend of mine.

You should see the mounds of boxes I have of photos intended for photo albums. All waiting in the wings - so you are not alone. :)

Munir -

They do - a lovely touch.

Granny Annie said...

We had a picture wall in our Tulsa house and took it down and packed away the photos when we moved. You have inspired me to make an effort to find them and recreate the wall here, with additions of course.

Louvregirl said...

"that delightful scent of rosemary lingering on my fingers..." beautiful depiction here, Lynn. It made me think of the HUGE magnolia blossoms out of the mountains that smell sooo wonderful and I love so well. I hope i get to see them this year!

Sparkling Red said...

I love old baby pictures! My craggy 6'3" grandfather was once a gorgeous toddler with shoulder-length ringlet curls. It's hard to believe.

Sara said...

I loved the photo wall:~) I have tons of pictures all over my house. I think a house should be full of pictures.

Since we renovated, I've been putting flowers in a vase on our island. I love seeing them and smelling them.

Happy day to you:~)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a wonderful wall of pictures. To be surrounded by one's ancestors is such a great idea...!
And I agree with Luther B. Flowers lift the spirits in every way.

Jannie Funster said...

I love the rosemary smell too, and I notice Kelly dips her fingers into the plant whenever she finds it.

LOVE your wall idea. Will your baby picture be on it too?


Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

That sounds like a lovely project - putting all those faces back up in this home. I hope you'll post about your wall when it's done.

lg -

There you are - I've missed you. I am certain you'll get to smell the Magnolias. I don't think they are blooming here either yet.

Sparkling Red -

One of my uncles had a photo like that - he had shoulder length curls. One of his great grandchildren was talking about that photo and said "...when Grandpa was a girl."

G. B. Miller said...

Nice photos of the family and a beautiful way of making a home office feel even more homey.

Flowers are a good thing. They bring such peace and comfort to one's soul.

Lynn said...

Sara -

See today's post with flowers in my kitchen. :)

Yes - I love hanging photos of these beloved faces. More to come.

OldLady of the Hills -

Thank you - I am planning to label them all on the back so they are easily identified in the future.

Jannie -

I guess I could do that. Hmmm. I was a pretty cute baby. :)


Lynn said...

G -

Absolutely - see today's post. :)

Betty Manousos said...

i love your photo wall!
i find it to be a great idea.

and i agree with you on the flowers..
you know i believe in healing power of flowers. yep, flowers are instant boosters.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn .. your office will be just wonderful and bring back so many memories .. love what you're doing .. cheers Hilary