"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Friday, March 19, 2010


The only thing 'my old man" had when I met him, were these old rock posters from the 1960's. As his 'old lady' (and I really am now), this was the year that I finally had them framed. Only 40 years after the fact. These concerts were held in San Francisco at the Avalon Ballroom - a big deal in its day. Big Brother and the Holding Company held many concerts there and was the group that played with Janis Joplin before she went out on her own. Some others were Jefferson Airplane, the Greatful Dead, Canned Heat, among other big names of the day. I'm feeling a little politically incorrect tonight. Back then, my old man and I were hippies. Do any of you remember the 60's? It is said if you remember the 60's, you weren't there...Boy, how things have changed.
Woodstock was more than a concert: it was a movement toward a new America (or so they said). We burned our bras. Brought about the end to the horrible Vietnam war. New words were coined by the Woodstock generation; far out, peace, out of sight, wigged out, munchies, doobies, trippin', truckin', orange sunshine... It really was a new age.
The Stones were my favorite band. Liked the Doors too. They said the 60's died after the Stone's concert at Altamont, when Hell's Angels, protecting the stage, killed a concertgoer; an end to the hippie Woodstock generation and their mantra, peace and love. Those days were long ago and far away. A toast to all of us that made it out alive. Like the words from the Greatful Dead song said, "what a long, strange trip its been."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Though not a shamrock, this four leaf clover deserves a wish today. "A wish is a prayer," the old saying goes. So, may the wind always be at your back, may the road rise to meet you, always take the high road (I think that's Scottish, oh well), and may the luck of the Irish be with you. I don't know much about Irish, but in their honor, I think I'll make an Irish Soda Bread today.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fun At The Farm

Bella came down for a fun day at Nonna and Poppa T.'s farm. She is fearless and hung on to the eggs she gathered. Odette the horse, enjoyed carrots and the chickens and geese got bread. Bella wanted to take the bread out to them. Baby brother Oliver is too little to enjoy the outdoor fun, but just wait a few more months.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Vintage Madonna Print

Isn't this a pretty interpretation of the Madonna? A young woman seated with a book; a small village past her in the distance. The period of her clothing, seated on a rag or hooked rug, is reminiscent to me of a pioneer Madonna. This print was originally painted by a German artist so I guess maybe her clothes are from the time it was painted in Germany. Just thought you'd like to see it. It is different. It's for sale in my etsy shop. I might like to keep it but for the need in this period of my life to simplify, clean out, I'm not sure, whatever.