I love the crisp simple whites of early summer.
But I am partial to the softened hues of August.
August is my birth month, and believe it or not my mother's grandparents from Germany were named Julius and Augusta after the respective dates of their birth. I somehow escaped the tradition and was given a French name instead!
My own Pennsylvania Dutch grandparents gave me the first name Jacqueline, while my native New Mexico grandparents bestowed me with Genevieve. (My notorious French ancestors were early settlers here.) In turn, I have a namesake grand-daughter with my grand middle name as well. Her first name is Summer! (She was born in December, and I just love the promise and irony contained in that!)
Nature seems all lace and tracery at summer's ending. I plucked these faded blooms from a pot of failed white hydrangeas left out on the porch. (Our summer plants take a beating when we are gone so much.)
But my eye also turns to the ivory and amber tones when I am out on the prowl this time of year. and my recent finds reflect that.
A weathered and crazed antique French plate caught my eye with it's subtle charms.
Isn't lilac such an essential Frenchy color?
Worn patterns never fail to steal my heart,
I have shown the luscious lace coverlet a few times on the blog already,
But all the rest here are recent finds as well.
Like the ruffled chemise. . .
and an antique chippy chair.
August is the older sister of summer with leaves and blooms all veined and curled with age.
She wants her silver all unburnished too. . .
wearing a regal, tattered, and tarnished gown.
I found this elegant antique Limoges serving dish on a thrift store shelf.
The leafy handles and quiet pattern speak of the less robust days of the season,
where the rose gives way to mums and daisies. (I prefer them in a muted hue.)
I am enjoying the waning colors of the season, before the new one announces it's arrival with a riot of noisy fireworks.
A quiet departure can be so beautiful.
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