1. Last month, I saw a link to the Sotheby's web site with the online catalog for the estate auction of the Duchess of Devonshire. I was so impressed by the first few pages of the catalog on my iPad that I clicked over to their online store and ordered a hard copy to savor and to have forever. The auction was on March 2. Click HERE for a gallery of items and results.
The portrait of the Duchess on the cover of the catalog tells me that she must have been a very unique person. Carefully staged with ancestral portraits, sculpture, formal gown, jeweled tiara ... and flopped-out sleeping dogs. Love it!
2. Here is an example of what water can do when it freezes. This antique soft-fired brick (or what's left of it) is laying near the outlet for our rain gutter, so it was saturated. Repeated cycles of winter weather freezing and thawing completely blew it apart. This is the power of science in action.
3. Early in the morning, I regularly run out to the front porch with my camera or phone or iPad to try to capture colorful sunrises when I see them. This was one of the prettiest, and I was lucky that my photo captured it nicely.
4. I snapped this photo of Ruby the other day. I was reading, and she was in a sunshine spot at the other end of the sofa, sound asleep.
Yes, she was snoring.
5. While Ruby was snoozing, Dorothy was behind me on her rug in the windowsill watching birds.
6. This is my most recent awesome thrift store purchase. Our grandson and I went to Salvation Army last week with a load of stuff to donate, and we cruised through the store to see what we could find. At $3, this cordless electric wine opener was worth taking a chance on. Plugged it in and charged it overnight, and found that it works perfectly!
7. In winter, this girl's attention turns to boots. These are my newest. An ad for them popped up on someone's sidebar last week, and I loved them instantly. I went to the Country Outfitter site, the boots were on sale with free shipping, saw overwhelming favorable reviews ... add to cart ... click! They arrived yesterday, just in time to bring them along with me to this weekend's American Rose Society Colonial District Spring Meeting. I love them even more in person, and they are really, really comfy.
It's easy to capture little moments as they happen, with a camera phone in my purse or pocket, or an iPad at arm's length most of the time. I get the feeling that the Photo Dump, as an easy way to share, may become a regular theme around here.