Wheat fields of my youth turned to golden sunflowers.
On Saturday, after a year of healing and planning, we were all in the same place at once to celebrate the life of this garden fairy. She was my mother in law for 12 years, but her love and her lessons on living will last me my entire lifetime. The things that shape my memory of her were her unfailing quest for joy, in even the smallest of acts. She would send us care packages with messages cut up into sections for the kids to decipher and pumpkin bread for me. I admired her unapologetic individuality, her sense of style and her love for the Earth and for the arts. She visited us wherever in the world we traveled, always alone and always without fear. I took this portrait of her, with flowers in her hair that she had plucked from the yard, where she sat on the porch of our villa in Sri Lanka. She’ll always remain in this perfect moment in my mind. I loved her like she was my own mother and she loved me back. I wish I’d had a million more years of her calm and of her wisdom, but I have her son and he carries all the best of her with him.
Happiness is matching the marigolds.
Palace of Plants
The Natural History Museum won in so many categories today.
Lunch today in the cutest menagerie and garden-side cafe. 🌱🐆
We suggested the Natural History Museum for today, but the kids insisted on the Louvre. In part due to their absolutely stellar upbringing, in part, I fear, due to Ladybug and Chat Noir.
Khan Cairo Corners
Simply your daily life to make space for more intricate adventures.