Author: Frances

Blog, Humor, Insight & Inspiration

Country Life and the Chicken Catalog

Have I been in the country too long, or is it normal to be mesmerized by the newly arrived McMurray Hatchery catalog? “The World’s Rare Breed Poultry Headquarters,” it says. It’s fabulous. For new readers, I am a small town Southern girl who lived in Atlanta during the ’90s and […]

Blog, Flowers & Gardens

Flowers and Leaves by Nina Rumbough

How about a breath of spring in these depths of January, just to remind us that it WILL come? How beautiful is this? And this? The artist and photographer is Nina Rumbough, who I am happy to say is my friend, and who is as lovely as her work. See […]

Blog, Decoration & Design

Nina Griscom’s Chic Manhattan Townhouse

Note: When I first posted this with photos I received a stern email from Conde Nast requesting removal of all photos, the head of my first born child, etc etc. I thought it was weird since I had carefully credited all photos, and, uh, photos from magazines are all over […]

Blog, Recipes & Food

Killer Cauliflower Soup, Seriously

How exciting can it be, cauliflower soup? Well you just make this and see. You’ll be doing a great service for yourself and your family, possibly the country, the world… The recipe comes from our sublime cook at Rancho La Zaca, Chef Stephanie Valentine. You might think “chef” sounds pretentious […]

Adventure & Travel, Blog

A South Texas Sojourn-Part 2

Like I was saying yesterday…In the winter months, during quail season in South Texas, they all go to one another’s places on the weekends to shoot and have a good time. We were lucky enough to be invited last weekend. Our hosts, whose middle name is Hospitality and whose other […]

Adventure & Travel, Blog, Sketches, Paintings & Projects

A South Texas Sojourn

My mother once said casually, but as if bestowing the greatest compliment, “Texas people are cute; they’re a lot like people from North Carolina.” Yes, I answered, but they have better jewelry. They have ranches, too. People in Texas have ranches like people in North Carolina have azaleas. His Grace […]

Blog, Decoration & Design

Light as a Butterfly

Is this the coolest? This Butterfly Lamp flew out at me from a Facebook post the other day by EcoFirstArt. Hand crafted of steamed, bent wood by British craftsman Tom Raffield, its playful, graceful shape is inspired by the movement of a butterfly in flight and, says the artist, “intercepts […]

Blog, Humor, Insight & Inspiration

At the Beginning and at the End

Resolutions are well and good but have a way of running off the road and into a ditch. What about, as an alternative, the cultivation of one positive habit? It does require a touch of discipline but no gyms or diets. Interested? In searching for a message to share with […]