If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” by Dr. Seuss
Wednesday March 2 is Dr. Seuss Day – a day designated for Read Across America. If you love to read to children, find a school and ask a teacher if you can read! I’m already signed up! If you can’t do that, read a book for the child in you!
Spring Break is coming soon and so is Allie Mac, our Camellia’s Cottage friend who always has fun things to recommend. She will be recommending places from North Alabama all the way down to the Gulf Coast on her very own page!
To get you started this week are free public domain images from Bing images to download as postcards or notecards. We love the vintage look to them!
Have a great ‘leap day’, plan to celebrate Read Across America and start daydreaming about a road trip or spring break right here in Alabama the Beautiful!
‘Camellias do what they’re not supposed to. They bloom in the dead of winter.’
I found this quote by Tom Johnson in the February 2016 issue of Southern Living entitled The Camellia man. These camellias were cut this morning at Camellia’s Cottage. A storm is threatening to come through and yet these beauties are holding their heads up high. And they have enough staying power to let me fiddle around with them long enough to make this wreath form and also to take some beauty shots.
Allie Mac told me that those who are true camellia lovers need to go out to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to the Birmingham Camellia Show February 26-28 this weekend for the annual Camellia Show. And while you’re there be sure and stop by Leaf and Petal for wonderful gifts and plants!
The weather looks like it will be perfect! If you can’t get to the gardens, get outside! Your own camellia may be blooming her fool head off and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone in your neighborhood has a camellia or two! They’re in bloom right now and the seasonal show won’t be around long. So be on the lookout!
Hi, my name is Camellia, a fictional character who is an Alabama girl born and bred. Brenda Wyatt created me as a composite of the finest ladies from her home state who will share good things about life in the south. Alabama is a place where we love our folks, our friends, our homes, humor and hospitality. My name comes from the state flower, the Camellia. You might call it a shrub, but if you live here you either call it a bush or just say- ‘Would you look at that Camellia’. Like Brenda told me, ‘Darlin’ your name is gonna be Camellia; it’s the epitome of a southern lady- but like me, it blooms in the dead of winter’. Shh…don’t tell it- Brenda is of a ‘certain age’, but she’s decided to flourish later in life and learn some technology! At some point I hope to introduce you to my fictional friend (what other kind would I have?) named Allie Mac, a play on Camellia spelled backwards. Brenda was conflicted as to which character would be the main one. Thank the Lord, I’m the one who won out, Allie Mac is always telling me I need to update and I’m the one telling her we need to do things like we’ve always done. That’s how things are in Alabama- embracing the future and hangin’ on to what’s good about our upbringing. We were taught to write a thank you note, not an email or a post on social media but a real thank you note on real paper written with a real pen, put in an envelope with a real stamp from the US Post Office. It’s just the right thing to do.
At Camellia’s Cottage we have lots of things to inspire you to love your life and your home. I hope you’ll get out and do some gardening, even if you’re covered with redbug bites! Enjoy nature, sit on the screened porch with a glass of iced tea, read a good book or teach the kids how to catch lightnin’ bugs!
Learn how to make a real pone of cornbread, decorate some tea sandwiches, bake a pound cake for a shut in…and for heaven’s sake – make Sunday dinner every now and then!
If you like to travel- in Alabama, the beach is just a day trip away! Orange Beach or Gulf Shores is right on the Gulf of Mexico! Just look at how pretty it is! (photos below). There’s also the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville or even the Birmingham Zoo. We also love to travel outside of Alabama and we’ll be sharing our travels with you!
When you get back home, slow down and listen to the cricket songs and junebugs buzzin’; say your prayers, listen to some country, soul or gospel music and for goodness sakes darlin’ at least once in a while- laugh your sides off at a story that always starts with ‘you ain’t gonna believe this…’
Welcome to Camellia’s Cottage in my sweet home, Alabama. Thanks for stopping by.
Love y’all! Camellia
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