my week in objects (mostly).

May 1, 2020

1. these dead daffs.

daffodills | reading my tea leaves

{for still being pretty.}

2. this kid.

{just doing kindergarten stuff at home in a very favorite new dress.}

3. this basketball hoop.

{and figuring out how to make it (details to come).}

4. this bread.

{and the pan james was given to bake it in. only problem is the loaves disappear faster than i can photograph them.}

5. this parsley.

{for adding green to dresser and dinner tops.}

other things:

what a grievous mess.

i get a different kind of news.



good morning!

may day.

they aren’t asking to be recognized for their heroism.

good smells.

temporary red dot.


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  • Reply Helen C May 1, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful post, I love this series! Photographing wilting flowers often makes a more interesting photo in my opinion. Planting my own fresh herbs is on bucket list too. 🙂 xx

  • Reply Megan May 1, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Really loved reading the May Day pieces. Supporting the revolution by shopping at our local bulk market, butcher shop, and farm stands. Very grateful to have a high number of resources so close to us, even if most are seasonal. Also, bread is life in my house too.

  • Reply Penelope May 1, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Hoping to hear more about James new bread baking pan. Please give us an update of the use of the pan.

  • Reply Martina May 2, 2020 at 3:18 am

    Just bought your book. I’m so happy I could get it in Germany! As much as I love your online home and especially your gorgeous, soothing photography, it’s special to hold something in my hands. I read slower and enjoy it differently this way.
    I already found so much inspiration and also encouragement to support businesses locally, be they small or bigger. Thanks for a wonderful source of wisdom!
    (Just wondering – did the situation with glass milk bottles improve over the years? The price difference you mentioned somewhere on the blog is outrageous. Here, they are around 25% more expensive than usual milk, but I gladly pay more. I think if everyone did, it might get more affordable.)

  • Reply Kelly May 3, 2020 at 12:46 am

    I just watched your skillshare and really enjoyed it. It was really well done and I will recommend it to others. In many ways you are “preaching to the choir” for me, BUT, my husband walked in during some of it and asked me about it. He was genuinely intrigued by why I was spending my precious Saturday evening free time (we have two young children and both work full time) watching a skillshare class, so I started describing it to him. This launched us into a long conversation about our values versus behavior and how we want to approach this in the future. It was a conversation I’ve wanted to have for awhile so thank you for giving me the language for discussion.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE May 3, 2020 at 8:20 am

      Ah, I’m so glad to hear this! Thanks so much for taking the class!


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