Monday, May 13, 2013

"It Was Beauty She Wanted"

"It was beauty she wanted, she supposed, though that was a high sounding word.

A queer mixture of things, space and privacy, 

thin china and fine linen,




the feeling of breathless delight she had when she watched the moon flowers open

or looked at the college chapel

or saw waves breaking in lace-edged scallops against a beach.

Beauty. 

Lida Larrimore in Stars Still Shine (1940)


[Just a little something pretty to show you while I gather my blogging thoughts about me for the week ahead and a snippet of pretty prose from an author I loved when I was a young girl--after I graduated from Trixie Belden! The dinner plates and butter pats are Spode's Billingsley Rose, the egg cup is Spode's Mayflower.]

15 comments:

  1. Love the quote and agree whole heartily!

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  2. Oh my goodness Dewena!!! such a elegant table!!
    and a lovely quote too.

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  3. Aha, Dewena, I see the candles have been added to your pretty table setting! It is so nice to see fine china being used; it is greatly undervalued in UK now. I think I might write something about that.

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  4. All we want is to have that idea of beauty in our lives daily. It can be such a simple thing...the way the sun shines on the mercury glass or the vignette you put together of ordinary things that stir your soul. The ability to see and appreciate the way the flowers bloom or the twists of the new leaves provides a snapshot for your heart. These things can make you smile. I love the quote today. Your blog is so interesting and I love visiting it each day. Peggy from PA

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  5. This is lovely Dewena. And thanks so much for the reminder of Trixie Belden.

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  6. this is so perfect for my mood. i bought myself a movie on sale and watched it this afternoon.
    it's 'pride and prejudice.' the one with colin firth. i think it's the best rendition of it and i do love it!
    and i'm still in the lovely mood of olde england. refinement and a gentler time. your picture is beautiful! now if colin firth would just knock on my door

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  7. Beautiful. Collect some thoughts for me too please. It is generalized mayhem here:}

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  8. that's a beautiful table setting, Miss D!

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  9. Lovely table; wonderful quote and a great reminder for me....thank you!

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  10. "thin china, and fine linens"...such luxuries...

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  11. Unusual seeing an egg cup!! Lovely silver setting too! We eat with our silver daily!

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  12. Just catching up as usual. :) Beautiful setting! And happy belated birthday. Sorry to hear your blog got hacked. It happens. It's good to change your password often. :)

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  13. This table is beautiful! I am coveting that egg cup. It's wonderful. And oh, that etched stemware. All of it so pretty. Love the quote too. I love how a talented writer can use imagery in such beautiful ways - so poetic. laurie

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  14. Gorgeous! I have a "thing" for egg cups, and this one is particularly beautiful!

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  15. Just simply gorgeous! I always have a smile when I visit you here. I am asking for prayer. I think you read about Tom at my blog but my son Nick has a friend Isaiah who has a rare cancer. He has had two surgeries on his knee and now needs radiation therapy. Please pray. Both Tom and Isaiah have a good diagnosis but I still prefer to trust the Lord! Thank you.
    Always love the quotes you share. You pair everything up so perfectly.
    Hugs Anne

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