Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Weekend Basics: May Roundup

This May has been filled with eventful weekends — day trips, outings, weddings, projects and more. At just over halfway through the month, we've been on a whirlwind of activity and wanted to share a roundup of weekend happenings around here if you care to see...

To kick off May we hit the road and spent Derby day down in Deltaville, Virginia. Our friends have a beautiful house on the river they've been renovating and we were delighted at the chance to see the progress, kick back on their newly built stone landing overlooking the water and soak in the rays. As for Basil, this was one of those road trips he could join in on — and he was all nose to the wind.


Tim helped bring in the oysters we ate directly from the traps in the river while Basil looked about ready to jump in after them — they don't get much fresher than that.


We ate them grilled and a few raw, which we paired with a pomegranate mignonette.


When Derby hour neared, we had fun pulling out the over-the-top southern hats our friends had made for the party and even Basil got in on the festivities, donning his new B.W. Barkery bow tie collar for the event.


Last weekend we celebrated the marriage of our cousin Lindsey's wedding. The ceremony and reception both took place outdoors down at Historic Tredegar here in Richmond:


They had a giant LOVE marquee sign set up at the reception for photo-taking and a polaroid 300 camera with an oversized picture frame for guests to snap instant shots that were collected in their wedding guest book. 


We had an incredible date night, sipping rosé, catching up with that side of our family and enjoying the summer evening outdoors in such a picturesque setting.

In other memorable events — this past Friday I had the pleasure of surprising our niece, Virginia, at her kindergarten lunch:


She's attending the same school here in Richmond that her mother and I attended, so I had fun telling her and her lunch-mates all about what it was like when I was there in school. I had an even better time listening to them guess my age before telling them I was 32 — note to self, small children know how to make an old gal feel young.

Back at home we've been out working in the yard, watering many of the edible plants we got into the ground last month and working on a few in-progress upcoming projects for our DIY series.


We've also stopped into a few flea markets, yard sales and auction houses when passing by, scoring a few new favorite vintage finds for the house and shop. A few people have mentioned interest in a post all about our vintage adventures, so we'll have to work on pulling some of our favorite tips together to share here on the blog in a future roundup.


At already a portion of the way into this busy week — thanks, as always, for taking the time to stop in and check out what we've up to lately. 


P.S. There's still time to enter for a chance to win two pairs of fashionable suspenders from JJ Suspenders — all the details in our most recent giveaway.

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