Friday, August 31, 2012

End of Summer

Listen the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves.  We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.
- Humbert Wolfe

When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away.
- Sarah Helen Whitman

Gone are the birds that were our summer guests.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, August 24, 2012


Badminton anyone?  Badminton is a racquet sport played by singles (two opposing players) or doubles (two opposing pairs) on a court that is divided by a net.  Players score points by hitting a shuttlecock, a traditional feather ball, with their racquet over the net on to their opponents side, and aiming to make their opponent miss hitting it back over the net.  The game is played to 21 points, with players scoring a point each time they win a rally. Badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992.  Badminton dates back to mid-18th century British India, where it was created by British military officers stationed there. Though it began with the British, Indonesia, South Korea, China, and Malaysia along with Denmark are among the nations that have consistently generated world-class players over the past few decades with China being the greatest force.



Friday, August 17, 2012

Summer Celebration

"Teach us delight in simple things"
Rudyard Kipling

Our summer celebration continues.  Here are a few more images of what makes summer so enjoyable.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Alice Waters

Alice Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, activist and author.  She owns Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, California restaurant famous for its organic and locally-grown foods.  Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971 and it is always ranked among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.  Waters has been a huge supporter for organic food for over 40 years and has been called the mother of American food.  She says that eating organic foods is essential for both taste and health of the environment.  Waters has written several books on food and cooking, including Chez Panisse Cooking and The Art of Simple Food.  She founded the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 after establishing the Edible Schoolyard program at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley. This Schoolyard program is a 1 acre organic garden and kitchen classroom, where the student are involved in growing, harvesting, and cooking foods from the garden. Her healthy food revolution is signified by Michelle Obama’s White House organic vegetable garden.  In addition, Waters has served as Vice President of Slow Food International since 2002.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Summer Celebration

The joy of summer continues.  Take a peak and then tell us if you don't want to go outside this weekend!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Georgia USA Olympic Athletes

Congratulations to all the Georgia USA athletes competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games!

Chris Colwill – Diving
Hyleas Fountain – Track & Field (UGA)
Justin Gatlin – Track & Field
Andrew Gemmell – Swimming (UGA)
Jonathan Hall – Shooting
Vincent Hancock – Shooting
Kathleen Hersey – Swimming
Reese Hoffa – Track & Field
John Isner – Tennis (UGA)
Kibwe Johnson – Track & Field
Kara Lynn Joyce – Swimming (UGA)
Carli Lloyd – Soccer
Chaunte Lowe – Track & Field
Angel McCoughtry – Basketball
Aries Merritt – Track & Field
Maya Moore – Basketball
Kelley O’Hara – Soccer
Allison Schmitt – Swimming (UGA)
Eric Shanteau – Swimming
Angelo Taylor – Track & Field
Christian Taylor – Track & Field
Dee Dee Trotter – Track & Field
Shannon Vreeland – Swimming (UGA)
Amanda Weir – Swimming
Donald Young - Tennis

We hope to add 5 time Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin to this list if she joins the UGA swim team!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen is a famous British designer around the world.  She was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to London when she was two years old.  She began designing at the age of 16.  Some of her known projects include designing the British Airways first class cabins, the Royal Mougins Golf Club in the South of France, and the hotel Murmuri in Barcelona.  Kelly also teaches about design in the Kelly Hoppen Design School.  She designs wall paper, art, furniture, lighting, fabrics and home accessories.  Her signature style is using a neutral color palette.  Kelly has written many books and her most recent book is Kelly Hoppen Interiors, Inspirations and Design Solutions for Stylish, Comfortable Interiors, and she also has a show called Superior Interiors.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer Images

As we continue to celebrate summer, here are a few images that come to mind as ways to embrace what is left of the official summer of 2012.  Take a swim at night, hold an outdoor dinner party, enjoy a rocking chair and yes, maybe even a little camping somewhere cooler. 

"Warm summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here. Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good night, dear Heart, Good night, good night."  
-Mark Twain

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." 
- Sam Keen

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour was born in London in 1949 and has been the Editor In Chief of American Vogue since 1988.  With her trademark bob haircut and large sunglasses, Wintour has become well known throughout the fashion world, admired for her eye for fashion trends and support of younger designers.  She reportedly has an aloof and demanding personality, which earned her the nickname “Nuclear Wintour”.  A former personal assistant, Lauren Weisberger wrote the 2001 Best Selling book, The Devil Wears Prada, which was later made into a popular film starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a fashion editor believed to be based on Wintour. In 2009, Wintour was the focus of another film, R.J. Cutler's documentary The September Issue. Below are some pictures of one of her homes in Long Island, photography by Eric Boman.