“On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate”
After reading Frances Mayes memoir, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, it became a dream of mine to visit Tuscany. Finally, in 2004, we made our first trip! On that trip, we visited Florence (the birthplace of the Renaissance), San Gimignano (known as the Town of Fine Towers), and Siena (likely Italy’s loveliest medieval city). In 2010, when we returned to Tuscany, we sailed into the port city of Livorno (on the Ligurian Sea). Next, we traveled to Lucca (known for it’s Renaissance-era city walls), and to the nearby town of Torre del Lago (where we visited the Italian composer Puccini’s home). And of course a trip to Tuscany would not be complete without a visit to Pisa, to see the famous leaning tower!
As I am writing this post, it is the first day of Autumn. The beautiful colors of this, my favorite season, always take me back to those trips, namely the gorgeous color palette of the Tuscan villas and landscape: burnt umber and sienna, terra-cotta, and golden honey.
So, on this beautiful Autumn morning, I hope you will enjoy my version of how Tuscany meets Turkeytown!
San Gimignano in the early morning fog
Piazza Anfiteatro in Lucca, center of the town’s everyday living!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Not hard to see that the tower (background) is leaning!
The colors of Tuscany remind me of autumn in the South
Faux antler candle stands purchased (yes, you guessed) at TJ Maxx!
Discovered this hand-painted pitcher in San Gimignano. The hand embroidered olive table square was found in Rhodes, Greece last fall.
Centerpiece is a bowl of autumn’s best vegetables (sweet potatoes, butternut squash, eggplant, carrots, etc). All these veggies will be roasted and used in pasta or soup dishes!
The salad plates of gold, rust, green, and brown in a leaf-shape pattern will often grace our fall tables!
The Tuscan colors of burnt umber and sienna, terra-cotta, and golden honey
After dinner and dishes are cleared, I will enjoy the simplicity of this table for the remainder of the week!
The hand carved dough bowl (used as my centerpiece) was made by Mr. Bill Kelly and given to my parents in December of 2002, on their 50th wedding anniversary, and is particularly dear to my heart. Mr. Bill and his wife, Mrs. Cora, along with my precious Mother, are now in heaven. My parents and the Kellys’ shared a beautiful, Christ-centered friendship! They often shared meals at each of their homes.
“All of my life, in every season, you are still God, I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship”
“Desert Song“, Hillsong