Today in the heart of Champagne country, my friend Gabrielle showed me a secret garden, lit with fairy lights.
We admired a landscaped maze and bright yellow Chinese porcelain ...
...and marveled at a hidden grotto, resplendent with a coral and shell chandelier. A blue mercury glass gazing ball punctuated the strong statement.
Ordinary cords of wood became extraordinary, when interspersed with seasonal pumpkins.
Behind these doors, beckoned a trove of treasures...
...softened by the patina of time.
Check back later for more photos from one enchanted day.
Meanwhile, take a look at Bob Geiger's compilation of political cartoons. I especially like Mike Luckovich's depiction of a turkey talking to a Pilgrim (about Sarah Palin).
On a serious note, thank goodness Hillary Clinton and Patty Murray are fighting this latest outrage from the Bush administration.