Saturday, May 02, 2009

run for the blossoms



 
Today is a major event, "Run for the Roses" - The Kentucky Derby.
Growing up in Kentucky, there was always excitement leading up to the first saturday in May.
Much commotion around a fast and furious race.  I always felt proud of the city, the blossoms, the crowds coming from all over the world to be a spectator at Churchill Downs.

My sister Liz, painted this delightful "Dogwood for Derby" - I love the dogwood flower, the fence, the fountain and the home in the distance.  Please leave Liz a comment.  She is working hard to build a collection for sale, and this sweet little painting would be in bloom all year.
Will you be watching the race today and taking delight in a mint julep served in a silver derby cup sporting a hat with lovely blossoms?  Run for the blossoms or perhaps a bit of Kentucky bourbon.

19 comments:

M said...

Hi Patricia,
It sounds so Grand.
Your new layout is FAb! I followed youd advise and enrolled into a painting class, starting next week.
Have a lovely weekend!
gr. M

Style Redux 2 said...

A lovely post-yes, yes, and yes (watching, mint julep and hat)

Kwana said...

I always love those derby hats. Liz's painting is so lovely. I'll be stopping over to say hi.

Oh and you won a book on my blog. Yay!

The Bliss Journey said...

Happy Derby Day. A mint julip sounds great. Check out my Run For The Roses post. Enjoy your day.
Kathleen

Tara said...

Ooh, I need to get to OTB!

CAPow said...

Happy Derby Day! Your post about it is lovely! I will be sipping Bourbon and eating Mint Julep cupcakes I baked last night when the race goes off at 6!

Frau said...

OMG how does one family have such talented girls!! I'm hoping to catch some highlights online. Have a great weekend!

Joyce said...

This post is sining spring or I will be after the mint julep. I hope the sun in shining in your neighborhood.
Have a golden weekend my friend. xoxo

GrannySmithGreen said...

Polishing the silver now and clipping the mint--Kentucky Colonel to be exact! Have a great weekend!

(Headed over to say hello to Liz now too!)

allie in g'town said...

The Derby is one of my event highlights of the year (also obsessed with the Wimbledon and the US Open) and I am determined to make it there in the future. My sister went once and had a tremendously exciting time sitting in the Guv'enuuuz Box, très swanky. I have a mild obsession with your home state Patricia. Do you know that Elizabeth Turner actually has a Lou'aaavulle needlepoint belt design? I wish I could legitimately get one for myself!

miss cavendish said...

I always meant to go to the Derby when in grad school. One summer, apres Derby, I did make it to the beautiful Calumet Farm, but not, alas, to the race. I have been thinking about it today, though, over at my blog.

Ms. Tee said...

Your sister's painting is lovely. My husband was born in Franklin and went to school in Bowling Green. He loves Kentucky, too. :)
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your suggestions. Hope you have a wonderful weekend~

Liz said...

Thanks for your support dear sis. Funny I painted this julep cup this morning before I had seen your post! We are sisters for sure!

Rose C'est La Vie said...

To a Brit,the words Kentucky Derby seem magical. And mint juleps ohh.
I must get there one day. Your sister's painting is beautiful, evocative. Bravo.

Sweet Nothings said...

oh I want a julip cup

pve design said...

Sweet nothings,
You should have a julep cup - please ask my sister (Liz), I know she would love to be selling some of her work. She painted one and posted it Sunday.
pve

simply seleta said...

Oh my goodness the new header looks amazing! I love your sister's picture. It's so terrific that the artistic gene runs wild in your family. I still remember the one picture you shared by your son....I think it was early fall or late summer.

What a talented family!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Just visited your sister's blog...I love her painting technique! I could totally help myself to the julep cup in her latest post...

LindsB said...

I'm born and bread in New England but I've always been fascinated with fun Southern traditions like the Derby. I just love the dresses and hats and the beautiful horses, its a wonderful event.

I watched this year and it was a very exciting race for sure.