Monday, September 3, 2018

A Purple Cottage Painting




In February 2010, I visited my friend Carol in the Central Valley. I spent the night and the next day we drove to the town of Exeter, one of the best towns ever. Wonderful murals are painted on so many walls that we weren't able to see them all. I posted what we saw, but I think that post is lost. I will check again and repost if I find it. 


There are also, many antique, thrift, and consignment stores. And I remember a nice coffee shop where we took a break. Here are some of the things that caught my eye at the time:





Carol knew the woman who had this space in one of the stores. In addition to collecting and selling old china and decorative items, the woman, whose name I think is Betty, also paints. When I saw this painting of the purple cottage, I fell in love. I believe it was well over $100.00, and that I couldn't afford at the time, so I had to leave it behind. 


Time went by and I forgot all about the painting. But Carol didn't. She called earlier this year and told me that Betty was closing her space in the shop and selling everything. So Carol bought the painting for $50.00. She asked if I wanted to buy it for that. I said, yes, of course. So happy she remembered.


And here it is, on my bedroom wall, just opposite my bed. It's the first thing I see in the morning. It may be the painting -- but I really think it's Carol remembering and getting it for me -- that makes me smile. 



If they were awake, the dogs would say this with me:


Have a great Labor Day!





18 comments:

  1. I am giggling at the last photo because the dogs really look 'impressed' with the new painting. they are so precious.. God Bless Carole for remembering it and getting it half price. I agree the painting is beautiful but the fact she bought it is even more beautiful and an expression of love. she must have a great memory... that was 8 years ago.

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  2. The painting was just waiting for you all these years...

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  3. Beautiful picture and so nice of your friend to think of you! I would smile too every morning when I saw it!

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  4. The picture is lovely, Inger, and a good friend is a joy to have.

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  5. This must have been a great trip. Such a striking painting---that lavender!

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  6. It was just meant to be and in that fashion. What a good friend to remember. I loved that bicycle.

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  7. What a great friend Carol is. I love the picture, it is so pretty and unusual. I even like the frame! The round table in pink and red is beautiful as well. I would even want some of the display shelving! Especially the partial image of the one on the right in picture 5. It is too bad that the shop owner is leaving.

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  8. Real art critics are Samson and Faith! They have the right way to celebrate Labor Day! You are lucky to have such a great friend like Carol. Midnight is insisting I owe him extra games of Ball and Bounce after ignoring him this weekend with my blood runs! :-)

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  9. There is nothing like good friends to lift us up. What a lovely painting.

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  10. love seeing you sitting there under the little vine covered arch!
    and that you got that exquisite little painting... and the loving way you got it...
    "some things are just meant to be!" and it's the truth. now it's in the home it was meant for!
    and then smiling at the puppies in the last picture. they know a good thing too!

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    1. I looked again at all the pics and realize that the 'VINE' is actually pine!
      I bet it's lighted and looks pretty at night!

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  11. Hi Inger - what a lovely thing for Carol to do - and I'm so glad it's there for you to see each day and have memories of your time with Carol in Exeter. A delightful almost English cottage ... lovely to see the dogs lying together and you relaxed - even if it's only your foot!! The antique/craft shop looked to have been fun to wander around ... but am so glad you were able to get your painting - cheers Hilary

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    1. Oh, you are so observant, I didn't see my foot!

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  12. Hello Inger! That is really nice that Carol remembered you! The painting looks beautiful... as do those sweet pups napping.

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  13. The painting is lovely, & so is your friend Carol!!

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  14. wow love that painting! Stopping by for a visit and to see what you've been up to.

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  15. I rarely go to stores of this nature, but I do like looking when I go. Buying stuff is a different matter as I have so much stuff that I'd likely be better served taking stuff to a consignment shop.

    The cottage painting is very nice and well worth your purchase.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  16. That painting is great. I'd love to paint my house purple or bright pink--anything different and eye catching. My son would have a fit. He likes the dull gray on the house.

    Love,
    Janie

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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