“radiant with hope”

to celebrate Elizabeth’s 3rd T Stands for Tuesday anniversary last month some of us participated in an ATC swap and I was the lucky recipient of Linda’s  precious ATC (her gelli print envelope is beautiful too!)…

Art from from Linda Kunsmanshe and I share a fondness for all things French and napkins too for collage… look at these lovelies that she tucked in the envelope…French napkins from Linda KunsmanI thought of my tea and coffee drinking friends while doing a little window shopping over the weekend… Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea shoppe windowthe Madame Butterfly tea description almost makes me want to drink green tea…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Merrifield VAAnthropologie window displays turn everyday items into visual treats with a focus on ecology and nature…Magpie's Nest Anthro window Merrifield VAspeaking of nature here is an update on our Appalachian Trail hiker who is still going strong even though he shared recently that he enjoys the camping more than the walking…

Magpie's Nest Colin AT New Hampshirehe has already hiked more than 1,800 miles/2896.819 kilometers and worn out a couple pairs of shoes (there he is with all of his belongings on his back including his green tent)…

Magpie's Nest Colin Moose sightingright now he is making his way through the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire

AT White Mtns of New Hampshirewith some miles still to go…Magpie's Nest AT Hiker CJS

“The US has enough on-shore wind to power the country ten times over.” #ANTHROEARTHDAY

Anthropologie’s wind quote made me smile thinking of all the crazy political news here in the US lately…

29 responses to ““radiant with hope”

  1. It was a joy to send to you dear Patty:) Window shopping can be SO much fun-and these are such beautiful displays you shared. Thanks for the update on Colin too-so glad all is well and he is still having the time of his life- great photos! Happy T day my friend. XO

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  2. Freda Butler

    Good for him. He will remember this all his life. The other young man said he had things packed and his Mother sent them to him along the way – including new hiking boots. I must find out this winter if he finished the other trail.

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  3. Another wonderful post Patty, good idea to show the Appalachian Trail again. Glad your son is doing well, this journey will be most memorable for him! Happy T Day Dear Patty. Hugs, Valerie

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  4. i liked the window Shopping (love the alessi tea pot with the bird flute especially). and how good for you to be in contact with Colin and seeing him doing well! yes, something he will remember all life Long…
    have a great week and happy t-day, dear patty!

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  5. He will remember this awesome trip his whole life for sure! Great!
    Happy T-Day dear Patty!
    oxo Susi

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  6. I am a great fan of window shopping, thats a super shaped tea pot.
    Your son is storing up the miles on his memorable trip, its good that modern technology makes it easy to keep in contact.
    Wonderful ATC from Linda.
    Happy Tuesday.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Wowzah Patty… your boy is doing such a great thing! It must be marvelous, having young legs and using them for a trip like this. I love the quote at the end of your post too, I send a lot of kisses with the Western Wind your way!

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  8. Fabulous post Patty. What an incredible adventure and experience for your son – lovely photos – thanks for sharing with us.
    Gill xx

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  9. What a charming ATC and special goodies too ! I enjoy Green Tea but only on a very COLD winter day.So impressed with all your son has done. What beautiful nature he has seen.I envy his determination and youth as well.xoxo

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  10. He may still have some miles to go but he’s doing great isn’t he?!!! What an achievement thats going to be! I suppose sooner or later he was going to enjoy the camping more than the hiking huh? lol All that walking is tiring! Did he do this alone… that might make it harder too… noone to help push you along… lol Has he seen any bears??? EEEeek!! Lovely tea photos this T Tuesday Patty…Hugs! deb

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  11. Great news about the boy…glad his journey is going so well. Anthropology windows are always amazing and made from mostly freebees. Heard a talk once from one of their window design guru teams and they get almost no budget and have to “find” and create a concept. Cheap company, spectacular artists and designers. xox

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  12. I think window shopping is a lost art, but we’ll do our best to save it for future generations, shall we? 🙂 I’d love hiking _part_ of the Appalachian Trail, as I love hiking and that scenery is stunning. I’d never make near all of it, though. I’ll have to be content with my tiny hikes 😉 But I’m enjoying the virtual hike you’re posting. Thx! Happy T Tuesday

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  13. Patty, my dear, –Colin is ,in my eyes, amazing,– hiking such a very big amount of kilometers / miles, sounds just impossible for me, 🙂 what a determination, and physical power, needed to do this . And what a victory ,when he is back home . I admire him very much.The photos are so beautiful, and to think he can live from day to day, only with what his little bag on his back, can hold, is more than I can imagine for myself,lol. Does he cook himself?
    Your gift is beautiful and , such lovely ATC and the envelope ,stunning !
    And such wonderful teacups, from Anthropology .
    Have a wonderful evening ,dear friend.
    xoxoxo

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  14. It is always a delight to read your blogs because you have an eye for beauty.
    Isn’t Linda’s ATC beautiful! I received one too (plus beautiful envelope) and a bistro serviette.
    The anthropologie window display is eye candy. Love those cups! The kettle looks very Italian indeed. Beauty!
    I admire Colin and enjoyed looking at the photos of the trail (I have walked it virtually on walk4fun). I bet you are very proud of him. When finished it will be quite an achievement which will stand him in good stead.
    The anthroearthday poster/quote is beautiful. Is it a poster? Or a sculpture?
    I was surprised at the quote, after reading Elizabeth’s blog. She writes that wind turbines are not used on a large scale where she lives. Here in Spain they are everywhere. Whole forests of them. After the initial investment, it is free energy. The wind blows most days. On days when it doesn’t blow there are also solar panels. Near us there are two large wind turbine forests and one solar panel ‘sea’ of one square kilometre of solar panels. All the power goes into the national grid of course. I still think our electricity bills are too high, but hey…
    Happy Tuesday,
    Lisca

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  15. Wow, your son is such an inspiration! This is such an achievement, you must be so proud of him! The ATC off Linda is just darling and those French goodies too, ooh la la! I love the window shopping, those cups with all their colours and patterns are inspiration enough, and the Green Tea with jasmine petals, it must taste divine! Wonderful post, thanks for sharing! Wishing you a very Happy T day! J 🙂

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  16. WOW! what a wonderful adventure and the amount of memories he will have the rest of his life will be staggering! The photos are just gorgeous, I would love the camping more than the walking too, especially in those settings.

    Linda’s ATC is pure magical, she is fantastic. Lucky you to get one of them.

    Happy T-day

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  17. I love your happy mail! I love seeing rows of mugs although I find them hard to walk past and not buy one! Well done to Colin for getting so far! Love to you both – I’m sure you must be thinking of him lots! Hugs, Chrisx

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  18. Wow, your son has made some miles. He’s up more or less in my neck of the woods.They say Maine is the hardest part of the hike, but I bet by now he is so seasoned he will move right on through. And I love all your T inspired photos today. They have me thinking my owls tea cups are getting rather boring. (Not really, but that tea cup photo is really inspiring.). Hope all is well. And happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  19. Thanks so much on the Colin update!! he looks so lost in thought in that last photo- perhaps a morning meditation? What an adventurous soul he is!! Sending huge hugs xx

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  20. Wow that is so incredible that he is hiking all that way. Amazing! Glad you are updating us on his progress…it’s fun to follow along.
    Beautiful ATC you received as well as the fun gelli print envelope.
    Happy T day!

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  21. You get the best comments!!! I didn’t know you don’t drink green tea! That’s the main hot tea I drink. Your son IS having a grand experience! What a blessing to be able to do such a thing! I need to pull out my gelli plate! You’ve inspired me!

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  22. I sincerely apologize for not visiting sooner. My internet/phone problem took the wrong time to go offline again. Even the serviceman is confused. Before he could leave, thinking all was well, it went out again. Right now I’m at Sally’s and this has to be quite quick.

    What a lovely ATC from Linda. Simply beautiful.

    We must think alike because I was just wondering about Colin and here is a wonderful update.

    I really loved the mugs and tea pot, but the poster from Antropologie was simply super.

    Thanks for sharing (and Colin’s update) with us for T on Tuesday.

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  23. Way to go Colin! I was wondering if it has been warmer than usual on the AT…it certainly has been on the flatland, even my cousin in New Hampshire has commented on it. I often wish I could have a big pantry where I could store and rotate dishes/cups – there are so many beautiful ones available. Instead, I have one or two favorites and use them all the time. 🙂

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  24. I’ve very lat visiting as I’ve been out of town visiting with my daughter 🙂 Love the card from Linda and all the goodies. Great photos you’ve shared this week too. Good t see your son is still on the move and enjoying at least parts of his trip…

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  25. ATC’s are such fun – I know they aren’t as popular as they were, but I still think they are amazing little pieces of art. Two pairs of shoes – doesn’t surprise me at all. Forgot to ask you – does he plan to do the entire trail this year?

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  26. Good to read about Colin’s adventures and the mosaic of his photos is fascinating as I can’t imagine ever doing anything like that. He does look fit.
    We have an Anthropologie here too and yes, their stores are full of eye candy.
    Lovely ATC from Linda

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  27. Patty🌻the distance makes your posts that much sweeter and fun to catchup with you! “Moose on the loose” made my morning☺️❤️💛💜hello to all🤗

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  28. Lots of joy in this post! And mom-pride! (The photos are great!) And beauty! Aren’t swaps fun? I don’t do them often enough!

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  29. Great happy mail and I loved seeing your window shopping trip! Colin certainly has gone a long way already and looks very relaxed away from it all! Hugs, Chrisx

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