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in the country

by Grace Bonney

rebecca is living her dream. she bought a place in the country, complete with woods, winding creek, garden space, and old tin-roofed shacks. one is now her ‘ idea shack’, where she draws and paints and soaks up the beauty. here we give a taste of that it’s like to live ‘ in the country’.


i had grand garden plans this spring. roses, sunflowers and dahlias everywhere. the house would be full of lavish bouquets all summer. i left a few pokeberries to sprout up here and there for southern charm.
by midsummer the pokeberries had branched and grown till they shaded everything else out. attempts at pruning merely encouraged more growth. soon they were pressing against the studio windows and I found myself immersed in pokeberry beauty.
i studied, drew, painted, and took pictures of them, and finally ended up making tons of plates and bowls decorated with pokeberries and goldfinches.
although my flower dreams were dashed, the pokeberries turned out to be a blessing!


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