“Stray Gifts”

“Pleasure is spread through the earth in stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.”~William Wordsworth

Good morning, dear friends.  Welcome to “Maison De Jardin,” I am so happy you are joining me this morning.  I hope you will find pleasure in the “stray gifts” I have claimed. Personally, I believe we are all in need of a bit of inspiration from time-to-time.  At least I am.  While something may not be my style preference or yours, I can always enjoy the beauty ~ beauty never fails to lift my spirits.  It makes my heart sing.   And there has been magnificent beauty in my view this past week.  So much so, I had to begin another post (you will see later).  So find your coffee or tea and let me show you some of these lovely things.  I hope they will make your heart sing also.  I will refrain from too much chatter and let the voice of marvelously talented souls and beautiful images, speak to you.  

“Architecture is frozen music.” ~ Goeth

experienced12: “ allthingseurope: “ Gloucester Cathedral, UK (by Saffron Blaze) ” expereinced12 Take time to learn about history or the world, it’s fascinating. ” Gloucester Cathedral ~ Gloucester, England

queenbee1924: “ Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland, popularized in The … | Abbeys~Cathedra…) ” Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

naimabarcelona: “ Interiors ”

I wish I could tell you where this magnificent home or building is located, but that was not identified.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Do notice the cherubs, I have such a fondness for them.

“In every man’s heart, there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.” ~ Christopher Morley

Don’t you love fabulous staircases and gorgeous windows?  I found several, but these two I thought were standouts.

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“Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture.” ~ Peter York

Speaking of chandeliers, here are a few lovelies to add a little sparkle in your morning.  Which one is your favorite?

lagarconnierebbsalerno: “ www.lagarconniere.it La Garçonniere B&B de charme in Salerno - Amalfi Coast ”

lagarconnierebbsalerno: “www.lagarconniere.it La Garçonniere Bed and Breakfast de Charme in Salerno - Amalfi Coast ”





“It’s the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us.”~ Henry David Thoreau

It is one thing to see a beautiful room, but it is clearly another when the room is surrounded by beauty.  And it is yet another when we are totally captivated through our awareness of the beauty.


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“The presence and appreciation of beauty are central to the good life.”~ unknown



Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts.” ~Dodinsky

Should your heart be in need of a little sunshine ~ these beauties should make your day more beautiful.Image may contain: plant and flower

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“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” ~ Rose G. Kingsley

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When in nature, often we walk alone, simply to savor every moment with few distractions other than those gifted, by Mother Nature.

“The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.” ~  Einstein

And isn’t this the world we all desperately desire?  

For ourselves and the littlest among us.


I do hope you have enjoyed your visit this morning.

And, until we meet again ~

“May you have heaven in your heart, starlight in your soul, and angels all around you.” ~ Unknown



Au Revoir,



Note:  Images ~ (Via Tumblr) Unless otherwise stated, I do not claim ownership of these photos. These photos are the work of tremendously talented people and I simply compiled them for your enjoyment.

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Rita C at Panoply

A wonderful visit, thank you very much! So much beauty, and I appreciate it all, both inside and out. My favorite chandelier was the first, more petite one. And I love that sunroom with the chaise lounge looking out to snow. If I have nowhere to go and no worries of snow damaging roofs, I can deal with it. 😉

Pam Richardson

Sandra, what beautiful and inspiring gifts you have bestowed this rainy and cold morning. Your images from the first one to the last captivated me and reminded me to take time and notice the beauty that is all round, it only takes eyes to see it. I could not pick a favorite chandelier because I love them all. You gave me a lovely start to my day. Thank you sweet friend!

Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things
Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

As always beautiful pictures and lovely quotes. The rooms with the windows all around were my favorite.

Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life
Oh my, it was all gorgeous. That first photo of Gloucester Cathedral — I’d want to sit and stare in that space for hours. It’s breathtaking! And the staircases, they are magnificent. As for the chandeliers, since you did ask which was our favourite, I’d have to choose the last one with the blowsy roses hanging down. Loved that one. As for that sweet photo of the little one — so precious. Its in perfect juxtaposition to Mr. Einstein’s beautiful thought about our lives mean something when we try to make the “life of every living thing nobler and more… Read more »
bonnie morgan

My favorite chandelier was the first one with simple elegance and perfect proportions for the beautiful room. Thanks for your” stray gifts”. You find such beauty to share with us and enrich my day.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving next week.
I am in the full preparation mode since I will have family here from Wednesday until Sunday.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Sandra, I so enjoyed my visit this morning! You have such wonderful taste….each picture is both stunning and inspiring. Oh, those chandeliers…I don’t think I can choose a favorite! They are all beautiful! Enjoy your day, sweet friend!


Of course I love beautiful staircases and windows but my heart goes pitter patter when I see a beautiful chandelier! The first one is my favorite because it is one that I could see even in my humble abode–I would make it work!

The English garden writer Beverley Nichols called chandeliers Bouquets of Glass. Don’t you love that!