We Write.

“We write every day, we fight every day, we think and scheme and dream a little dream every day. Manuscripts pile up in the kitchen sink, run-on sentences dangle around our necks. We plant purple prose in our gardens and snip the adverbs only to thread them in our hair. We write with no guarantees, no certainties, no promises of what might come and we do it anyway. This is who we are.” -Tareheh Mafi

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Photos from Brookgreen Gardens by Joyce Lavene

I visited Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina during May - just getting time to post some of the pictures now. 
What a wonderful place! JL

Photos By Joyce Lavene

Monday, March 3, 2014

Don't you just love hats?

Don't you just love hats?

Photos by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Monday, February 24, 2014

Real Life Drama

Real Life Drama:

A small town police group practices for the unthinkable - that a shooter would target their school.

Photos by Joyce Lavene

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Brighter Day

Just a little something to brighten your day!


Photo By Joyce Lavene

Monday, February 17, 2014

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first authenticated discovery of gold in the United States in 1799. John Reed, a former Hessian soldier, discovered a 'gold substance' in the water of Little Meadow Creek in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and began the gold rush in this country.


Little Meadow Creek
Inside the old mine
A bucket to remove everything that wasn't gold
View from the middle of the mine. The bottom was closed off after it filled with water.
Photos By Joyce Lavene

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you share a beautiful table like this with someone you love today!

 Happy Valentine's day!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The I-know-you-don't-want-to-see-my-snow-pix blog

For all of you who are suffering from having so much snow, I apologize. 

For those of us who only see snow occasionally - enjoy!

Photos by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Monday, February 10, 2014

The loneliness of trees

I don't
know why,
but trees
always feel
to me.

Photo by Joyce Lavene

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Flower Art

Flower art from the Mobile, Alabama flower show

Photo by Joyce Lavene

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fireworks and the moon

It's not always easy to see fireworks with a bright moon, but I was able to get these shots.

Photos by Joyce Lavene

Friday, January 31, 2014

The moon in the sky

Here's a weird shot of the moon through my greenhouse window. 

Not sure what made it turn this color, but I think it's amazing! 

How many ways we can find to take pictures of the moon!

Photo by Joyce Lavenewww.joyceandjimlavene.com 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Murray's Mill Historic site

There are places that you can't get out of your mind. One of those places for me is Murray's Mill. A grist mill has been operated here since 1863. The first time I visited here, there was a one-lane bridge that a car could barely fit through, and a timber-road. Since then, it has become a tourist attraction - a little. Still it has a nice feel to it. Very peaceful and beautiful.

I've never written specifically about Murray's mill - but the location has been in the Sharyn Howard Mysteries, Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries, and now in Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries. Who know where it will end up next!


All streams lead to the mill.
This picture doesn't do the wheel justice. It's huge - the building is that much bigger.
The one-lane bridge I mentioned. It's closed to cars now.
The water wheel.
Photo's by Joyce Lavene

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lucky Shots By Joyce Lavene

This is one of my favorite images. It was a fluke - a lucky shot - of an old footbridge crossing a small pond. Part of what makes it my favorite is a reflection you see in the bottom of the picture. The reflection comes from a tree that my camera caught in the car window as I took the shot.

The footbridge is close to my home and an image I enjoyed passing each day. Unfortunately, the land has changed, and I couldn't take this picture again today. I guess that makes it a lucky shot in more ways than one.

Joyce Lavene

Friday, January 17, 2014

Along the Illinois and Michigan Canal

Along the I & M Canal

The Illinois and Michigan canal provided the first complete water route from the east coast to the Gulf of Mexico by connecting Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. The waterway was used by Native Americans and traders from the 1600s, until 1823 when Illinois created a Canal Commission to oversee design and construction of the canal. 

The canal was completed in 1848, at a cost of $6.5 million. It begins at the south branch of the Chicago River at Bridgeport and extends 96 miles to the Illinois River at LaSalle. Originally 60 feet wide and 6 feet deep, the canal has fifteen 15 locks. Commercial traffic was accomplished by barges pulled by mules or horses walking on the towpaths.

In 1933, the Illinois Waterway was completed and the I & M Canal was closed to navigation. Since then, the canal has been developed for recreation, with the addition of shelters and picnic areas and renovation of the tow path for hiking and bicycling.

Locks on the canal that took the barges from elevation to elevation.

History abounds!
Fortunes were made and lost here through the years
Abandoned factories which once supported growing communities on the canal.
The old mule barn
Water traffic is slower now along the canal but still exists.

Photos by Joyce Lavene