Friday, February 13, 2015

the Apothocary

In a room..
hidden off in a quiet corner... 

...lies the 

....filled with aromas,
 dried herbs and flowers, 
roots and oils....
a place to spend hours..

packed with books and formulas...

...a place of collections and travels,
                                            of imaginations,
                                                        and explorations,
                                        of memories and marvels...

...a place to study..
     to meditate...

and to dream and plan...
 to ponder and HOPE

Rejoicing in hope;
 patient in tribulation;
continuing instant in prayer;
                                        Romans 12:12


Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
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And the Lord said unto Moses,
Take unto thee sweet spices, stact, and onycha
and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure Frankincense
of each shall there be
a like weight:And thou shalt make it a perfume,
a confection after the art of apothecary,
 tempered together, pure and holy:
And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and 
 put it before the testimony in The Tabernacle of the  congregation,
where I will meet with thee:
It shall be unto you most holy.
And as for the perfume which thou shalt make,
ye shall not make to yourselves according
to the composition thereof:
 it shall  be unto thee holy for The Lord. 
                                                                               (Exodus 30:34-37)


The old apothecary's shop is a wonderous place
With boxes, tins and jars filling the shelves
And an battered chest of drawers full of marvellous smells
There's one bay window in which stand
Four of those strange tall tapered bottles
Green, blue, red and amber
In a cupboard and under the counter, 
He reluctantly keeps a few modern items
For his more regular customers
Such as cotton wool, tissues, asprin and alka selters
He'll assure you he can mix you a cure
For almost anything from baldness to an ingrowing toenail
But if you were to look in the room
Which is in the back of the shop
Where he measures and grinds up the natural ingredients
Rather hidden away upon one shelf
Is a copy of the book entitled 
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  
                                      Marilyn Shepperson




Happy St. Valentines Day!!

The Mousiekin Family love
helping everyone medicinally
 with their age old  herbal remedies!! 



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 Hope you enjoyed !
Many Blessings 


  1. Linnie, your apothecary is something to behold. I love all of your beautiful blue and white apothecary jars-- What a collection you have. The books are just beautiful. Have you been studying the science of herbs for long? Very interesting. Have a lovely Valentine's Day. ♥

  2. Wow Linnie, what an awesome room. Just like the book. I love the window, the beautiful curtain, and all the pretty colored bottles.The sweet corgi is adorable too.

    Love you sweet Linnie, happy Valentine's Day ♡♡♡♡

  3. Hi Martha Ellen, (I just came over from your place )
    I was fortunate to bring my hobby studies of Herbs and natural foods in the seventies to a Natural Health store for many years in the 80s and 90s, it was one of my most favorite places to work and learn :-D

  4. Linnie, I could spend the day exploring your house! I love your collection of jars and that lace curtain! And your dishes! What is that pattern in the built-in hutch? And all your dried herbs in the hanging baskets. And the angel wings on the Corgi made from hearts--love that idea. Even your mouse family has an apothecary!

  5. Hi Cathy thank you :-)
    It is actually a very teeny room off of the dinning room. The dishes in the hutch are mostly English pink lustreware that I was blessed to have inherited from my English Great Grandmama! Happy St Valentines :-)

  6. Linnie, what a beautiful and peaceful room, so much inspiration flowing from your pictures. Thank you for sharing. Happy St.Valentine's Day!

  7. What a neat and special area! I would love a cup of herbal tea and a few hours to read through all the wonderful books you have there too! What a treat! The Hildegarde book looked really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Just beautiful - I recognize the book "All Good Things Around Us' as it's on my bookshelf too. And could you tell me a bit about the lovely flowery lampshade - the hexagon shaped one. My mother had a couple of lampshades very similar and sadly, they were sold. Do you know what they are called? Thanks for a wonderful look at your lovely room.

  9. I so enjoyed this tour. Your collection is amazing.

  10. Such an amazing collection of apothecary's accoutrement, books, and curiousities! I've loved our little tour. Many thanks, and a Happy Valentine's Day to you ~~~Deb in Wales

  11. I am FINALLY HERE!

    Oh Linnie, your cozy and perfectly old, upstate New York feel...what I always dreamed of as a child. The books, the jars, the art, the baskets, all so warm and built with a history behind them. What gentle hands handled these jars, what fingers flipped the pages of this lovely books? Every room of your home speaks a poetry unknown to my ears...and then there's the MOUSEKINS and AUNT TILLY! I SEE HER! teeeeheheee....Tea Rat would love to spend a summer weekend in your lovely neck of the woods, picking apples (oops, that is for fall!).

    That darling corgi with the angels' wings....I want to play. teeeeee

    Happy Valentine's Day dearest sister! Anita

  12. WOW! I love this room and would spend LOTS of time there if it was mine. Just wonderful!

    Happy Valentine's Day ~ FlowerLady

  13. Such a wonderful collection, I love the blue & white jars too.
    Such wonderful photo's, thank you for your tour.
    Happy Valentines Day.
    Fondly Michelle

  14. Happy Valentine's Day, dear Linnie!
    Oh my goodness... So many beautiful things to see here.
    I love the blue and white jars, and I have always wanted a cabinet with tiny drawers like you have here... What is Cosmos doing hiding in there? teeheeee.
    I think he loves to tease...
    Your Mousiekins love to help, don't they? And I see Tilly is helping also...
    Love all the books, your home is so comforting Linnie..
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us...
    Love and blessings,

  15. Such a delightful room that I am going to return and look again. I get the sense that there are many good things to know within that room of books and herbs and bottles and pictures...lovely all!

  16. A tour for Valentine's Day...Wow! I think I will be enjoying this one for days and days to come!

  17. Linnie, may I come over to play apprentice:-) Your photos would make lovely cards~wish just the right wording....all the little get well wishes that could be sent. I will be first in line to buy a set!

  18. Dearest SISTA! Good morning! I just saw your comment this morning, and it is such a sweet surprise to still find comments is a living link to my world that I love: YOU ALL! And the Mousekins and you have finally finished the laundry room? Then wash day will be all the more sweet for you all! Do the Mousekins hang their linens in the cool wind on the line? Tea Rat does...though he wears no clothing, he hands out RATTUS'S underwear in the sun! teeeeeeee

    It is a new day and praise the Lord. May the remainder of this chilly month spool out promises of spring so we can all go outside and PLAY! Much love dearest one, Anita

  19. Dear Linnie,
    Thank you so much for visiting Mary and her lamb.. Your kind words warmed my heart.

    Is that Jeri's beautiful art on the wall.. Top photo, the one on the right, looks like her garden painted paper cutting.

    blessings dear friend

  20. Linnie, I love your apothecary, let me count the ways: Framed dragonflies (why didn't I think of that?) the Victorian bug collection boxes, the little skulls in jars,all those great vintage books, the drying herbs, the curtains ( yes, I have those too!) and the cabinet full of little drawers. It is really wonderful. I wonder if I have a small corner somewhere in this house to make an apothecary, hmmm. I will find one for sure. Jeri

  21. Linnie,

    You never cease to amaze! All your rooms and collections and information!

    Blessings to your day.

  22. Linnie dear,
    Your sweet words made my day!
    Thank you for coming over to meet Peanut.

  23. Linnie, it seems you have infinite patience, both in setting up this lovely room, arranging all those items, and then in taking all the photos! It's so beautiful.

  24. Lovely! I especially loved the drieds: the peppergrass and chinese lanterns!

    1. Thank you Bernideen,
      Thank you for your sweet visit! :-)
      Many Blessings, Linnie