It is cool and overcast this morning, perfect for photographing my peony patch. My white ones with the huge yellow centers are in full bloom. I can still look forward to the pink ones on the right and the magenta ones on the left that are still in the tight bud stage. Have a great weekend! xo
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
LOCK OF THE COMPOSER'S FAIR HAIR, CONTAINED IN A 19th CENTURY GILT LOCKET, WITH A 19th CENTURY MANUSCRIPT NOTE OF PROVENANCE. SOLD. 35,000 GBP
See auction post here, scroll down for description.
Friday, May 29, 2015
I have several of these handmade redware pottery bird bottles from Colonial Williamsburg hanging on my house. This one is on the back of my cottage so I can see and enjoy it from my balcony. It was fun watching the nest building earlier in the spring. Want one? Order here while they have free shipping. The two centuries old HISTORY behind these authentic bird bottles can be read here. Enjoy!
I got as close as I could with my iPhone in hand before Jenny Wren flew away. I promise not to bother her again while she hatches her babies. If you want to see an old blog post of mine with a photo of a bird nest I removed from one of these bottles on the front of my house, click here. I had to remove it when I had my cottage painted two years ago.
PS--I woke up earlier than ever this morning. Sigh.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Good Night Sweet Friends. Sleep Tight. xo
For some reason I've been waking up way too early lately and my mind starts racing immediately. I don't have any personal problems, but lots of real estate issues prior to a closing next month. This dog looks the way I feel when I fall into bed each evening. Early to bed and early to rise isn't really my preferred style but that's the way my body has been working lately. I'll be glad when it decides to return to normal.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
There is a wonderful photo tour of the Phipps Estate and Gardens on The New York Social Diary. There are photos showing winter and summer views and it's fabulous. One of my friends toured this mansion and others on The Gold Coast of Long Island recently and she enjoyed this one especially.
Now that summer is almost here, snow seems like a vague memory, doesn't it?
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Is this a cottage? No, it's a garage.
How very clever. See the rest of the Pinewold Cottage complex here. Isn't it wonderful? What a place to celebrate Memorial Day. Have a good one. xo
Sunday, May 24, 2015
In Flander's Field by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
From an old blog post of mine.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
I honestly can't tell if the gentleman on the tractor is driving the sheep or trying to get around them. Either way, this photograph is wonderful. Just look at that newly plowed field in the background! via
Tabitha went back to bed this morning. It's really chilly outside so she's cozy, warm and happy on top of my woolen blanket. It went down to 45° last night but the sun's out and it will be in the low 70s later. I am still wearing my flannel pajamas and it's great sleeping weather. Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Be safe xo
Friday, May 22, 2015
Soaking here would be a delight. There's nothing like a nice hot bath in an old tub with a beautiful view from a vintage window. Total privacy overlooking the water is the icing on the cake. I wonder if this is a year-round home or a summer place? Memorial Day weekend is the traditional time for opening up and preparing your summer house for the season. It's all I can do to keep one house in order so I am not jealous one bit. Really! I alternate between having a great outside and a messy inside. Right now my cottage is almost in apple pie order and the outside is calling me. I have to say I am really enjoying spring this year. I think it's because my mower turned over the first time I tried and I never got behind as I usually do, waiting for it to come back from the shop. Have a safe long weekend and I'll see you later. xo
Thursday, May 21, 2015
I love the lattice work and especially the Chippendale railing. It's still pretty chilly here in New Jersey but outdoor living is just around the corner. Memorial Day seems very early too. via
Wickford is a small American village in the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, which is named after Wickford in Essex, England.
Established in 1709, Wickford Village provides picturesque waterfront streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops featuring jewelry, housewares, clothing and more. You’ll also find galleries, antique shops, cafes and restaurants nestled amongst beautifully maintained churches, colonial homes and gardens. Have a boat? Tie up to the town dock while you explore the village.
Whether it’s stress free holiday shopping or watching the boats go by on the harbor, Wickford offers something for the whole family in every season. Even your dog will enjoy a refreshing drink of water outside the many shops and restaurants in our pet friendly village.
Hmmm. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? I've never been there but it's now on my bucket list.