Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blue Spruce At The Cottage

I hope I never have to cut down any of the blue spruce trees that I grew from seedlings. They are my favorite evergreens and I have a whole grove in front of my cottage. Today this tall tree is covered with rain drops; it's a very gloomy day indeed.

At my office meeting today I noticed that the people in the house across the street already have their Christmas tree up, lights and all. It's way too early in my opinion but I guess people with little children get the Christmas spirit long before I do.


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Big Table Covered with Big Books

Big tables were meant for big books. I'd love to sit here all day and scoot my chair around reading them, wouldn't you?


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Cottage in A Maze | Must See!

This must be the gardener's cottage. He works on his own land after long hours at the manor house. I'm just making this up because I am still trying to comprehend what my eyes are seeing. I want to know more, don't you?

I have a busy day ahead so I won't see you until much later.


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Topiary of My Dreams

Only in England. Sigh. I want the topiaries and the gardener. Manor house optional.

via Crush Cul de Sac


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Rudolph in Waiting

Here is another great opportunity to change a white deer head into Rudolph with the addition of a red nose. via tumblr.com


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You Can Never Have Too Many Boxwoods

Alexa Hampton redecorated a spec house in the Hamptons for an urban couple. They were looking for a place that would look and feel like a summer house but could be used all year round. The mandate was almost no color, easy and comfortable, yet not without flair Alexa Hampton says of the weekend retreat she designed in Bridgehampton, New York. Michael Donnellan, of Summerhill Landscapes, planted boxwood at the entrance.

Click here to read the article and view the fabulous 6-photo slideshow.


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Barn Owl in Flight


BARN OWL
Taken at The International Centre for Birds of Prey Newent, Gloucestershire, England by ©Tony Llewellyn - Flickr


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Hedgehog Tunnel Vision

Poor little guy. I hope the photographer pulled the toilet paper roll off this little hedgehog's head. Animals can be ever so helpless at times. via The Animal Blog


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Humane Taxidermy | Cable Knit Deer Head

The person who made this fabulous knitted deer head should immediately make a small red pom pom and pin it on his nose. Then he would be Rudolph. It would be great with a big wreath around its neck too. The source was etsy.com but when I clicked on the link it said the page no longer existed.


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Audrey Hepburn Classic Photos + A Quote


Audrey Hepburn
"Pick the day. Enjoy it to the hilt. The day as it comes and people as they come. The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."

Great advice from our favorite icon. Enjoy this day per her advice.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Goodnight, Sleep Tight

I am hitting the hay early to watch some quality TV [hopefully]. My DVR is getting rather full of programs I haven't had time to watch. See you tomorrow.

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A Beautiful Country Morning


Here's hoping you have a wonderful weekend with friends and family. I have three real estate showings this morning . . . wish me luck. See you later.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Albino Wallaby with Baby in Pouch

That baby looks like a pink greyhound, doesn't it? I wonder if he will be an albino too when he gets his fur? I love seeing photographs of unusual animals, don't you? via Pixdaus and Flickr

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Food Coma

Check in with me later to see if I've recovered from my food coma. I can't remember when I've eaten more good food in one day. So far, I've resisted leftovers but I feel myself weakening now that the lunch hour is approaching.

I hope everyone had an equally wonderful Thanksgiving.


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Thanksgiving Pig


Just in case you're wondering about Piggie, he's fine. All is well and he's bonded with Webster and now they play together. Webster went through his basket of toys and pulled out a Babar stuffed toy and presented it to Piggie on the sofa this morning. It was hilarious. Actually Webster wanted his small elephant squeeky toy back and was pulling a bait and switch which did not work. Haha. Webster hasn't played with that toy in years. I was amazed that he found the only other elephant he owns for this failed mission.

A wet sleet has been falling for the last few hours but it melts as soon as it hits the ground. My outside thermometer says it's 40 degrees. I hope this doesn't present a problem later when it gets colder. I have to go out but don't have to drive more than a few blocks to have another feast with friends.

Be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving.


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A Little Thanksgiving Humor

This is a repeat of an illustrated quote I made last year. I still think it's funny. Have a great Thanksgiving. Now I have to retire to the kitchen.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So Many Scones | So Little Time


Bacon Cheddar Scones
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (I'd probably use less)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese (or Monterey Jack, Havarti, Habanero Cheddar, etc.)
  • 4 green onions
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (substitute half the amount with cream for a richer scone)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.

2. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture is crumbly and studded with flour-butter bits the size of peas.

3. Stir in the cheese until just blended.

4. Add the green onions, bacon and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Mix just until the ingredients are incorporated. If dough is too dry to hold together, add the remaining buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough can be formed into a ball. Stir as little as possible to ensure a light- textured scone.

5. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and pat it into a ball. Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten the dough into a circle about 8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Cut the dough into 8 to 10 equal wedges.

6. Whisk the egg and water together in a small bowl. Brush each wedge with the egg wash. Place the scones on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle. Serve warm. Makes 8-10 scones.
Just one of many fabulous recipes for my favorite teatime treat is pictured above. All of the recipes and many more photos can be found by clicking on Let Them Eat Scones


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Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Wishes

Thanksgiving is a busy day for all of us. I hope your turkey looks just like the one in the Norman Rockwell illustration called Freedom From Want. This painting appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on March 6, 1943 and inspired America. It continues to inspire me. Every time I look at it I remember my grandparents and the big family get togethers of days gone by.
I added the poem below the classic image.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!