Saturday, May 14, 2011

I Wouldn't Change A Thing

I wouldn't change a thing except the name on the deed and the mailbox would be my own. It is absolute perfection, isn't it?

Elephant Love

I never tire of looking at pictures of baby elephants and their mothers. I just completed a big mowing job before this afternoon's predicted rain. I have a new system this year; I mow a little almost every day in sections until it's finished. I've divided my property into five distinct areas: front, back, middle, lower, and way back. I can't believe how expensive gas is this year -- the can that cost me $5.00 to fill last summer now costs $8.00. I can get two complete mowings from one can so it's not the end of the world but I've decided I'm not going to mow as frequently as I usually do. Have you made any changes this year? Have a great weekend. *

DIY Nautical Rope Mirror

I love this nautical inspired rope mirror. Instructions for making a similar one here. Image and other rope covered items found here. Now go and find some rope. Maybe you'll want to make a sailor's knot bracelet too.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Have an Entertaining Weekend

" Do you think he knows we're here? "

Office For Two For Me and For You

Dibs on the window seat. Actually I love this setup for one person too. You could sit at the window for fun stuff like blogging and day dreaming and sit in the interior chair to pay bills and other things that seem like punishment. That could be the "Time Out" space. *

English Cottage Garden

Isn't this watercolor charming? Teleport me there this instant. I read something humorous on Twitter today .. "There's no future in time travel." Tell that to Doctor Who. *

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ferns and Flowers

This photo makes me want to risk getting poison ivy and dig some ferns from the woods. They are just beginning to come up intertwined with the itchy stuff. Isn't this scene absolutely stunning in its simplicity?!!

I'm tuckered out from a long day of mowing, hand trimming and weeding. Goodnight. See you tomorrow.

Amy Sedaris’s Child-like Decor

The Craft Corner in Amy Sedaris's New York City Apartment. She made all of the potholders on the floor. She decorates as if she owned a child but she never has children over. I don't think she wants them touching her stuff.
Amy Sedaris’s Child-Friendly Abode: Slideshow and Humorous Article in New York Magazine 
"I wouldn’t call myself a shut-in. I have the ability to leave my home; I just choose not to. But because I’m such a homebody, it’s important to be surrounded by things I love. I prefer items that convey a sense of mystery, playfulness, or theatricality. My favorite things often have a story behind them and are usually handmade or discovered at a flea market. My furniture is small and low. It’s not unlike living in a dollhouse."

Early Blooms From My Garden

Wild Forget-Me-Nots are everywhere.

My three Lily-of-the-Valley plants have expanded to four. Hooray. I have a new pip. They are spreading after all. [Photos by Rosemary Beck]

Sudeley Castle Gardens Gloucestershire UK

I'm in The Cotswolds this morning having one of those virtual English breakfasts I'm so fond of. No lunch will be required. Sudeley Castle's glorious gardens are among the very best in England, from the centerpiece Queens' Garden, billowing with hundreds of varieties of old fashioned roses, to the Herbal Healing Garden. Flickr photo.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Goofiest English Bulldog Ever

English Bulldog in a swing.
It's is the perfect pastime for this non-working breed. I've owned several so I should know. What a mug.*

'Old School' Garden Shed

Calico Apron aka Sara made this garden shed from windows salvaged from an old school. View all 8 photos here. This is one of the best recycling projects I seen lately. It's lovely in the snow too. Now if I could just find an old school that's being torn down. . .

Please Water the Potted Pansies

I have an office meeting this morning and broker open house tours before lunch. I'm excited about seeing a home with English gardens. I'll be back later. *

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happiness is A Warm Puppy

Prince Harry with a puppy. *

Lucy with a Puppy named Snoopy. *

Most Amazing Vintage Stove Ever

Photo ©Björn Wallander

Mr. Fox Returns with Mange

Remember this fox I photographed at the cottage over the winter with the almost bare tail?

I spotted him yesterday walking in the yard and he looks awful.

One of my readers commented about his tail and said he might have mange.

Should I be worried? Will it get worse? Will it go away; will the fur grow back? Poor thing. He looks otherwise healthy, doesn't he?

Potting Sink and Lots of Watering Cans

I wish I had more information about this outdoor potting sink hanging on a stone wall. Have a nice week working in the garden. Webster and I did lots of hand trimming right before bed last night. You might remember that I don't have a string trimmer and do all of my edging the old fashioned way...snip, snip, snip by hand.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Brunch on The Balcony with Quinoa

Who is Quinoa? Oh, you mean what is quinoa? It's considered to be a super food because it contains more protein than any other grain. The protein in quinoa is complete and contains all nine essential amino acids. It is especially high in lysine, methionine and cystine. Quinoa is rich in iron, calcium, riboflavin, potassium, B6, niacin and thiamin. It’s also a good source of manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and folate. Another great reason to eat quinoa is that it’s high in dietary fiber. Okay, enough of the technical stuff. 

I bought some quinoa at Whole Foods and those tiny little seeds have been sitting in a jar in the refrigerator staring at me every time I open the door. I found a recipe that looked promising for Quinoa Burgers so that became the start of my Sunday Mother's Day Brunch. I always improvise. I didn't have any green onions so I coppped a whole white onion. I didn't have any carrots so I added 1 cup of frozen organic mixed vegetables and cut the green beans with the kitchen shears after they defrosted. I added more cottage cheese than was called for. I omitted the sugar, doubled the cumin and added 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar too. I decided not to fry the burgers but to make a frittata instead in my cast iron wok. I sprayed the bottom with olive oil using my Misto. I put the shredded cheddar cheese on top and baked it at 375 for about 40 minutes. It was delicious and I will definitely make it again and again. Next time I will add halved grape tomatoes and kalamata olives for more intense flavor. Broccoli or asparagus would be good too. This is something to play around with and make it your own. It baked up like a crustless quiche just as I knew it would. It was a 'super' brunch.

Dumbo ~ 'Baby of Mine' Lullaby [video]

This never fails to make me cry. It speaks volumes about motherly love. Sniff, sniff.

Keep Calm and Call Your Mother

Just Do It.

Happy Mother's Day

It's a beautiful day here at the cottage and the coffee is good. I'm making Mother's Day French Toast in a little while. I've already given my mom her (chocolate) presents. I'm going to weed her garden and work outside today. Enjoy your mom if you have one and being one if you are.

Handmade cards ©Alisa Nordholt-Dean via Flickr