Monday, October 17, 2011

Royal Mail Stamps for 2012 Olympics

Royal Mail in the UK is releasing thirty First Class postage stamps, each showcasing an Olympic or Paralympic sport, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics being held in London. Are you going? via Click on the link for large images of each stamp.

Giraffe Love

"Hello there" via

Put . The . iPhone . Down !

and take me for a walk
or let me watch you work
you didn't finish weeding yet
we have to get it finished
before Wednesday's rain
~ P L E A S E ~

Beautiful Beach Day in Scotland

A beautiful day at Yellowcraigs Beach in East Lothian Scotland photographed by © David Ross
I never think of good weather when I think of Scotland, do you? I always think of cold, windy moors and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.

More Fotos from My Sunday Walk

This property is just down the street. I was hoping the sheep would be out but they weren't.

Standing in same spot behind the fence, I was able to zoom in using the slider on the iPhone 4S to get closer to the barn.
Happy Monday. Have a great week.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Outdoor Stone Shower Room

WOW -- via Architectural Digest found here.

Mid-Afternoon iPhone Fotos in The Neighborhood

This house is diagonally across the street from me. It sits way back and I had to use the slider on the iPhone 4S camera to get closer. I also pumped up the saturation of the colors a bit when processing in Picnik.

A long stone wall with trees lines the lengthy frontage of the house above.

I drove instead of walking to a friend's house. Don't you love this swing hanging from the big old tree?

A short walk to the left of the tree swing reveals a beautiful lake with a wonderful view of a boat house on the other side.

Using the camera's slider to get closer shows very clearly that the boat house is made of stone. The red canoe is perfect here, isn't it. I increased the saturation in all of the photos in this post.

Now Webster and I are going to work outside and spread some woodchips from our big pile that was dropped off by a tree service free of charge. I have to do something meaningful around here other than playing any longer with my new toy. 

Sunday iPhone Fotos

Webster smelling iPhone to see if it's edible.

Tangerines and onions on my kitchen table.

Tabitha in the morning sun.

A brass letter clip.

A bit of fall color.
Have a great Sunday. I hope I am not boring you with my new smartphone photos. I am having such fun carrying it with me wherever I go and snapping away. I actually got it because of the camera and I couldn't be more pleased. Enjoy this beautiful day.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Afternoon at The Cottage

Beautiful blue skies, white fluffy clouds, and a light sweater were par for the course today.

Some of the trees are completely bare, some are turning, and others have leaves that are hanging on tight and are bright green. Webster and I enjoyed our 5:00 stroll. He starts hanging around his food dish around 4:00.

Overnight Visitor - Puppy Sleepover

With almost no advance notice look who came to visit last night. He is being picked up soon by another lady who can't wait to get her hands on him. Webster was so good with this youngster and they played and walked together perfectly. I took this iPhone photo after breakfast this morning just before his nap. We get the cutest canine visitors here at the cottage, don't we? This one also likes the tiger stuffed toy usually reserved for Piggy.

Make a New Friend This Weekend

I absolutely adore peeking into the lives of animals when they don't know anyone is looking. via

Friday, October 14, 2011

Have you had a first frost yet?

We have lots of colorful leaves but no frost yet.

iPhone Photos -- First Day

Nothing to brag about...just playing around w/ the awesome camera on my new toy, the iPhone 4S.

Shout It From The Rooftops

I got my first iPhone today -- The iPhone 4S

I took this picture with it from my attic studio through the window and screen just before the rain.

Who Got In The Garbage?

Three dogs home alone. Can you guess which one is the guilty culprit after you meet them one by one?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Clever Bathroom Storage

I love this idea and have no idea why I never thought about doing recessed shelves behind the WC in any of my past construction projects. via

Anatomy of A Book [Video]

It is easy to understand the parts of a book when someone is showing you. found here

Cat Loves Pony

This photo stopped me in my tracks this morning as I was scrolling through my google reader. The title is 'Double Trouble' 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Engineering Marvel in Spain

This road really takes my breath away.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe - Coast Of Biscay, Spain
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Interesting Table Setting

I like these runners so much better than placemats or a tablecloth. The table protection is much better and the beauty of the wood still shows. Nice.

Two Cats in Edinburgh

You have to look closely to convince yourself this is not the same cat in two different locations. I guess they can go outside at will through the broken window pane. Nice.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

An Early Snowfall

I remember a snowfall like this here at the cottage several years ago. The fall cleanup went out the window that year. via

High Noon in The Woods

Wouldn't you love to be walking on this woodland path at high noon? via

Sunrise on the Farm Gate

Good Morning Sunshine
How very beautiful. Those of you who know me through this blog know how much I love sun rays in a photo. via

Monday, October 10, 2011

Extraordinary Children's Room

This room by Kristen Panitch Interiors is absolutely perfect for two lucky children to share and still be able to maintain their individual spaces for privacy. Agreed?

An Amazing Kitchen

I absolutely adore this kitchen with no overhead cabinets and painted cabinet doors in an otherwise white kitchen. The oriental rug really is a nice touch too on the ebony stained floors. Just beautiful! via

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mums Mean Fall is Here

Have you planted your mums yet? They look nice along with pumpkins and bales of hay when October rolls around. Pretty soon we can forget about gardening altogether and nest inside by the fire. Can't wait! Enjoy the long Columbus Day weekend. via

Have a Great Weekend

and try to stay on course :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall's Long Shadows

I love the long shadows you get this time of year when the sun is so low. I've done at least one load of laundry every day this week and there is very little direct sun on my clothesline. Everything has been getting dry anyway because of the gentle breezes and sweater-weather temperatures. I've heard it might reach 80 degrees sometime over this long holiday Columbus Day weekend. Enjoy it whatever you do. G.P.Schafer Architect photo found here

Stare Down Contest

You know who will win, don't you? This amazing photo of a short-eared owl is by Mark Trabue

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Easy Living

I can honestly say I can't picture myself here for months to come. I can't seem to catch up with all of my outside chores not to mention my inside ones. I feel as if I missed all of September due to all of the rain and Irene cleanup. I did a load of dark laundry today that was nothing but work clothes covered in mud. I guess the pampered life is not for me. Sigh. image via tumblr

Clever Use of Space

I want to climb that ladder in spite of my fear of heights but how would I ever get down again? via

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Library with Gallery Wall

This looks like a wonderful place to get cozy and read a book. via

More Little Library Photos

Andrew Carnegie built an impressive 2,509 libraries around the turn of the 20th century. Now Rick Brooks and Todd Bol from Wisconsin are on a mission to top Carnegie's total with their two-foot by two-foot Little Free Libraries.

These diminutive, birdhouse-like libraries, which Brooks and Bol began installing in Hudson and Madison, Wisconsin, in 2009, are typically made of wood and Plexiglas and are designed to hold about 20 books for community members to borrow and enjoy. Offerings include anything from Russian novels and gardening guides to French cookbooks.

See more photos and read more about these charming tiny free libraries here. I've already blogged about these birdhouses for books once but thought you'd want to see more photos. I still want one, don't you? Visit their website too: