Tuesday, June 5, 2012

La Maison

La Maison. Fenêtres éclairées, 1900
Henri Le Sidaner

Small Stone Cottage

I love the look of this small stone cottage. The size of the main house looks perfect for me. Anything that doesn't fit can go in the long addition in the back. One of the rooms back there will be a potting shed. Another will be a guest room. It's very charming, isn't it? Low maintenance too. Just wonderful!!!!! via

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth by Pietro Annigoni

'Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Regent' by Pietro Annigoni, 1954-5.
Copyright The Fishmongers’ Co.
I love this portrait; she looks very Napoleonic, doesn't she?

"The Queen: Art and Image," organized by the National Portrait Gallery, comes to London following a highly successful tour to Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff.
“The Queen is the most represented individual in history, but she remains an enigma. All we really have are images. This exhibition explores the creation of the queen’s public persona and the way such images reveals a world of changing ideas and values,” said Paul Moorhouse, curator of "The Queen: Art and Image," and 20th-century curator at the National Portrait Gallery. Read more...

Monday, June 4, 2012

19th-century Wardian Case

Isn't this the best architectural-form Wardian Case you've ever seen?  It reproduces the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London in 1851. via
Terrariums are generally credited with being invented by a gentleman named Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward. He invented them during the Victorian era and created a style of glass case with a metal frame that was very popular during the era. These terrariums were called "Wardian Cases" after Ward.

Double Decker Porch

When one porch is not enough, stack them. via

Cooling the Pies

If you close your eyes and inhale deeply, you can smell these pies cooling on the windowsill. via

Ivy Covered Dream House

Here is another classic country house with more cooperative ivy than the last one I posted. It's lovely, isn't it? I woke up to another cool rainy day. It seems the British weather has come to America. I enjoyed watching bits and pieces of the Queen's Jubilee yesterday with similar weather. Have a great week. via

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Jessie Wilcox Smith illustration

This looks like a good idea. Hope you had a good weekend. Goodnight. via

Moth on Window Screen at My Cottage

I still use my Nikon SLR for photos like this. I couldn't have captured this moth on the screen in my bedroom with my iPhone. It's good to have more than one camera. 

Piglet Rescues Tiger

Piglet cures broken heart of Tiger Mom. Click here for full story. Awwww.

No Mow Cottage

I'm drawn to this image since I spent the better part of two hours late yesterday afternoon 'mowing' my front lawn with my electric weed trimmer. The grass so long after all of the rain we had I had to whack it before I can mow it. This looks like a great solution, doesn't it? via
I must say this delightful photo makes me dislike house numbering in certain areas. Thank goodness we have normal house numbers where I live thanks to the town fathers that refused to go by the system shown on this old house. One can imagine this one is located is a very rural location and not in on a street where there are 1,014 houses before you get to this one. Maybe it's 1,015 miles to town center. Who knows? I think it deserves a lower number because of its age, don't you?

Best Sunroom Ever!

Deborah Leamann Interiors - From the floor to the ceiling and everything in between, I love it all. Have a lovely Sunday.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ivy Covered

Right ivy to left ivy, "I'll meet you in the middle." via

DIY Garden Gate

I love this idea!!! You should be looking for inexpensive gardening tools at garage sales to make this clever gate for your garden. via Unconsumption

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This doesn't happen very often. I got my copy while it was free for one day several months ago and I love it. This is an award-winning photo editing App for iPhone and iPad normally priced at $4.99. It's still the best one too so be sure to grab it while it's free!!! Found here.
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Everything is Buzzing in England for the Jubilee

I thought it would be fun to post this photo again of a Royal Foot Guard getting a haircut. Don't you wish you could be in London for the next 4 days to be a part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee? I've been looking at old pictures of her 60 years of service ever since I got up this morning. Now I love her more than ever!

Emma Bridgewater Mug via

Friday, June 1, 2012

Weekend at The Lake

Abolyont Lake...Wonderful photo © Ömer Dindar

Wonderful Window Wall with Door

Isn't this a spectacular floor to ceiling window with concealed door? It is cool and windy and feels almost like fall after that heat wave a few days ago. Mother Nature can't make up her mind. via
Have a great weekend.

Limeade Leftovers

Photo is mine.
I made a big pitcher of limeade yesterday and today I'm drinking limewater made from what was left in the bottom of the pitcher. Just like Martha!

A Magnificent Entrance

One can only imagine the loveliness at the end of this long drive. via

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Cat with The Heart-Shaped Whisker

It's a very sweet image, isn't it? I makes me sleepy just looking at it and it's way too early for me to be thinking about going to bed. We had a very lovely day today with sun and the first blue sky I've seen in ages and very comfortable temperatures. I was so happy to turn off the A/C before retiring last night. See you tomorrow. G'night. via

Great Quote for the Disorganized | A .A. Milne

                                                                                                 I made this.
Not properly planned and controlled.
(of a person) Unable to plan one's activities or surroundings efficiently.

Listen to A. A. Milne himself read from Winnie-The-Pooh in 1929 on a gramophone recording. This video is delightfully illustrated with family photos and illustrations from the book. Click here if you are unable to view.

Woody Convertible? - YES

This is the only convertible I would ever consider owning. via

Rose Cottage in Chedworth Gloucestershire UK

It seems only fitting to follow a Beatrix Potter drawing with a Cotswold cottage. via

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Knitting Mouse | Beatrix Potter

I love discovering new drawings by Beatrix Potter that I've never seen before. This knitting mouse delights me. Signed lower right H.B.P. for Helen Beatrix Potter, her full name. via

My Next Kitchen

Wow. This is really all you need, isn't it? You would never know this free-standing cupboard was complete kitchen, would you? When it's closed it looks like this:

Rolling Garden Bench

Wheelbarrow bench, Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. via

This is my favorite garden furniture design ever! Could anything be easier to move when you need to mow under it? I have a page bookmarked in an old gardening book with the following photo:

I blogged about it ages ago here. The photo still resides in my sidebar. I added the text to the photo to make this bench mine!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Bedroom of Choice for Tonight

It would be a nice place to bed down for tonight I think. I like the blue in the duvet cover but not the blue on the walls. The outside setting looks fabulous so I shan't complain. via

Perfect Reading Corner

This looks like a great place for reading and blogging, doesn't it? I might have to add a small bench beside the arm of the chaise but it's otherwise perfect. Agreed? via

Monday, May 28, 2012

Behind the Tall Hedge

It hurts me to look at this because it's almost too beautiful to be true. I don't think I could even dream about something this lovely. by Helena Bernáld Photography

Picnic on the Front Porch

Waiting for the parade to go by! I know it's a catalog photo but it's perfect for this Memorial Day porch picnic with watermelon. I love the painted flag from Pottery Barn.

Delightful Garden Shed

I love this tiny garden outbuilding made from salvaged materials, don't you? The arched gothic windows are fabulous. Happy Memorial Day. via

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Daisies are such delightful wildflowers.

They come up by themselves and require no care. I don't have enough yet to make a daisy chain. I took this photo yesterday on a walk through my field with Webster.

Vintage Memorial Day Postcard

How will you celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow? Parade, cookout, what? Kiss a veteran if you can. Be sure to honor those who serve and remember those who have passed on. Google Images

Can you see the face in this house?

Actually, it's all I can see. It's a happy house and it's smiling! Have a great day. via

Saturday, May 26, 2012


I hope you are having more luck with the sun than I am. I know it's still in the sky thanks to this iPhone capture on the bed in my guest room. It didn't last long and now it looks as if there's going to be another shower. Have a good Memorial Day Weekend no matter what the weather. 

Fabulous Colonial Kitchen for Today

I wouldn't change a thing except the name on the deed. It would be mine! via

Have You Planned Your Weekend Escape?

This elephant is planning his by measuring the jump. via photo by Judit Szabó

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wonderful Garden Path

Glorious Garden Paths -- Create a memorable walkway for your yard. See 19-photos from Better Homes and Gardens.

View from Farther Away

Here is a view of an earlier post from farther away during a moment of sun recently. I have 3 peony bushes and they are not all the same. So far only one variety is blooming. The watering cans keep Webster from breaking them. I have a whole vase full of broken stems at the kitchen sink that he broke while trying to take a shortcut.

Spring Flower Collage

I should have called this collage remembering sunshine! We can't seem to change the weather pattern we've been in all week. Can you believe it's Memorial Day weekend already? Have a good one. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Peony with Watering Can Protection

The watering cans make a great fence to keep the wonder dog from "watering" the peonies when I'm not looking. Enjoy your evening and I'll see you tomorrow. Goodnight.

My Very Own Peony ! ! !

And my very own handwriting. I used to have such good penmanship. Must practice! It's not that easy writing with your finger on an iPad.


This has got to be the best view I've ever seen from a bed. I love that one of the floor-to-ceiling windows is actually a door to the patio. It's heavenly, isn't it? via

Tabitha Grazes without Getting Her Paws Wet

Tabitha has a morning routine she follows each day without fail. She goes outside with me when I take my mom her morning coffee and open the curtains on the sliding glass door. She loves to eat a bite or two of some tough grass that grows on the edge of the deck. She hates to get her paws wet from the morning dew or overnight rain so she hangs over.

She is giving me a silent message to leave this spot long the next time I mow. Maybe I will and maybe I won't. When it's short all over she is forced to touch the ground. She avoids all outdoor exercise as you can see from her round form. When we go for a walk to the way back I usually have to carry her down there so she has to walk back.
People are always asking about Tabitha. I usually have on my pajamas when we go through this early morning ritual but today I had on my jeans and my iPhone was in my pocket.