Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Nicely scaled new house with small rooms for cozy family living. I like it, don't you? I'm so glad sensibility is back. via

Family Album Necklace

This ancestry necklace would definitely be a conversation piece wherever it was worn. via

A Dog Named Steve

He can't see you but he can smell you! via

Happy National Lighthouse Day

It was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers. In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day. Read more here.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tonight's Dinner

This is what I had for dinner. There were three leftover salmon croquettes in the refrigerator that I sliced in half and reheated in a little olive oil. I cut a large red bell pepper in half and spread it with red pepper hummus. Delish. My mom enjoyed hers too. Cleanup was a snap. We had homemade brownie ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Ground Hog Day is over now and I can do as I please until bedtime. 

Eating Porridge | Jessie Willcox Smith

This would be me almost every morning without the table cloth and my blue and white Canton bowl is much smaller. Oh, and no onlookers either except for Webster. via

Kitchen Love

Kitchen by William B. Litchfield Designs

Favorite Flowers at My Cottage


Lace Cap Hydrangea

Lily of the Valley
I took these photos in the spring and can still smell the fragrance of the lily of the valley in my mind.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lovely Library

I'm sure this family spends lots of quality time in this lovely library designed by Boris Baranovich Architects.

In the Hamptons

The nice thing about photographing homes in the winter is being able to see the architecture in spite of the trees. This weathered shingle beauty is in Southampton via The Idyll Explorer

Kitten in a Hollow Tree with Flowers

Someone was in the right place at the right time to take this adorable photo, right? Enjoy your Sunday. via

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beach Cottage -- Cornwall UK

When I go to Cornwall and tour the Cornish Coast, maybe I'll rent this charming cottage. I've never been to that part of England and I so enjoy what I see when I watch Doc Martin. Click here to tour the cottage and see more photos. It's on 52 acres!!!!

Perfect Summer Dessert

Wonderful summer dessert - a jar of lemon curd whipped with light cream cheese topped with lush fresh berries on a split angel food cake. If you use a store-bought cake, this is a no-bake recipe. I think this would be good with pound cake too. YUM! via

Did you plant any seeds today?

Clouds over My Cottage

This is a recent sky view over my cottage captured with my trusty iPhone. Have a great weekend with or without white puffy clouds and a dark blue sky!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Extraordinary Stone Wall

Magnificent stone wall with hydrangeas behind. What a lovely setting! via

Have a Great Weekend

1912 illustration from Dickens's Children by Jessie Willcox Smith. Read the eBook complete with all ten of the full-color illustrations by this wonderful artist HERE.

Broadway Tower Worcestershire UK

If you've never been to Broadway in the Cotswolds, you should definitely go. That's an order if you are going to be in England. I climbed to the top of this tower in the 1970s. I stayed at the Lygon Arms Hotel in a room with a Tudor decor. Photo source unknown.
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This is sweet and simple and I love it. Garden gnome and all. via

Thursday, August 2, 2012

This delightful marble bathroom must be in a very private location. It opens to a balcony or porch and the glazed door has no covering. People after my own heart. I love what I can see and want to see more. via Country Living

Bird Waiting for A Bath

I wish this guy would hurry up. He looks so cute with his punked up head feathers.

He is a very enthusiastic bather. Don't you love my faux bois birdbath? I got it years ago at an on-site auction and it's one of the few real ones I've ever seen.

The fallout is like taking a shower. I won't even need a bath when he finishes. my photos

Are you creative?

I consider myself to be a creative person and sometimes I can't figure out whether it's a blessing or a curse :) via

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fabulous Woody Wagon

Every time I run across a great photo of an old Woody Wagon my heart skips a beat. I wonder how many old ones are still road worthy? They certainly are great for hauling long wooden things, aren't they? via

Vintage Inspired Garden Sign

I really like this reproduction sign, don't you? via

Drive-in Movie

Do you miss drive-in movies as much as I do? I love all of the cars in this lot too. Where are the speaker stands? Were these people watching a silent film? via

Abbey House Gardens

Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, Wiltshire ~ Oh, this is so beautiful! via

Summertime Bathroom

This looks like a dellightful bathroom all ready for a houseful of guests that will be swimming and enjoying outdoor activities with hot showers afterwards. via

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Deer Boy by James Edward Deeds Jr.

James Edward Deeds, Jr. 1908-1987 -- Extraordinary American Outsider Artist. Read more about him here and don't fail to watch the video.

Decisions, Decisions

Spending a small amount of money is so very hard. via

Cats Movin' On

Why are these two running away from home? What is in the little suitcases? Are they hitchhiking too? Maybe they are just going on a trip. How does this story end? Happily, I hope. via

Monday, July 30, 2012

Lovely dog portrait

I have some tall grass like this. I think I'll try to photograph Webster standing in it. Wish me luck. via

Outdoor Dining at its Best

This is absolute perfection. via

DIY Twig Coat Rack

Isn't this a great idea. There is no tutorial but it looks pretty simple to me. Great look for a rustic interior. via

Wild Looking Frog

What would you do if you came upon an Amazon Horned Frog? They are indiscriminate eaters and grow to be the size of a small plate. via National Geographic, photo by George Grall I love his markings and think he looks very sweet.

A Beautiful Pond

I photographed this pond at a friend's home recently. The room it overlooks get the sunrise and this iPhone photo was taken late in the afternoon as you can see from the shadows. We have been having some lovely blue skies lately that remind me of the September skies that are coming in another month. They are my favorite...I love white fluffy clouds. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Keep Calm Rug ~ For the Athletes

So appropriate for the 2012 London Olympics. I'll take either color! Or one of each. Wouldn't it be nice to have a quote underfoot? I blogged this rug a long time ago and decided it was time to post it again for everyone participating in the Summer Games.

Wonderful Rabbit Sculpture

I love this sculpture by Olga Ziemska made of cut twig pieces, adhesive, enamel, and fiberglass.

Here is a close-up of the heartwood used as mosaic pieces.

This sculpture was created in 2011 and exhibited outdoors for the 7th Annual Public Art campaign celebrating the Chinese Lunar Year in Cleveland. Read more here.

My Replies Aren't Being Sent

If you haven't registered your email address on your Blogger profile I can no longer reply directly to you after you leave a comment. Those emails aren't going through and are being bounced back to me. From now on if your email address shows as: noreply-comment[at]blogger.com I will leave a reply in the comments section. xo, Rosemary

Leather Sofas for the Dogs

They could each have a sofa but they prefer to squeeze on one. Webster has a two-seater red one downstairs that he loves to stretch out on and he takes up the whole thing. These two labs are beautiful, aren't they and their owners must give them free run of the house. I'd love a tour. via

Tabitha Finds A Flower

She has been spending quite a lot of time in this spot watching the cleome volunteer get bigger. I just looked at the local weather report and we are supposed to have thunder showers for the next five days. It's much cooler and the A/C is off and all the windows are open. Everyone is happy to be able to hear the sounds of outside instead of being sealed in a refrigerator. Enjoy your Sunday and I'll see you later.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

2 Deer with Antlers Visit My Cottage

Luckily my big Nikon with the telephoto lens was on the coffee table when I spotted these two deer near my cottage at dusk. I sneaked outside and they froze and posed very nicely for me. They are beauties, aren't they? The buck to the rear has a bigger rack. Now, back to the Olympics. See you tomorrow.
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Have a Happy Weekend