Monday, October 22, 2012

A Delightful Bedroom

I love the painted primitive bench at the foot of the bed. via

Linen Storage

I love the built-in linen presses and open shelves for linen storage. So much nicer than a linen closet. via You almost never see this old-fashioned feature in new homes -- only old ones.

Young Queen and Her Dad

Best photo ever of King George VI and a very young Queen Elizabeth II. Her face is still exactly the same, isn't it? via

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Primitive Bucket Bench Finds New Life

I love this antique bucket bench used to display collections of very interesting things. via

Perfect Sunday

I have to host a realtor open house today at my listing with no wifi so I might stop at the Deli and pick up a New York Times. I'm reading a good book too so I'll be fine. Last Sunday was very busy there and I got no reading done at all. I think the same will hold true today as well. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

More Autumn Leaves

There are still lots of leaves on the trees here at the cottage. Some trees are absolutely bare though. It always seems that the trees closest to the house are the last to lose their leaves. So I do fall cleanup until it gets really cold. Last year we had that freak show storm over Halloween weekend that was a nightmare. Fingers crossed for a normal fall from start to finish this year.

A Fabulous Built-in Pantry

This is a great one that would be so useful. I love the painted floor too. The fine woodworker did a great job. I'm sure the rest of the kitchen is wonderful too. I woke up to a foggy Saturday morning and thankfully the rain we had almost all day yesterday has subsided. When the fog burns off, we are supposed to have great fall weather. Enjoy the weekend! via

Friday, October 19, 2012

Cats Planning Another Trip

Remember their last one? Click here. Wonder where they are going this time? via Have a great weekend.

Sleeping Porch Bedroom, Ranch Style

I would love to stretch out here and take an afternoon nap -- right now. via

Adorable Dachshund Puppy with Apple

Do I get to keep the apple after my photo shoot? photo by EmilyDawn2

Doorway Opening in the Hedge

And what a huge hedge it is! I wonder how long it took for it to get this high? via

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Some Huge Pumpkins for Fall Decorations

This collection of very large pumpkins looks fabulous against the backdrop of this beautiful old weathered brown house. via Do you decorate your house in the fall? 

Vampire Bat Kitten - Halloween - Scary NOT :)

Classical Fireplace

Absolutely beautiful. Love it all. The fireplace surround, the antiquarian books, the vintage photograph, the fencing sword. Not sure about not having any andirons or fireplace screen though. via

Bermuda Shutters

I have several windows that could use Bermuda shutters in the summertime. Especially one in my bedroom that gets the late afternoon sun. I wonder how hard it is to find the hardware? I love this old carved marble dog statuary too. via

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lovely Orange Cat Nose

My New Microwave Oven

I finally broke down last week and got a microwave after all these years. We have one downstairs but how inconvenient is that to have to run down a flight of steps to use one? So I put mine in the pantry and it worked out ever so much better than I ever thought it could. We have been having healthier meals too -- like a baked sweet potato for lunch. It seems right at home in the pantry too. It wouldn't have been appropriate on any of my kitchen counters. Why did I wait so long?

When you look in the pantry from the kitchen, you don't even know a microwave is hiding just around the left corner.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Door Disguised as a Bookcase

When closed, this door is indistinguishable from the other bookcases that lined the walls -- except for the doorknob. It is the study door of Charles Dickens at his home at Gad's Hill Place. The dummy books contain some humorous titles invented by the author. This was an extremely important room to Dickens that was always kept locked when he was not occupying it and no servants were allowed to enter. More pictures and descriptions of his beloved home here.

A Very Long Book

I adore illustrations by Franco Matticcio. Found here. See a great collection of his artwork here and become a fan too.

Tiger Elephant

Isn't this wonderful? Now he's the King. What good handlers this elephant must have! via

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fabulous Marble and Stone Bathroom

designed by Thomas Hamel and Associates via. So elegant in its simplicity.

Boatload of Pumpkins

Farmer Harald Wenske transports a harvest of pumpkins from a field that can be reached only by his traditional boat in Lehde in the Spreewald forest, Germany. Photo: Patrick Pleul via The Guardian

Great Old Halloween Masks

Homemade ones are always the best, aren't they? The Owl and Pumpkins heads are quite wonderful in spite of the girls' impoverished surroundings. via 25 Totally Odd and Awesome Vintage Halloween Photos

Roses and Tomatoes

This really is one of the last roses of summer.

I'm already missing the wonderful tomatoes. These were floating in my sink last month.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

View from Anne Boleyn's Bedroom

The view from the room traditionally thought to have been Anne Boleyn’s childhood bedroom at Hever Castle. via

HaHa -- Alpha Dog

Halloween Costume

I have no idea who this character is, do you? Is this a Halloween costume or a story illustration? Anyway, I like it!!! via Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mahogany Planter Boxes

I was so excited when I spotted this pair of hand-made mahogany planters with string inlay at a rummage sale recently. They have custom zinc liners that are removable too. They cleaned up nicely and I finished them with a coat of Butchers Wax.

I have no idea how long these johnny jump ups will last in the house but it's nice having them in my kitchen for even a short while. They came in my Easter Basket this year. 

Henry went home and Webster is sound asleep after a busy day babysitting and playing. [my photos]

Red Knitted Pullover Shawl Thingie

I'm usually not one for ruffles but I like this knitted pullover whatever you call it (capelet). I'm going to look for a pattern and knit one. I have red yarn! If you find one first, please let me know. Knitter: Anemone.

A Guest for Breakfast this Morning.


We have Henry the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for the day and he's a cone head. He got an infected nail and this cone collar keeps him from licking the boo boo. It doesn't bother him one bit. You should have seen Tabitha (the cat) trying to figure out what he had on his head. It was hilarious. I gave him a Canine Cottage Special for breakfast and once again, he was a member of the clean plate club. I love to see dogs eat with gusto.

Napping with A Friend

I put Webster's elephant squeak toy in Henry's cone so he could have a little pillow for his after-breakfast nap.

Autumn Harvest

The big crates of local and New York State apples are one of my favorite things about fall. We had our first frost last night and at 8am it was 34 degrees outside my bedroom window. Thankfully, I brought in my geraniums and put a cover on cast iron urn that is by the front door. I have to dig those plants up and repot them. Have a great weekend. See you later. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

These times are hard, but they will pass. SafetySuit

discovered here
Be sure and watch this music video showing fans of the band called SafetySuit holding up signs expressing their 'hard times'. It's very moving. If you can't see it click here.

ADELE - Skyfall (James Bond Theme) 007

Written by ADELE and Paul Epworth.

Skyfall is the name of new James Bond film.

Her voice is so beautiful.

Bobtail Sheep Dog Hiding in Plain Sight

This made me laugh. I love the expression on the dog's face and the sheep appear to really be fooled, don't they. via

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nice Tree Bark

I took this photo when Webster and I had our dog duty with his two little friends a few weeks ago. I loved the shadows on the bark of this old tree. We have bright sun and crisp cool air outside here at the cottage today. Our town is giving free flu shots this afternoon and that's the only thing on my calendar. The grass in the front needs a good mowing so I'll fire up the push mower after the morning dew evaporates. See you later. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In The Clouds

The most beautiful photo I've ever seen!
by Jose Juaquin Perez via

Vintage Photo of an Egg-Scraping Party

WOW...Look at the lengths these brave men with their tall ladders are taking to control an insect. Early efforts to eradicate gypsy moths included "egg-scraping parties" to remove egg masses before the larvae hatched. See other archival photos here.

When The Frost Is On The Padlock

This looks a hoar frost. I wish I could see one in person. via Mother Nature can be so very artistic when the conditions are just right, can't she?

Real Live Stuffed Animals

Have you EVER seen anything more adorable? Tell me please what they are. I want one! via
Update: I found out and if I ever go to Switzerland I want to pet (not eat) one. The Valais Blacknose is a breed of domestic sheep originating in the Valais region. It is a coarse-wooled breed from Switzerland kept primarily for meat. Both rams and ewes are horned.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Cutest Kitchen

I adore this kitchen with almost no counter space, don't you. I love that rolling accordion trolley as a sink base too. You will definitely enjoy seeing more of this New Hampshire Lake Cabin via Country Living with lots of before and after photos in the slideshow.

Green Leaves and Red Berries

I'm happy the birds still have plenty to eat in the form of wild berries here at the cottage. These colors look a lot like Christmas, don't they?

Leaves with spots

I don't know if we are going to have a beautiful fall with lots of color this year or not. There seems to be a total lack of red. Just green, yellow, brown, and then they fall to the ground. So many of the leaves have this spotted disease too. We shall see. There is a light rain this morning and Webster got his walk so I don't have to feel guilty today when I leave for my office meeting and my very own open house. See you later. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Mushroom Is Getting BIGGER

The mushroom is now bigger than the ball. I took this iPhone yesterday on the last walk of the day with Webster. I have been soooooo busy with paperwork for a new real estate listing and taking photos for the MLS that I haven't even walked poor Webster at all today. It is almost 9pm and I'm going out with him now. My poor mother has been letting him out for me. I have an open house tomorrow so I'll be busy until afternoon and then things should go on auto-pilot. I always work very hard to get everything done before the listing goes live but couldn't get the interior photos until today because of work being done inside. I just uploaded them so I can relax and watch some TV after the walk.
See you tomorrow....maybe.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Goodnight Moon

I took this from my balcony several days ago when the moon was beautiful and the sky was dark. It looked much better in person. Goodnight everyone. Hope you have a nice weekend.

The hand-carved surround with acanthus leaves and beading is an absolutely beautiful architectural element for this door knob, isn't it? The patina on the door is pretty wonderful too. via