Saturday, August 15, 2020

Cottage in Summer

I love the overhead fans on the porch. This cottage is all decked out for summertime living, isn't it? via

Friday, August 14, 2020

Pine Cones in Bloom

The pinecones, just beginning to open and still in an immature state are beautiful, aren't they?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Tub with a View

Yes, please. This looks like a delightful spot to soak and take in the view. via

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

I took this photo yesterday and happily my iPhone did a great job. This milkweed plant is very popular with all sorts of insects and butterflies. The plant has multiplied over the years and now it is a great companion for the limelight hydrangea next to it. As I have explained in the past, it is a volunteer that planted itself in the exact spot where it could thrive. See you later. xo

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Perfect House for These Times

This would be the perfect place to ride out this pandemic, wouldn't it? I love the lookout tower! via

Monday, August 10, 2020

Stone Cottage w/ Garden

Absolute perfection. I wouldn't change a thing except the occupant. Teleport me there now. via

This Quote is Me!

I do this all the time. via

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Bookplate: Birds Books Flowers

"No wealthy monarch can possess
 A greater store of golden hours
 Than can be found in happiness
 Of birds and books and flowers"

I bought a collection of antiquarian books years ago and this bookplate was in all the gardening books and this miniature book too. I love the sentiment, don't you?

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Root Ball from Downed Tree

I won't bore you with more photos but wanted you to see the root ball of my black walnut that blew over on Tuesday. My street has power but many people still do not. I have not driven my car since Monday so I really have no idea what's going on anywhere but my own home. It was truly a fast and furious storm. I hope a big cleanup is planned because I'm going to need it. Enjoy your weekend and be safe. xo

Friday, August 7, 2020

Storm Damage at My Cottage

Tree work done yesterday.

What a day. I got tree men to stop at my house quite by accident. The tree that was uprooted and over the road blocked them from going to another job so their supervisor said they could cut up the tree that was tangled in the power lines. This huge old black walnut held its ground until the very last instant. They could not understand why it would not let go. They had the other end cradled in a sort of rope hammock so it would not bounce back and sever the wires. They connected the rope to another higher tree in the woods to absorb the shock. The whole crew worked tirelessly and did a super job except for the debris cleanup on the street which I had to do as best I could with no leaf blower. I did the minimum work on the street and then concentrated on my own yard. I worked for 3 hours piling branches at road's edge cut side out for County cleanup later. The tree was in County owned parkland. I have been trying for almost 20 years to have them cut it down but all they would do was assure me the tree would not hit my cottage. Instead it disrupted power on my street for going on 5 days. The linemen are coming next to deal with the power lines. I am thankful for my generator and for being a strong, independent woman! The other side of my back driveway to the right of this photo does not show. Picture with your mind's eye lots of cut logs in front of my grove of spruce trees and a leaning telephone pole with twisted and sagging lines. See you later. xo UPDATE: Power restored Friday night at 9PM. So happy! This is the longest period I have been without power since I got my generator. I felt sorry for the people in the dark for 4-1/2 days and used my electricity sparingly. Winter without power is much worse than summer with its long days.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Walled Entrance with Blue Doors

I always love the old walled entrances that have remained untouched. This one with the beautiful double doors with applied decoration in old blue paint is especially wonderful. via

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

House with Amazing Garden

Here is a photo of the beautiful house that goes with the enclosed garden with no grass. My generator is running full blast and has been since the hurricane yesterday. The largest black walnut you have ever seen in the parkland next to me was uprooted and is over the road. No power anywhere. Who knows how long this will take. No words. Be safe. xo

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Garden Lawn at Open House Today

I went to a public open house today and this is the front "lawn" leading to the main entrance. Not a blade of grass in sight. The beginning of the front brick walk was lined with hostas that weren't looking so great because of the intense heat we've been having and I think they were getting too much sun. I think it would be very hard to have everything looking great all the time but these hydrangeas were quite happy. Hope you enjoyed the first weekend in August. xo

Outdoor Shower Love

This tropical outdoor shower looks quite private and inviting. via I am all set to hunker down for the next three days when the tropical storm/hurricane comes my way. It's very overcast this Sunday morning and the wind is already kicking up. Be safe if it's coming your way too. xo

Saturday, August 1, 2020

1909 Painting: A Bed of Poppies

Maria Oakey Dewing (1845–1927), A Bed of Poppies, 1909. Oil on canvas, 25⅛ x 30⅛ inches. Courtesy, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, gift of anonymous donor (1931). 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wonderful Room with Rag Rug

This colorful rag rug just makes this room, doesn't it? I love the draperies edged with ball fringe too. I am trying to figure out the easy chair in striped fabric with green cushions. Are the arms freestanding? It's very interesting and looks comfortable. I love the gathered skirt.

New Arrangement in My LIving Room

I have done some major rearranging in my living room all because of my television. I recently bought a used but not abused Apple TV from a neighbor. It is third generation but it works wonderfully well and I am able to stream shows from my iPad to my TV. I have also joined Acorn TV with a one year subscription and am enjoying it thoroughly. I moved my largest sofa beside this antique tiger maple sewing stand because the companion sofa you see in this sofa was not long enough for naps and not as comfortable as my longer one that was formerly between my French doors leading to my balcony. I had to rearrange my lamps too. All of them. I bought this vintage cocktail shaker lamp with the hand-painted shade months ago at an estate sale. It has been up in my attic waiting for a home and got one this week. I am not a drinker but loved this lamp. I have a large collection of decanters all across the top of my bookcase so the martini glasses drawn on each panel are still appropriate. They don't even show when the lamp is turned on. It has a small bulb and casts a beautiful glow that is not too bright for TV binging. I am very happy with everything and will post more photos from time to time. I had many early morning errands to run this morning regarding real estate and I'm not finished yet. It's still too hot to work outside and I am thankful for my central air. I keep it at a high setting and turn it off at night and open the windows when I can. Otherwise a fan in the bedroom is all I need. Stay cool. and wear a mask when you go out xo

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

Gorgeous Yellow Flower

What an amazing flower and a spectacular photo too. via

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Yard Goals: Mowed Path

This wide mowed path is quite wonderful. It probably wasn't always flanked by tall grasses left to go wild but it transitioned perfectly. The old house is charming too. Enjoy your Sunday and picture me hiding in my my cottage with the air conditioning running with three days of temps in the 90s coming up. Stay cool. xo

Friday, July 24, 2020

Extraordinary Curb Appeal

This is absolute perfection. I especially love the diamond walkway leading up to this beautiful home. via A larger view of this home is on Melissa Penfold's Instagram.

Middleburg VA Renovation

Just wonderful. via

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Cultivated Wild Landscaping in Napa

I loved reading the article about this Architectural Landscaping couple who got stuck at their vacation home during quarantine and totally revamped the outside with cultivated wildness. It looks fabulous and the poppies growing in the cracks are right up my alley. Followed by hollyhocks! What could be better? Read the entire article here. Enjoy! xo

Blue Bermuda Shutters

While we are on the subject of Bermuda shutters, I thought you might like to see another example. This one is wonderful. It must have been a challenge to get the paint color to match the pool water exactly! Stay cool. xo