Wednesday, 30 September 2015

1 October

last weekend was the St. Vincent De Paul Yard sale

at St. Tom's church here on this rather tiny island

I managed to stumble across something I've been hoping to find for years and years

a beautiful old hutch (Welsh dresser)

priced for a song

I spied it  tucked away in the back of the church shed

covered in dust bunnies and spider webs

I quickly handed over my money and started figuring out how to fit it into my car

It took me three trips around the corner to my house...

one trip to clean out the snorkeling gear, beach towels, sand pails and various other summer supplies

one trip to bring the bottom section, and the last trip to bring the top section

I managed to carry everything up to our flat on the second floor

while Joe was sleeping (he works the night shift)

I got it all cleaned up and set about making it look like it was part of the family

Isn't it funny how just one thing can inspire a creative streak in a person.

In order to fit the hutch in the kitchen I had to move the antique bureau that was there -

which meant I had to move the living room chair which was sitting

where the bureau would go.
This is what the bureau looks like in the living room.
I know that some may think it odd to have a bureau in the living room

but I like it

It's really a perfect spot for storing little blanket to toss over chilly shoulders in mid-winter

and crayons, water-colours, and construction paper

I am honored to be featured today
 over at Share your cup Thursday 

I love visiting there on Thursdays.

I always get such great ideas for decorating my home. 

It's my goal this season to take more pictures indoors.

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rainy day

It's pouring rain here and I can hear thunder in the distance. It shall be rainy all day.

These are some of my favorite kinds of days to be sure.

We are expecting stormy weather for the next two or three days....

I am making steady progress on the Autumn cross stitch

and will not start any other project till this one is finished -

no matter how much I may be day dreaming of that beautiful pink yarn in the basket...

I am very close to completing all of the pumpkins with just a few more bits here and there to go.

I think I shall be able to do those tonight.

After that is just the other half of the fence posts!

It will probably take me a week or so to stitch all the outlining

I am hoping to be done by mid October.

I've pulled out my copy of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for the coffee table.

It's beautifully illustrated by Will Moses.

There are a few other Autumn-ish books that I will pull from around the house.

I like a stack of them in plain view during the season.

they remind me of times with my daughters when they were small. 

I hope the weather is not so blustery where ever you are...

or if it is, I hope you are able to enjoy it just the same.

linking up today with

30 September

reflections in a Languid river bend

Rivers reflect what they are surrounded by

as do I.

Therefore, I must choose my surroundings very carefully

my thoughts become my words, my words become my actions,

my actions become my habits, my habits become my character


A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth good; 
and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth evil: 
for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Luke 6:45

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Michaelmas day

a day to celebrate the end of harvest season

and the beginning of autumn

won't you come with me and see the beauty of
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Monday, 28 September 2015

28 September

 the good

when my sister, Holly, saw this picture of my daughter she said she could still see

Hannah as a two year old.

One time  when Hannah was two Holly tried to carry her up the back stairs at our mum's house

Hannah was insisting "I do it!"

Holly had to carry her back down to the very step she had stopped her at

and Hannah climbed up from there all by herself!

She is 27 now and hasn't changed in that regard.

She's still a little scrapper.

OK the random....and catching light....and mellow yellow light all over the woods

lichen growing on a pine tree

 there is always more fun

around the next bend

It's nice to have something photographic

to authenticate my existence 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

27 September


this is from a few years ago on a family trip to Newport, RI.

Everyone has grown up so much in the past 4 years 

but the love for one another has only grown stronger

of an afternoon

less is more it ever....


my beautiful baby girl....who at 27 years old isn't such a baby anymore

Girl, you know you make me high
 when you turn your love my way
-Allman Brothers

photographer's choice

me...which Hannah took while I was playing around in the faerie wood we were walking through

Friday, 25 September 2015

25 September

Hannah and I met in the faerie wood

we picnicked on white wicker chairs

fresh bread and tart cherry jelly

with raspberry tea in jars

and molasses cookies

and just each other for company

which sets a mother's heart a twirling

when her daughter is 27

and just the two of you are chasing frogs 

and befriending pine trees

in a faerie wood

of an autumn afternoon

There's no place like New England in the autumn

and this was only the very first day

along the riverbanks

are olden pines

who whisper strength and steady friendship

when you stop to listen


Where the frogs are

You set my life a whirling

darling when you're twirling

on the floor

and who cares about tomorrow

what more is tomorrow

than another day

when you swept me away

yeah you swept me away
-Avett brothers

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

24 September

the first day of Autumn

means molasses cookies

the house smells sweet and spicy

the ocean breeze floats in through the windows that are still open

and a little bit later when the sun is setting 

the slightest scent of a beach fire
a family has lit across the street
we need to grab our sweatshirts before heading out the door...
and maybe some cookies to share with  them

You can find the recipe for these cookies


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home sweet home

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Yarn over

making my way through....

I've finished all five miniature quilts and have started on the fence posts now

the nights are coming earlier and I have more time for needlework 

I haven't been doing much reading

except for the occasional passage from the bible

there have been many opportunities for spending time with family 

which is my favorite thing ever

23 September Autumnal Equinox


Father of light

I thank you for the blessings that Autumn brings

 the peacefulness of the lowering light, 

the calmness of longer shadows,

the lessons of looking inward and calling close those that I love

Guide me through your wooded paths

teach me to embrace the open joys of summer along with the harvest

 the bright and dying colors of autumn

sing to me a sweet song

Allow my spirit to find rest and peace in this quieter season.

Bring love and peace and harmony to my home

and to all those who read these words



Blessed be

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

tuesday afternoon

morning dew glistening in the beach grasses

won't you come with me and see the beauty of
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Monday, 21 September 2015

21 September

the good

autumn is on her way! 

We woke this morning to a chilly house

and ran about closing the windows.  

Welcome home my favorite season.

The fun

 It has still been warm enough for a bit more wharf jumping.


the random

The ocean has been filled (and I mean filled) with these strange plankton called Salps.

they are not jellyfish or eggs, they are plankton.

They are completely harmless, just the tiniest bit slimy,

and feel like little bits of rope brushing against you while you are swimming. 

they are in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and along the Delmarva peninsula, among other places.

very strange lives and HERE is a short video if you are interested in learning more about them.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

20 September


Geese in the mist at lowlands

This is the softball field we can see from our kitchen windows.

In summer we watch the evening games

and in autumn we watch the geese landing low under the morning mist

this is our house just across from the fields

we live on the second floor and you are looking at the kitchen windows in the back of the house.

On the right is short beach, which is where I took the picture of the sunrise just below this picture.

In the front of the house is Dog beach and a beautiful view of the Boston skyline.

sunrise at Short Beach

the bridge over the Exeter

at Phillips Exeter Academy

(from the archives)

the bottom of a mushroom sitting on a fencepost

butterfly in the community gardens

Saturday, 19 September 2015

19 September


If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, 

and his love is perfect in us.

I hadn't been to Marjoram park in a few weeks.

There was a time, in high summer, when I was there every day,

and every day I would find a tiny gift to leave at the base of

the giant pine tree whose majestic branches hang over the cliff

framing the view of the Atlantic,

or the largest old Oak who drops his acorns

in musical harmony

on the grasses beside me while I sit on the benches.

This day I found two rocks on the beach beneath

and climbed up the hilly path.

I leaned the larger rock, which looked like a cat's head, against the pine

and the smaller triangular rock I stood on end below the Oak.

In return they shared with me

a smallish oak leaf

browned with the coming autumn

a heart in the middle

green to show that love still lives

outlined in yellow for friendship

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Friday, 18 September 2015

soul food friday

in the morning he wakes me...

working the night shift leaves him awake in the moonlight and darkness

even on nights off

he prowls the house on the other side of my daytime

while I am asleep

So we go outside together into the pre-dawn

me with my cup of coffee

and he with his chamomile tea

from the Psalms

open my lips, oh Lord,  and my mouth shall proclaim thy praise

create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me

search me and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts;

and see if there be any wicked way in me

and lead me in the way everlasting


so we toss ourselves in all our vulnerability at the edge of this big blue ball

we twirl upon

we hold ourselves at the edge

and we feel ourselves turning into the very first light of day

and we enjoy the ride


 we are driving home from breakfast

when Joe tells me that as we ate he considered his plight

~this crazy beautiful sunrise in a world that's sometimes tortured~

and when he glanced up he noticed the man at the table next to us

had no hands

"tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free

'tis a gift to come down where we ought to be

and when we find ourselves in the place just right

it will be in the valley of love and delight

when true simplicity is gained

to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed

to turn, turn will be our delight

till by turning, turning we come round right

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