On dragonfly wings


Today is the first day of the Marblehead Festival of Arts!

The little harbour town that I live in has been having a festival of arts every Fourth of July since 1966!

It lasts for 5 days, this year it runs from 1 July through 4 July.

There are all kinds of artwork displayed in churches and antique buildings, there is music daily in Crocker park, and on the Fourth there is a beautiful harbour illumination and fireworks! 

I happened to notice a sweet little mama robin and her baby in a nest just under the stairway as I looked out the guest room window into the back garden.
As I watched them the mama flew away and came back with a treat for her little one. 

Joe and I treated ourselves to lobster rolls on Tuesday evening. 
They were made my very favourite way, warm with nothing but butter and a little bit of seasonings.
So delicious! 

Fort Sewell is located just up the street from me and was recently renovated.
The held a celebration for the town which included the Glover Regiment lighting a brand new Revolutionary war replica cannon. 

One of the things I love about living here in “old town” Marblehead is that every evening during the boating season a cannon is lit from the Boston Yacht Club and each of the other Yacht clubs in town answer it by lighting their own cannon. Every evening, at official sunset, we hear about 4 different cannons go off one after the other. They also light the cannons off at 8:00 in the morning. 
I love hearing them. They are not so loud as to frighten the animals but they let one know that the day has either officially begun or officially ended. 

Little flower gardens look so quaint and cottage-like in the small sidewalk gardens about town. 

The pre-revolutionary streets are very narrow and winding here with the homes built with very little or no front yards at all. Folks find tiny strips of earth and plant the prettiest little gardens along the sidewalks in front of their homes. 

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I haven’t been blogging for about 6 months now. I think I just curled inward after the loss of my mother last summer. Perhaps, like the beautiful dragonflies that I love so much, I metamorphosed into…well, I’m not quite sure what yet. Maybe a more complete woman, a woman without a mother.
I still miss her every single day
But I have begun to shed the darkness and let my wings start to dry in the sunlight. 


  1. It's good to hear from you again! The Arts festival sounds like a lot of fun. I love that people find ways to plant flowers even in small spaces.

  2. I visited Marblehead many, many years ago. I remember it as a very quaint and lovely place.

  3. It is perfectly fine to take time from the normal after such a huge loss. My Dad died this spring and though we weren't super close I still find it very hard some days and find myself doing the same. So glad you are able now to slowly open up your wings again. Your 4th of July sounds wonderful. I'm avoiding the Canada Day crowds this year and might go for a nice bike ride.

    P.S. Would you mind emailing me you email so I can return comments when you leave them on my posts? I've had a heck of a time with some sights when they migrated my email account to gmail last year and your comments don't come into my email for some reason and I can't click on your link in your profile without having to add yet another account. But if you email me I can add you to my list. If you don't want to that is perfectly fine. I'll just comment here. :)

  4. Nice to see you here. I love your analogy with dragonflies. I think losing a mother (or a father) reminds us that we are not invincible and, if we weren't already, we have to act like a grown up and for some that's not easy. Sounds like you have a fun weekend lined up. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. I had been wondering what happened to you, it is so good to see you again! I am glad to know you are well, and still living in the same beautiful place. I understand completely, having lost my Mom as well. I believe it is something you never get over, you just continue to learn how to live with it. Your photos are so lovely, they always have their own special soft look.

  6. I am so glad you are back blogging. I know how hard it is to lose your mother. Hugs to you.
    Aren't the little flower gardens wonderful? Summer is so so full of blessings like flowers and cannons (lucky you! That sounds like a really fun thing) and an arts festival. Enjoy each day and each activity!
    Happy July Fourth Weekend!

  7. It's so nice to read your blog again. Your little town looks like a place I would love to explore. When I lost my mom I withdrew from a lot of things for a while. My children were little, so it was a busy time, but I found comfort in re-reading some of my favorite books by Jan Karon. I hope you are finding peace in our days as well.

  8. I'm so happy to hear you're blogging again. I frequently check for Selah. So sorry for your mom's passing friend. The activities around your neck of the woods sound great, relaxing, and fun.

  9. Everyone grieves differently, and I miss my Mom all the time, especially on those particular days when we need a Mother's love and a protector and friend by our side. : )



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