Friday, May 29, 2015

A House Wren in My Bird Bottle

I have several of these handmade redware pottery bird bottles from Colonial Williamsburg hanging on my house. This one is on the back of my cottage so I can see and enjoy it from my balcony. It was fun watching the nest building earlier in the spring. Want one? Order here while they have free shipping. The two centuries old HISTORY behind these authentic bird bottles can be read here. Enjoy!

I got as close as I could with my iPhone in hand before Jenny Wren flew away. I promise not to bother her again while she hatches her babies. If you want to see an old blog post of mine with a photo of a bird nest I removed from one of these bottles on the front of my house, click here. I had to remove it when I had my cottage painted two years ago.
PS--I woke up earlier than ever this morning. Sigh. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Early To Bed

Good Night Sweet Friends. Sleep Tight. xo
For some reason I've been waking up way too early lately and my mind starts racing immediately. I don't have any personal problems, but lots of real estate issues prior to a closing next month. This dog looks the way I feel when I fall into bed each evening. Early to bed and early to rise isn't really my preferred style but that's the way my body has been working lately. I'll be glad when it decides to return to normal.

Yellow Iris in a British Riverbed

Yellow Iris, Weston, Staffordshire, England
An Original Photography by this blogger.

Angel Keeping Watch Over A Grave

This lichen covered antique marble angel is so very lovely. She's looking over someone's departed earth angel. via

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hide and Seek: Lamb Style

Boo. I found you. via

Old Westbury Gardens, the former Phipps Estate on Long Island

There is a wonderful photo tour of the Phipps Estate and Gardens on The New York Social Diary. There are photos showing winter and summer views and it's fabulous. One of my friends toured this mansion and others on The Gold Coast of Long Island recently and she enjoyed this one especially.

Now that summer is almost here, snow seems like a vague memory, doesn't it?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gorgeous Home that Needs Some Pruning

This beautiful home is on the verge of being overgrown. I'm really into pruning and thinning and clipping so I could easily take this on and really enjoy it. via 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Prelude to Summer - Memorial Day

What a great outfit. Circa 1951 but timeless.

A Garage with a Porch

Is this a cottage? No, it's a garage.

How very clever. See the rest of the Pinewold Cottage complex here. Isn't it wonderful? What a place to celebrate Memorial Day. Have a good one. xo

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Poppies for Memorial Day

In Flander's Field by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

From an old blog post of mine.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Lovely Scene in the English Countryside

I honestly can't tell if the gentleman on the tractor is driving the sheep or trying to get around them. Either way, this photograph is wonderful. Just look at that newly plowed field in the background! via

Happy Caturday from Tabitha

Tabitha went back to bed this morning. It's really chilly outside so she's cozy, warm and happy on top of my woolen blanket. It went down to 45° last night but the sun's out and it will be in the low 70s later. I am still wearing my flannel pajamas and it's great sleeping weather. Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Be safe xo

Friday, May 22, 2015

An Impressive Entrance w/ Screen Door

This has to be the best door surround I have ever seen. I really like the Chippendale screen door too. Beechwoods, Allan Greenberg, Architect. Click on the link for more exterior photos.

The View from The Bath Tub

Soaking here would be a delight. There's nothing like a nice hot bath in an old tub with a beautiful view from a vintage window. Total privacy overlooking the water is the icing on the cake. I wonder if this is a year-round home or a summer place? Memorial Day weekend is the traditional time for opening up and preparing your summer house for the season. It's all I can do to keep one house in order so I am not jealous one bit. Really! I alternate between having a great outside and a messy inside. Right now my cottage is almost in apple pie order and the outside is calling me. I have to say I am really enjoying spring this year. I think it's because my mower turned over the first time I tried and I never got behind as I usually do, waiting for it to come back from the shop.  Have a safe long weekend and I'll see you later. xo

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Covered Open Porch with Balcony Above

I love the lattice work and especially the Chippendale railing. It's still pretty chilly here in New Jersey but outdoor living is just around the corner. Memorial Day seems very early too. via

Wickford Village, Rhode Island Historic District

Wickford is a small American village in the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, which is named after Wickford in Essex, England.
Established in 1709, Wickford Village provides picturesque waterfront streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops featuring jewelry, housewares, clothing and more. You’ll also find galleries, antique shops, cafes and restaurants nestled amongst beautifully maintained churches, colonial homes and gardens. Have a boat? Tie up to the town dock while you explore the village.
Whether it’s stress free holiday shopping or watching the boats go by on the harbor, Wickford offers something for the whole family in every season. Even your dog will enjoy a refreshing drink of water outside the many shops and restaurants in our pet friendly village.
Hmmm. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? I've never been there but it's now on my bucket list.

The Art of The Silversmith

Antique sterling creamer circa 1880. 
Yes, please, I'd like a little cream in my coffee and the creamer in my purse.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gallery Wall Behind a Desk

This is quite wonderful, isn't it? What a great place to sit and day dream. I love it all! xo

Antique Globe on Stand

Vintage (circa 1914-1924) Terrestrial Table Globe on Tripod Stand from W. and A.K. Johnston Limited, Edinburgh via

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WOW. What a Laundry Room

If you've ever dreamed of a combination laundry room, flower arranging, potting room, this is definitely it. via

Floor on The Ceiling too.

Wonderful Floor and Ceiling treatments. 
Love both of them in this hallway.

Cone of Shame for Humans

This made me laugh. We all probably know someone we can send this to, don't we? 
Click here for 27 Funny But Thought-Provoking Images Of How Smartphones Have Taken Over Our Lives

Monday, May 18, 2015

Beautiful Family Entry

This is too pristine to be called a mudroom and I'm sure everyone is trained to leave the mud outside. It's beautiful, isn't it? via

The Human Body, Animated

This is great, isn't it? via

Illustrations: Animals w/ Wanderlust

These two are my favorites. See more wonderful crafts and pictures from children's books showing animals with wanderlust here.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Picture-Perfect Cottage

I love this cottage on the edge of the woods.
Have a great weekend.