Monday, June 20, 2016

A walk in the flowers makes for a magical experience

I'm just taking a quick moment to share a photo my husband snapped of me while I was taking photo myself.  Our second home is a small lake cabin located in Rangeley, Maine, and at this time of year (June) the fields of lupine are abundant to say the least.  Some of the largest fields you will find are on the approach to Mingo Springs Golf Course. On this day, the warmth of the sun, signing birds, and the soft sweet scent of lupine made this little experience quite magical.  This is one of my many examples of a simple luxury.  

Note:  If you too want to walk in the lupines, make sure to saturate yourself with bug repellent. This was not my first rodeo and I learned the hard way. :-)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lela Rose Pret -A - Party Book Signing

I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with fashion designer, Lela Rose, during her book signing at the Boston Design Center.  Below are just a few photos of the fun event and I have to add, I love her book!

Diced Vegetable Salad with Feta Cheese Recipe

When I'm looking to make something simple to bring to a party, or make at home for something delicious and healthy, I create a delicious diced salad with feta cheese or a Caprese salad with a balsamic glaze. 

The items I diced up for this salad:

- Tomatoes
- Yellow Peppers
- Orange Peppers
- Red Peppers
- Green Peppers (very few for us, the flavor can overwhelm the salad and I used mainly for color)
- Olives (I purchased a small can of pre-sliced)
- Red Onion
Crumbled Feta Cheese
Add a little salt to taste

Saturday, May 21, 2016

31 Home and Garden Gates, Fences, and Grand Entrances in New England

There is no doubt about it, I love making a grand entrance, but this post is about actual grand entrances 

Below are just a few photos of what I feel are beautiful gates and fences that welcome visitors to what lies ahead of them. Some are ushering you into a home, others gardens and private sanctuaries.  

Please keep in mind most are unedited and being presented in a casual manner. :-) 

Enjoy! Linda

North Andover, MA

Sunday, May 8, 2016

40 Things My Mother Taught Me

Today is Mother's Day and while I sit and sip my morning coffee, I am enjoying fond memories of my childhood and some of the many things my mom taught me whether by her words or through her own actions and pure osmosis.   Some are very important, some are frivolous, while others are her own personal thoughts and habits that I chose to emulate or at least strive to.

In no particular order, these are just a few things my mother has taught me whether she knows it or not.