I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a wonderful year !

gone to the beach......

good-bye, old year....

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Merry After-Christmas!

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that Santa brought you all your wishes. Our Christmas this year was so fun! Lots of guests for Christmas dinner stretched my little cottage's walls to the  limit, not to mention my cooking expertise was a bit inadequate. But the food was good , the gifts were successful, and I think we all had fun.

Whew. Glad that's over! lol.

My family has decamped, off to the ski slopes and I am organizing projects to work on during the sudden peace and quiet. Sharing here, a few pics:

Christmas Eve we do antipasto, pink champagne, and homemade lasagne. Then we open our gifts!

Christmas Day means a big dinner with family and friends. This year's menu was a bit simplified, because I am still not back 100% and didn't want to be too tired to enjoy my party:
***antipasto and cheese on Snowflake plate, baguette, crackers.
Salad: baby lettuces [butter, radicchio] with mandarin oranges, apple, gorgonzola./Poppy seed dressing.
Main: Prime rib with horseradish crust. Brown gravy and/ or creamy horseradish sauce. /Wild rice pilaf with dried cherries. / oven roasted asparagus and brussel sprouts, garlic roasted with chestnuts with béarnaise sauce. Red wine.
Dessert: Red Velvet cake/ tea***

I write it out so I remember everything, a trick Ilearned from my mother-in-law, who used to orchestrate huge holiday dinners.
The house looked so festive!







My treasured, much loved Noah's Ark, made by my parents, plus a few additions from friends...and a few babies found on the beach! Look closely.


I'll enjoy my home's Christmas finery through Twelfth Night---how about you guys? Is the tree already out at the curb and the leftovers all are eaten?
Wishing everyone a good New Year!



...........gone to the beach


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I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

May your days be Merry and Bright!






gone to the beach....


Monday, December 23, 2013

And All Through the House.....


It's raining hard, on this first day of winter.
But it's warm---my lonely mockingbird, who rules the locust tree outside my window here, has been vigorously bathing in the deep puddles. He is gloriously pearly gray, with black and bright white trim. He preens and fluffs and hopes for a lady bird to join him.
And he now sits glaring in the holly tree. He is waiting for me to deliver his daily dose of dried wild blueberries. He is spoiled!

Inside the house it's bright and cozy. At the store I found hot chocolate and Peeps Stars [marshmallows].We're ready for Santa! How about you guys?

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...."














Merry Christmas, happy holidays to everyone!
gone to the beach......
please click any photo for large pix/ slide show.
Mockingbird photo is from the web.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Summer Day, Summer Day....


Hello, my friends! Yes, today seems like a summer day. At almost 60* and no wind, after recent frigid temps and ice storms and early snow---well today is just about perfect.

Let's put on our beach clothes and go to the beach! C'mon! (Oh okay, you can wear your hoodie. And shoes, sigh.)

What's this? On the fence? A random bauble...

Look at the baby blue summer sky!

And the softly lapping waves.

The serene sand and dunes and grasses....

A wonderful huge V of sea ducks, maybe scoters? [pls enlarge]

A hint of the true date of December, the wintry grasses and tiny birds' tracks. They love the seeds here.



The fog rolled in as I headed home...just as if it was July.

On this first day of winter, a gift of this ''summer'' day.

And, tomorrow: the final flea. I am so excited, I hope it is busy and I find many traeasures. Wish me luck!



gone to the beach...