I have been planning this for a few years
and I'm so excited to finally share it with you!
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Out of the bosom of the Air Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow Descends the snow. Even as our cloudy fancies take Suddenly shape in some divine expression, Even as the troubled heart doth make In the white countenance confession The troubled sky reveals The grief it feels. This is the poem of the air, Slowly in silent syllables recorded; This is the secret of despair, Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded, Now whispered and revealed To wood and field.
This is one of my favorite images for you today...
I love this one, especially during this time of year!
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I am participating in
Jennifer Rizzo's 2014
Holiday House Walk Link Party!
i purchased the three cream colored knitted stockings
from my friend lori's shoppe out on the
east end of long island...
white flower farmhouse.
i absolutely love them!
many of the items above have been collected
on trips to france and england.
i love to find special pieces while traveling
to add vintage touches to my home!
i wasn't going to set up the lighted village
or the byers choice carolers this year
but my sweet daughter offered to do it
and i think it came out amazing.
guess who has that job from now on??
something i started doing last year
was purchasing a few small tabletop trees
from the local nursery to put in various
spots around the house.
you can use a galvanized pail,
a large crock or an ironstone pitcher.
just make sure you put another
watertight container inside
and keep watered daily.
add some clear lights for a magical glow.
another fun thing to do is add bottlebrush trees to old
silver trophy cups, creamers, pitchers and sugar bowls.
anything really! use your imagination and be creative!
i love to make handmade ornaments every year.
this year i made some nordic french inspired hearts.
i have a few extra sets available HERE.
i love using an old wooden tool caddy on my
kitchen island to decorate for the seasons.
in the spring it can be filled with colored eggs,
seashells in the summer,
gourds in autumn
and greens in winter.
thank you for stopping by today!
over the next few days i hope to take a
few more photos of my master bedroom
to share with you as well.
it's been so overcast and dark over here...
not great for photos!
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this past summer our family visited italy for the first time.
it was such an amazing experience.
i did not expect to love italy as much as i love france
but it sure did rival!
here are some photos from that glorious week!
we rented a beautiful villa in the town of san quirico
which is a medieval village from the 10th century...
the stone farmhouse dates back to 1794.
one of the days we went and visited the
leaning tower of pisa...
it was only one hour away.
how could we not!?
we had (uh) fun? trying to take everyone's photos
"holding up the tower"...
i am pretty sure some bad words were uttered
and some attitudes were flyin' as we mostly failed.
the village of pisa is quite lovely.
it's not all about the leaning tower...
we went inside the cathedral, we walked around.
oh. and we had gelato. every. single. day.
we visited florence and saw "david"...
wow! breathtaking!! literally.
as i rounded the corner i had to catch my breath.
we stopped at medieval villages whenever we could
and just strolled around taking in the beauty...
we took a cooking class in san gimignano...
we learned how to make pasta from scratch...
we learned how to make bruschetta...
we learned how to make tiramisu...
when we were done cooking we got to enjoy
our meal outside on the terrace
overlooking the most gorgeous vista...
it was like a painting and we felt like we were in a dream
we hiked in cinque terre...it was so gorgeous!
we visited grotta del vento...the wind cave.
we had a private tour and olive oil tasting
at a gorgeous estate called
fattoria di maiano
which dates from the 1400's
memories to last a lifetime...
italy you are unforgettable!!
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sunflowers in aquebogue, long island. october 2014
i've been absent from this blog for quite some time.
i guess we go through phases of our lives...the ebb and flow of it all.
i will be sharing some things in the coming weeks.
a few trip reports, a few recipes and a few free vintage images for you.
thanks for stopping by. see you soon : )
welcome to my holiday home!
please grab yourself a cup of mulled cider
and stay a while : )
i am participating in jennifer rizzo's
holiday house walk linky party...
it's been grey and gloomy here for the last few days
so taking photos was a challenge to say the least!
i hope you are enjoying your holidays and spending time
with your loved ones doing things that bring you joy!
thank you so much for stopping by!
i appreciate you all so much! xo
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after our few days in normandy
we decided to spend one day in paris before flying home.
we woke up very early and got on the road.
once in paris we stopped at the flea market;
went to see monet's waterlilies...
at the musée de l'orangerie;
walked through le jardin des tuileries
and had gelato;
strolled in the secret garden of
drove around the arc de triomphe;
walked down rue cler;
had a lovely dinner near the seine;
sat by la tour eiffel and ate pastries;
and then returned to our hotel for the evening,
i had requested a certain room
that i had gotten a tip about...
they were able to honor my request!
these are views from our window...
and the next morning there was a little fog...
it was a special and unforgettable time.
until we meet again paris...
je t'aime <3
to see day one click here
to see day two click here
to see day three click here
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on our third day in normandy
we visited a place that we had dreamt about.
we had seen mont saint michel on a travel dvd
a while ago and it made our hearts skip a beat.
it was low tide while we were there.
this is a photo of what the island looks like
during high tide...
above photo from a google search
you can also search on you tube to see
videos of cars being engulfed
by the sea and of people getting stuck
in the quicksand as they walk.
here are some snapshots from our visit...
when you arrive to the site
you park your car in the lot
and then have the option of being
shuttled over to the mountain
or making the trek by foot.
we decided to walk : )
it took us about an hour
and was well worth it.
this place is magical and surreal.
if you ever get the chance to visit you must!
to see day one click HERE
to see day two click HERE
day four coming soon
"Image courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.botanicus.org"