Monday, August 14, 2017

A Day Trip....

We took a little trip to Portsmouth (NH)

We saw a great white.

We got on the Thomas Leighton and headed for Star Island. It's little island that is in a group of islands about 7 miles off the coast of NH. The group of islands is called Isle's of shoals.
I went last year to a rug hooking retreat and I am going back again next month. But this little island stole my heart. I had to share with my husband. He liked it a lot but didn't love it like I do. There were people who were making baskets, learning to cane chairs and knitting. that is just on the porch! 

On the way home we passed some very old boats.
I think this is called a frigate but I not sure, it was built in the 1700's!

And some fire boats...



So wonderful to watch...

( Yes that is my thumb) We had a fly over of antique planes.

This is another Frigate that was a classroom on water.
Again 1700's
A beautiful day on the water.
After we had a nice seafood meal a perfect day. 
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But I can't wait to get back to Star Island for my week of rug hooking and friends!!!
Have a great week my friends.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Birthday Weekend

The summer flowers and butterflies are in full color...



This is sweet B. She was making things from rings of 
terry cloth. She looks like a little flower child.
She made me a snow globe for my birthday. It sits right on the window sill over my sink so I can see it every day.

I picked up this little hooked rug at a yard sale some time ago 
It sits on my coffee table on my porch and holds my 
candle.

I picked this lamp shade at a thrift this past week.
I have them on most of the lamps on my porch. they are home made and real pressed flowers. I love how they have a soft glow pretty perfect for the porch.
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Have a wonderful week!

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Campout...

I treated myself to a new mug from tattered flag.



This is a rug I finished some time ago it is on the floor we walk on it everyday. It is a little wavy so not perfect.

We picked blueberries and since I follow king Arthur flour 
they have a bake along once a month and this month was blueberry hand pies while they over flowed they were yummy.

On to the campout we went with family on my husband's side.
There were about 24 of us some came and went but most of us stayed. This was our first campfire so fun to be with all the different ages.

And this would be my sweet B the little fish.
We swam together, I really enjoyed the time with her and her mom and Dad. 

There were horseshoe tournaments with the campground.
My brother in law won. Then they had a corn hole trounament and our nephew and his friend won that so the family swept the campground!

And this would be sweet B with her pet bunny who camps with them.
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A very busy time, summer is slipping away faster and faster I noticed the difference in light in the afternoon and evening.
But is still warm and wonderful and we have lots of beautiful weather ahead.
I have a birthday this week so a year older and a bit closer retirement.
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Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Busy Summer

This past Sat I was waiting to meet up with my daughter at a McDonalds and I saw this so pretty. We were headed to a bridal shower that was a lovely English tea. It was yummy and lovely.

Then we went to a fund raiser. This is a husband and wife team that hook rugs. I mean lots and lots of rugs!
 
And they have wonderful gardens also. 

This is a very small sampling of their work.
The wife to this team went to star island the same time I did.
So she was kind enough to give a couple of us hookers a private tour of her beautiful home and her rugs. Just amazing work.

We have been picking blueberries...

I am a big fan of King Arthur Flour and each month they have a bake along. This month blueberry hand pies. I am not sure if I over filled them or baked them a little to long I will post it to their site and they will give me tips. But I will tell you they are so darn good and will use this crust recipe again.


I have a birthday coming up so I treated myself to a new mug from 
the old tattered flag. I will take it to work for my morning coffee.
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We have a large family campout coming up this weekend
The best part is my sweet B will be there so excited to spend the weekend with them.
Have a great week.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Summer storm

On Sat we went on a garden tour it was in honor of the 250 of a little town near here. The fun thing was it was free and because there were not many attending it was very personal. We met some lovely people. 

We saw 5 gardens some were very unplanned and others were 
by landscape architects. Myself I love a busy garden it is like a great party and all is invited. This lady also had raspberries as big as your thumb oh for a container to fill.,,, 

The day as hot and after a good shower I settled in for some great movies. This one is Woman of The Year. There is no one better than Katherine Hepburn.The movie after this one was the first time Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were in a movie together. I do not remember the name. But she was 19 and he was 44 they married a year after making that movie.

We put the kayaks in to check to see if the blueberries were ripe. 
we got a few but still a little early

We have been hot and humid last night a storm came through that rattled my bones. Rain, hail, sharp lighting. It hit a house in the next town and caused a fire.

Oh my poor plants but they did OK except the hollyhocks I had to stake them tonight.

Since I haven't worked on my rug much I will show you a rug I did some time ago. I put it out for Easter and leave until after the the 4th has gone by.
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I have been reading 
Gifts From The Sea 
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 
Even after all of these years it is so relevant and wonderful.
I read a few pages in the morning before work. 
Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Progress...

Well not much to crow about this week. Lots of work
and not much fun.


This is my Star Island rug I have finished the 3 dorries.
and no that is not a flying sheep it's my magnet. It is coming along bit by bit. I need to get it done before I go back to Star Island. (I can't wait to go)

I know I have shown this rug before but it is yard sale season and just as a reminder if you find an old rug. I purchased this for 2.00 it was falling apart every where, If you touched it it ripped, and I didn't know what to do??? So husband got 
A piece of plywood we painted it black and I glued it on the board.
I do not recommend doing that to anything but a rug that is so unstable it will fall apart. After I ran a light vacuum over it and hung it on the porch and low and behold it has been there for years and years! So I was able to save it!  And I completely love it!
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The blueberries are ripe! So we will hit the kayaks when it stops raining to pick and pick.We got lots last year and it was so wonderful to eat blueberry muffins when the snow was swirling and we were remembering the warm days in the kayak.
Have a wonderful weekend, we have a garden walk we want to attend if it is not raining. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy July

This rug I hooked some years ago. It has several mistakes but I still love it.

We had some home time so we kayaked a bit it had been a while
but the old body felt good after.

We saw loons, loons that were still sitting on their nests
and not happy to have us near. 


We also got a chance to see the fireworks near by.


We got some time with this little firecracker.


As most of you know I have had an issue with sleeping it is a bit better but not by leaps and bounds. I pulled out my hooking I am taking a few minutes before bed to hook while sitting on our porch. It will hopefully help me relax and get ready to sleep.


My lavender is in bloom so I made a lavender wand to go in my wool to keep the bugs away. I laid one on my pillow it is suppose to help you sleep.

I hope you are all enjoying the long days. We have had some wild weather we had several tornado warnings in the same day which we never get so it was very nerve wracking. We had flooding rain
Which caused all kinds of issues. But the sun came out and was lovely for the 4th. 
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Have a Great week!