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Monday, July 28, 2014

Br-br-Bradford summer

We had a very cold spell today..down to sixty two with rain and wind. I used the time to catch up on indoor chores and read the Daniel Silva book...The Heist. It felt like Autumn and reminded me that the cold weather will be here before you know it. All the more reason to try to do things outdoors. And enjoy the beauty while it lasts. Are you a carpe Deim kind of gal?





Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sadie in the summer

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If only Sadie could talk. She has a way of letting you know exactly what she wants that’s for sure. She loves to sit on the porch swing with me while I read, of course with her head on the pillow.
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She’s always snooping…just looking for trouble. We fenced in our back yard a few months after we got her. That is after she ran away clear up into the woods and I thought she would never stop running.
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The fence didn’t exactly keep her in for long. Daily she checked the perimeter and if a gate was accidently left open out she ran.
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Or if she found she could squeeze her body through the openings in the railing of the porch…bye, bye.
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So we have to be careful and make sure Houdini has no way of escaping.  One night near dark I heard her barking viciously and checked to find her outside the fence. I couldn’t see her but I heard a commotion and thrashing like a big animal was tearing down the weeds.  Then across the back of the fence ran a little bear cub. I think Sadie had tangled with the momma.
  Oh yes, Sadie is a sweet dog. But Jack Russells can’t be trusted to make good decisions. So we check the fence like the Wichita Lineman.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


For the first time our Landmark Society sponsored a Creative women Workshop at Crook Farm. We are so lucky to have this beautiful setting right outside the town.

Visitors can enjoy a walk back in time as they tour the nineteenth-century restored farm house, barn, one-room schoolhouse, tool house, train depot and outbuildings. A beautiful herb garden grows on the premises. Open from Mid-June through September, a variety of historical activities and programs are offered including: historical tours and demonstrations, luncheon tours, meeting grounds, a living history program for high school students, church services and weddings. The Crook Farm Country Fair held annually in August features entertainment, food, craft demonstrations and artisans. crook farm july 14 074
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I had a wonderful time taking classes in photography, pencil drawing, and making appetizers.
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I took some beautiful shots of their lovely gardens.

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Crook Farm

One of the classes offered was about raising chickens and this big chicken showed up.


Here is the drawing class. That's my picture in the empty chair place.we were drawing the farm house.


The Zen class made gardens of sand and rock. There were quilting classes, knitting classes, bead making, wood burning and many others.

A lovely lunch was served.



Friday, July 25, 2014

In the garden

One of the surprises in the garden is that perennials come up in the middle of summer to provide a show. Today we feature ......


And phlox...

And the coneflowers..

And don't forget the faithful daisies..

Isn't summer wonderful with its display of color?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014


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Tennessee Photos

Here’s my little darlin’ posing in her new bathing suit.

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Sean brushing Sara’s hair.

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sean and sara brushing hair

Sara in the pool

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Jenny and Sadie playing with the hose.
Jenny and Sadie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just a little touch

I stopped by to visit my friend today and she shared some Mountain Ash berries with me. I love how they look on my little bistro table.



I've been a fan of cobalt blue for a long time. When my husband and I were younger we would spend our weekends going to auctions, sales, and antique shops. We have some beautiful glassware from that time.

Today it is almost ninty so I postponed my job of tending to the garden and am reading instead. It's the new Steve Berry book..The Lincoln Myth. Stay in and stay cool...that's my motto.