Friday, October 21, 2016

Tool Shed with Dovecote

I dearly love this small timbered outbuilding with so many wonderful architectural details. Dovecote, cupola, timber frame decoration, interesting roofline, and goats too! Found on Pinterest.


So easy. Directions here.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Historic Brick Barn near My Cottage

I took this photo mid afternoon on my way home from the post office. This historic 19th century brick barn is off a public walking path that was once private property but was dedicated as parkland in 1989. This is the back of the barn not visible from the road. I am glad I pulled over and walked down the footpath for this photo on a cloudy day. I put it on Instagram too.

Dutch Apple Baby Pancake Recipe

(Adapted from Taste of Home)
*Serves 8* This looks so good I doubt it would serve 8 people, maybe 4 at the most
3 eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 tbs granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Apple Topping:
2 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tbs unsalted butter
Confectioners’ sugar (for dusting at the end)
Recipe found here


1. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, sugar and vanilla extract. Set aside. Butter a 9-inch round pan (or a cast-iron skillet, I didn’t have a skillet so I just used a round pan) and preheat your oven to 400 deg F. Pour your batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the pancake begins to puff up, the edges begin to curl away from the pan and the pancake is golden brown!

2. While your pancake is baking, prepare your apple topping. Peel and thinly slice your apples, and saute them in a small pan with the butter, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook until the apples are soft.

3. Once the pancake is done, sprinkle it with the confectioners’ sugar and top with cooked apples and serve!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Crows Visit their Old Parents

I love knowing this about crows, don't you? via

Garden Bench with Urns

This carved stone antique garden bench is quite wonderful. I wonder why nothing is planted in the urns? via

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sweater Weather

This image made me smile. via

Sweet Cottage and Garden

It's lovely, isn't it. So neat and tidy. Could be one of the outbuildings at Williamsburg but I'm not sure. image source

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nice Small Kitchen

I love the look of this kitchen. I have way too much stuff but have envisioned a walk-in pantry nearby. Then it would be perfect. See more kitchens here.
Tonight I am watching TIMELESS (episode three) on NBC. It's very good.

Racka Sheep with Unique Spiral Horns

Racka Sheep is a unique breed with both ewes and rams possessing long spiral shaped horns.The breed comes from Hungary and is used for milk and wool. Mature males may have horns as long as two feet or more. The cork-screw horns protrude almost straight upward from the top of the head. They look old and wise, don't they? via

PS -- I watched the new PBS series The Durrells in Corfu last night and LOVED it. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Room with Wonderful Symmetry

I love this entrance hall and the symmetry too. I could go down the list of everything I like but the word "everything" seems to cover it all. Enjoy this beautiful Sunday. xo via

Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's getting nearer and nearer the time to jump in my own big brass bed and watch some DVDs from the library. I honestly don't look forward to the end of daylight savings time after Halloween when it will be dark before dinner. I like doing busy indoor work in the mornings and outside work after the sun dries out the dew on the grass. I guess I should try to get as much done in the next two weeks as I possibly can, right? Sounds like a plan. See you tomorrow. Enjoy your Saturday night. xo via

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Home of Yves Saint Laurent

"In the corridor leading to the library, a bright column of Ernest Boiceau terracotta and chair of English origin surmounted by a delicate drawing of Dante Gabriel Rossetti."
See more "over the top" images in the article that appeared in Architectural Digest France.
The article has been translated from French to English.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

My 12 Recent Instagram Postings

If you are intrigued by any of the small photos in this set, look at my Instagram feed.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Celestial Globe 1579 Vienna

Celestial clockwork globe. 1579, Vienna, Austria, Met Museum via
This made my day. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Falling Leaves

Be safe if you are in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and any other coastal areas that might be affected by Hurricane Matthew. For the rest of you, enjoy the long Columbus Day weekend. xo

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Small 18thC. Mansion in England

The Latin House in Risley, Derbyshire England. Built for Elizabeth Grey in 1706 to house the Latin Master and his pupils, this is one of the most beautiful of smaller Queen Anne houses. Don't you just love it? If I were building a small brick house, this would be the one I'd want. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about it including the wonderful history. Found on Instagram

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Drawers Galore in This Kitchen

I would rather have this in a workroom instead of the kitchen. I love flat files, filing cabinets. worktables, and anything an architect would love. It's very nice in this kitchen but I would never be able to find anything. How about you? Found in Instagram.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Beautiful Fall Color in My Woods

I took this photo in my woods looking into the late afternoon sun. We have lots of yellow and the red leaves are just starting. I love the backlighting. xo

Sunday, October 2, 2016

DIY Heating Pad Cozy

I was all set to donate a fair isle pullover sweater vest that I never wear but decided to make a cover for my heating pad instead. It was so easy requiring only two seams, one on the left side and one at the top. I was able to utilize the two finished edges of the garment at the bottom and top right using the underarm banding. I am so happy and can hardly wait to use it. I usually turn it on a few minutes before I jump into bed in the fall and winter. I used the other half for a cozy for my hot water bottle. I have been very busy cleaning out closets and doing general reorganizing. The nesting season will be here soon. xo

Two Tiny Connected Cottages

I wish I knew more about these two tiny connected houses. I'll take the one with the screened in porch. Found here.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Octobers - Anne of Green Gables

I grew up loving Anne of Green Gables and I love this quote too. Found on Instagram.

Staircase Bookcases

This is very efficient use for a difficult space, isn't it? Bookcases everywhere is my idea of heaven. Have you said hello to October yet? via

Friday, September 30, 2016

Kitchen in A Magazine

I was in the waiting room at the Radiology Center today waiting for my yearly mammogram. I snapped this photo and then they called my name. I can't remember the name of the magazine but thought this kitchen was nice. It isn't real, just a fake setup in a showroom. I love the table in the center instead of an island. Have a great weekend. When you wake up in the morning, it will be October. 

Don't Feed Fingers to the Horses

This old sign in a barn that no longer has horses made me smile. Photographed at a broker open house on Tuesday. We have another cloudy day and my phone says more raining is coming later in the day. Enjoy the last day of September! Where did it go?????

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Really Cool Bathroom

It took a while for this galvanized box to register that it is the sink. How clever! I know it's not practical but it is certainly impactful, isn't it? I love the open shelving below and the powder room in general. The person who owns this has no worries about how hard this would be to clean. It's all for show and it makes a delightful photo to study. via
It's raining softly this morning and I'm so glad my mowing was completed in the last two days. Well, almost completed. The view from my balcony doesn't even hint that I didn't do the way, way back and the lower field yet. I'll get those at a later date. xo

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Old Wheelbarrow with Fall Flowers

I photographed this vintage wheelbarrow filled with mums on Tuesday at a broker open house. There was a hose and a lawn sprinkler in the larger photo so I cropped them out. I have been busy cutting my grass really short because we have some rainy days coming. I like short grass before the leaves start to fall so they will blow away. It's looking good and it feels good to be working hard in this nice fall weather. xo

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Apples are The Best

I had a big fat juicy crisp apple today and it was delicious. Not waxed either. Apples are my one of my favorite things about fall. These look like good ones! photo source

Monday, September 26, 2016

Purchases at The Firehouse Sale

A new Kate Spade coffee mug.

A wonderful book on Tools.

Endpapers of a book on Historic Hudson Valley houses.

I put the three photos above on Instagram today. See my page here.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Another Moving Owl to Delight You

Here's Looking at You!
Enjoy the first Sunday of Fall.
It's a chilly 50º here at the cottage at 8:30 and there is a heavy dew on the meadow. I should organize my sweaters and get some outfits put together so I don't have to think in the morning. See you later. xo
photo source

Friday, September 23, 2016

A House in My Area from The Back

I liked this house much better from the rear when I attended a recent realtor open house. The front of the main house is now all stone and it was once an unassuming cape cod cottage. Everything was totally changed inside and out by the new owners when they bought it seven years ago. Sob. Need I say more?