Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Lands Of Plenty~MV and home sweet home~

































This is the Cape to me ..seaside..sand,marshes..sailboats, boats ,ferries,,docks,rocks,shells ..rosa rugosa roses..blue skies,cedar shake grey homes with quaint coastal gardens  ,unique adorable  gingerbread homes..stately compounds,pristine residences ,lighthouses,charm,elegance,preservation,the Kennedys ,the arts, friendly people,lobster rolls,fish and chips,harbours,and Susan Branch♥


Meanwhile back home..














And in the kitchen..these were being baked..  see my notes below.. 




It feels like we have been home from the Cape..for months..yet it was just the beginning of June~

For our last day there I had wanted to go back to Martha's Vineyard..last time we went was our 25 th anniversary..this was the 43rd..  we didn't go to Nantucket like last time..just MV..and we did not take tours this time..
We did not go to Provincetown like last time either..I think I would like to stay a few more days if we return~


This time..instead of the Hyannis ferry..we took The Island Queen from Falmouth..and we would do it again..  less busy..parking was ample..smaller everything..and 100% charming..I had a better photo of the entrance but I had not noticed 2 people were in it in plain view..so this one will give you a bit of an idea..

it's lovely..we waited..and while we waited I aksed one of the Island Queen gentlemen(GQ..!!)..Todd..where he would eat a lobster roll on MV..and he said Nancy's..  Oak Bluffs ..where we arrive..he asked where we were from and said he honeymooned in Montreal and loved it..so European..etc..♥
Quite the charming beautiful young gentleman.

The ferry ride was so nice..but windy and chilly..there was still that darn nip in the air..but look at the scenery leaving the harbour..ohmygoodness..ohmygoodness..OMG.

Upon arriving  on MV..  Oak Bluffs..you are just taken in by the charm of it all..

I first wanted to return to the Gingerbread Village..over 300 homes..all simply storybook fare..I asked the gentleman at the kiosque..where it was again and he told both Jacques and I..I told him I loved those homes..he lives in one..in his family over 70 yrs..many are passed down this way..but he said it gets harder and harder as children make their lives elsewhere..sometimes..too too far..

A short walk and we are there..last time I had a film camera..  and the streets were so busy..this time we wandered on our own..it was heavenly.
Some look out onto the water..

The details are extraordinary..you have to look above..many have one small balcony on top in storybook fashion..

you have to look in the windows..the treatments..what they put..you have to look on the galleries..you may find a dollhouse..flower boxes abound..everything is so colorful.

I love it..but then I love details ..having been a realtor almost 30 yrs..details of homes are of such interest to me..and these are the types of homes I love..like these..or the seashore ones..the stately impeccably manicured homes of Edgartown etc..

Well worth a visit for charm and shell seekers..people who love water..and architecture..in the most delightful way.

At the top of my post you see Edgartown Lighthouse..

How on earth did we get there?

Listen to this anecdote..


We were sitting at a picnic table overlooking the harbor..for a lobster roll at Nancy's..chilly..nippy etc..

a lady was sitting at the next picnic table..both our spouses had gone to get our meals..we chatted about how cold it had been..to watch out for my sunglasses( I had put mine on the table) because hers had blown off..

all 4 of us eventually staring chatting about this and that..and at one point V said..:"You have  to see the beach etc"..our time was so limited by then ..the ferry returning was 3.45..I wanted to get a few souvenirs..I had vowed to get a Nantucket or MV beach bag..a few other things..a Black Dog something lol..so ..to make a long story short..

V and R (I am amazed at how small the world is and I don't know if I should name names..) The book signing of Susan's made me realize it even more..so I am just going to say V and R:)
Yes..so V and R said:"You must let us show you..our car is here parked just   beyond ..come with us..we will show you the beach..my immediate reaction was :"Yes!  Yes..let's"..Jacques is more resrved..and I must admit this was a bit impetuous of me..but something in the back of my head that day was saying:"Live a little"..
So he aquiesced..and off we were..jumping into a sparkling Jeep..for a tour that is now a whirlwind to me..a real one.."  so much talk..so much to see..a drive through Edgartown...very quick..oh so gorgeous..and a hop off to take a photo of the Lighthouse..

They shared a lot of history..and I am livid I forget many parts..I was listening and looking and I was excited inside to be doing something so out of the ordinary..
in my defense lol..you have to remember I did this for almost 30 yrs..got into strangers cars..had strangers come into my car..for full days..showing them towns and homes..no supervisors..ever..

open houses in empty homes..so there is a programmed  part of  my brain..that is conditioned to being ok with this..

I named that lighthouse KINDNESS in my photos..because..

how kind was that ? Of V and R to offer to take us around..

and to take us even to their home..

where we met Bella:)

The kindness of strangers..♥ I love it..and what a fond fond memory of MV.

Thank s again V and R..:)

I came home to peonies and poppies and foxglove..I spread seed of my few apricot foxgloves last yr and look what happend.what a gift..rare..

the girls were fine..Oli and Lucsa had made sure they had clean water..I have a feeder there..

the clematis had grown leaps and bounds..and some did not return:(
The boys have started football..Oli and Noah are on the same team..Max is in an older team..and Lucas can only play w/ one team so it will be his high school team..HIGH SCHOOL..remember Lucas?:(Our first Little..?
I look at those pics above and am just filled with this great love.

I promise you our Littles..seem to grow up so fast when we are older..

I copied MV..and put one of the girls doll houses on our porch..I kept the..they had painted trees and things..I kept what was left of the furniture..I love it out there..
see my fondness of canopy beds? From when I was a child? LOL

the sewing machine..the Holly Hobbie wallpaper? The wall to wall carpeting?
Jacques built the kits in 1978 I think and I bought the wallpaper..etc..I had a BALL decorating those for one of their Christmases..♥
They have sons..I am keeping them in case we are lucky enough to see a great grandaughter..you never know..

I had also ordered some rolling pins from GoodyWoody..
Fantastic Etsy seller..5 stars..for her and 5 stars for her pins..

I made THIS RECIPE..
I had read that she found them a bit bland..I added almost 1 tsp of instant espresso powder..and I rolled out the dough w/ cocoa..I never roll choco cookies w/ flour..
I did what I always do..chill chill and chill:)
Perfecto..they were gone at our Father's Day get together.
I am thinking the recipe I used for these would be good..and these..

I still miss Downton Abbey!!

So I am finishing up my little souvenir journal of our 3 day stay..and crocheting is coming along..

all some of my fave small pleasures..

I know this post is long..but it's summer..we went away..my garden is blooming..

Winter is looooooong.
My posts shorter;)

Bon Weekend~!




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rhubarb ,peonies,rhodies ,garlic..etc.. and after Susan~
























Back home..the peonies were starting to pop..the rhodies..all things pink and blue..the rose chafers!!!!!!!!!!!!:(:(

I wanted to share this good little cake recipe too since our rhubarb is in full swing..

It may be foolproof..after I delicately put it in the oven..I turned around and the melted butter and milk were still on the counter..EEEK..I pulled the cake out..poured it out..added the 2 ingredients..put it back in the pan and oven..and delish.:)
You can find the recipe here.
Time to cut and chop and freeze the garlic scapes..fellow garlic growers♥

I never thought I would have  footballs in my gardens;)♥
Toi non plus Susan?

After leaving the book signing..I knew we would be in Sandwich MA..  and had Googled what to do..

I had read about the Boardwalk..non commercial..a long tightrope walk:) ap 1350 ft in length..  over the marshes and heady sea roses..planks w/ names everywhere commemorating ..anniversaries..moments..comings and goings..births and passings..siblings and grandparents..music..musicians..artists..stores..dates..etc..
Oh I was not disappointed..but we went in June on   a chilly day..hardly anyone was there..I have read and heard that children jump off the boardwalk in joy..right into the marshes..♥

You can see to the right and left..and it's as picturesque as can be.
I loved it and so did Jacques..

if you have a chance..go see..in early June parking was everywhere:)

I brought home 3 rocks from there..that large one and two smaller ones..they are by my tiny tinypond..:)

Not sure if I will leave them..the colors are so pretty when wet..or  adorn one;)

We got lost lol..awww too bad..just by the Sagamore Bridge where a great Christmas Tree Shop resides..at The Cape..you will find numerous CTS..and they are fun..not Christmas at all in June..look..
one of those rolling pins came home with me..all these cooking ..baking things will be passed down to the true baker in the family..who knows who?
Or maybe a huge garage sale?(Hope not..)

They have everything for Lobsters.. Cape Cod memorabilia..kitschy decor things..candles..food..drink..
beach things,sunscreens..the store is HUGE..you will find modest ones and others like this one.
I really enjoy a visit white there.

Back to where we  were staying it was nice to have this view..





The next day..we were in Martha's Vineyard:)

Have a great weekend..~



I hope to practice some calligraphy..in Venice my daughter and son-in -law found this gorgeous set for me.♥
Bortoletti


PS  I still can't make a granny square.
I can't and it's beyond me why.
SOB.