Life, art, and nature on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Having a little vacay. Can't wait to tell you all about it.
Picture Lake
Back soon! XO

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


This summer is whizzing by. Hope you all had a Happy 4th of July. Nigel celebrated in style, as always.
We are busy getting ready for vacation. No small feat when you are leaving a menagerie behind. Lots of stocking up on feed, fly spray, hay and whatnot. Lots of notes to self, and a veritable book to write for the house/barn sitter. When I'm not making preparations, or scratching my poison ivy, I am busy grabbing shots of an amazing variety of dragonflies. 
Let me bore you with some bugs...
"Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly
 Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky." ~ Dante Gabriel Rosetti
Work in progress: 
Gotta run. I hear fierce thunderstorms are on the way. Again. Stay safe blog friends. "Leaves of three, let it be."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


After a fun, but hectic weekend of 40th high school reunion festivities, I knew just what I needed. Took myself off to my beloved Blackwater yesterday, where it was beautifully buggy and blissfully quiet. 
So grateful for this peaceful place, where the only sounds on a hot summer afternoon are the hum and flutter of thousands of tiny cellophane wings.

Friday, June 27, 2014


One of the things I love about early morning walks through my little woods, are the danglers...the odd bits of leaf and forest-y whatnot that dance and spin in mid-air, tethered by the invisible thread of a spider's web.
Of course I always feel perfectly safe in the woods, because I have a bodyguard, who throws back his head and yowls if he loses sight of me.
Fitz, my bodyguard.

Have a great weekend blog friends. 40th high school reunion going on around here. Gotta go charge my camera batteries for that!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Lots of good things happening around here these days. Someone had a birthday. Okay, it was me. I am fifty-eight. Yikes! We are looking forward to seeing old friends next weekend at our 40th high school reunion. The task of planning fell to Mike and our good friend Susan. If you have high-schoolers who are interested in the office of senior class president, you might just want to let them know it's a gift that keeps on giving. For the rest of your life!
We didn't budget for table centerpieces, as we were trying to keep the cost of the main event (dinner dance) affordable for everyone. I'd welcome any "cheap and cheerful" ideas. 
Let's take a little peek at some birthday gifts. From my son, this book that is showing me tons of great places to take my camera.
From my daughter, this buttery soft cotton scarf with text from Little Women. How cool is that? 
Check Storiarts out here. I promise your bibliophile heart will flutter!
Mike spoiled me with some adorable biking jewelry, a local folk-lore book and...
It's a kayak/canoe hybrid. We recently sold our old tandems, and although I was sad to see them go, lots of good memories there, they really were getting much too heavy for someone who is fifty-eight, to haul around.
I have more good things to share, but gotta run for now. The plumbers are coming and Nigel is going to help me pick out a couple of outfits for this weekend. I trust his sense of style. Here he is yesterday, sporting the JMB Clipper colors.
Go Clippers!
Also trying to finish this today.
Later gators!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014



Did you know it's National Pollinator Week? Let's celebrate with some pics of the pollinators at our place.
Didn't even notice the butterfly on the lamb's ear until I uploaded the pic.
As you can see, there's a whole lot of pollinating going on around here. To find out more about this vital part of our ecosystem and how to protect it, visit or
Hope you had a great weekend and were able to celebrate Father's Day with a dad or two. Ours was action packed. The kids were home, there was lunching, biking, ferry riding, beer-tasting, campfiring, and laughing. So much laughing. Also, I am told by my offspring that I made the best hummus in the "history of hummus." I'll share that recipe later in the week. If you like.