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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Home at last. Had a great time on our trip to Washington. Visited my brother and family near Bellingham and stayed with Mike's cousins on Orcas Island. This is a such a beautiful part of the country and it was so much fun catching up with family. Took tons of photos. Naturally. Here are some things I learned on my vacation.
  1. Mountains are hard. I have the legs of a flatlander, apparently.
  2. Sorry blue crabs, but dungeness crabs are much easier to pick with a bigger payoff. One can fill you up.           
  3. You're never too old to throw a snowball at your brother.
  4. Boat shoes give you no grip on glaciers. At all.
  5. I am not too proud to creep along on my hands and knees if the alternative is tumbling down a mountain. See number 4.
  6. I can eat fresh salmon every day and never tire of it. Ditto the dungeness crabs.
  7. Jumping into the water in that part of the country will make you scream, right before it takes your breath away completely.
  8. I am hopeless at a card game called Pitch.
  9. Over packing can be hazardous to your health in the mountains. Uphill is hard. Downhill, you run the risk of being run over by your own luggage.
  10. I can survive without air conditioning. Over there. Don't ask me to try it here.  
The view from Mount Baker.
Picture Lake.
Mike on Mount Baker.
We could see seals from the house!
Dungeness crabs.
Sailing with my nephew, Barkley.

Barkley and I developed a serious crush. So much so, that when we left for the island, he moped and refused his dinner.
Random dog on Boundary Bay. I liked his attitude.
Mike paddling over to Skull Island.
Great climate for gardening. Beautiful flowers everywhere.
Painted on the side of a gift shop in Edison.
It was a wonderful trip but as always, I am happy to be home. There is nothing like the whistle of your own tea kettle. Bye for now, I have unpacking to finish and several days worth of dog/horse smooching to catch up on.
View from the ferry. Orcas Island to Friday Harbor.

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!