Thursday, July 28, 2016

A. Hays Town. Louisiana Architect

If this is his tool shed, what can his house be like? Find out here. Swoon!
I haven't been posting my recent Instagram photos on my blog of late. If you are curious to see what you have missed, see them here. xo

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pets Napping

This is too cute. I love photos of pet families spooning and napping. via

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Office Under the Stairs

This is a better use of a space the usually becomes a closet, isn't it? via

A Raspberry Tart

I got a big surprise this morning and it's delicious. A friend picked wild raspberries with her two small sons and they baked some tarts. Mine was delicious. via

Monday, July 25, 2016

We had a thunder storm 🌩 🌨 🌩

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We had a thunder storm that brought the temperature down 20° from 93° and that's a good thing. 🌩 🌨 🌩
#thunder #lightening #rain #storm #cooler #hotday #relief #sohappy #ig

A Fiddlehead and A Fledgling

This is a great photo, isn't it? Wish I had been the one who took it. Tis the season for birds spreading their wings and leaving behind an empty nest. via Many fledglings spend 3 to 5 days on the ground when they first depart the next and are often mistaken for injured birds. Here's a great website for determining if you have discovered a bird trying to fledge. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Clouds Change So Much in One Hour

I took this cloudscape from my balcony last night at 7:41. I mowed the back of my property a little over a week ago. My front lawn is an embarrassment it's so long. I am waiting for the perfect weather that hasn't happened yet. I plan to wait until this heat wave is over before using my walk-behind mower.

I took this big sky photo at 8:42. I guess all of the humidity we had during the day went into cloud making. 

I turned off my central air last night and it was so nice to hear the chirping insects that sang and chirped me to sleep. Open windows at night in the summer are the best. So far, there hasn't been one night that I slept with the A/C on. So happy. Enjoy your Sunday and stay cool. xo

Saturday, July 23, 2016

An Amazing Vestibule

This has got to be one of the best entrance vestibule I have ever seen. I can't stop looking at the photo either. Is that a tile floor? I love the thin herringbone design! Love the door.
Hope you are staying cool. We have had three of the hottest days of the year with at least five more to follow before it gets down to 88° I am fine with my stack of DVDs to watch and my central air. I have it set pretty high so the house isn't like a walk-in cooler, but comfortable. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. xo photo source

My lacecap hydrangea

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My lacecap hydrangea did not bloom this year because of the late frost. They bloom on last year's growth. I cut it back to the ground and now have a big bush with lovely green leaves. All was not lost.πŸƒ 🌿 πŸƒ  Have a great weekend. xo
#hydrangea #lacecap #gardening #landscaping #goodtoknow #ig #flowerpower

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fifty shades of green. πŸƒπŸŒΏπŸƒ

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Fifty shades of green leaves around my cottage.πŸƒπŸŒΏπŸƒ
#fiftyshadesofgreen #leaves #iphone6splus #instagoodnature #ig

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Welcome to my world πŸƒ 🌿 πŸƒ

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Welcome to my world πŸƒ 🌿 πŸƒ I live in the best area with lots of open space. So lucky!
#favorites #natureloversgallery #aroundme #newjerseyphotographer #iphone6splus #ig

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Tale of Two Whippets

I want to thank all of you for your constant thoughts about my dogless condition. I recently stumbled on a blog that will break your heart (in a good way). It's about a very talented florist in England who lost her shop dog.

You should probably get out your tissues before reading this saddest of sad blog posts.

Can you guess the happy news in this adorable photo?

Miss Pickering hasn't added any new posts to her blog in a long time but you can find her on Instagram. She is very busy and Instagram is fast and easy. Look for her there. Her pup has grown quite a bit and I wish she would post more photos of her shop helper. Hopefully she will read this and blog more about her new love. The new pup has his own Instagram account. @valentinewhippet

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My limelight hydrangea has set its buds for midsummer blooms.

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My limelight hydrangea has set its buds for midsummer blooms. Love them. They bloom on this year's growth. I prune mine in February. They are very hardy and reliable bloomers. 🌿 
#limelighthydrangea #perennial #latebloomer #paniculata #deciduous #hardy #hydrangea #ig

Fabulous Soaking Tub

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Fabulous soaking tub photographed at a broker open house today. The basketweave tile under the tub is so beautiful.  πŸ”Ή πŸ”Ή πŸ”Ή 
#luxuryrealestate #soakingtub #masterbath #openhouse #luxurybathroom #interiordetails #ig

Monday, July 18, 2016

My wild raspberries are ripe.

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My wild raspberries are ripe but I almost never get there first. ♦️
#wildfruit #raspberries #njwoods #freefood #sodelicious #ig

Cat's eye.

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Cat's eye. Tin cutout with marble eyes -- detail.
#marble #catseye #refraction #refracted #iphone6splus #viewfrommyfrontdoor #happymonday #ig

A Green Glass Flycatcher

I have never used this to catch flying insects because I don't have too many in the house and I prefer to swat them when I do. But I love having this little item hanging in my kitchen anyway. Stay cool, it's going to be a scorcher here today and I'm prepared for it. They say the humidity will make it feel like 100° so I'm going to the library and the post office this morning and will enjoy my central air when I return. Enjoy your Monday. xo

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I saved this photo to my phone

I can't wait to use this photo when someone sends me a text with a request I must put off for a while.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Heart shaped swarm of ants

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Heart shaped swarm of ants on my front walk trying to make me love them. 

#epicfail #foundheart #ants #mycottageinstincts #saturdaythings #ig #iphoneonly

Friday, July 15, 2016

Another beautiful sunset sky with a tiny moon.πŸ”Ή

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Another beautiful sunset sky with a tiny moon.πŸ”Ή View from my balcony about 8:30 pm.
#eveningsky #moonrise #greatcolors #cloudsofinstagram #iphonephotography #njwoods #ig

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Really LOVE This Bathroom

I have never seen a copper farm sink used in a powder room. I love this mirror with a luggage rack on top too. It's perfect for towels. Maybe it's a nautical item. I love the window and the pocket door too. via Maybe this little bath is on a boat. What do you think?

Gardens behind High Hedges

How gorgeous is this? I love that there are only three colors. Green, white and blue. The hedges are beyond fabulous and quite impossible but fun to see. Have a great Friday, the gateway to the weekend. via

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It's a good day for having a good day.πŸ”Ή

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It's a good day for having a good day. Photographed at a realtor open house yesterday. 
#summerpleasures #rattanchair #lawnfurniture #classicstyle #easyliving #socomfortable #luxuryrealestate #ig

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Blurred lines. Yesterday evening at 7:30 πŸ”Ή

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Blurred lines. Yesterday evening at 7:30πŸ”Ή I have the best sky!!!
#lookupmoments #clouds #altocumulus #bigskycountry #everchanging #njwoods #ig

Vintage toile wallpaper in a 1920s estate cottage bathroom. Photographed today at a broker open house. #luxuryrealestate #toile #wallpaper #classicdesign #openhouse #interiordetails

via Instagram Vintage toile wallpaper in a 1920s estate cottage bathroom. Photographed today at a broker open house. #luxuryrealestate #toile #wallpaper #classicdesign #openhouse #ig #interiordetails

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sun and Shade

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Soon the sun will cast the shadow of the house on the balcony and there will be shade. I don't like sitting in the sun for any length of time. 
#sunandshade #mybalcony #niceclouds #ig

πŸ’› D A I S Y πŸ’›

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πŸ’› D A I S Y πŸ’›
Picked and photgraphed yesterday against tree bark.
#wildflower #treebark #treebark #iphonephotography #mondayfunday #ig

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mushroom as big as a dinner plate.

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Mushroom as big as a dinner plate. I put three small wildflowers on top for scale. The purple one is a clover blossom. Photographed on my evening walk tonight. xo
#mushroom #fungus #wildnature #wildnewjersey #goodnight #watchingPBStonight #tv #ig

The Sunday morning line up. πŸ”ΉπŸ”ΉπŸ”ΉπŸ”ΉπŸ”Ή

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The Sunday morning line up. πŸ”ΉπŸ”ΉπŸ”ΉπŸ”ΉπŸ”Ή I picked up these deck chairs a few doors down when the owners put them out at the curb for trash pickup. A new coat of stain and they are as good as new. So happy.
#mybalcony #happysunday #deckchairs #summer #morning #shadows #ig

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Raindrops resting on a finely woven spiderweb.

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Raindrops resting on a finely woven spiderweb on my boxwood this rainy Saturday. I can hardly believe my weather went from air conditioning yesterday to 66° this morning. It feels fabulous and we need the rain! πŸ”Ή πŸ”Ή πŸ”Ή 
#raindrops #spiderweb #iphonephotography #saturday #boxwood #mycottage #ig

Friday, July 8, 2016


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Cloudz. One of my favorite things to photograph. They can change the same location so very dramatically as in the last three pics from my balcony. 
#clouds #sky #njisbeautiful #mycottage #ig

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Deer Sighting Out Back

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I got pretty close with my iPhone on my walk out back. He posed for me.
#deer #mycottage #iphonephotography #njwoods #wildlife #antlers #ig