Thursday, September 3, 2015

Arthur and Geoge on PBS: Set your DVR for Sunday Night

JudyMac just commented about this series and I was delighted to find more information about Sunday's Premier in my email today from PBS.
Based on True Events
Premiers Sunday September 6 on PBS
Special Time: 8:00 PM in New York

Based on the acclaimed novel by Julian Barnes, Arthur and George tells the real-life story of the case that inspired the famed author of Sherlock Holmes to put down his pen and turn detective.

A Pug Situation

So adorable. This pug's owner turned a sad situation into a glad one. via

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First Preview of DOWNTON ABBEY, The Final Season


Downton Abbey is starting in England on September 20th but we in the USA will have to wait a few more months for it. Anyway, it appears we are in for a long good bye. Click here if you can't see the video above.

18th Century Summerhouse in Salem MA

A summerhouse designed by Salem architect Samuel McIntire circa 1798 behind the Gardner-Pingree House in Salem. I'll take this as my She Shed! via

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Size Doesn't Matter to These Owlets

“Altia” A 7-week old Siberian Eagle Owl ~ The Largest Species of Owl in The World ~ meets “Powys” a 5-week old Little Owlet! via

Lovely Understated British Kitchen

‘The Queens Park’ kitchen. deVOL Kitchens, Cotes Mill, Loughborough, UK. via I love the paint color of the island and cabinets and the herringbone wood floor.

She Shed for Recharging Your Battery

Isn't this delightful? I keep reading about She Sheds for all the women whose husbands have a Man Cave. This one looks fabulous. Sometimes you just need to get away without going very far for some peace and quiet. Nobody gets enough sleep these days and this little shed might help with that. via

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wonderful Seaside View

What a window. What a view, almost hauntingly beautiful. Love the fishnet curtain. via

An Authentic English Tudor Cottage

Ancient but still standing. via

English Tudor Cottage + Floor Plans




With its sloping roof, stone facade and tall windows, this appealing timbered cottage looks as though it belongs in the English countryside. Total living area = 1,695 sq. ft.
The romantic feeling continues in the living room, open to the second floor, with its large raised-hearth fireplace and French doors that lead to a side patio. There are also French doors to the outside in the dining room and first-floor bedroom.
The well-equipped kitchen provides a pass-through counter to the dining room.
The upstairs loft can be closed off as a third bedroom, while the carport can easily be converted to a den, family room or an enclosed garage. Also, with correct site location, the rear of the house is suited to a greenhouse room.
Foundation: slab.
Like it? Want it? Order plans here.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lavender Topiaries Plantin in Buckets

These beautiful plants  look so nice in galvanized buckets with farmhouse antiques, don't they? via

Gorgeous Vista

A delightful combination of manicured and natural. via
Have a great weekend! xo

Friday, August 28, 2015

An Amazing Kitchen / Family Room Renovation in Alexandria








I am just showing a few kitchen photos of a whole house renovation in Alexandria VA by Harry Braswell Inc. More photos here.

Here Comes The Weekend

I am so glad I don't live for the weekends any more as I did when I was young. Now I even like Mondays.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sheep at Rest on A Stone Wall

A gorgeous photo of a sheep in repose. They know how to get comfy in the most unlikely places, for sure. I am beginning to think sheep enjoy finding odd places to enjoy the view and then wait for someone to walk by and so they can pose for a picture. I'm glad this scene didn't go unnoticed. via

Greek Yogurt Facial

This is my new beauty routine while I am having my morning coffee. The best thing about Greek yogurt is its thickness. You can keep piling it on your problem areas as a facial mask and it stays put and is not runny. For some reason, I have had bags under my eyes recently that I never had before. I have been eating power foods and making a real effort to get some extra sleep and those things are helping. I leave the yogurt on my face for as long as I can stand it and I am seeing fabulous results. I have tried raw honey too. And cold coffee because I've heard the caffein helps shrink your skin. Now I am off to the kitchen to make a smoothie using frozen organic blueberries, half a frozen banana, soy milk, Greek yogurt, and some cold chai tea. Yum. Today I am going to add a tablespoon of Avocado oil I got at Costco yesterday, and I might buzz in a little raw oatmeal too. Summertime and smoothies are perfect together. xo

It was delicious! Best one so far. I didn't add the oatmeal but used all of the other things I mentioned.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Webster on National Dog Day 2015

Did you know today was NATIONAL DOG DAY? Webster rescued me 13 years ago and neither of us ever looked back. I took his photo to celebrate our happy life together.


Who cares?

Maybe dogs aren't so bad after all.
The two pics above were found here.

DON'T FORGET TO KISS YOUR DOG TODAY!

Colorful Beach Huts in South Africa

Colourful beach huts at Muizenberg beach in South Africa. via Aren't these wonderful? So simple and in an unspoiled setting too, with nothing between these changing rooms and the ocean except sand. Great photo.

A Hole in The Walled Garden

This would like going down the rabbit hole on a vertical level. It's much more interesting than a conventional shape would have been in this secret garden, right? via

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

London-Designed Kitchen Details Love






Berdoulat Architectural Design, additional portfolio photos here.

Gorgeous Setting for A Pool

This is absolutely stunning in every respect, isn't it? It's hard to imagine this lovely reflecting pool full of flotation devices but maybe, just maybe, this does happen and people actually use it for swimming. It's very restful just looking at it from a distance too. The whole landscape design is wonderful. via
Today is supposed to be the last hot day before a cool front moves in my area to lower the humidity. Can't wait. xo

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Note to My Readers

The Lake District - Beautiful England

View from Tilberthwaite quarry, Lake District, England by alastairgraham19
I have never been to the Lake District favored by Beatrix Potter. It looks like Mother Nature's wonderland in this photo, doesn't it? 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Beautiful Vegetable Gardens

It's rare to see such bountiful garden beds without a fence. How very wonderful! via

Roosevelt Mansion: The Laundry Room



These vintage images make me love my modern laundry room. Tour the rest of the mansion via "Know Your Roosevelts" @ Big Old Houses.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

New Zealand: Many Porches Circa 1884

The Annandale Homestead in New Zealand was constructed in 1884 as a hotel by the Hay brothers. Recently Pattersons Architecture spent two years refurbishing the home from its derelict state to the former glory it once was. via


This photo is of the beautifully restored Annandale. Courtesy of TripAdvisor