Yesterday, was a pleasant day, a fair at a school in Medford. Very fun to hang out, I met some interesting crafters and saw some really great stuff. Such as, My London Sun and Ginger Cat Candle Company, among other incredible folks out there with us sharing their incredible work. It was a very interesting time and I am quite glad I did it. More for the people I met than for any other real reason. It seems the local crafters in this area are amazingly nice and wonderful and impeccably skilled at their craft, so it was really fun and interesting to go and do this fair.
There is a lot of Irish and British and even some eastern European going on in my not too distant family tree. My great grandmother on my mum’s mother’s side, came from Poland. This is her recipe. She shared it with my grandma, who shared it with my mum, and now it has been shared with me and I thought all of you might enjoy it.
It’s that time of year again, a time for warmth and a glow in the darkness. Time to light the path to the new year while our world sits at it’s most darkened point. Every holiday that happens this time of year is a festival of lights. Here, we are having our own festival of lights while we prepare for the upcoming craft show on the 7th.
You actually, can’t quite see the large farmhouse with two floors and columns in front that I spent the years from 7th grade till high school graduation in, in this photo. But you can see the little green shed that once housed an actual drivable lawnmower, and the large old green barn in back and even the carriage house is visible. It is about an acre and a half in size, and though you can’t see it in this photo there are several large vegetable gardens and a few fruit trees and even some Rasberry bushes. Behind the property, there is a large bog. When we were kids we used to get all muddy trying to find and learn the path through every year. It was always changing just a little bit…. Today, I have no idea where the stable path through the bog is. I have grown up moved away and traveled and even lived all over the world. But when I come home, this place is always one I need to see.
I love what I do. With every passing day I love it more. I love keeping this blog. I love making fun and interesting new things. I enjoy every facet of designing and creating, or finding a piece of treasure that I can add onto and make even more of a specialty item, such as this old tray.
Yes, I realize this post is VERY late. I apologize. But I wanted to share a few photos of our decorations. None of it is fancy or particularly special….. It is just, special to us. This is the first Halloween since I have been home that I could decorate at all. So for me, it was very nice and so so special after so many years away.
Now that we have drunk in the salty sea air and listened to the screaming gulls while taking the dogs on a cold walk along the strand….. I want to show you my new favorite house on Plum Island. If I lived here, I would be sure to have some hot New England spiced cider ready and waiting for us upon our return from our cold walk. But this is sadly not my house, and I can’t even take you inside. I have been in once, not so long ago. The dining room is round and everything is cozy and aged. Lots of antiques crunched into a small space. On the porch, species of plants that should spend all winter dead for some magical reason thrive, and there are several cats that often go in and out. They call this house Whale Bone, and one of Newburyport’s many artists presently calls it home.
Yesterday, I left you all after we made a stop at my favorite antique shop in the area that focuses on beautiful old coastal treasures and nautical art…. Today, we are headed for one of the nicest sea strands in MA. Plum Island, is not really an island. In point of fact, it is a barrier reef. It has been developed into many tiny little old cottages and then developed further with some interesting modern monstrosities. You also have the Mcmansions of the wealthy that line the bluff along a portion of the strand. On Plum Island you will find a couple small restaurants and one inn, and some beautiful beaches.
So, here I am again, to tell you all more about the wonders of Newburyport MA. When we left off we were heading along Water Street towards Plum Island, and we were about to make a very special stop. But here, you have the river on one side and lovely old houses on the other side of the street. You pass a really strange green castle house thing along the route it has mermaid barbies out in the garden in front. Every year they go crazy putting up decorations for the different holidays. But we are going to keep walking…. Our first destination is very dear to my heart. The Nantucket Stock Exchange in Newburyport.
We recently went to Newburyport MA, one of our favorite places to help my mother rake her yard. We had a lovely time. We did many things, walked the dogs on the beach and drove around Plum Island, I dropped in on my favorite nautical themed antique shop, and we did some shopping on Main St. This is a big amount to share so I thought I would break it up and give it to you all in pieces over the next few days.