Tuesday’s Inspiration: Mary Oliver

Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York,1957
Once, in summer,
in the blueberries,
I fell asleep, and woke
when a deer stumbled against me.

I guess
she was so busy with her own happiness
she had grown careless
and was just wandering along

listening
to the wind as she leaned down
to lip up the sweetness.
So, there we were

with nothing between us
but a few leaves, and wind’s
glossy voice
shouting instructions.

The deer
backed away finally
and flung up her white tail
and went floating off toward the trees –

but the moment before she did that
was so wide and so deep
it has lasted to this day;
I have only to think of her –

the flower of her amazement
and the stalled breath of her curiosity,
and even the damp touch of her solicitude
before she took flight –

to be absent again from this world
and alive, again, in another
for thirty years
sleepy and amazed,

rising out of the rough weeds
listening and looking.
Beautiful girl,
where are you?

-Mary Oliver
New and Selected Poems
Volume One

So Long, Sweet Summer

Did summer go by fast or what? (And this post is really really late!! Because fall flew by as well!)  I think it’s because we didn’t have much of a spring time transition this year. All of a sudden, it was summer. Though it feels like it slipped away so quickly, looking back on the photos and memories, we really lived in many beautiful summer moments this year. More and more I am trying to inhabit the present, to really SEE what is around me, to notice the small details, and the big connections between everyone and everything. Here are a few of my favorite summer moments captured~

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Elysian Hills Tree Farm ~ Dummerston, Vermont
Sunset in the Harbor ~ Newport, Rhode Island
Tomatoes at Moulton’s Farm ~ Meredith, New Hampshire x Sunset ~ Center Harbor, New Hampshire 

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On the way to the Basin ~ Franconia, New Hampshire
Field of Sunflowers at Colby Farm ~ Newbury, New Hampshire
Gregg Lake ~ Antrim, NH x Lobster Roll at Sunset ~ Rye, NH
The docks ~ Center Harbor, NH x Mornings ~ Center Harbor, NH
Green Tomatoes ~ Home x Incoming Storm ~ Greenville, NH
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Pony in the Field at Kroka ~ Acworth, NH 
Twilight Time ~ Center Harbor, NH x Wild Blueberries ~ Pitcher Mountain, Stoddard, NH
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Summer Fields ~ Sugar Hill, NH
Flora de Passion ~ Home x Favorite Walking Place ~ Temple, NH
White Mountains Waterfall ~ Woodstock, NH

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Canoeing with the Pup ~ Greenfield, NH x Delphinium Bouquet ~ Home
Sunday Blooms ~ Peterborough, NH
Walk Around MacDowell Lake ~ Peterborough, NH
Mid-Summer’s Bounty ~ Home x Blooms and Breakfast ~ Home
Red Nasturtiums ~ Home x July Bouquet ~ Home

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Garden Textures Late Summer ~ Home
Just Floating ~ Hancock, NH x Coneflowers and Zinnias ~ Wilton, NH

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Sunset at the Beach Plum ~ Rye, NH
Freshly Picked ~ Milford, NH x Sunflowers Outside of the Bakery ~ Alstead, NH
Fly Fishing ~ Center Harbor, NH x Little Friend ~ Temple, NH
Skies Over White Mountains ~ Woodstock, NH x Wild Blueberries ~ Stoddard, NH

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Sunflowers ~ Newbury, MA
My Garden ~ Home

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Dulac

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Edmund Dulac, Illustrator  

The Snow Queen and Other Stories from Hans Christian Andersen.

London: Hodder & Stoughton 1911.

Isn’t this illustration just marvelous! I’m so happy I saw it on This Ivy House this snowy and icy morning. It’s been a rough weekend and I haven’t felt well, but it’s amazing what a bit of inspiring art can do to lift the spirits. Edmund Dulac was a French born illustrator who, after giving up law school, lived and studied art in England for most of his life. His modern art nouveau illustrations beautifully bring to life various fairy tales and myths. Through the course of his career, Dulac also worked for magazines and newspapers, designed stamps, and even designed chocolate boxes. Here’s a compilation of his wonderful artwork on WikiArt. Scrolling through I am struck by the color palette he used, his strong attention to detail, and the whimsicality of his work. Looking through these images and learning about this talented artist was the perfect thing for this icy morning.

Hancock Through the Seasons

Here are some photographs of Hancock, a gorgeous little New England Village tucked away in Southwestern New Hampshire. I was fortunate enough to work as the Children’s Librarian there for one year, so I enjoyed Hancock through each season.

Spring:

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Flowers sprouting up around town. Budding trees in front of the Hancock Inn. Apple trees with new leaves in the orchard on Norway Hill. Irises on Main Street. Trees in bloom in front of the Hancock Town Library.  Lilac bushes in front of a colonial house.

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Winter: 

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hancock winterA snow storm in February blankets an old colonial home. Lilies brighten up the winter day inside Fiddleheads Cafe. The huge tree outside of the library covered in snow. The Hancock Inn and it’s Fox tavern is a cozy place for a winter’s evening meal. Frost patterns inside the library’s windows.

No matter what season you visit Hancock, it is always going to be beautiful.

Welcome Spring

Who is ready for spring? *raises hand* I love yard work, gardening and just seeing the earth come back to life after a long winter. I love the return of the birds; hearing the different songs each morning. I love when the flowers start to come out, each one in due time: first the delicate white snow drops, then the cute little crocuses, followed by the intensely bright yellow forsythia bushes and cheerful daffodils. And finally, the tulips and the delicious-smelling lilacs. Here are some of my favorite spring shots to welcome this glorious season of awakening. fullsizeoutput_1529


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From the very faint whispers of spring we felt in February, to the torrent of snow melt in the river these last few weeks, to the first flowers, the change of seasons is upon us. I meant to post this awhile ago! It’s already Memorial Day weekend! Oops 🙂 Well, it still feels like March or April outside anyways… maybe one of these days it will warm up…img_6020

Winter Scenes

Ahh winter. The most quiet, beautiful, and relaxing of seasons. I love the home time, the hot tea, and the earlier nights. I like to catch up on books and movies I’ve wanted to read and see all year. Though there are not as many adventures or exploration as the other seasons, I’ve still taken my fair share of photos throughout the past snowy month. I wanted to share some favorites here. Cozy up and enjoy the season.img_5219fullsizeoutput_b55

The starkness of the bare branches against the sky is almost just as beautiful as when they are covered with leaves. And can’t you just feel the snow coming in the photo above. That was taken at Gregg Lake in Antrim.

fullsizeoutput_116eI love the silent morning after a fresh snowfall, the sparkles on the ground, and the brilliant winter sunsets. For those of you who are not so keen on winter, pop into your local florist or indoor nursery for a bit of spring. These beauties were at Twelve Pine in Peterborough. Create a bouquet to brighten up your home in winter 🙂

fullsizeoutput_116dimg_6017And for a nice walk in the woods on a bright day, you know, when the temperature creeps up near 40 maybe 🙂 try the Wapack National Forest (Here’s a link to a trail map) for a good walk. Ted’s Trail and Carolyn’s Trail are both very easy nature paths with lovely scenery. Just starting January, and already so much snow and winter weather up here in New England! Let’s make the most of this lovely quiet season.