A Quiet Winter

Ah winter. Quiet, rest, hibernation. Those "activities" are generally my over-arching winter goals. Yes, I miss outdoors time and flowers and long hours of light and warm air. But the calming nature of winter, the spare beauty, and the indoor coziness just about make up for it. This particular winter was quite restful for me,…

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Dulac

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…

New Hampshire in Mid-Winter

It's been an icy, icy world out there lately. December and January seemed especially brutal with days on end of sub-zero temperatures, wind, and a couple of ice storms. On New Years Day, with just 2 degrees on the thermometer, Ethan and I set out for a northern adventure. We just had to get out…

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: Flowers sprouting up around town. Budding trees in front of the Hancock Inn. Apple trees with…

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…

winter activities in progress

Sometimes it feels like I have too many interests. Too many books to read. Too many projects. But on a snowy afternoon like this, I love having all these little odds and ends to choose from: The green scarf is for Ethan. It's my "sampler" scarf that Tammy at my work is helping me with.…