She swam in the river, she sang with the birds

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Rockport, MA. August, 2014.

Stay there, I’ll be coming over

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Pretty jewel-colored kayaks, all lined up and ready for an adventure.

Rockport, Massachusetts. August, 2014.

House by the sea

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Do you dream of a house by the sea?  I do.  A cozy little cottage made of stone or covered in weather-beaten shingles.  It would sit on a hill, surrounded by a lush garden full of herbs and over-grown flowers.  The air would always be just chilly enough to need a cozy sweater, and you could drink your tea, and look out over a gray and rocky shore.

Whenever I’m visiting little coastal towns, I’m looking for this house.  Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don’t, but always I’m imagining myself there.

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Wanderings: Rockport

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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Hectic weeks can be exhausting but so rewarding!  I spent a few days traveling in the Midwest for work, and now I’m back in California for another west coast wedding!  I just love it here so much and I’m happy to be seeing so many friends and excited to spend a little time exploring Venice Beach, before heading up to Monterey.  California, I just love you so much; almost as much as the gorgeous sunflowers we saw while driving around on little roads in Massachusetts.   Those sunny blooms are just like my mood these days.

Have a great weekend!

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Merrily merrily merrily

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Can I row away in one of these brightly colored boats? Rockport, August 2014.

Old Burying Ground

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A rainy afternoon visit to the Old Burying Ground in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  The beautiful carvings on these old slate tombstones, some of them over three-hundred and fifty years-old, are straight out of an Edward Gorey storybook.

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The Clam Box

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Traveling to Massachusetts in the summer means fried clams and onion rings, and for the Mister, no place place sings their siren song sweeter than the Clam Box in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  As a teenagers, he and his brother had jobs as onion boys (onion ring makers), and even now, whenever we visit someone working in the kitchen recognizes him.

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Wanderings: The North Shore

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The Mister grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and we went for a little family visit this summer.  I love the rocky, marshy coastal communities in the area, especially in the warmer months.  I’d be content driving from little town to little town, picking up sea glass, and eating fried clams and lobster.  I’ll be sharing photos from our visit over the next few days, starting with these shots of sea glass and hydrangeas at my in-laws’ cozy house in the woods.

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