summer

An heiress’s garden

Doris Duke was the only child of a wealthy tobacco and power industrialist. When her father passed away in 1925, 12 year old Doris inherited his estate (about 1.3 billion in today’s dollars). Rough Point is just one of the many “summer cottages” (mansions) you can visit on a trip to Newport. In my humble opinion, […] Read more…

Newport RI Bike Ride

We had a mini staycation this week. I used to hate that word, staycation, because I love to travel and don’t get to do it enough. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate the days you can just “be” in your home and the opportunity it presents to become a tourist in your […] Read more…

A different perspective

Last weekend, generous friends took us on a boat ride in our local Narragansett Bay. I used to work on the water for a few different jobs throughout college and I forgot how much I missed it. Being on the water like that makes me feel almost electric – especially when reached the mouth of […] Read more…

In My Garden, July 17th, 2013

 I’m a bit embarrassed to show you these photos – since the last garden update, I totally fried my kale and broccoli plants. I sprayed them in the middle of a hot, sunny day with a mixture of dishsoap and water to kill the aphids that were munching tiny holes in them. Big Mistake. I’ve […] Read more…

Summer Interlude

I haven’t been exploring much this week, so unfortunately I do not have a new place to write about. Instead, I thought I’d share some of the little things that are making me happy this summer. We’ve had fantastically hot, sunny days here the last two weeks and I’m grateful for it (I can say […] Read more…

Strawberry Picking at Sweet Berry Farm

Last weekend, Jeff and I went strawberry picking at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, RI.  You may recall that we have a few strawberry plants of our own, but those pesky bunnies got to them first. I really need to find a netting solution to cover the plants.  Anyway, it’s always a pleasure to drive […] Read more…

Gooseberry Island, Westport, MA

Last summer, as I was looking for a beach that allowed dogs I came across an online article describing Gooseberry Island. We finally visited today and it was well worth the wait. What I thought was just going to be a tiny little spit of land turned out to be a good-sized island that feels pretty […] Read more…

Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Walden Pond is located in the Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, MA.  As the site of Henry David Thoreau’s great “experiment” of living simply, it is a well-preserved and very peaceful historical property. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation has done a spectacular job of maintaining and preserving the unique character of this place,  while […] Read more…

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