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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi



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❤ Love you and miss you every single day, Dad. Happy Father’s Day!


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Peace. Solitude. Beauty. A much slower pace. A throw back in time. Outstanding and plainly Monhegan Isle!

Island Inn

From the moment I stepped onto it’s rugged shore some twenty-five years ago, I was smitten from day one. I knew it would feel like an adventure, even though only a few hours north from home; I knew instantly it would be charming; I knew the hiking was going to lead to dramatic sea views, along with moss covered secret fairy villages.  What I didn’t expect was the quiet, peaceful sense of time moving more slowly, the natural beauty of it all and losing time taking it all in, right down to watching the sun go down at the end of each day.



It’s a mite rustic for some, however, my needs are few–being back on this gem of an island, but my goodness, the sense of calm and joy that can bring in a world (especially my crazy world) bustling with people, appointments and an often never-ending list of things to do and places to be… to an amazing halt. Just what the doctor ordered. In my quiet cottage, I found much needed solitude.. and even a room with a view!

I love this picture!

Typically I don’t get to make it up north until the end of my growing season, when things are just beginning to settle down a bit. But this year, I opted to throw caution to the wind for these past few days to take in the beauty, breathe in that marvelous salty air, climb her dramatic cliffs to just pause, and as a bonus.. captured the middle of lupine season as well! It’s easy to see why I fell in love with this stunning island.




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The month of May consumes me with such joy. It’s the busiest month of the year for me with readying the farm, preparing for farmers market, and life in general. It’s what I wait ( though impatiently 🙂 all winter long for!) I suppose being a May Day baby has its perks… but how could anyone not pause when seeing these wonders of nature.


We finally saw some rain, and with it, everything just popped up and out of the ground it seems overnight. It’s during this time I will put the farm, and responsibilities on hold, (and not feel guilty for a moment) simply to capture and visit the beautiful surrounding of woodlands and my home gardens. The season is so short.. I know I’d regret it, if I missed this precious time.


It’s hard to say which I love the most, because many hold a personal history, or remembrance or a meaningful time in my life. Others, I simply just enjoy their form, colors and humble, though striking stature. But in my mind, they all bring me back to my woodland gardens on our beloved farm.


The trilliums are striking this year. The Solomon’s seal, Lady slippers, Blood root, May apple, Bleeding hearts, Lily-of-the valley,  Black cohosh, Wood violets, Colombine, Hepatica, Elderflower,  Purple loosestrife, Claytonia, Marsh marigolds and Jack-in-the-pulpit… steadfast in their role in Mother Nature’s master plan, in spite of our worst winters–to endure and continue to go on. Maybe this is why I love them all so very much; their dedication, stamina and purposefulness in this world.


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If I had a flower for each time I thought of my Mother, I could walk in my garden forever.


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When the river flows
Let it flow
When the river stops
Let it stop
When the river falls
Let go
Let it fall
When the river turns to open sea
You are free
All rivers return to the sea
It is their

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