We are headed to the lake today for nearly 10 days and we are all very excited.
Just like last year I will be posting daily photos with no words.
I hope you will follow along!
We ventured south for our annual Assateague Island getaway this past weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect and so was the time spent with our most favorite friends. If you have never camped on a beach, I highly recommend it. Falling asleep and waking to the sound of the ocean is pure bliss. The first night I was woken to a full moon streaming through our tent and the song of the Eastern Whippoorwill. The second night I fell asleep kissed by the sun and fresh air and slept like a log. Harry and I were the first ones up each morning to catch the sunrise and there were even a few wild pony sitings.
The kids romped in the water and played in the dunes which always reminds me of the book Roxaboxen.
There was a roaring campfire each night along with jokes and ghost stories.
And of course there were marshmallows and s’mores. But our favorite is a banana boat hot off the flames. It’s like a campfire sundae!
Peel back one piece of banana peel.
Scoop out a channel and eat.
Fill channel with chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, peanut butter, fresh berries.
Pull peel back over and wrap whole banana in tin foil.
Roast over fire until warm and gooey.
Grab a spoon and dig in.
with all of the snow we have been getting, our days have been spent hunkered at home cozy and warm. i do make it a point to get outside every day but there is nothing like getting out and about and breaking the regular routine to cure that touch of cabin fever.
yesterday’s adventure couldn’t have come at a better time.
my mom treated my sis and i to lunch at one of our favorite places to celebrate our birthdays.
carving out a whole day together with two of of my favorite people was such a treat.
we lingered as long as we could eating, sipping and chatting before we headed out to do a little antique-ing.
since the three of us have pretty much the same tastes and style it’s always fun to peruse our favorite spots together, my favorite being a 3 story barn filled to the brim with beautiful old things.
as always, thanks mama for the perfect day! xo
this past weekend was our annual september get away to cape may point.
my sister, nephew, my mom and the girls and i all squeezed in to our little shore room.
it was a bit cramped but cozy and most of our time was spent outdoors.
it was a lovely way to ring in autumn with absolutely gorgeous weather.
the air was cool and crisp but the salt water was warm, making for long beach days.
we sustained ourselves with picnics of hard boiled eggs, salmon, fruit and fresh cob oven bread baked just around the corner.
my mom treated us to dinner at the blue pig on friday night and lunch at the red store on saturday.
we made our way in to town for some organic homemade ice cream and a visit to the whales tale a shop that brings back many childhood memories.
the monarch butterflies have begun their migration to new mexico and cape may point is one of their major rest stops. we were able to see the beginnings of this journey.
we spent our last day on the beach romping in the ocean and playing in the sand. when the clock struck we hung our heads and trudged back to pack up camp.
we stopped by the red store for french madeleines and coffee and sang all the way home.
we spent the week with my parents, my sister and nephew. (the first photo is of the grandkiddoes and their grandfather, Bop.) our good friends have a house across the lake from the one we rent which makes for great fun paddling back and forth for play, dinner and drinks and late night card games and bonfires.
days were spent swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, reading, knitting, crafting, going on walks, picnicing in the cemetery, foraging for wild flowers, apples and berries, playing board games and cards and dreaming of our own lake house one day.
we ventured off mid week to the town of Honesdale for some antiquing and a library book sale.
we stopped for lunch at a little art gallery/cafe to find the atmosphere homey and quirky and the food delicious.
we all shared 6 pieces of dessert…. 2 slices of peach crisp ,2 slices of upside down apple crumble and 2 slices of pink lady cake (all made with locally handpicked fruits). we drank 2 pots of teas and then headed back to the lake for a swim and a nap.
it’s a magical place. i felt it the first time i laid eyes on it 6 years ago.
it is one of the the only places i dread leaving. being a homebody that says a lot.
we have been trying to buy a particular piece of land on the lake with a little cottage for a year now.
we have hit a few bumps along the way but we still have hope and keep dreaming and drawing up plans of making it our own.
living in a small home with a small property right in the center of town is perfect for us.
but having a getaway cottage less than 3 hours away surrounded by farmland, a 60 acre lake and woodlands full of mountain laurels and pine. with beavers, and wide mouth bass below and great blue herons and bald eagles above. with enough land for fruit trees and brambles, beehives and a cob oven. where it’s at least 10 degrees cooler and you need a quilt at night even in july. where the night sky is dripping with stars you didn’t even know existed. where you can sled and skate and cross country ski and fish through the ice to the water you were diving in to just a few months ago. this place, this cottage on the lake… well that would be a dream.
a dream that i know one day we will make come true.
what dreams have you made come true? being inspired by the dreams of others will help keep me motivated!