We had another blissful get away to the lake this summer.
The perfect reprieve from the hot and sticky week we had back home.
The weather was glorious and although it is so very hard to leave we all feel rested and renewed.
creating space for beauty & simplicity
Just a few new things around the home to share with you…
Chris made me that beautiful coffee table for Christmas which now lives up on the second floor in our loft space. It’s so nice to have a place for our feet to rest upon, stacks of books, a space for board games, and our Downton hot chocolate parties!
My mama gifted me a set of those lovely iron sconces for Christmas this year. She overheard my love for them while we are away at Shehawken this summer visiting here. She’s so sneaky!
I have been on the look out for some new linens and found an amazing lot of napkins with beautiful embroidery work along with that tablecloth while thrifting last week. I will be using my antique wooden ironing board on a weekly basis!
We are off to sunny Florida in a few hours. I will be posting photos here all week.
Have a lovely weekend my friends!
these were the last two photos i took before we headed home yesterday.
it was a blissful week with absolutely perfect weather!
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!