Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hello lovely friends...... has been to long..I have  lots of pictures of a very busy summer...I am not a rush around person at all...and we have had lots this summer..all fun though and with people we love..but now we are moving in to quieter times...I made this little flowerpot in high school..just for nasturtiums...I had a veg and flower garden starting at about age 15 .  I love nasturtiums....
 we had pickle day here at 66 seaview...I love dill pickles and this is the most wonderful recipe. Mr. Wolks Polish dills....I made 22 jars!!!!!
 Yummmmm..makes my mouth water to just look at the pictures...I don't process them in a hot water bath..Just put them in the fridge..and they will last up to a year...we just ate last years last jar and they tasted like we just made them!!!
 I will write out the recipe if anyone is interested...really easy
 This is a picture of one of my dearest friends on earth.. and yes that is me..  Fiffy is 100 years old!!!  I took her to lunch with a friend and she downed a huge brandy alexander and a pastrami sandwich!!!!  She is Italian and taught me all the fine points of Italian cooking ....homemade pasta ..ravioli ...stuffed red peppers..bread ..cookies holiday time she would bake for days ...10 kinds of cookies....she is one of the greatest people I have ever known.....I love you Fiffy!!!
 She lives on Cape Cod now.  She used to live in East Boston and was born in the North End of Boston which is our Italian neighborhood in Boston .  On Easter sunday in 1911!!
This picture is of a Ferry boat from woods hole to Martha's Vineyard...a beautiful island where I was married!!
 Then up to the Adirondack Mts in Upstate New York.. We went with dear friends and their two little boys.
 Someone very cosy on the couch...
 Making s'mores over the fire
 Sitting on  the dock on the lake
 one of 10,000 sunset pics we have!!!
 Myself with the two little guys at " The Big Rock "  A huge rock way out that we all swim to and hang out on...
 sitting on the big rock!!
 The cabin was built by my grandmother and grandfather in is just a tiny 3 room cabin..nearly unchanged ..the cabin on the left my uncle built when he was 14..  1934  I has bunkbeds and two cots..not much room for anything else!! we built a deck and then added a dock we remove each fall.
 Garden!!!  lots of everything at this time of year....we really have to eat tomatoes 3  times a day!!
 My favorite summer salad...cucumbers, red onions..tomatoes..and oil and vinegar dressing.....I usually add toasted bread rubbed with garlic!!!..yummmmmmm
 we have two new pics of my dearest friends had to move back to New Zealand after many years here and she had had her kitties for 13 years....I had to take them for just broke my heart to think of what it would be like to have to give up a beloved family now we have 8!!!!
 these are the present family members ..Ish
 her mother Callie
 Gus our baby boy...(very bold sometimes!)
 Buster bear....Ish's son
 Izzy  Ish's daughter....she is not a beauty queen but is the dearest....
hmmmmm seems I forgot Rusty!  I am going to try to add a pic..but it may end up at the top not bottom of this post....  Hey !! I did it ...Here is Rusty...Number 3 child of Ish!!!!

So that is a little catch up!!  I got some wonderful new fabric....( I so needed it .... )  and I have lots of projects planned..  next post!!!.Lots of Hugs and Happy thoughts to you all out there!!!!  Thanks to all the nice people who have commented and added as followers...I'm up to 30!!!!  so so so cool!!


  1. I loved catching up with you. You have had a busy summer, your cabins sound fantastic, I'm looking forward to more posts as we move in to autumn!

  2. The cabins are lovely, how nice to have such a nice place to spend the summer and to know it's part of your family history. The weather here is getting warmer and I actually got clothes dry on the line today, a good thing too as the dryer died sadly on the weekend. I love your cats, sadly Dave is finding the winter hard this year and is showing signs of age (we don't know how old he is as he was adopted from the RSPCA), he is in good company, Basil turned 60 today and pulled a muscle in his rear end running across the road. Ok. I did laugh.

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  4. It looks like it was a fantastic summer :) gorgeous place! Where is it?
    The summer salad looks exactly like my gaspacho--I add fresh coriander as well as a bit of green peppers and at the end add some ice cubes that make it really fresh and make up a juice / sauce that makes it look like a cold soup. We do eat it with a spoon :)
    Will you share the recipe for the pickles? I love them too!

  5. What a wonderful posting, lucky you!
    Best wishes.

  6. Great post and lovely pictures. Love your summer getaway and your home is just out of this world. It must feel like being on vacation all the time. I live on a saltwater creek off the inland waterway. There is something about living so close to water and nature. I couldn't live any other place. I am a lifelong cat owner too. I had my first one when I was 4. It's not home without at least one in the house. I enjoy reading your blog and I would love to have a recipe for those pickles.

  7. I forgot to add your friend looks amazing for 100 years old. It's hard to fathom all the history she has lived through and the things she has seen. How lucky you are to have her for friend. I had to chuckle at the brandy alexander. If I were a hundred, I think I would of had two!

  8. Lovely home ... sounds like you are having a fun summer! Miss hearing from you! ;-)

  9. Helen's babies couldn't have landed in a more heavenly place. A kitty in your home is in heaven on earth.

    Can you share your recipe for Mr. Wolks Polish dills? Though my hubby can't enjoy the wonderful fruits I have a few cukes from my deck garden. I've been purchasing those amazing barrel cured pickles at the deli, asking for the juice and when I get home adding my cukes for an overnight soak. Next day my cukes are ready to enjoy. Quick and easy but won't keep. I'd like to put up a couple of jars. YUM.

  10. I have never met you - we came across each other on the blog scene but I like who you are, Holly! I love reading your blog ... it is one of those "feel good" things that I reward myself by doing most days! Hugs to you!