Monday, January 26

and back to winter ...






 As we sit here anticipating a huge winter storm in the Northeast, I guess it is time to move it along from my southern summer to this year.   We spent a few days up in Newport, Rhode Island this year before coming home for New Year's dinner with the family. 

There was great shopping and trips to small towns outside of Newport.  











 There were great views from our hotel room.  Day and night.


Some beautiful fireworks over the beach on New Year's Eve.  And a drive back to the hotel, lined with gorgeous summer "cottages". 

 
   We finished up the next day with a drive along the water and a reminder of why we love it here. 


 Newport is always one of our favorite getaways, no matter what the time of year.  
For those affected by the storm - stay safe and stay warm!
Best,
Stephanie

Wednesday, January 21

charleston

Not a lot to share today.   Just a photo from one of my favorite places in the world, Charleston, South Carolina.   Charleston happens to be one of the loveliest cities anywhere.   It's just beautiful.   And she has many charms to share... southern hospitality ... wonderful food (oh, the food!) and great shopping ... all within a short drive from the beach.  If you get the chance to visit, do!   You won't regret it.  (and don't forget to left click your mouse over the photo to see it full sized.)

Best,
Stephanie

 

Monday, January 19

a little more south ...

Look, at me! Posting three times in one month.  For me, lately, it's a record. 
Anyway, it is still cold as anything up here.  Even when the temperature goes into the 30's, it somehow feels much colder.  I could use a little warming up.  Which is where the south comes into it. 

To me, the south is about porches, palm trees, back roads and gardens.   (Not to mention warm smiles, southern charm and some really great food.)   So here is a little more south to warm you up.   It may not warm my feet, but it sure does warm my heart.   As always, left clicking will bring the photos up a bit clearer and a bit larger.

Hope your week is wonderful!

Best,

Stephanie
 











 

Wednesday, January 14

a little bit of south to warm us up ...

South Carolina, that is.  

This summer, we spent about 12 days in beautiful South Carolina.  We toured the Low Country, meandered around Charleston, and enjoyed a few days at the beach.   


Here's a few photos to warm us up some.  The best way to view them is to left click with your mouse.  That should bring them up to their original size and full resolution. 


Best,
Stephanie












Monday, January 12

let's try this again ...

I've been an awful blogger, haven't I?  I mean to, I really do, and then, well, life happens.   But I am trying to refocus, get back in there.   Here's what's been going on.   

July was spent largely in South Carolina.   We covered so much of the Low Country, from Beaufort to Charleston, St James Island to Wadamalaw Island.   I love me some south!   I will post some of those photos soon. 

August was spent in the hospital and at home recovering from kidney surgery.   Yuck.  Enough about that - suffice it to say that all is now well, and that I am grateful that if something needs to be wrong, at least it was something they could fix.  

September saw us apple picking and on boats.



 October was all about birthdays and football.


 November was about family and celebrating Thanksgiving in NYC.


And December was all about Christmas of course.



And that is the 2014 wrap up.   I really hope to get back to blogging regularly again.   Let's keep this going!   
Best,
Stephanie