Nantucket

Inspirations, Outdoor Life

Summer's End, September Florals

Flowers from the Park Slope Coop, delivered from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op - sunflowers, basil, celosia, mint

Flowers from the Park Slope Coop, delivered from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op - sunflowers, basil, celosia, mint

Enjoying the month of September.

I was writing a blog post about the start of school and celebrating Labor Day signifies the end of summer. It doesn’t need to be. The post was bumming me out. End of summer, bummer.  I decided instead to write the Enjoyment of September.

Clay decorative plate from  Elemthebrand

Clay decorative plate from Elemthebrand

I received an email from Etsy and it had this picture in it. I thought, oh so pretty. It exudes the calmness that one craves by the end of the summer. Our bodies want to wind down, start getting ready for winter hibernation. Right now flowers and plants are so intense and overgrown. Colors are a deep saturation of hues and starting to droop. Aren’t we all like that? Tan, exhausted from the sun and heat ….maybe not overgrown. But I am wowed by the floral explosion going on. In my backyard, somewhat, we struggle with getting enough sun. The flowers delivered to my local grocery store, the Park Slope Co-op. I can’t stop buying them, they are amazing! Go buy or pick some flowers and put something together for your dining table.

Here are a few of my favorite arrangements.

Type up Lancaster flowers on Instagram and you will find some beauties. Check out these rudbeckias. This photo was shared by petalslnc

Type up Lancaster flowers on Instagram and you will find some beauties. Check out these rudbeckias. This photo was shared by petalslnc

From the woman who did the flowers for my wedding,  Soiree Floral in Nantucket . Dawn is always posting the most beautiful, rustic looking arrangements. I see sunflowers, chamomile, what else….

From the woman who did the flowers for my wedding, Soiree Floral in Nantucket. Dawn is always posting the most beautiful, rustic looking arrangements. I see sunflowers, chamomile, what else….

photo by  Longest Acres in Vermont.  Kate Maclean shares her life thru the most beautiful and moody photos. I saw this one today and couldn’t help but share it with you. At first I could not make out the duck. And then I though oh wow, those stripes on his head with the butter yellow sunflowers behind him, I want to hug him! Enjoy the sunflowers while they last!

photo by Longest Acres in Vermont. Kate Maclean shares her life thru the most beautiful and moody photos. I saw this one today and couldn’t help but share it with you. At first I could not make out the duck. And then I though oh wow, those stripes on his head with the butter yellow sunflowers behind him, I want to hug him! Enjoy the sunflowers while they last!

Enjoy!

Tracey

Perfect Life

Bartletts Farm, Nantucket Looms                                                             all photos by traceytoole

The whole reason of vacation is to recharge the battery, spend time with family, explore new things.  I've been coming to Nantucket for many years.  Now that I come with my husband we do have conversations of  "would we be able to live here fill time".  It seems so perfect.  But that is what vacation is suppose to be like right?  Nantucket is an historic whaling town.  Their strict rules of how things are and should look contribute to this island being so perfect.  No chain stores allowed, except for the grocery store which is a Stop and Shop.  No stop lights on the island.  Cars stop for you when you are walking across the street.   Quaint cape houses with that blue grey salt air wood.   The Grey Lady, a nickname for Nantucket, is 30 miles out to sea.

I've mostly been reading and have not even picked up any of the crafts I brought to work on. We have a few more days left on the island and I find myself thinking of both Nantucket and Brooklyn. 

Thanks for reading and happy Monday!

Recharging the Battery

Nantucket Harbor

I was very stressed days before my vacation.  Who isn't.  I had to clean our house because guests were coming, pack for me, pack for Harper and also trying to finish some product to get to one of my retailers in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Mind Matter .   Fortunately the husband stepped in and did the majority of the cleaning.  Now that I am here I can't believe I was actually thinking I didn't want to come.  I love Nantucket.  It may be my favorite place in the world.  I've been coming here for years.  I worked here during the summer when I was in college.  This morning I went for a run which I haven't done in a long time and I realize how stressed and not in my right head was I. 

We all need to recharge the battery.  And if you are a parent you know that vacations aren't truly vacations when with a child.  But none the less I am in a beautiful, peaceful and certainly inspirational place.  So for the next 10 days I will be sharing some photos that I find worthy.  That demonstrate how beautiful this island is, untouched areas, miles of nature conservancy, and a New England historic whaling island that has become a chic destination in the past few decades.