It’s a Put-Your-Cat-Strut-On Kind of Monday

Yep, it’s Monday.

And you can either crawl back under the covers

OR —

You can put your Cat Strut on, step out into that ole’ world…

And see what mischief you can get into.  😉

Have a good one, everybody!

The “Milliner’s Muse” Meets Royal Ascot, Wins Hat Contest

Ascot Racecourse, famous for that unforgettable racing scene in the great musical, My Fair Lady, has been celebrating its grand June tradition of Royal Ascot racing since the racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne.

This year our Marmee, known at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® as “The Milliner’s Muse“, decided that she was going to go all out for the closing day of racing at Royal Ascot.

The most important thing, of course, was choosing the perfect hat!

After much deliberation, Marmee chose the “Charlize“, a stunning silver roses brocade cocktail hat design with a large coral and peach organza petal peony trim from MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Such an important decision it was, and Marmee had a lot of help from her friends.

Friends who just happened to be some of this world’s top Royal Ascot fashion consultants.And right down to her Dear Duckie, all of Marmee’s friends concurred.

The “Charlize” was paws, wings and webbed feet down THE chapeau that would give Marmee just that perfect air of mystery.

Don’t you agree?

All week long Marmee waited as patiently as she could for the big day of racing to arrive.

She waited…

And she waited…

And then she waited some more.

Taking power naps in between as needed, of course.

Until at last, closing day at Royal Ascot dawned!

Marmee was up with the birds getting herself ready.

And as Marmee will tell you, one can never be too well groomed for such a special occasion as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on closing day at Ascot!

It was a grand day of racing to be sure!

And we are so proud to report that Marmee’s chapeau won first prize in the “Purrrr-fect Hat” category!

But when we went to tell her the good news, we couldn’t find her anywhere!

We finally found the poor dear…

Konked out by the front door, her little winning chapeau still upon her head, sleeping as soundly as she ever had before.

I suppose even a Milliner’s Muse gets tired, now and again.

So on behalf of our dear Marmee and all of us here at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®…

Happy Royal Ascot 2017 , everybody!   ❤

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The Zen of Ducks

Watching ducks paddling along in the marsh channels is a kind of Zen thing for me.

Often seen two by two, they glide together slowly, as if they were one.

Side by side, or in single file.

Pressing into the water that fans out behind them…

Yet you never hear a sound.

But if you listen very carefully, really listen… you will hear them whispering softly to one another…

 

“Paddle on, paddle on, just keep paddlin’ on…”

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It’s Summer and the Clambake’s Just Gettin’ Started

Looking out across the marsh last evening you’d never know it was the first day of summer – the sea look gray-blue and mighty stormy.

We’ve had an unusually gray, wet spring thus far on the Cape, worst in a decade they say.

But the clammy clime hasn’t stopped Cape Cod summer fever for those who have come for the clambakes and the water sports.

Nor has it slowed down the ospreys who’ve come for the breeding season…

Which appears to be flying along smoothly thus far with fish aplenty!

The fishing’s been good for another of our summertime guests, too, as we see the great egrets are out there casting their nets each and every day.

Gardeners who’ve been wringing their hands over the damp, sunshine-less spring are starting to see some real signs of hope.

Check out this stunning purple bellflower…

And this drop-dead-gorgeous yellow loosestrife!

On my way home last evening, I heard sounds from deep inside this hollowed out tree; a young flicker calling wildly to its Mum.

And at another tree nearby, this young starling was peeking out its head to wish me an early “Happy summer, Sally, what time’s the clambake”?!

Whether your summer days are filled with play or with work, I hope you all find some time to get outside and see some of the natural wonders of the season.

They’re all out there, just waiting for you!  😉

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Sleepy Muggy Mondays

It’s one of those gray, drizzly, humid Mondays, and some of us are having a tough time keeping our eyes open.

Just when you think you’re feeling a bit of energy, those eyelids start to get veeeerrry droopy…

Wait a minute, I think she just moved!

Nope.

Just my imagination.

My sleepy Tink.  ❤

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