The 4th from My Mom’s Backyard

It’s been a while since I shared some photos of my Mom and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, GingerBelle.

MomGarden6-BlogTo celebrate the 4th, I thought it might be fun to show you what the two of them were up to today.

The Fourth is always such a day of memories and inspiration for my Mom.

MomGarden5-BlogAnd as I looked out early this morning, I could see that she had Gingerbelle out for a walk and their usual inspection of the yard.

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And Gingerbelle for her.

MomGarden10-BlogMom also lives for her gardens. Aren’t her flowers coming along nicely this summer?

MomGarden17-BlogMomGarden7-BlogWe’re trying to get Mom to gradually convert to more container gardening, just to make it a little easier on her.

MomGarden9-BlogBut good luck with THAT one! My Mom’s got farming in her blood, and there’s just no slowing her down. Not even at 88 years young!  😉

MomGarden18-BlogAnytime you meet my Mom, she’s always got a story to tell.

Usually about something she’s thinking of planting, or a friend she talked to when she was out on her walk that day.

MomGarden16-BlogAnd GingerBelle is sure to give you a kiss and a wiggle if you let her, the two of them are quite the pair!  🙂

MomGarden11-Blog‘Til next time, Happy Fourth everybody!

Sally

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Doot Doo Doo, Lookin’ Out My Back Door

My hat business is completely unpredictible from one day to the next, so I can’t always get to the marsh as often as I’d like to witness the beauty there.

Sometimes…

I am forced to look for the beauty…

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Right outside my door.

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It’s nothing fancy.

No tambourines or elephants, playing in a band.

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But there sure is beauty.

Doot doo doo, lookin’ out my back door.

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

Summer’s Trottin’ Right Along Here on Ole’ Cape Cod

It’s been a tough week. The humidity’s been high and everyone’s been praying for relief.

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I didn’t get much chance to get out walking in the marsh but when I finally did, it did not disappoint.

It seems that in my absence, summer’s been trottin’ right along here on the Cape.

And at a mighty clip indeed!

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The young ospreys seem to be getting the hang of their hover-and-dive fishing techniques.

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‘Though some seem to still need the security of the nest in between flights, their cries filling the marsh as they call to one another from their perches.

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But they are not the only busy ones.

People are out and about, everywhere you look.

Hiking …

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Fishing…

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Sailing…

You can almost feel them squeezing every moment they can out of their dwindling vacation days here on the Cape.

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Peering into gardens as I pass, I notice flower blossoms fading into that “vintage” palette that I love…

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Lovingly tended by some of the best scarecrows I have ever seen!

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There’s a certain deepening and lengthening of the shadows along Mill Landing…

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And you can see changes in the colors of the marsh grass as they do their wiggle-dances across the blue, blue water.

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A few more chairs are now empty, here and there…

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Yes, summer is slowly drawing to a close here on the Cape.

With or without the cooler temps we long for quite yet, the signs of seasons shifting are all there.

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This can be such a reflective time for those of us who know the Cape well…

And as I head for home it seems as if even this swamp rose mallow is giving a warm salute to summer as we all relish these final days of a summertime beauty that is like no other.

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Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

‘Til the next time,

Sally

Beauty Just Outside

Between the humidity and the pile of work still in front of me, I won’t be heading out on a walk again this evening.

But look what I keep finding, just outside my own front door…

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Color MAGIC!

I soak it all up, like a hummingbird with nectar, and bring it right back into the studio to inspire me and feed my work.

Isn’t the creative life something??

Sally

Smiling Faces

In search of a smiling face this morning…

And right outside my door, just look what I found!

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No matter where you live, who you love, what you dream of…

I hope you find a face like this one in your world today.

Sally