Last Day for Christmas in July Sale

Today is the last day for the Christmas in July sale in my shop!  Just enter the coupon code: CHRISTMASINJULY at checkout for 10% off your whole order!


He did it! Sunburned and with a bloodied elbow and a happy face. Home now. All is well.

The Expedition

Today, I drove Max way up north (further north than I've ever been in the state) and dropped him at this trailhead for a 3-day hike.  He planned it all himself.  He mapped it out.  He outfitted himself.  He joined the Appalachian Mountain Club and made his own reservations at their huts along the way (bed, bathroom facilities, and three meals a day provided). And off he went to hike eight peaks in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Me?...I'm trusting God to take good care of him. But that Wednesday pick-up time can't come soon enough for me! 

Sabbath Rest

"Round the Lord in glory seated, cherubim and seraphim
filled His temple and repeated each to each th'alternate hymn:
'Lord, your glory fills the heaven, earth is with its fulness stored;
unto you be glory given, holy, holy, holy Lord!'
Heav'n is still with glory ringing, earth takes up the angels' cry,
'Holy, holy, holy,' singing, 'Lord of Hosts, the Lord Most High.
Lord, your glory fills the heaven, earth is with its fulness stored;
unto you be glory given, holy, holy, holy Lord.' "

- Richard Mant (1837) - sung in church today

Christmas in July!

It's July 25th! Time for Christmas in July in my Etsy shop!  I restocked it today with Christmas merchandise (stockings, balsam sachets, and a Dickens banner), AND I'm offering a coupon code.  Use the code CHRISTMASINJULY from now through July 31st and get 10% off your order.  The coupon works for all items in the shop too!

Click here to go to Wonderful Life Farm's Etsy shop!  Here's a peek at just some of the Christmas merchandise in the shop.  Shop early for best selection!

New Farmers' Market Bag in the Shop

We're briefly between houseguests here, so I've been spending my days quietly...a little housekeeping, a little sewing, a little gardening.  This week, I focused on my Jiggety Pig shop to restock it with some fresh, new farmers' market bags.  Here's a glimpse at the new designs:

Click here to view the Wine Bag.

Click here to view the Chicken Farmers' Market Bag.

Click here to view the Green Farmers' Market Bag.

Click here to view the Mushrooms Bag.

Click here to view the Sandwich Marketing Bag.

Exploring Chatham, Massachusetts

Last weekend, hubby and I went on a date night to Chatham, Massachusetts...the darling town of the Cape.  It also bears this distinction, but we had no intention of venturing into the water.

We walked around the charming town, had a simple and delicious dinner, and then drove to the beach.  From our vantage point on the shore, we could even spot some seals in the water.

The fine, classic New England architecture of the Cape is characterized by weathered shingles, good mouldings, and understated details.  Crushed shells pave most driveways.  And climbing roses and hydrangeas, in all their glory, punctuate everyone's landscaping. 
Enjoy the views!

Seasonal Delights

The farmers' market season is in full swing here in New Hampshire.  Some fresh lettuce greens, a carton of organic cherry tomatoes, a large bunch of scallions, farm fresh goat cheese, and a bouquet of yellow and blue flowers came home with us last week.  What's your favorite find at the farmers' market?

First Visit to Martha's Vineyard

Although our family has made several trips to Nantucket, and Technohubby and I spent a week there celebrating our 10th anniversary many years ago, we had never visited the other island off the Cape, Martha's Vineyard.  In doing some research for a friend, I was surprised to discover that Martha's Vineyard is so much closer to the mainland than Nantucket, more ferries run between it and the mainland, and the cost of a ferry ride is much cheaper. It seemed like a great day-trip for our guest! 

We arose very early one Saturday morning, drove down to the Woods Hole departure point, got pointed back the direction we came to the parking lot and its shuttle (10 miles back down the road!), caught the shuttle at the time we should've been catching the ferry, arrived back at Woods Hole in time to miss the next freight ship, and finally purchased our tickets on a ferry going to a different destination point than our intended one.  Not exactly a smooth start to the day, but we boarded the ferry and were off on our adventure!

Past weather-beaten, shingled homes, a lighthouse, and numerous other sailing vessels, we slipped out into the sea.

The 45-minute long ferry crossing took us to the island town of Vineyard Haven (where Susan Branch lives, if you're familiar with that charming cookbook author).  From there, we boarded a very crowded bus to our first point of exploration, the town of Edgartown. After a 20 minute bus ride, we had arrived, and I was quite ready to cease with cars, buses, and ferries and just take to my own two feet! So, off we went to eat a quieting lunch and discover why everyone loves Edgartown!

We popped into a few shops along the brick-lined streets, admired the flags and buntings everywhere, ooh-ed and ahh-ed at all the planters overflowing with red, white, and blue flowers and the breathtaking profusion of blooming hydrangeas everywhere, petted every Golden Retriever we encountered, and then walked the length of a quieter residential street to get to a lighthouse. It's the quiet streets of these islands that always capture my heart, for it's there that real living homes. I never tire of looking at homes. Do you? They are such fascinating clues to the people who live within, such statements of their character, life-style, and family life. So, come along, and I'll show you with pictures the sights we found most charming in Edgartown...

We found the small lighthouse and ascended the spiraling stairs and a steep ladder to enjoy the view from the top.

While I enjoyed sitting in the shade of the lighthouse and snapping photos, the girls went down to the shore and gathered seashells.

Then we walked back into town, indulged in some ice cream (really, it's your patriotic duty to eat ice cream when on the islands!), and then boarded the bus to take us to our next destination (and also where we'd catch the ferry back to the mainland), Oak Bluffs.

The first "must see" in Oak Bluffs are the "gingerbread cottages". These are a total of 300+ cottages built in the mid-1800's that grew out of the campmeeting religious movement of the time.  To read more about their history, click here. The buildings are remarkably well-preserved, privately owned, and rented out as vacation rentals now.

And on our way back to the ferry, we stopped in to see the nation's oldest carousel. It is also one of only 20 carousels remaining in the nation that has retained its brass ring feature.  From the sideline, an attendant drops rings down a little chute.  Riders, as they go whirling past, lean out and try to snag a ring.  Now many rings come down, but only one in the course of the ride will be a brass one.  As rings are collected, each rider deposits them on a spike affixed to the top of their horse's head.  And the fortunate person who grabs the one brass ring gets a free ride!

And here comes to ferry to take us back to the mainland. A very memorable day exploring Martha's Vineyard!  

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