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We skipped off to the country for some much needed lake, tennis and blueberry picking .  Somewhere along the way we found Michael Wainwright’s studio – where they had a day of free pizza, ice cream and ceramic painting/enameling that the kids loved!  And of course we couldn’t miss a day at the Lime Rock  again to check out some more speedy cars.

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painted and ready for heat

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pieces going into the kiln

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some finished products

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Cousins Alison and Stella took us to the Mitzvah Garden near there synagogue, where we learned a thing or two about collecting water in rain barrels and planting vegetables for summer!  I plan on using some info I gleaned about keeping purple martins around with bird feeders .. so that they will linger to eat all our bugs!

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Ezra getting zen with some small planting

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Believe it or not I found these oldies but goodies in my phone. Proof that it had at one point been nice and warm (and that I need to upload pix more often) – and then POOF the season passed and we were back to big, warm coats and fires in the fireplace. This was our last excursion to the beach in late September, back at the place where we were married and where we now like to take the kids – to keep it in our life and memories more long term. We had a chance to book some space there again for this upcoming summer and – how can we resist? The tradition keeps on.

These days the weather really seems to be warming up… maybe an early spring after all?

back to the beach where we were married

back to the beach where we were married

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The waves really were bigger than my husband.

The waves really were bigger than my husband.

friends put out this lovely “last grasp at summer” spread on one last warm night

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There’s nothing like finding new beaches to explore while the summer is still soldiering on. While making our way to the tip of The Cape we explored Cahoon Hollow Beach – and its glorious sand dunes. We then made our way to Provincetown to explore the galleries and eat at the AMAZING Canteen Restaurant. I can’t stop craving their glazed brussels sprouts and fish tacos .. and of course I am always missing New England dishes like scallops, lobster, and stuffed quahogs like my dad use to make. We then finished the day off with a night swim in the pool back at Auntie Betty’s place. Perfect!

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lobsta, scallops and stuffed quahog!

lobsta, scallops and stuffed quahog!

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After Ezra’s birthday we went to visit Uncle Carl and Aunt Tricia, who have now purchased a house in Yonkers, NY! Lucky for us the new house is just blocks from Untermeyer Gardens Conservancy where we can view lots of gorgeous garden ideas, the Palisades and the Hudson River.

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It’s been a full year of owning our house! (Although it feels like less than a year because we moved in nearer to Halloween.) It’s been a lovely place to call home. I don’t miss the messy renovation stage but I do admit – I sometimes want to make trips to tile shops and appliance centers just because I somehow got use to it last summer. The anticipation was fun as well .. not knowing how it would all shape up in the end. The very best part is now finally living in it – as if it’s always been ours.

a little of last summer and this summer seen here.

a little of last summer and this summer seen here.

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I think I’ve already posted our grapevine clubhouse – but wanted to add more pictures here. We’ve kind of taken the ‘wait and see’ approach with our new garden. And I have to say, it may’ve worked to our advantage. The grapevine is sprawling, we’ve made a patch for zucchini and tomatoes where forsythia use to be (we’ve now dragged the forsythia to the front yard) and honestly our quantity of bees and mosquitos has kind of diminished. Maybe due to having weeds and plants indigenous to our area? Not sure… but I’ve heard it’s good for pollinators to let some weeds grow and not over-coif the garden. I do know a woman rang our door bell and asked to photograph the white flowers in our front yard. I was nearly bowled over to find a brand new bush had cropped up almost overnight yielding about 12 – 8 inch white flowers. I think she was just as confused when I stepped out on our front step and said “where on earth did those come from?”
THAT’s how our garden grows, lately.

(as a side note, we JUST got some new plants from my in-laws so we should have some new garden pix soon!)

the garden by night, lots of weeds looking pretty

the garden by night, lots of weeds looking pretty

the white hibiscus flowers that are stopping people on the street

the white hibiscus flowers that are stopping people on the street

eating a lot of home-grown, baby tomatoes this summer

eating a lot of home-grown, baby tomatoes this summer

we did purchase some coleus and it's growing like crazy!

we did purchase some coleus and it’s growing like crazy!

a little wary at first

a little wary at first

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he's in!

he’s in!

and there are snacks inside!

and there are snacks inside!

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Well I did it again and left photos in my phone for too long. As you most likely already know our Z bear moved on up to grammar school and starts kindergarten in the fall. She was the proudest little student, and during her ceremony there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Even the teachers cried. I think we are all gonna miss this sweet batch of kids.

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friends Jasmin, Amanda, Emily get their hands up

friends Jasmin, Amanda, Emily get their hands up

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Once a year the sun sets perfectly between buildings on 23rd-34th Street (and others on the West side) and here in NYC we call it ‘Manhattanhenge‘. Sadly I missed it this year (which is odd seeing as I work near to here) but I’ve seen it in past years, and it is beautiful. Photos below via instagram :

seeing people in the road with cameras is almost as entertaining as the sun..

seeing people in the road with cameras is almost as entertaining as the sun..

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Ahh summer we knew you would finally return, hot temperatures and all. But what a difference a year makes. We are still only minutes from Manhattan by train but can catch fireflies after dinner in the alley now. Lots of lemonade stands and random box inventions going on… here are some glimpses via our instagram:

(and remember our friends The Blys? They got another story on their cool garage!)

a new babysitter gives Zoe some summer bling

a new babysitter gives Zoe some summer bling

ahhh I'll just rest here

ahhh I’ll just rest here

rambutans are in season!

rambutans are in season!

the kids made a 'candy ATM' using an old box, and leftover Halloween candy

the kids made a ‘candy ATM’ using an old box, and leftover Halloween candy

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firefly scouting by night

firefly scouting by night

summer naps can happen anywhere, anytime

summer naps can happen anywhere, anytime

the lizard goggles are back

the lizard goggles are back

the 'kid's table' is simply a picnic blanket

the ‘kid’s table’ is simply a picnic blanket

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