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Cottages at the Beach

I'm unpacking and catching up on laundry since returning from  our annual vacation with my husband's family. We always have a great time and I love that we have this tradition. It's such a cute little beach town and I always enjoy taking long walks and looking at the charming houses. Want to come along?

The house above has its red, white and blue going on  all ready to celebrate. Adirondack chairs always look great and I think they look very inviting on the front porch.

I like how neat and tidy this pretty blue house looks. The landscaping isn't anything extravagant but it looks great. In the picture below you can see the pretty, soft light green on the screened door and the same color is on the door to the house as well.

Here's another screened door that is just so charming. The little spindles in the center are painted the two  colors of the house - such a great idea.

The red door on this house really stands out. A lot of the houses have screened in porches on t…

Back From Europe and A Few Pictures

Hi Everyone,

We are home from our trip to Europe.

We had a wonderful time.

And great weather.

I picked out a few favorite photos to share today.

I'm working on unpacking and getting back to a routine.

But don't worry - just in case you were going to . . .

. . . I'll be back with more.

Probably way more than you want to see.

I hope you are having a great weekend.
See you soon!


  1. Welcome home! I can't wait to hear - and see - more. I promise I won't get tired of whatever you share with us. I'll be enjoying every moment of your memories and photos.

  2. I'm thrilled to see your pictures...what an adventure!! England is on my bucket list!

    Jane x

  3. How wonderful JoAnne. Glad you had such a great time. What beautiful pictures. I hope to go to England one day soon.

  4. Welcome home, JoAnne! I am so excited for you-can't wait to see more pictures-I'll look at every one you share. Glad you are home safe and sound. What a wonderful trip for you! xo Diana

  5. Thanks for a little Sunday morning European tour.

  6. Great photos. can't wait for more!

  7. Welcome home. Your pictures are great! I love Big Ben Glad you had a good time and returned home safe!


  8. So glad you had a great time on your vacation! The pictures are awesome! Can't wait to see more.

  9. Beautiful...I loved seeing the photos that you took and I can't wait to see more.

  10. I've only seen photos, but the architecture is just gorgeous there!

  11. What an incredible experience for you all to see all that. Fantastic photos, almost as good as being there, what incredible places. How did your kids like all they saw? And you and your hubs? Can hardly wait to see more of photos and hear about your trip.
    Have always wanted to see England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland. I read many Maeve Binchy novels talking about Ireland and Rosemunde Pilcher about England and Scotland. Your photos will better help me picture things. How beautiful it is there. So happy for you all to have enjoyed your special vacation. Happy week

  12. I bet this was just amazing! come back and tell us all about it when you are rested. :)

  13. JoAnne your photos are delightful, bring them on for I know I will enjoy seeing them all. Welcome back, rest up and share, share, share of your adventures.

  14. Oh, you have been to London and Bavaria and Florenz and and and ... how wonderful. Wonderful places!!!
    So happy you had a great trip to Europe
    all my best from Austria

  15. Some amazign photos! I'm glad you had a nice time in Europe!


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