Sunday, November 27, 2011

While I was sleeping

Hello, my friends. I’m sorry for my lengthy absence, but I didn’t have anything to say, and I wasn’t taking photos all week. Actually, I had a lot to say but it wasn’t anything I would have wanted to publish on this site.

It’s Sunday morning as I write this, and I overslept. I don’t like missing the sunrise but it’s my last day off in a long string of days off and I love the luxury of soft flannel sheets way too much to climb out of them early.

When I came downstairs, the first thing I noticed while waiting for my coffee to brew was that my husband had taken over a hundred pictures with the long lens this morning. So while I enjoy my homemade biscotti (from my sister’s kitchen – thanks, Char), I’ll share some photos my husband took while I was sleeping.


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Standing at the edge of our property.

And when I say ‘our’ property, you know that I mean the property on which we live. We’re caretakers here at the manor house on the hill.


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I had asked for a 70-300mm VR lens for my birthday, but that’s a whole other story I don’t care to share. These were shot with the 70-300mm Nikon lens I bought a couple of years ago. It has no vibration reduction, so many of the shots were blurry. But this one’s a keeper.


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A morning sky full of birds reminds me of a documentary I watched this week: Winged Migration. The DVD would make a wonderful gift for the bird watcher in your life.


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We saw the leaves go to glory,

Then almost migratory

Go part way down the lane,

And then to end the story

Get beaten down and pasted

In one wild day of rain.

~ excerpt from ‘November’ by Robert Frost


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I love the trees of November. And I love some of the photographs my husband took this morning. The one above is one of my favorites.


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I can’t stress enough how difficult it is to send off a frisbee and then take an action shot of the dog catching it. I found this one beautiful, and I love the sun glare.


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Yesterday we drove to York, PA to visit my sister and her husband. I lent her the book I read over the holiday (The Descendants) and we had wonderful leftovers for lunch. They are what I would call a ‘foodie’ family, and are always trying new and exciting things. Her husband, Dave, made the most amazing bread, full of nuts and seeds and flavor. Both of their girls are like this too, and for dessert I had a tiny slice of triple chocolate pumpkin cheesecake made by Emily. (She’s the newlywed who got married in Philadelphia this past September).

The pie was out of this world good.


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I’m watching one of my favorite shows. It’s CBS’ Sunday Morning. They’re doing a piece on Ellen Barkin, who I’ve always found fascinating as an actress. One of my favorite movies is Sea of Love, where she stars alongside Al Pacino. If you’ve never seen this movie, I am telling you now: It is good. Suspenseful. Absolutely steamy. And it’s on stream at Netflix right now.

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For my American friends, I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday this past week. Mine was not so good, but hey – some years are like that. I’m going to get my day going here and I can feel a walk coming on with the dog.

Here’s hoping for a good week for us all . . . I’ve missed you, my friends.

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Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Awwww. Yes, some years are like that. And we just do the best we can. I hope you have a good week, I think you are due.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you came up for some air and found your blog and us here waiting for you. So sorry it was not the week you wanted. George looks like he enjoyed it though!

I've seen Sea of Love... a few times as a matter of fact and you're right, it is a well done movie.

Glad to see you here today! :-)

troutay said...

in years past we have had up to 30 guests. This year, only our immediate family of 4 and my two brothers. I love it.
It seems the older I get the more quiet I like things.
Here is hoping your Sunday is quiet and productive, or what ever you want it to be.

TexWisGirl said...

these are beautiful photos. thanks to your hubby!

i like sea of love too! :) whew!

Jill of All Trades said...

We missed you too. Love the photos. Have a wonderful day.

RURAL said...

I have only one word for those photos, breathtaking.

You have drawn us into the majesty, and beauty of the forest around you. Stunning....

Thanks for taking the time out to share, we missed you.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Hilary said...

Your hubby's photos are wonderful. I can only imagine the speed and coordination required for snapping a frisbee-catching shot which he first tossed. Colour me impressed.

I'm sorry your holiday week was unpleasant for you. I hope circumstances are now ripe for improvement. Hugs to you.

Ellen said...

Missed you and your amazing photos too.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. And I hope all is well with your husband and his recovery. Please tell him that I love his George pictures.

Take care.

Candace said...

Those are gorgeous shots. I'm sorry about your holiday. Sometimes they just don't work out the way we hope.

Low Tide High Style said...

I hope the new week will be much improved!


tj said...

...I've been missing you too. You've been crossing my mind a lot here lately, for someone I've never met, you do that a lot. ;o)

...Sorry to hear your holiday wasn't as expected. Ours was just as I expected, sadly. I guess as the years go by I stop expecting much so I'm not disappointed. Ooo, *shudders*, sorry for sharing that.

...My fav's are photos 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8.

...I love Robert Frost. I wonder if anyone ever called him, "Bobby". *pondering*giggle*

...And Kate, you can't be talkin' homemade biscotti and triple chocolate pumpkin cheesecake and not post the recipes. It's against Blogging Statute No. BS74309-1. So give it up my friend. *giggle* ;o)

...And CBS' Sunday Morning is one of my fav' shows. I record it and watch it when I can later. My husband isn't a fan and he thinks he owns the remote to which I've yet to see papers proving ownership mind you but yeah, I love that show. I love the sound of Charles Osgood's voice. Soothing. :o)

...I'm sending you a virtual hug today, I hope you get it. As well as lotsa good wishes and warm thoughts, 'kay? ;o)


...Oh, and "hi" George! *pat*pat*pat*scratch*


Christie - Fine Lines said...

Great photos, Kate. I just love seeing George with his Frisbee. Animals are so "in the moment" -- and satisfied with any little bit of attention. I had 2 kittens visiting (with my brother and sister-in-law) for Thanksgiving. I THOUGHT I had put away any and all breakable items that might tempt them. Well, they didn't break anything, but they found way more things to get into than I even realized I had!!!! So cute.I heard that when they got home after the week-end they were so exhausted by their constant activity at my house that they flaked out for a whole day! Hope your walk with George was a good "pick-me-up!"

Mom on a mission said...

Beautiful pictures!! Sorry things haven't been going so well for you:(

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Lovely photos as always...and thanks so much for reminding me of Robert Frost's November poem!! I love it!!

Angie said...

Gorgeous!! They are breathtaking!! The one of the furbaby and the frisbee needs a frame... :)

Deb said...

great shots by your hubby...enjoy your day...

Bluebird49 said...

Great shots--isn't it a great surprise to find pictures someone else took!

I'll bet having dinner at your sister's house is quite an adventure--and such a good one, too. How nice.

Interestingly enough--hubby and I just watched Sea of Love (for the umpteenth time) I love Al Pacino in most anything (not one about the cocaine war thing--the language gets to be a bit "boring" after a awhile, yes? ;) ) My husband finally told me this time that he'd always had a major crush on Ellen Barkin. (Like I didn't ALREADY know! Who does he think he's living with anyway!) I guess men have to hit their 60s before they admit to having "crushes " on actresses! As for me--I'll take George Clooney! (But I wouldn't want to "crush" my hubby by telling him!)

JaneK said...

thanks for sharing.... your husband took some good shots; thanks for the netflix rec....

here's hoping for a better week...

Marilyn said...

you have been missed too...and just to keep you company...holidays aren't all they are cracked up to be...never quite make the Hallmark card for now I just do what comes naturally...if I feel like cooking and making a fuss, I do, if not, it's just another day in the rest of the world, so I join them for a day...
those photos are just breath taking. You live in such a pretty place and I know you are thankful, for that much and more...and then, you have George...nuff said!! :) Have a good week Kate...

Jeanette said...

Aww I'm sorry you didn't have a good holiday weekend. I hope things are improving for you now. Those are some gorgeous sunrise photos! I love seeing the sun rise!

Lili said...

Sending you hugs Kate. It's very peaceful looking over here with all those lovely photos that your husband took. xo ~Lili

Jeanne Walker said...

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
~ Dr. Seuss

Love the photos, love George, and love you too! Praying that you will have a better week ahead as we begin the Christmas season!

Kerri Farley said...

Oh Kate .... I hope this week is better. I LOVE those sunrise shots .... and of course George steals the show :)

Unknown said...

Miss you many times I have wished that I could wisk the worries away for my friends, but alas, I have no power whatsoever to do so....So, instead, I will say this; the most troublesome times in my life have passed, then more came, but I was fortunate to have friends to help me bear the burden. You have perhaps more friends than you know.....smiles

BB said...

Sending healing husg to whomever needs them in your household... wishing you could enjoy some more of the peace and contentment you manage to convey in your gorgeous blog, IRL.


Michelle said...

I'm sorry you didn't have a great Thanksgiving, but I guess not all holidays can be great. Ours was spent in Texas with my family, which was a treat - although not without its little tensions here and there. I'm glad to be home again, even though it's raining. November is usually our wettest month, and this November is doing its best to be just that.

I hope December (and Christmas) is better for you!

Donna S. said...

Ahh, I can relate. Very often holidays/family time doesn't turn out..... What can we do? I know it could be a lot worst.

Have a great weekend, girlfriend.

Jeannelle said...

Nice shots. The one of the frisbee in George's mouth makes me feel like I'm moving!

barbara l. hale said...

Beautiful light in these photos! Wonderful dog shots!

Cloudia said...

George makes me laugh spontaneously from the gut. THANK YOU BOTH!
Sweet sequence: seek, catch, RUN! LOL

Hawaii is abuzz about how the Descendants finally is a real Hawaii movie about us. Gonna see it this week. Having written my OWN tight little novel about the REAL Hawaii I'm GREEN with envy at Kauai's success. And I missed partying with George by INCHES one night. More GRRRRRRR!

Think I'll save that one for a post of my own.
Thanks for blogging

Aloha from Waikiki

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Reena said...

Oh, I hope this coming week is much better. Those photos are gorgeous and so impressed with you being able to toss that frisbee and get the shot! Wowza!
Still got a houseful of company and no time for blogland or even email. Ugh!

Have missed your words. Take care dear friend!

Skogkjerring said...

Hey Kate,
Can totally relate to having lots to say but not really blog material :-) That is why I think it´s better to blog when there is something important to say then just blabbing just so I can have a daily blog post!

Your husband has a great his photos!

Sorry your Thanksgiving wasn´t that great but remember it´s just a day...not a lifetime, hopefully the days after have been better!

Have a great Monday my friend :-)

tina said...

love the frisbee shot that catches the sun glare!

The JR said...

I'm so glad that he is back to taking great pictures.

beth said...

have you ever noticed how everyone misses you when you're gone....just something i noticed :)

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW wow wow! Fabulous shots!

Daryl said...

let it go ... and move on .. that's my mantra this week .. sending you lots of hugs ..

mrs mediocrity said...

Missed you, too! Here's hoping it's a better week. The photos are lovely.

I may have already told you, I read A Watershed Year over the long weekend. Loved it!

Have you read Sea Change, by Jeremy Page? I read that as well, it's wonderful.

Jan's camera said...

Hi, sorry to hear your day was not so happy. Is 'The Descendants' book the same as the upcoming movie? If so, I would like to read it first. I love all of your photos of George and always enjoy photos of "your property". It is so beautiful. Have a good week.

sharon said...

Sorry your week wasn't as good as you would have liked it. I've had those kind of weeks myself...hope your next week is even better. loved the 2nd picture. I'm a succor for sunrises and sunsets. Oh, and George looks good too. I have to say that I ate pie like there was no tomorrow over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Anonymous said...

'Breaks' are a good thing and sleeping in is a good thing - once in a while. BUT, whenever I do manage to sleep in, I am so utterly angry with myself for missing such a good part of the day. We need to be more lenient with ourselves I believe. Maybe I will follow your lead and take a break and regroup. Often, the holidays are too much for me. Hoping the week progresses on a positive note!

bv said...

funny, i work so hard on 'making' a Thanksgiving for the troops that come for FOUR days that i feel i miss it all. there are activities for 3 days, meals, moods, feeling and etc....lets not forget SIX wild little girls (moods, feeling and etc!) gezzzz, i will sleep all week. i know i am supposed to be so glad to have a house full of love but i get soooo done. we like our little quiet...everyone has lots of 'off' holidays for a hundred reasons...onward and upward girl friend!
bv xo

Bluebird49 said...

Was the new header there when I commented before? Sorry I missed that--it's boot-tee-full.

Carolynn Anctil said...

I think it's healthy to take a break every now and then. Even God rested on the 7th day.

P.S. I absolutely believe you when you say you had a 'small' piece of pie. *wink*

GailO said...

Your honesty in the difficulty, at times, of finding the good things that have happened is appreciated Kate...and you always do seem to find the good in each day to be thankful for.

I am happy to see that your husband has taken up the camera again...these are stunning! and your words to go with each make them even more special.

Just want to let you know that I am thankful for YOU:)

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Hang in there and just keep plowing forward slowly and steadily, one foot at a time.

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p.s. But make sure you're looking up and staring ahead, and not down at your draggin' feet, otherwise you're liable to walk headfirst into a fence post.

Karen said...

Wishing you a good rest-of-the-week because I know yesterday sucked with the hard drive crash. Ugh.

Love these shots!

Connie in Hartwood said...

I can barely imagine your moment of panic as you realized that the hard drive had failed. Went through my own hard drive issues over the past couple of days, but nothing was lost ... whew. Your peaceful attitude is contagious.

Lisa said...

Kate these are fantastic.
Thinking about you as you travel this road again.
Your a pillar of strength and really some one to look up to . Thanks for that.

Unknown said...

York isn't very far from where I live! :) I hope you had a nice visit.

Great pictures of the dog!

Ruth Andre said...

Beautiful sunrise! Your husband has a good eye for a beautiful photo. George is the best!