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We had a wonderful weekend in the snow. Actually to be honest my girls and hubby played in the snow and Mary and I antique shopped, talked blogging and pride and prejudice. It was lovely. I have to share what I bought. First is this amazing photo of hydrangea from Mary. Yes not only is Mary husband an amazing photographer so is Mary. Isn't this picture just dreamy. I love the color and was drawn to it immediately. She has done several photos of tulips, coneflowers and sunflowers. YOU need to share it on your blog Mary !!!!!! xoxoxox

I also fell in love with this little English cottage. I can just picture myself sitting in this garden having tea. I always love picture were I can picture myself there. This is my passion lately, anything with little thatched English cottages. So I am always on the look out and love this picture.

Although I have to say the highlight of the vacation was the salami. Now I have been for over 3 years wanting to try Salumi salami. This is Mario Batali's father. His store is in Seattle and I have never made it over. Well Anjou Bakery had sandwiches with Salumi Salami. I tried not to jump up and down but I did call Angie from the bakery to tell her what I was eating. I also thanked them and hopefully did not look like a salami stalker. I have to say the salami was wonderful. It did not have a strong taste. No pepper-corns, strong garlic. It was a pale pink and tasted of very fresh pork. It was sooo yummy. Now I have to learn how to make my own. Also I had the most amazing caramel/pecan bar. I can still taste it.

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Dona Morrison

***I've spent too many hours in blogland this morning - I'm getting bloggers mixed up -sorry to anyone I confused in my earlier post. The later of my original 'novela' should have been a comment to another blogger. ~Dona

Oh, you've spoken to my heart in so many ways ~~~ first and in the matter of least importance is all this talk about salami:) I take the train to Seattle many times during the year but none of my little Seattle days are as important as my trip in July around my son's birthday to get his favorite salami at 'Salumi'(s)!
I was just told of this wonderful bakery on the other side of the mountains last week by an antique shop owner/friend and for sure that will be a stop on our next trip to over the pass. ~Dona

Dona Morrison

Oh, you've spoken to my heart in so many ways ~~~ first and in the matter of least importance is all this talk about salami:) I take the train to Seattle many times during the year but none of my little Seattle days are as important as my trip in July around my son's birthday to get his favorite salami at 'Salumi'(s)!
I was just told of this wonderful bakery on the other side of the mountains last week by an antique shop owner/friend and for sure that will be a stop on our next trip to over the pass.
On a more serious note, even though I think you and I are the same age my parents divorced when I was in my mid thirties. I'm living proof it doesn't matter how old you are when a change of that magnitude happens in your family. Just be there for your children and let them know that a love between a child and parent never ends. I admire you for just being able to get up every morning and face each day ahead. You sound so grounded and it also sounds like your best qualities were past down in your children. Again I admire your strength and I'm glad I stumbled upon your story. Kindred spirits always seem to share the same path at some point in this journey. ~Dona

Susan L

Oh, no, I see it did post, and what do you know? I posted almost the identical words, and my second post was almost as long as the first!

Just figuring out that the new posts go on *top* of the old ones... :-)

Well, that's a double post of good cheer from me (and now this third one!)

Susan

Susan L

My post didn't go through, so I'll try again, in brief this time!

I only wanted to say that you had a lovely day, and I would have enjoyed every single minute of it! The photo is gorgeous, and I'll have tea with you in that garden, and I've wanted to try that salami since I saw it in Sur La Table's catalog! Glad you had such a nice time, Clarice!

Susan

Susan L

What a great day! I would have loved it all. The hydrangea photo is gorgeous, and I'd love to join you for tea in that English garden! And I've been wanting to try that salami ever since I saw it in the SurLaTable catalog. Lucky you. What a great day. Thanks for sharing, Clarice!

Susan

Kelli

Welcome back, Clarice! It sounds like you and Mary had a wonderful time together!
Kelli

Joanne

Wow! That is amazing photography! Lovely!
I also collect paintings of English Cottages and put them up in the Spring....makes me want to get carried off into the scene as well! Clarice, you have to find Susan Hill's book:
Through the Kitchen Window
I just received my copy and it is just delightful...
Also her book:
The Spirit of the Cotswolds has lovely photography of quaint cottages dotting the countryside.
Are you familiar with her work?
Glad you had a lovely time with Mary and family!

Mrs. Staggs

Both the photograph and the print are lovely Clarice. They'll fit right into your lovely decor. I love framed embroidered cottages with gardens.

Susan P.

Hi Clarice, you "salami stalker, you!! You have me giggling here:) I am in love with that cottage picture, too. I have always been drawn to cottages and I, too, love to imagine myself there! Mary's picture is just gorgeous, too!

Linda

OMG!! I am new to your blog, and I couldn't believe it when I saw the picture of the cottage that you have. That's the exact same one I was going to bid on on ebay, but darn, forgot about it and missed out. Do you know who the artist is??? I love this print!!

Lindy

I love the picture of the cottage and the quote on the chalkborad.
Lindy

Gina

Everything looks and sounds Yummy.
I want to Thank you for the sweet little surprise you send me, so so darling!!! The chocolate was tasty too. I have a small piece left that is hidden beside my computer..LOL
You sure put a smile on my face, thank you

carolyn

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

Jill

Clarice,

Such a good time you must have had.
Love the hydrangea picture, and I agree wonderful photography.
The cottage picture is heavenly.

kali

Hi Clarice ~ your weekend away in the snow sounds fab.
I received your darling V. card today...THANK YOU so much, it's truly lovely.
p.s. I sent mine on Monday, I hope it arrives before the 14th.

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