Elmwood in July

After three weeks away from Brooklyn and reliable internet, I'm home again if only for a hot minute. The city is scorching and I'm rethinking my stance on AC, helped along by the fact that I can't sleep and am sticking to everything I touch. 

I had a birthday early in the month, but by now the statute of limitations has passed to get too excited over it. I ate an extra large blueberry pancake the day of, poked around some antique stores and quietly grew into an old lady, grey hairs and all. There were flowers, photos and family, too.
This has been a sleepy summer so far. I've watched the garden go from foxgloves, mock orange, roses and japanese dogwood to crabapples, poppies, zinnias and hydrangea, a very rare treat for a city girl. There was a day last week when I gathered blueberries, raspberries and black raspberries in one bowl and had telltale stained fingers. Yesterday I could do nothing but lay in bed with the fan on high. I wilt in the heat, but this wilting is what I want all winter long.

59 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, and very well put.

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  2. ..."Happy Belated Birthday!" It looks like it was a lovely one well spent! *<:o)

    ..."quietly grew into an old lady, grey hairs and all." - yeah, right. *giggle* :o)

    ...Absolutely stunning photos! Of yourself, Elmwood and all the beauty that comes with it.

    ...Seeing photo after photo of your beloved Elmwood, one has to ask, how do you leave it? I couldn't. I just couldn't. :o\

    ...Blessings

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  3. Amazing photos. I want an Elmwood.

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  4. stunning so stunning! miss you Amy...hugs!

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  5. Such a lovely, dreamy post. Your photos are simply charming :)

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  6. I love the juxtaposition of the flowers on your dress and the photo of the flowers. And, that canoe is calling my name!

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  7. What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. i want an elmwood, too. also, we must be close-to-birthday-twins. yay!

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  9. Erin, my birthday is July 6th! Ahem, cancer pride.

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  10. happy birthday. these photos are absolutely stunning.

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  11. I'm headed home to my West Coast Elmwood in almost exactly one week, and my brain checked out about three days ago. Just hope I don't die of heat sadness (it's real and it's no joke) before I can drag myself onto that plane and on my way to what summer is meant to be, damn it...

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  12. In a summer much like this one in Kansas some 30 years ago, in an 1882 era house with no air conditioning, I could not find a cool place to sleep. In desperation I went in search of the bottle of baby powder (or corn starch). I sprinked some on my bottom sheet, spread up the top sheet, rubbed the two together and crawled between them. Awww. Sweet bliss. The powder made those sheets smooth, cool and dry feeling. I was able to sleep most nights there in the south facing, second floor bedroom.

    Here's hoping for cooler temps to sleep by soon.

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  13. I wonder if you are a Cancer. Would make sense if you are. (I'm one.)
    Camille

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  14. Happy birthday! Beautiful photos.

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  15. So beautiful, as ever I long for a country house to escape to for days like this.

    x Dianne
    ICEFLOE

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  16. So beautiful. It makes me want to go and paint.

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  17. I love when you do a new post...your writing and photos are always so lovely.
    I go back often and look at all your pictures of Elmwood and dream of having a beautiful place in the country that I love as much as you love it there.
    Happy belated Birthday! Gray hairs and all...hope it was spectacular. :)

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  18. Belated happy birthday! I love these pictures, they put me in a trance. I also love your dress.

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  19. it all looks and sounds like a heavenly dream. i love your dress! and the first picture especially. garden roses are my favorite. i'll never be satisfied with long stemmed roses. such a snob am i. ;)

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  20. Hey, mine is July 3rd. Amen, again.

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  21. beautiful dreamy post...I love being in the countryside when it's so hot!

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  22. Happy birthday! And where better to spend it? Beautiful, as always :)

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  23. Happy birthday !
    Wonderful pictures !!

    Greetings from Lilleba in Norway :D

    ps, I am not able to post by my google account, but my blog is http://mawyou418.blogspot.com
    I guess there must be a bug in their system...

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  24. I always look forward to the lovely photos you post. Also, I must be a little slow because I've been following you blog for a while and I just now realized you write the "Living In" articles on Design Sponge too. I love those!

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  25. Dreamy photos. Elmwood looks magical through your eyes. I too love your dress. And, Happy Birthday.

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  26. Happy Birthday, and say yes to an air conditioner! Makes a LOT of difference in one's ability to face 90 degrees and upwards. Especially if you have to dress for work.

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  27. I really love how you can see the sunset through the one window on the left. It's 106 here today and that lake looks like nirvana.

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  28. Happy Birthday, your blog post is like a lovely birthday card waiting to be opened.

    What gorgeous photos....I am taken to another world.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  29. Happy Birthday- Loving the photos(like everyone else above!)-But I am also loving that dress- pefect match to the place and mood- Enjoy!

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  30. Just gorgeous. I need an Elmwood in my life.

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  31. Your photos just made me gasp. So beautiful.
    Mark

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  32. belated happy birthday! btw, i love those pictures...

    JJRod'z

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  33. this post is so lovely, achingly so .

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  34. Another Elmwood post! Yey! I am always looking forward to your Elmwood posts. I love the countryside, too, but now, like you, I live in the city now.

    Your blog is one of my first faves when I started blogging myself. Hope you are well! :)

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