River Rats

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Oh, sweet river days. Vacation time. Breezes and birds and messy hair. Dirty feet and slivers and games at the table. New Shakey Graves on repeat day and night (perfect river music). Bubble baths and raft rides and so many rocks. Darling girl running wild and free. I laid on the blanket reading my book for hours. I sat in the river reading my book for hours. I couldn't sleep, any of the nights, and stayed up way too late, reading my book for hours. Despite this, I'm still not finished (this is officially the longest book I've ever read). Campfires and conversation. Two shooting stars, two satellites, one bald eagle, tiny sandpiper, a beaver carcass, turkey vulture, many ducks, countless crayfish, three owls (heard). Mist rising in the early mornings and quilts and coffee on the porch and a ridiculous number of marshmallows for dessert. Dahlia bouquet from the honor stand on the way back. It's always too short and I'm always glad to get home.

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Your pictures are always so beautiful, magical and relaxing. You definitely have a photographer's eye. As I'm reading your blog posts, my breathing calms -- your words are just as magical as your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing these treasures with all of us.

I'm on page 352 of 785! So heavy.But very engrossing. Love your riverside and riverin pictures.

I think this might be my favorite post of yours, EVER! You are giving Amelia a wonderful childhood.

As ever beautiful photographs.

Coincidentally, I have just finished reading 'Coming Home'. I find most of Rosamunde Pilcher's books cloying and portraying a way of life that most ordinary British people have only been able to dream about. However, I have to say I enjoyed it - along with 'Shellseekers' and 'Winter Solstice' - as easy summer reads.

I am just about to start another baby version of one of your quilts, your binding instructions were a revelation. I waited and waited for a baby girl to arrive then three in quick succession! (Not to me I hasten to add, but to friends!)

Best wishes.

Those are some of your most beautiful pictures. And that is saying a lot!

Such a beautiful moments! This must be heaven! Wish I could be a child again!

It all seems so magical and out of a fairy story.

I can imagine you 10 years from now looking through these vacation photos and being able to smell, hear and fondly remember each wonderful moment because of these magical and detailed photos.

Breathtaking Beauty...

Lyn Lindsay says: August 22, 2017 at 02:57 AM

Holidays are the best and all your photos look great, a shame about your inability to sleep, hope it didn't spoil your time away, looks like a fabulous location, hope you return refreshed.
Lyn

Hi... I was catching up on your blog posts and saw your book list. Thanks for sharing it! I would like to add one - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It was a page turner for me several summers ago. It was funny, sweet, and I just loved he author's use of language.

I always so look forward to your posts. They give me such inspiration to bring my camera with me everywhere. I feel so peaceful after reading this post. I've read The Shell Seekers and loved it. I'll have to read this one next. The Farmers' Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy winter for us so this sounds wonderful. Have a peaceful rest of your week. xo

~ Wendy
http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Indeed a beautiful place for a vacation! Nice to see you relaxing a bit! This reminds me of the time when our kids were little and we used to go to MN every year for a week for lake vacation which was a tradition on my husband's side of the family. I imagine your little girl is already in school. Here the schools started today. Have a wonderful week!!
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I swear, every photo of her you post she looks more and more grown up. ♥

Absolutely stunning photos. Love catching up on your blog.
Hope you're enjoying summer :-)

~Lor
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kathy dignum says: August 23, 2017 at 08:34 AM

Looks idyllic.....What a lovely break for you all....restorative before the return to school routine.....
I bought one of the books on your list..the Dressmaker...but haven't started it yet, it looks good though!! I've also just purchased your Scarborough Fair skirt pattern....just trying to decide on the fabric now (my favourite bit!)...I just have to say how impressed I am with the quality of the pattern...I have printed it out onto white card...it is a joy to look at...Thanks for all the loveliness you bring us, Kathy, FRANCE x x x

it looks like an incredible getaway... but i'm with you... always ready to come home :) in fact, missing home is one of my favorite parts about getting away. also, i just got some shrimp and NEED the recipe for that delicious looking salad!

Debbie in UK says: August 23, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Oh, my, the picture of your girl with the golden grass, the golden light, the bright eyes and smile...it's my fav pic that you've posted of her in a long time. I know you don't know me, but I read your blog regularly (and there are very few that I read regularly, maybe 2 to be exact!!). And I love your writing, your photos, and your love for your girl. I have 3 kids, raised them in England (though we're Americans), and they all live in the US now. :( But they are great kids, and we chat online often and we pay for the tickets for them to fly home to England each year for Christmas. I can relate to a lot of your mothering experiences and emotions.
I love to sew, but only by machine. I do not knit. Or crochet, but I admire what you produce!

Danielle G says: August 23, 2017 at 12:16 PM

I once met the man who runs the Dahlia honor stand on 26 East near Sandy (and near where I live) and he said he's NEVER had someone take flowers and not leave $. That just made my day.

Thank you! Freckles, s'mores, your painted toenails, burbling water! Summer's last days are so, so, good.

Oh, what beautiful pictures!!! It looks like the best time!!! And what book could be better to be reading than Coming Home!!!

Simply divine! I love the photo of you and your sweet girl and that pasta with shrimp looks very tasty! Thank you for the lovely view.

Cat McKenzie says: August 24, 2017 at 11:35 AM

This looks like the very best kind of vacation. Thanks so much for the lovely images of the river house and surrounds. The smoke tree is so beautiful, I had two that died after a rough winter and now i am determined to get a new one after seeing your photo.
Your photos never cease to amaze me and really capture the experience.
Hope you came home relaxed and excited that school is starting soon.

Darlene Hayes says: August 24, 2017 at 04:20 PM

This place is gorgeous! Is it a private getaway or airbnb? Would love to go there.

This looks and sounds magical. This is my first time commenting on your blog so I want to say thank you! You have no way of even realising that you are helping me through a difficult time by living your life in such a beautiful way by being you and sharing your ongoing life story here. xx

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.