Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Now that Bob has become so enraptured with his old  photography hobby it is soo very easy to coax him into day trips.  Saturday we went to the South Shore  towns of Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate and Duxbury.  Very beautiful towns on the ocean with some exquisite old homes. Many of these homes date back to the early days of our country.  Wouldn't I love to go back at dusk and "peep"?

                                    I will definitely take this one...*sigh*

                                                    From the front

                                  The original Talbots in Hingham

                           See the water in the background?  Heart be still :)

The rest of the shots are of the Scituate Lighthouse and a lot of churches and steeples.  Please feel free to visit Bob's photostream at Flickr to see them.  He is Robtm2010.  I know he would appreciate any comments you might have regarding his photos, his wonderful wife and her blog etc.

Tomorrow I am going to Peterborough, New Hamoshire to meet up with my blog friend Mary of A Breath of Fresh Air .  She and her husband and granddaughter Jasmin are visiting from North Carolina.  Last year we met here and this year we are going antique viewing in New Hampshire.

Happy Fourth of July weekend; let freedom ring across this great land of ours and remember to say a prayer for the men and women fighting to keep us free!


Friday, June 25, 2010


Tuesday my Real Estate friends and I went to Plymouth to view the HGTV Green Home up close and personal. It is in a lovely community called The Pinehills which is unlike anything we have in this area.  A large community , being built by 9 different builders, which features different "neighborhoods" with different styles and different price points ( none being affordable to the likes of me).  There are models for each neighborhood which is something very unique for us New Englanders.  Who, with a blog named Housepeepers, would not enjoy model homes??

I tried to take some pictures of the Green Home, which is in the neighborhood called Summerhouse Cottages, but they run a tour of 20 people thru at a time and quite honestly, it was congested.  As you can see from the exterior photo, the home is not really large.  Supposedly it has 2100 s.f., but it doesn't "live large", at least IMHO.   This does NOT mean that I wouldn't like to win it !!  I know you have seen professional photos of the home on TV, but these are just a smattering of shots and details I wanted to remember.  And they have not been edited by Bob, just the photos just the way I took 'em!

Love the windows, the built in entertainment center and the fireplace.

The controversial wall decor ( at least in my office) was not tacky, but whimsical.

                                                    Fun mirror

                                                   Another fun mirror

                                   MBR light fixtures next to bed, very funky

 The tower/cupola sitting area.  Cute, but not really very functional.  It would be better if it was at the beach and you could see the ocean from here.

Next, we went next door to see a model home which we all agreed was our favorite of the day.  It seemed to live much better and had a much more restrained, casual decor with antiques and modern juxtaposed.  My favorite was the walk-in pantry.

 See what I mean, calm and serene but not boring.  I believe that is a Happy Cow that must have been imported from California  to New England ;)

                                             Heart be still!!

                       MBR had similar but different mirrors over the dual sinks

                             Apparently I have a *thing* for bathrooms!

So although this cottage (2200s.f.) was my favorite, being priced @ $680K put it way out of my league for a retirement home. Sigh....I will visit it again though and dream some more.
  Now...for a quiz.  Do any of you know what this plant is...the leaves are  round  and about 18" in diameter.  It grows on stalks like rhubarb, but the leaves are fleshier and it would seem to thrive in mostly shade.  I am thinking some sort of Gunnera or Brunerra.  Would love a plant to give the Hostas a new friend in my front "garden".



Thursday, June 17, 2010


 Welcome to the houses of Bermuda.  The average price of a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Bermuda is currently $1.4 and Americans are only allowed to buy houses from other Americans, not from Bermudians.  I assume this is so Americans don't come to Bermuda and buy up huge tracts of land and build compounds.  Who knows.   I have been incredibly frustrated trying to load these pictures for you as I can't get them the size I want without making a mess of them.  This is probably because they were all taken with a zoom.  Whatever the reason they will be displayed in the only size that works.  Sit back, imagine the smell of Oleander hanging heavy in the sultry air and enjoy.  Let me know what you think!

That's it for today's journey.  Hope you enjoyed it and didn't let the sun burn you.