Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Day By The Sea

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself with some undeserved, unexpected and unearned free time? Recently, a dear friend took our two youngest daughters along with her and her children to an amusement park for the day. Since school was still in session in our area that meant they had the place to themselves pretty much. A score for home schoolers! That left me with a day to myself-oooh what to do, what to do? My imagination ran away with thoughts of painting or decorating/rearranging something or maybe catch up on some overdue reading.

I shared the happy news with Mr. but he had a different idea. He took the day off! The weather was not nice enough for the beach so we spent it in the quaint little area of Wickford, Rhode Island. It is a small sea side village with tree lined streets and the smell of salt water in the air. There are shops and bookstores and a place to sit by the water and eat a nice meal. Come along and I will show you.




I have a slight obsession with entry ways. I adore old doors on old houses. Don't they just beckon you to come in? I have a friend that I joke with that we should just go knock on the door and ask to look around. (I'm really only half joking when I say that.)


Flamingos! I am not the only out there with a flamingo fetish....and who thought to paint them? Genius! I also have a thing for just about anything patriotic (even if it's kitschy) probably because my strong connection to the military. I grew up a "brat"; an affectionate term for kids whose parent or parents were in the military.

I really liked this doorway, the old wood juxtaposed with the painted mill work and topped off
with a square succulent wreath. You will see it a few times in this post.

 I do enjoy history especially since becoming a home-schooled family. We live in a wonderful area of the country. It is loaded with American history and a smorgasbord of field trip opportunities.  I can just imagine colonial times with dirt streets or cobblestone; the sound of horses hooves striking the ground in rhythm as they passed by.


Couldn't you spend the afternoon here or stay for the evening and light a fire?








I was playing with the filter here and liked the effect. The picture below is without the filter. Either way the house is beautiful.


 

Many of the homes we saw looked as if they were quite fittingly dressed and  anxiously awaiting the Independence Day celebrations.


 

Yes, it's that door, again.

It was a lovely day strolling the streets and holding hands with my Mr. except when I had my camera going. The shops were nice but I think that my best souvenirs are my memories of day spent with my love and these pictures that I get to share with you. Have a safe Independence Day!

And back home again in our town.
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24 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I love Wickford and your pictures fill me with nostalgia for New England. Nothing like that atmosphere and history here in NC. Thanks again.

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    1. Hi Marje, I am happy that my pictures struck a chord with you. Hopefully, they were good memories. Stop by again soon.

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  2. I love the history and fun of the area where you live. How awesome. So happy to have you find me so I could find your wonderful blog. I am a new follower.
    Kris

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    1. I am glad for your visit, Kris! I am blessed to live where I do. Thanks for following! Besides family you are one of the first, I think!

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  3. I love taking pictures of front doors too :-) We just moved to Nova Scotia, and there are lots of old & colourful houses with great front doors here.

    Your photos are great and really capture the the charm of the houses and the town. Love the buoys too :-)

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    1. Thank you for stopping over! I would love to make it to Nova Scotia one day.

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  4. Thank you for sharing the pictures. They're all so colourful and inspiring. I'm contemplating of dressing up my home entrance in different colour and in the process of gathering ideas. I especially love home no. 152. Very classic with a touch of rustic modern.

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    1. Veronika, I am thrilled that you stopped by and found inspiration here! Post me a picture here when you finish dressing up the entrance to your home. I'd love to see it.

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  5. What a beautiful town! I could imagine spending the rest of my life there (sigh).......Love the photos and thanks for the tour Jolena!

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    1. My pleasure, Kelly! Thanks for coming along.

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  6. Wonder pics! Lovin that red house with the wood door! Cute flamingos too! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post tomorrow on my Fb page. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!
    Best,
    Kim

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    1. Yippee! Thanks, Kim. I did love that red house/wood door too! Thanks for hosting!

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  7. This whole post was just pulling at my heart strings as I scrolled down. I could so spend a day walking around there and coveting all the houses! I just love the flamingos!

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    1. So glad you stopped by, AnnMarie! It is a beautiful little town and I love that you loved the flamingos!

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  8. Thank you for sharing your day. I have a thing for old or unique houses so I loved these photos.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rose! Glad you liked the photos.

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  9. I love the photos and really studied them! I'm a purist and love my pink flamingos too much to change mine to new colors, but it is really a great idea.

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    1. Jeannie Marie, so glad you came by. I have not been able to bring myself to paint my flamingos yet but perhaps when they start to fade a coat of paint will give them new life.

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  10. What beautiful photos! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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    1. Thankful for your visit, Jennifer. Thanks for hosting the blog hop.

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  11. Oh my...what a charming town!! I had so much fun taking this tour. Thank you for sharing it at my Show and Share party...you will be featured at my party on Monday.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda! So glad you joined me. Thanks for featuring the tour and hosting the party.

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  12. What a wonderful place to spend the day with your sweetheart! I love quaint towns and I have a bit of a door fetish as well.:) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Gotta love old doors! Thanks for poppin' in, Jann!

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