Traveling and redesigning, redesigning and traveling...more of the same! But back home for a bit and looking forward to bringing a bit of a steady schedule. We were in North Dakota for two weeks and who knew, but it turned out to be the perfect summer spot. Sunny, mid-eighties and pool afternoons - not to mention my mother's and grandmother's cooking, as well as old friends and family - what more could you ask for?
Bet you thought that photo was from North Dakota right ? It's actually from Denmark but just goes to show how this place can be my home state's doppelgänger sometimes.
I'm headed home for a bit of family time - and with two kids in tow, something tells this is going to be a long trip - wish me luck!
In the meantime, a few favorite posts on ND from years past!
- A Pow Wow in Black and White - if you've never been to one, put it on your list!
- Zandbroz, my favorite Fargo place for inspiration
- North Dakota sunsets, still some of the best around
- Glad we're not visiting in the wintertime again!
You know, I've never been one of those people that longs after Australia. Which is not to say I wouldn't love it - I suspect that I would. But given how far it is and how much there is taking up our travel time, I just never really put it top of my list, figuring we'd get there eventually.
But in thumbing through some of the magazines that arrived in a huge bulk shipment to our place the other day, this place caught my eye. It's called the Halcyon House, on Cabarita Beach in Australia. I don't even know where that is, but by the looks of it, I bet it's a surf spot.
Summer in Denmark has been lovely so far and we've really been enjoying the ocean that's just 15 minutes walk from our house, but the ocean here is a cold one and summer just means that it doesn't rain every day. This isn't quite the summer where you soak up golden rays wearing breezy linens and I've noticed that right around mid July, people seem to long for just a little bit of that. Either you actually decamp to France or Spain for a little bit of that true summer feel, or you look at pictures like these and day dream a little bit.
There was something familiar about this place as I read through it. A little bit reminiscent of the Hamptons? Maybe...it does have that surf lodge kind of feel to it. But it was the blue thing...and then I read that the hotel was done by the same people that did the JK Place, a fave from Capri and now from Rome. There is just something about their style that blends a feeling of home with the certainty of vacation ever so seamlessly. So maybe Australia moves up on the list!
don't, don't, don't... is that song stuck in your head now? Good, then we're in it together.
But seriously, don't forget about me! The redesign is around the corner - well maybe not just one corner, maybe it's around a few corners but at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I'll have a couple of posts up next week but the thing is, once you decide to redesign something like a blog, you want all the new content to fit the new format! Gah - what to do! Don't worry, it won't be all wacky new, but it will be a much better way to find things and hopefully, a few prettier pictures!
In the meantime, lots of good stuff in the past couple of weeks over on A Toddler in the Trees, and a few pieces that have spurned some discussion on being an expat and third culture kid, and how different places approach schooling. Have a look if you missed them!
I'm not sure what it is, but I can't seem to stop being drawn to palm trees of all sorts. Palms, palmettos, palm inspired anything...Actually, I am pretty sure what it is. The first day of summer and the longest day of the year have come and gone and we've barely topped 65 degrees - we did have one day at about 68, and I thought it was a first class heat wave.
It's not a complaint by any means since it's been nice to really not be moving and just to enjoy the summer for everything it is and isn't, but I can't help but dream a little dream of palms in the warm breezes... Here are a few from the pinterest board, and check out the board itself for a whole lot more if you're dreaming of palms too...