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A nautical dog for a nautical girl.

Havanese –

a swimming dog fit for a queen. This breed was once owned by Queen Victoria. Meet Tillie (Tiller), she will be joining our familybefore Christmas. I wanted a nautical dog name – Tiller seemed to be perfect. We will call her Tillie for short. My sister has a friend with a dog named Tiller. Once I heard the story of how the dog spins in a circle when she hears “What do you do when you hit the mark”, I was sold. For those of you that don’t know in sailing when you hit a mark of the course as a penalty you are required to complete a 360. More on Tillie and the breed later. Here are some photos. Our breeder (Hair pups) is unbelievable and she sends photos once a week as she grows! These photos are from week one and week three! She is still quite little!

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Our Nautical Wedding

This past September Bob and I got married. Yes, we had a nautical wedding. Are you surprised? Hopefully you are not! Lisa was the maid of honor she did a fabulous job! For example at my bachelorette party I had wedding board shorts. I don’t think there is anything cooler than that. There were white of course, short and there were almost like a doily. Super cute and girly. I don’t think I will wear them racing any boats but they are great for looking sheek near the water.

Back to the wedding details…. We got married at the Mission of St. Rose Church in Sodus Point, NY. It was a rainy, yucky, very windy day but it subsided and we has some spectacular photos with the ever-changing sky all day long. We were yacht club tent sheek if you will. We had 2 large tents outside the club. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the bar in the club and at a bar in the tent. We made table cards that matched the theme of the wedding. We made a location on the bay in a water-color. For example… some guests sat at SBYC, others at Crescent Beach, and some at the lighthouse. You get the idea.

After the ceremony we went to one of our Sodus Point favorites the Coop Deck and the old lighthouse to get some great photos. The groom and groomsmen were in Tuxes and bridesmaids in Peacock long dresses. Everyone looked very sharp and our attire was a great contrast to the gray-blue sky we have for most of the day. The bridesmaids all wore a little anchor necklace that I gave them at the rehearsal dinner. They were a great find. Lisa helped me pick them out. We got them at the Platinum House in Newport, Rhode Island.

Our band was great and comes highly recommended. Ben Torres! Look him up.

And we cannot thank our photographer enough. Jay Palmer and his wife Karen were great, they own a photo studio near the village of Webster. A picture says a thousand words. Enjoy these photos from our big day.

Cheers! – Sarah

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The Napa Landscape

I got married!!! And then went on a honeymoon that included:

Wineries,rolling hills, mountain tops, redwoods, fountains, flowers, & GRAPES! you name it. Where did we go? Napa, CA…. at least that was one of the stops. It’s all as beautiful as everyone tells you it is. Go there. And spend some time, you can’t really rush through it if you tried. I would go back, actually trying to wait until its reasonable to plan another trip.  Learn to drink wine. I never really drank much red but learned to appreciate it on this trip. Can I become a professional traveler, wine consumer, and food eater? While on this trip I was thinking that would be the case. But towards the end when I was full, bloated, and lethargic from all I had consumed I remind myself this is what you do on vacation (and maybe the weekends).

Many of the wineries had gorgeous landscapes. Some with elaborate gardens, seating areas and even fountains. Some of  the plants would work here while others most

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certainly would not. As fall is on the brain I also got to thinking about the different planting seasons and general maintenance. Heat lamps galore in Napa and San Fran. I could mimic any of these designs for my yard but then I remembered we have snow. Shoot.

I’m beat more photos from the honeymoon will follow in the next few days…. I hope.

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Rhody Containers

As promised, better late than never, I have included some of the photos of Lisa’s containers. Her house has a nice little second story wood deck where she created this nice salty air planted jungle if you will. The ornamental oregano is quite stunning. It is very dainty, and adds a certain neatness to the messiness (I may be making up my own words at this point) of the other plants. Combine her containers with the salt air, view to the beach, and a friendly passersby on bike or foot and you could’nt have a better summer retreat. Cheers!  -Sarah

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” A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye;  looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” – Henry David Thoreau

The Southern Shore of Lake Ontario

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Life on the Water

I often try to explain to others how I feel when I am on the water and have done a lot of thinking lately about how important it is to me. As I said in the last post I went to visit Lisa this past weekend in Matunuck, RI. She is my sister and shares the same love for being on the water that I do. One of the many reasons we get along so well. After the 6 hour drive after work on friday morning we arrived in Matunuck. The street covered in cars and people walking around going to the couple of local but great “classic” beach bars that we have come to love. Immediately upon getting out of the car the thick sea air hits you. Breathe in deep, that summer smell overwhelms.

On saturday morning I woke up and proceeded immediately to the deck off of her bedroom. It was very sunny and you can see the ocean in between the beach houses across the street. I immediately feel at ease. Here are few photos from the deck. More photos of the containers she has lined the deck with to follow in the next post.

My question for all of you… is the cost of living on the water worth it?  Crazy taxes, high costs of living… does the feeling of relaxation and calm go away when this is the view you see every morning? Or is it a constant reminder that life is good?

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Sunset Series

This series of sunset photos were taken on July 3rd 2012. The annual Sodus Point fireworks display is this evening, and we have the luxury of viewing them from Crescent Beach on Sodus Bay. I have been failing all of you on this sunset series that I originally wrote about.

This weekend I am off to Rhode Island – sisters reunited.  I will certainly have a post of 2 from the trip!

 

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Knotty Design goes Motor Boating

For those of you who do not know, my father and his partner have purchased a new boat. It is not new to them but it is a CLASSIC if you will. Jazz is the new boat. My brother and I went out to try to take some photos. Bumpy lake and rain clouds on the horizon, this was the result.

Lesson learned… its hard to take phone photos on the water at high speeds and rocking about. There are a few good ones. Our dad was able to return the favor and shoot some photos of us as well.

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