This winter has been one of the coldest and snowiest in Massachusetts ever. But it makes me think of another very snowy winter we had a few years back. So I’ve collected a few of my favorite photos from then and now and combined them here in this pretty little tiled mosaic. The white stuff can be lovely…but here’s hoping warmer weather is coming soon!
Food trucks ON the beach. It doesn’t get much more perfect than that!
An impromptu beach day always starts with a Dunkin’ Donuts stop and a market jammed with a hundred people in line buying $3,000 worth of food a piece. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the people at that market were buying WAY too much food. Unless they were feeding a small country. Even then I’m not sure.
So fast-forward through an hour and a half drive down to Middletown, RI, a few hours of reading the Sea of Monsters graphic novel and putting up with seaweed-infested water, and a workout walking the length of the beach to this:
I need to work on my sunset picture-taking skills. Anyway, after a crucial debate in a parking lot about what to eat, we wound up at my favorite Newport spot, the Red Parrot. You can tell this is last call for vacations for a lot of people because the place was crazy for a Tuesday at 9pm.
While we waited for much-needed sustenance, we entertained ourselves taking photos out the window and watching two groups of weirdo women taking photos with the police cars outside.
Then my oldest sister took a shot from her vantage point and my camera went shotgun and took six identical pix in a row of this:
It’s a nice shot, but still. I really didn’t need six of them. But now I know if I hold the “button” on my phone it goes ape nuts and clones photos. Nifty.
We just missed the awesome gelato place (*frowny face*), but after getting fudge and watching my bro-in-law try on an apron, my sisters and I felt like copying those weirdo women from earlier. So we made the men in our party strike a misdemeanor. Turns out my oldest sister’s husband is HARD. CORE.
(I have a new app, okay?)
Then things got boring since we were leaving and all, but I did attempt one more shot of the Newport Bridge as we drove across.
They don’t build them like this anymore. Shame.
Summer feels like it’s slipping away, but it’s not quite over yet, folks. There’s still time for more adventures!
Wickford and I go way back. Since I was three, my parents had a boat and every weekend from about April/May until September/October, we lived our lives in Wickford, Rhode Island. We spent more time out on Narragansett Bay than in the town, but we hung out there a lot to, just checking out the shops and buying delectable foodstuffs at the local gourmet shop.
Last week, my sisters and I took advantage of the awesome weather to walk around town and do a little sightseeing. It’s been a while since I did that, and it was nice to revisit some old haunts.
So our day in Wickford started out pretty normal. Then this happened:
It’s Castor and Pollux! The children of Dionysus. At an antique shop. (Sorry, Peter Johnson fangirl moment. Uh, I mean, Percy Jackson.)
Anyway, that shop was home to funky chairs shaped like crabs, weirdo Egyptian statues, and this:
Paint?? Oh, no. It’s corn syrup. In a paint can. Because everyone in the ’50s bought lifetime supplies of corn syrup. (Btw, corn syrup is awesome for waffles, pancakes, and desserts according to the packaging.)
They did have this charming bench, though it’s probably not super comfy.
We finished with the antique shop and across the street was the cutest pig statue ever.
See? Adorable. But too pricey for me. Sorry, piggy. Byyyyeeee.
(Besides, seeing that everyday would only make me want one of those mini pigs more than I already do.)
Before we wrapped up the shopping part of the day, it was necessary to visit this place:
We came here all the time back when they still sold food. I’m still crying that there are no longer scones or coffee here. They had fantastic scones and coffee. (How can they not sell scones and coffee?? I don’t get it.)
Anyway, they still sell lovely kitchen everything.
I had a fantastic blonde moment while buying three place mats with cute circus designs. The super nice sales lady asked if I had “three little ones.” While digging out my wallet without spilling out a month’s worth of receipts, I’m like “Oh, yeah!” Then it hit me she meant kids. So I accidentally told someone I have three kids when I don’t even have one. Whoops! I know my memory is bad, but honestly…
After all that buying and lying about having three kids, we needed coffee:
They didn’t appear to have scones, but they do have delicious Snickerdoodle iced coffee. And it made for a good spot to chill out for a few minutes. That’s my oldest sister, by the way.
But the day was not over yet. We left Wickford and drove down to Jamestown and out to Beavertail, which is a great place to gaze out at the ocean.
And on one side of Beavertail you can see across to Newport! (Hi, Bels!)
So I was waving to my fictional characters over in Portside (aka Newport) when this interloper came along and sat her red behind next to me.
(#how dare you)
While I sat and enjoyed the breeze, my sister continued her photo adventures with Coco the sock monkey.
(She’s a pro photographer so this is totally normal behavior.)
Meanwhile, I learned that seagulls don’t ALWAYS hate each other’s guts and act like big bullies.
And this pretty much sums up my feelings on the whole experience:
(That’s my other older sister.)
So our perfect day in Wickford and Jamestown wrapped up just how it should have. With dessert. J/K. It ended with a lovely sunset over the water. And THEN we had dessert.
(That’s the Jamestown Bridge in the background.)
And that was that. So now after reliving all that fun and stuff, I’m off to vacuum…
So right now I am consumed with completing the last revisions of The Jester’s Apprentice. I’m planning to do a review copy giveaway at the beginning of July so I’m hustling to get finished! Sleep is optional right now and my head is spinning with all the things still left to do. To keep my sanity in tact and spare you from the drivel I’m pretty sure would come out of me today, I’m posting some photos of cool bookends I discovered instead. 🙂
The Mosman Library in Australia had an entire exhibit devoted to bookends! You can see more photos from that exhibit here.
While visiting my sister last month, I got three little garden piggies. (So you know, I love pigs.) The weather has been all over the place since then and when it finally calmed down this week for all of, oh, two days, I snatched the opportunity to buy a colorful plant and position the piggies near my entrance. So for a little diversion on what has been a gloomy day, I’m posting the photo I took earlier this week of my new entryway decor. Hope it makes you smile too!