This and that

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Hello readers. If you haven’t already discovered it yourself, I added a new page to my blog titled “Inspiration.” It’s a list of links to lead you to blogs I love. Who knows! Maybe you’ll find inspiration there, too.

Here are five things that caught my attention lately:

1. these hazelnuts

Porello hazelnuts

because they taste so fresh and good and a thoughtful friend recently gifted me two packages (from Italy.) I’m already on the second bag.

2. these crab apples

crab apples

because another thoughtful friend invited me to pick them from her glorious backyard tree.

3. this crabapple jelly

crabapple jelly

because I love food gifts (see items 1 and 2) and I will never get around to making my own. What about that colour!

4. this palo santo wood

palo santo

because this old house can smell musty sometimes and nothing refreshes it better, faster.

5. these marigolds

marigolds

because removing blooms keeps plants producing more and more. Plus the orange and yellows leave me spellbound.

Noticed elsewhere:

we all live in different ways in different places, according to where we are in time.

I always want to know what she thinks.

school teachers take note! using newspaper text to write a blackout poem.

this house has me feeling all the feels.

party decoration goals

such a beautiful effect

 

A peek inside a beautiful Ottawa home

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

I read if you blog and you’re a woman you blog less in the summer because of attention pulled elsewhere: to gardens, to kids (if you have them) because they’re no longer in school, and to holidays. So true in my experience.

When I think to sit down and share with you a great recipe, an interesting link or opinion, I get side tracked by life. Potted flowers need watering, lawn needs mowing, I need to be outside and take in the beauty of the season, and so on. And kids, even though they may be big (like mine are) need attention, too. (I write this while in the midst of getting ready to join Simon in Cape Cod for five days. Sans enfants!!)

Something else that occupies a good chunk of my time lately is helping to organize the Glebe House Tour. This fall’s group of five homes is wonderful. Before I leave for Cape Cod, how’s about I give you peek inside one them.

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy
It was built in the early 1900’s and recently renovated, guided by the vision of its homeowners, Jenny and Alain.

I love this home. It’s welcoming, comfy and elegant. I love its spaciousness even though it’s not an open concept home. In fact, no walls were torn down during the renovation. However, hallways were widened and openings were created in some walls allowing for very pleasing sight lines into adjacent rooms.

And light! Maybe it’s because I feel I have to wait for or seek out good light in our home that I was so taken with the abundance of beautiful light in this one. Not only light, but beautiful views to the outside as well. In fact, there are window views of Ottawa’s Rideau canal from practically every room.

Add to those qualities a wonderful blend of custom-built and antique furniture plus great finds from Home Sense and Ikea, and carefully chosen fixtures and original art, and you have yourself a very beautiful home.

We’re so happy to have it on this fall’s Tour.

Thank you Alain, Jenny, Tom and Molly the dog!

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

stained glass window glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

family pet glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

AGA cooker glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

glebe house tour| suzanne mccarthy

Glebe House Tour | suzanne mccarthy