Category Archives: Coastal Living

The Coming Of Spring

The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. Song of Solomon 2:12 Spring is such an amazing time of year… a time when everything… from trees and bushes… flowers… to the smallest tiniest blades of grass… begin to cover the earth… In a matter of weeks we watch as new life blossoms… from what seems to be dark and bleak… bringing one of the most beautiful gifts we are given each year… a sense of hope and renewal. 👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳 As some of you know I play the piano at my sweet little church here on the coast…and this past week was super busy! The beginning of Lent is a special time for me…one in which I try to make a deeper commitment in my faith journey. That being said I had a great time celebrating Mardi Gras (bahaha!) and later decided to bake cookies! Below is a recipe I found and I think you will really like it. Ritz … Continue reading

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Postcards From Paris…Hotel Avalon

”Paris is always a good idea” -Audrey Hepburn Hello, sweet friend… We have left the fabulous soulful gardens of Monet…(sigh) http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/postcards-from-paris-monets-gardens/ returning back to the shuttle… the train station which was very busy…filled with people…and held a wonderful excitement…one which comes when you are traveling… we got back to Saint Lazare then took a taxi back to our hotel where we rested and packed our luggage for tomorrow’s schedule. And now…at this point we are having to wind up this wonderful trip…particularly our time in Paris. (waaaaa….pass me a tissue…please) We enjoyed an afternoon stroll… sight seeing local landmarks in this arrondesment… I also wanted to share with Joe a beautiful garden shop I had discovered… for lunch we enjoyed Chinese food. Everything on the menu looked so good…we ended up ordering way too much! (of course) The next day we took a taxi to the Avalon Hotel which was in walking distance to the Gard … Continue reading

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Moments of Gratuitious Grace

”How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut…the sound of the sea…All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.” -Nikos Kazantzakis Hello, dear friend… Somewhere in the week’s passing moments… as I was doing nothing particularly special I looked around the cottage and thought how good this day is… how good it is to be alive… Content… if it’s raining…to feel the cozy sound of rain… I think about how meaningful & good life can be when I take the time to celebrate ordinary moments. Those simple things in life which bring the possibility of the moment… Snapping up as much as I can… those illuminating moments… when I feel open to all the rhythms of life… Savoring the desire for awakening…as a hope…a possibility…one which feeds my soul…making contact with an inner life… … Continue reading

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Postcards From Paris…Monet’s Gardens

    ”However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well being for as long as you continue to wonder the garden path.” -Norman H. Hanson   Hello, dear friend…         Today we took the train to the delightful village of Giverny…      where we then hopped on a shuttle to visit Monet’s Gardens.     Joe and I remembered a wonderful cafe from a trip  years before…     and decided to enjoy lunch there before…       Walking the gardens…and touring the magical soulful home of the impressionist artist Claude Monet.     There are many wonderful stories I could share about this day trip…the scent and beauty of the gardens…the people from many walks of life that we crossed paths with…the charm of the home…food…     … Continue reading

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Postcards From Paris…The River Seine

  ”Good memories are our second chance at happiness” Queen Elizabeth II     Hello, dear friend…     I have returned from my… Saturday walk relaxed a bit…and now headed out for the Seine River cruise.     Since the weather was perfect…and had plenty of time to get there…we decided to walk. However…after about 15 minutes of strolling along we realized that we weren’t as close as first thought so now decided that perhaps we better take a cab.     Oddly there weren’t any available…we started walking faster and faster… a little nervous (p.a.n.i.c.e.d) that perhaps we would miss our cruise.     Between asking a few people for directions…and walking really really fast we did arrive at the river with plenty of time before departure.     Everything worked out.     While we waited to board we struck up a conversation with a couple from New Jersey who … Continue reading

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