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  • Sara Pinto Studio Shade Photo © Sue Schlabach

    Under the Cacao Tree in Bonnington Square

    London, September. Bonnington Square was lit dimly by streetlights as we left the busy roads near the Vauxhall Station. Sara described it to me on the Tube, and here it was, as though she’d conjured it. The corner Italian deli, the little restaurant where they held cooperative dinners when she lived here in the 80s,…

  • Sue and Sara © Sue Schlabach

    Joy on the Loose in London

    Recently I found myself in London with the amateur absurdist, Sara Pinto. How I know Sara is a long and separate story. For this story, all you need to know is that we are old, old friends. That creative sparks fly when we are together. That Sara now lives in Glasgow instead of 45 minutes…

  • © Sue Schlabach

    Salad Days

    Between thunderstorms we’re celebrating the salad days of summer. The thunderstorms have been a daily occurrence. No swimming in the river to beat the heat. {But Paul’s watermelon cocktail on July Fourth was a good idea.} And salad. The row of mixed lettuces of lime, purple, burgundy and viridian is thriving in these wet days. Spells…

  • © Sue Schlabach

    First Pond Swim of the Season

    Saturday, June 1. Nearly 90 degrees. Humidity off the charts. Off to Julie’s pond with a group of friends, a feast, a gaggle of kids.   Go through the gate, be sure to latch it. There are cows in this field that takes you to the pond. There is a bull. Walk the tow path…

  • winterberry © Sue Schlabach

    Advent, Bells, Snow

    Fresh snow fell yesterday morning. A nice way to begin December. I pinned the first of Peggy’s jingle bells to the hem of my coat, opened the first of my 24 advent packages—a gorgeous garland of rustic wooden stars—sent from my dear friend in France, and headed to Strafford, Vermont. Who is Peggy? Why did…

  • Keys © Sue Schlabach

    A List. An Award.

    Many thanks to Pearly Queen Notebook for bestowing me with the One Lovely Blog Award. I am long overdue in thanking her and passing on the goodwill to so many other deserving artists and writers. Pearly Queen makes new jewelry from old. I have huge respect for this. My friend Sara Dakin has tried to…

  • Lowry and the Lambs © Sue Schlabach

    Death of a Lamb

    Oh E.B. White. You came to mind immediately yesterday. A day so long and multi-faceted that my memory of it now breaks it into chapters. More of E.B. White to come. Stay with me. Chapter 1 12:15 a.m.  Lights out. We’ve just finished watching the sad and slightly disturbing movie, “Margaret.” 2:30 a.m.  R gets…

  • sparklers © Sue Schlabach

    Summer Colo{u}rs

    It is Summer Colour Week at Poppytalk (our Canadian friends spell color the British way) and I’ve been browsing my collection and shooting some images with color in mind. Today this favorite from last summer’s weekend in the Adirondacks made the cut for Red Day and was shown here. Get out your magnifying glass and…

  • Foxglove © Sue Schlabach

    Banner Year for Foxgloves

    I’ve been on the road. And up to my eyeballs in work and life. It’s a fine savory stew, my life, with many ingredients I wouldn’t wish to remove. If only there were more hours in the day to do all the things I long to do. This weekend we witnessed a beautiful and moving…