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  • Marie-Elaine Cusson Art Tools © Sue Schlabach

    Marie-Elaine Cusson

    Marie-Elaine Cusson lives on a street just off the bustle of Sherbrooke in Westmount, Montreal. The quiet of her upstairs rooms belies the action just around the corner. But the quiet is mostly in the late night hours when her family is sleeping. Then she and her dog, Cacouna, settle into her little studio of…

  • 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…

  • Paris Puces © Sue Schlabach

    Paris Puces

    Summer ended in a flurry of planning and packing for a sojourn to Paris and London in September. I returned to autumn weather, and writing has taken a backseat to the last frenzy of outdoor work and living. But now, with photos sorted—at last—I’m remembering Paris flea markets. I love a Paris flea market like…

  • Foggy Morning Paris Awaits © Sue Schlabach

    Foggy Mornings, Paris Awaits

    August left and so did the feeling of summer. Greg Brown sings, “One day fall appears with a chilly dawn,” and we know how that feels. I like the shift, to be honest. And each year when this shift happens I try to get some garden time in while I pack my bags to head…

  • Co Cork Beach © Sue Schlabach

    Three Times Good, Ireland Remembered

    We were sitting in the Lemon Leaf Cafe in Kinsale, Ireland when my husband told my daughter this little bit of wisdom. {paraphrasing…} “They say you get enjoyment from a trip three times. First the anticipation of the journey while you plan. Then the enjoyment of the trip while you are traveling. And last, when…

  • Lamb © Sue Schlabach

    Heartbreak on the Hill

    I’ve been traveling for work over the last two weeks, and am reeling from the sad news in Boston. Boston is a three hour drive from here and I’ve been there twice in the last two weeks to fly out of Logan airport. Boston is in our New England neighborhood. We return there tomorrow to…

  • Roundstone, Co Galway, Ireland © Sue Schlabach

    An Irish Pub Crawl, New Friends, and a Rediscovered Name

    Another St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, with chill winter in the air, and hearty Irish fare cooking in the kitchen. A perfect day for that, though I wish our days would be ripening toward spring flowers instead of brewing up a big winter storm for tomorrow. Alas. I’ve been looking at photo albums from…

  • Daffodils © Sue Schlabach

    Sprouting, Anticipating

      Yesterday I discovered a paper bag with four paperwhite bulbs—forgotten and sprouting exuberantly. I tucked them in among the spent paperwhite bulbs I planted in December. All our outdoor bulbs remain under a thick blanket of snow. The Irish daffodils are appearing in our markets and were irresistible.Their scent fills the house and nips…

  • Fog Linen sueschlabach.com

    Fog Linen, JaneGee

    The scene is Portsmouth, New Hampshire—just a stone’s throw from Maine. Seaside village. Cobbled streets. And the place where I found a gorgeous slate gray apron by Fog Linen in a sweet little shop called JaneGee. I say slate gray, but I also mean rich, warm, earthy gray with a touch of mushroom. Stone gray.…