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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…

  • Candlelight © Sue Schlabach

    Candlelit Tree, Dusting of Snow

      Merry Christmas to you all from Pennsylvania. This may be the first candlelit tree I’ve seen in person. We glimpsed it last night after the Moravian service in Lititz, Pennsylvania. This has been a holiday filled with singing. Tonight I am hoarse from an impromptu evening of carols and songs around the family table.…

  • 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…

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    Irish Seaglass

    Coming home from Ireland my suitcase was weighed down with bags of rocks and glass. Not Waterford crystal—mind you—but far more precious glass to me: the seaglass we picked up on numerous walks along a little pebble beach called Garretstown, a few miles from our rented house outside of Kinsale in County Cork. Garretstown isn’t…

  • Gudrun Sjoden from SueSchlabach.com

    A Little Bit of Sweden in Soho

    I have yet to travel to Stockholm. But a few weeks ago I stepped into the Soho shop of Swedish designer extraordinaire, Gudrun Sjõdén and got a tiny taste of the Stockholm vibe that must emanate from her flagship store there. It is one thing to admire someone’s artistry from your computer screen or the…

  • ballymaloe cooking school garden © Sue Schlabach

    360 Degree View—An Irish Garden

    Have you ever visited a place you’ve only seen in books, but gazed upon so often that you felt you knew it? It’s like stepping through the looking glass, and removing the glasses you are wearing that have blinders on the sides. A month ago we followed the narrow lanes of County Cork, navigated the…

  • 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…