Thursday, July 2, 2015

Third Honeymoon

Color of cyan, turquoise, Cassel earth,

these jeweled compositions

still speak 

behind muted mattes

les dames d'abord

their glaze translucent 

like the rolling waves 


a sky and sea motif.

les dame d'abord

les dames d'abord

Clashing with ancient winds on rock



fine sand

les dames d'abord

liquid pigment blue

lifts mists

vaporous, merciful.

les dames d'abord

A blue view

sky by changing sky

 shadows our years


behind a gray farewell



sets another sun

this side 



For more photos of our vacation in charming

please visit my 

where you can also see more of

our garden community
and the seasons
of my life.

Artists, paintings purchased and galleries in order as shown on post:

1. Ray Carpenter Night Surf. Original oil, 2010. Carmel Fine Art Gallery.
2. Alexander Dzigurski I Big Sur Breakers. Original oil, Portnoy Galleries.
3. Jeffrey Becom Pt. Sur Rock, Morning. Oil and Wax, 2014. Carmel Art Assoc. Gallery.


donna baker said...

So glad to hear from you Anita. Carmel... Only in my dreams.

Barbara Fisher said...

How beautiful this all is Anita, from the music to the images to your words. Thank you for bringing so many delights into my life. Barbara xx

The Dutchess said...

This was breathtakingly beautiful...xoxo.

Daniela said...

How beautyiful this all is, my dearest Anita ... your always lovely words, wonderful images and such a touching music .... I'm feeling breathless, thank you for this gorgeous gift on this hot Summer afternoon, my blessed friend !
I wish a Beautiful and Joyful continuation of your Summer,
with much gratitude

Denise said...

As a blogger friend likes to say"All this and Heaven too."Such words and sights brought Me a quiet peace.Some of My favorite memories occurred in Big Sur.I love the central coast. Thank You for blogging Anita. Blessing with OX-Denise

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French bread & family said...

Your Carmel.
That first painting shows a deep blue love of impressionism.
A perfect honeymoon trifecta!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Very beautiful Anita. Powerful paintings of beauty, meaningful words. Happy you're back to blogging again and I've been enjoying your Instagram photos.

a breath of fresh air said...

Gorgeous ......paintings of the sea :-)
I am lucky enough to live right by the sea and love every aspect of it .
Annie x

It's me said...

So glad to read a post from you....what a beautuful home you from me instagram here on this site!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Breathtaking.... Your love for the Sea shines in this post... From your words to the photos, beautiful, just beautiful, dear friend.
Memories to treasure forever. Thank you so much for Carmel-by-the-sea.

therelishedroost said...

I have missed you my friend!! What a lovely post with all the gorgeous Azure blues that speak to my soul! I will definitely follow for more of that great house! xo K

Jade said...

Oh, how I love all his fresh blue on that hot summer day, dearest Anita! But most of all I love your home which remainds me to french wonderful to hear (and see) from you, my dear friend! And how I loooooove your always touch my heart! Have a great weekend and wonderful summer days,

with love and hugs, Jade

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Lovely Anita,
I have been anxiously awaiting this post and rushed through my work out to return, so I could savor every precious detail.
One of my favorite composers, his music is unlike any other!!
Your choice of music for this particular post perfectly parallels your poetry and rich symbolism.
I am thrilled that you are back to share your view of life with us~
One can only imagine the memories which the two of you made in Carmel while celebrating your third honeymoon.
Isn't IG just wonderful-I love our conversations:)
You have enriched my week and I am wishing you the best day possible!!
With love,

Art and Sand said...

Of course the music was absolutely perfect for this post!

Each of the paintings you purchased on you "honeymoon" is perfect for both your home and as a reminder of a spectacular spot.

I also love the picture of your home. Is that a black and white checkerboard floor?

Jade said...

How amazing, dearest Anita...........and I get lost in your makes me feel I´m in paradise! Thank you so much for telling this story!

With love Jade

Jade said...

And I looooooove the music!!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, these paintings are exquisite, and my husband's been to Big Sur before. I see you have some Carmel pictures on here - such beautiful waters, so blue-green. I'm glad you got to go there again reminiscing on your honeymoon many years ago. I told husband that I want to visit there soon. I am enjoying your instagram pictures, the sea ones and glimpses of your home. That candle holder is so unique, love that, and are those angel wings on the wall? It's nice to read your poetry once again and see your pictures that exude much life and love.

Off to check your latest instagram. You know how much I love pics hehehe. Happy Fourth of July, Anita! You are so dear to me. And Yes, I want to talk soon.

love, ~Sheri

speedyrabbit said...

Beautiful as always Anita,you create the most amazing posts,and that sea is gorgeous,xx Rachel

Bonnie said...

Beautiful music, words and art. I have been longing to escape to the water's edge, and you have transported me. Thank you! Hugs!

Jeri Landers said...

Refreshing; by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea. Nothing quite like it to write, contemplate and fall in love all over again.
I really like the 3rd painting down, mostly because it has a very cool frame!

Junkchiccottage said...

Carmel by the Sea is on my bucket list. How beautiful. Love all the gorgeous paintings and the music so sweet and alluring.
Happy 4th Anita.

Sarah said...

Anita, Carmel by the Sea is a spot I'd love to return to one day soon. This time I think I'd like to lease a cottage by the sea so Sadie could be there with us. Your images stir my soul as do your words, my friend. Looks like you and Ruben had an incredible third honeymoon. We celebrate 40 years together in August. I think we need another honeymoon. '-)
Sending hugs of friendship your way........Sarah

Karena Albert said...

Anita I cannot take my eyes off of that first painting, absolutely stunning. Of course I love them all and am so glad you acquired art while in Carmel!! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

The Arts by Karena
Gallery Opening!

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! I did not realise when I saw your photo's on Instagram that this was your wedding anniversary holiday. Hope you and your husband had a lovely time together?! When I remember your photo's and your words I think you have!

The seaside at Carmel looks breathtakingly beautiful! The painters captured the shades of blue of the water and the sky wonderfully!

Wishing you a happy weekend ahead Anita!


Madelief x

Sylvia said...

Carmel-by-the-Sea is definitely on my to-go list because of you and your wonderful photos. I must say, your landscape images are nothing short of excellent; as beautiful as are your words. Simply fabulous, talented Anita!

Rattus Scribus said...

Thank you for your beautiful poem and pictures (and music too). I keep telling everyone: "Have you been to Carmel? Have you been to Carmel? You have to go to Carmel." Only later does it dawn on me that some people might not enjoy it they way we always have, might not hear the poetry and recognize a paradise as you share so well here. And I know that it is because we were together that made that place really sing. Beautiful post.

francis said...

Those words your husband wrote made me think about my life ......
I realise my life is most about memories with my children because my husband left me 23 years ago and I have been on my own ever since . So what I want to say is , it's all just about LOVE .
I have so many wonderful memories at the coast too . Not Carmel ..... I never even heard of it , sorry .
My parents lived at the coast , in the most beautiful part called ZEELAND . Every summer I stayed there for WEEKS with my children
It was all about the beach , sand , water , shells and swimming .
We never went on holidays to other countries , always ZEELAND .
each year I made a book with lots of pictures for my mom . And when she passend away I got all the books . SWEET memories .
How lucky we are , you with Ruben and I with my children . It's all about LOVE ❤️

Rhonda said...

In this crazy world, your blog brings me peace, calm and pure happiness. J'adore your words, images and your life experiences.

Createology said...

This is my beautiful moment of Grace in an otherwise hectic crazy world. Your words and images and music are pure calm and tranquility. Thank you dear for sharing your gift. We just zoomed right past Carmel on a three day whirlwind Coastal Trip to Marina/Monterey, Big Sur, Hearst Castle and Cambria. I do so love Carmel By the Sea and all of its many charms. Happy Anniversary...

Kim said...

Anita, it's so wonderful to hear your lovely music an read your beautiful words again! I have missed you. I hope you are enjoying summer and all it has to offer! :) Off to Instagram to find and follow! <3

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Bonjour mon amie! I've heard of Carmel by the Sea and that it's beautiful but didn't know it was a piece of heaven! What a lovely place to celebrate 3 decades! Congrats you two lovebirds. Your photography is amazing Anita and I love your saying that you "wish your photography would show what your soul sees". (that's how I felt about Paris) Everything looks so quaint, artistic, a painting with motion. I'm so happy you got to revisit someplace so special! I'll have you know this was my very first time on Instagram!! I really enjoyed your fabulous photos Anita. It was an awesome experience. Thanks for showing me something new. Your writing just keeps better and better when I think it can't possibly get any better.
And thanks so much for stopping by to see my first post on Paris. My brain was so jam packed with our Paris experience that I had dreams of the streets of Paris for over a month every night! My french was quite pitiful but it did help us out a few times! lol
Thanks for encouraging me to learn something new.

Sending you love & hugs dear friend, Edie

Burlap Luxe said...

First of all ANITA,
I think this header is my most favorite of all hedgers you have ever posted....I am connected to it with my French roots and my grandfathers Irish heritage. It's almost makes me long for a life of solitude rolling hill sides and the ocean at reach.

So nice that you were able to spend another honeymoon / happy anniversary in Carmel my home town for many years of youth and young adult moving away from there at 32 to the southern part of California.
I long and miss its charm and shops like non other unles you truly are in Europe.... Wouldn't you say Carmel is the best nest thing to a holiday in Europe.... And you must go back during the Christmas holidays it so beautifully lit up and music filled shops and street of wonderful stone pathways.

YOUR new OILS of the sea is breathtaking, and fits so right at home in your French home not making it feel like a beach cottage but my favorite the South of France where pines meet the sea much like Carmelo's vibe.
I picture myself walking those streets hand and hand with my sons father and so in love taking in the ocean air that captured and worries you may have and throw them away....the gallery shops, the hogs breath dinning, the tuck box tea rooms, the open streets, the beauty of the sea in clear salted waters that swollow you up so much so you have to contain your self from almost wanting to cry from its beauty.

I would sits with family and friends and just listen to its heart beat...just listen for its calling.
The cottages, the homes the size of castles and the European flavor waters my taste for all it offers.
I am planning a trip there with my daughter and some major shopping along the way, I think it's your new sea oils and that street artist feel to that Cypress painting you snagged up, I just adore its outsider artist feel, so innocent yet so captivating in perfectly imperfect it is. I love it un-framed as it should be, any framing would take away from its charm of what it's style was to be respected for.

I can only imagine the could you are still floating on, recalling days in Carmel where it's we beauty whispers its poetry.

See you soon, here or their.



Ps. I have talked with VERA, about enough of Carmle they are planning a trip their, I can't wait to see all the magnificent beauties she brings back with her :)


Heather Lindstrom said...

Anita dear!!! I followed you daily on IG with each shot of sea and sand while in Carmel. These images capture the beauty of the central coast so beautiful...Your words make the whole scene take flight. I can almost feel the sand between my toes and the pounding surf flicking me with spray. Your paintings--simply gorgeous! The colors (I know we are both seduced by these sea and sky shades). What treasures to bring home- as the perfect mementos of a sweet third honeymoon by the sea.
Happiness and love!!
xx, Heather

Linda Floyd said...

Oh, I knew I recognized those wonderful pictures...Carmel-by-the-Sea. We are lucky enough to live there! We spent our honeymoon there 50 years ago this coming February and promised each other we would return to live there. We have been blessed to be able to make that happen. Please come and visit us at Biddlestone Cottage
Love your blog,
Linda Floyd

MJH Design Arts said...

Hi Anita, Thank you for this gift. So much beauty. I am toasting you and your husband--Congratulations on life well loved.
xoxo Mary

"Create Beauty" said...

These memories and these paintings will be such a blessing to you..... what JOY!!!!

~ Violet

Karen said...

What beautiful paintings. They certainly capture the mood and beauty of Carmel. Your home is beyond charming. It has always seemed to me, in previous pictures, like a French cottage nestled in a quaint village someplace in the French countryside. I can hardly

Karen said...

Oops, hit send before I finished...wait to see more of your home.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Always such a treat to see you have a new post up - I know ahead of time it's going to be an audio/visual enrichment for the day!

How I envy you your holiday at Carmel by the Sea. I've never been there, and it's a place that's on my (ever-expanding!) bucket list of spots to enjoy!

Now off to see your Instagram collection!

Have a lovely 4th of July!

Cathy Keller said...

The shades of blue in the water and incredible!!! Just beautiful!!! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Oh Anita...I have been waiting for this post and it did not disappoint! How beautiful your photos and words are together! Thank you for bringing your artfulness to my life.

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, my dear! xoxo

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Good Morning Dear Anita, I hope you can imagine my excitement to find your post in my inbox this morning. What a wonder to begin the day. The music so perfectly accompanies your words and gorgeous paintings. I enjoyed seeing the lovely photos of your home. The black and white flooring just sings to me. I grew up with a floor like that and love it to this day. Happy third honeymoon to you and your beloved. May you always have a view of the sea. Not only in real time and your paintings, but in your heart forever.
Blessings be yours my dear friend, cm

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

OH ANITA!!! Isn't Carmel a dream? I used to drive up and down the coast from N. CA to Mexico - California in the summer is pure bliss.

Your home is absolutely gorgeous.. I'm off to visit your Instagram... can't get enough. :)
Happy summer!

Marijke said...

Those beautiful aqua blue sea... remind my of my favorite beach in Chersonisos Crete...
Here in the Netherlands we have a heat wave but I miss the Cretan sea the we live close by the sea at Kijkduin but we never go there... why not? I don't really know here we have nog a clear sea at all and always very cold but I think.... it's the colour that I miss... and the relax style of living... thank you that you remind me...
Have a nice day,
lieve groetjes van Marijke

Leslie Harris said...

Anita, your home is absolutely stunning, as are the pieces of art work you've shared. Happy third honeymoon to you and your honey. Oh how I love the idea of repeating one's honeymoon. As usual you have inspired me with your poetic lifestyle and your beautiful words. Happy 4th dear friend!

castellar rosa said...

superbe bannière et superbe post, je vais de pas visiter ton Instagram pour me régaler encore..
bon week end et merveilleux été ma gentille Anita, je suis ravie de te lire encore
gros bisous

Leslie said...

Anita, your photos are so beautiful. The paintings ... they look like Carmel! The restless sea in all her glory and the colors are incredible. Your IG photos from Carmel were amazing and I know you had the best time:) Enjoy your weekend!

Down by the sea said...

Anita, I can se why you love it at Carmel by the sea, I would love to visit there too!! The white sany beach is amazing and the colours, wow! The picture of the sheep does look like a painting ,quite breathtaking! I can see you love of the sea all around your lovely home those paintings are gorgeous. Sarah x

La Contessa said...

What a beautiful getaway!So happy to see you on Instagram!!!Thrilled to see more of your home!Headed home tomorrow after a wonderful getaway myself!!!xoxo

Simplement ... said...

Qu'est ce que c'est beau chez toi !
Gros bisous ma chère amie.

wanda miller said...

Anita, another SPECIAL post. So EXQUISITELY decorated and yet, such inviting warmth, your HOME. I love the frames on the BEAUTIFUL paintings. And your much more than words, so eloquently stated with underlying WEALTH of EARTHINESS EARTH.
thank you for you BEAUTIFUL words on my's as if you set music to the photos.
Enjoy your 4th to the hilt. xoxo

Nancy's Notes said...

Anita, your home is simply elegant and oh my heavens, your art is fabulous! Happy 3rd Honeymoon, what a grand place to visit! I love Carmel! I'm off now to see more on instagram!
Happy 4th~

Red Rose Alley said...

Happy Fourth of July, precious friend.

Enjoy the day!

love, ~Sheri

vicki archer said...

Your home and your paintings are beautiful, Anita... just as I imagined... :)

The third honeymoon sounds like a wonderful idea... I need to squeeze the second one in and folllow with a third in Carmel-by-the-Sea... It is far too long since I have been in that part of the world...

Happy 4th July... I am off to celebrate with American friends in Provence... Fun! xv

Méa Strauß said...

OHHHHHHHH, I am late, but now these beams so shabby white, theatre and a baroque touch - provence feeling - it all has changed sooo much! I AM SMITTEN :)) and I am so happy for you. Fairytale alive...
Oh Anita, so much has happened in you too, I can see :)))
Ohhh, it is so good to see, hugs from your friend Méa

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

De te lire à nouveau, cela me donne un sentiment de rentrée (homecoming).

Je trouve ton présent message vraiment spécial, spirituel, presque mystique.

Je te souhaite des jours plein de bonheur et d'aventure.

Les nuits sont froides
froides comme la lumière argentée
de la lune
l'étincellement vif des étoiles
l'ombre des arbres
dans leur habit d'hiver dépouillé
et la mélancolie voilée
des lambeaux de brume
les bijoux de glace
et les roses de neige
la semence cachée
qui rêve du printemps...

Les jours sont longs
longs comme les cheveux de femme dorés
et l'été chante au-dessus du blé de bronze
la verdure vive des pâturages
Le chemin semble bien sans fin
mais à l'horizon lointain
un éclat brille
comme une promesse silencieuse
d'une beauté jamais vue ...

Stephanie said...

My sweet friend, what a dreamy and oh-so-romantic getaway! The music made me feel as though I was right on the beach listening to the waves crash....

I hope you had a lovely 4th of July, dearest Anita! Hugs to you!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

I have missed your beautiful posts Anita. What an amazing anniversary celebration. Congratulations to you both. The paintings took my breath away. I will follow you on Instagram.

Gorgeous home my dear Anita. You have impeccable taste snd style.

Hugs, Janet

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest Anita what a very special 3rd Honeymoon....and such a lovely idea! Carmel-by-the-Sea is a gorgeous place....just perfect! I'm so happy to have seen a lot of it on Instagram! Much Love to you across the miles.....Dzintra xo

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello my dear friend Anita!
I'am SO happy to see this post from you with an absolutely stunning paintings of the Sea and two fantastic photos from your vacation time!:)
Brilliant paint sea,music behind of it,really magic!
Love your mood here SO very much:)
Thankyou deeply for share it here....
Hugs from very sunshine Netherlands!

VM Creation Atelier said...

Your HOME is enchanted beautiful!:)))

The Dutchess said...

love your currents..moving..xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Chère amie, encore, tes paroles ici me parlent d'une voix claire et pleine d'amitié aussi, ton cadeau de musique. Qu'est-ce que je ferais sans tes suggestions musicales si parfaites? MERCI MILLE FOIS! MERCI!

Robyn said...

I am SO glad you are back to blogging, sweet friend!! Now I can visit you, sit back, relax and take in all the beauty that you create. Your gorgeous images laced between your soothing and poignant words are a true balm to my soul, Anita. You bring magic to the screen and I'm so thankful to partake in it. Your home is as unique and special as you are. I love it!

Ana said...

Oh Anita,
The music went perfectly with your beautiful words. Lovely paintings, beautifully romantic honeymoon location and absolutely gorgeous home.

Hugs and Kisses,

Kelly said...

I do enjoy spending time here and Flutteringbyy on IG with you Anita!!! I love all your paintings that you have posted and how they truly give a feel for the breathtaking Carmel! I can sense your enjoyment for your trip through your words and these beloved treasures. I had a brief visit there many years ago. I remember enjoying the views of the ocean and quaint shops! Would love to return one day. I have always thought it would be a wonderful place to live near by! How magical!!! <3

Sea Cottage said...

I am happy for you to have been able to spend a vacation along the Monterey Coast. To be able to breathe in that calm that only the misty grey sea banks of the Northern California Coast carry. It is my favorite place to be. I grew up in the Bay area so the Santa Cruz, Capitola, Monterey, Carmel area as well as the SF coast were the shores that I visited often. In my 20's I moved further north and as you know the Sonoma Coast is the place that I dwell now. The deep fog and chilly salt air are what I love most. I could just lay down in the sand and stay there forever. Did you find any shells or driftwood to take home with you?

Anita your home is so beautiful. I wonder why you have waited so long to share it with us. Your home truly looks like a French Chateau and as if you could be living right there in Carmel...or the French Seaside.

xxo Kerrie

Palomasea said...

Well, dearest, I am wearing the widest smile right now! :)
How beautiful....from that ethereal header to the gorgeous the dance of your words and lift me up. :)
I love the new painitng as much as I love the others....the sea is always new, fresh, and restorative...pure magic....
You can relive the memories every time your eye falls on one of these beauties...what a gift....
And your home...a portal to all that is good, true, and pure.
I have got start painting again....thank you... :)

Christianne said...

Having this distant relationship with you has brought so much beauty and grace into my seemingly dull & mundane existence. Sometimes I feel that you give me a glimpse into the true me and of what life in Heaven will be, where music leads my soul in a dance and beautiful colors and images bring reason to pause and appreciate. Thank you, sweet heart.

Marie-Paule Faure said...

Hello Anita,

Juste une petite visite chez vous to say hello.

Comme toujours, c'est magnifique, poétique, inclassable. Quand je lis les "comments", je me rends compte que ce que vous apportez aux gens est rare et précieux. La beauté, une forme de mélancolie qui n'exclut ni l'espoir ni le bonheur de l'instant, et le rêve.

bravo, et merci!

A bientôt,


Jeanie said...

Glorious in every way, Anita. Are these your own paintings? Such a grand sigh!

Pura Vida said...

Just pure joy

Suz said...

I can't believe I've missed this post till now. But I've been in and out of blogging lately. The paintings you brought back with you from Carmel are extraordinarily beautiful. You have exquisite taste. Your home is so elegant. It takes my breath away. Your words always reach in and touch me deeply. Thank-you for being so kind to me. I really appreciate it.

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Anita!! Ooooo such wonderful paintings! And your Carmel by the sea photos are just so peaceful to behold!!
What a lovely unwinding peaceful time you must have had!!
Soooo very pretty are the rooms that display the paintings! :-) ( I LOVE the frames)!!
Sending love and warmth, JOY and many blessings, Linnie

Palomasea said...

And we have our own little museum right here! Your poetry is the cherry on top... :)
Thank you, dear one for coming to my always thrills me and makes the post complete.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi dear Anita!!!!
What a beautiful blog post!!!!!
The images are gorgeous and I love the framed art!!!!
I have been taking little breaks between blogging because after posting weekly for 4 years straight- I needed a break!!!!
I just posted a new post an hour ago.
Hope you've had a great week!!!!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend,
Teeheeee.. I thought you would enjoy her.
You ~get me~.. Crazy as it may be.

Barbara Fisher said...

Dearest Anita, I just wanted to call in and thank you for the wise words you left at my blog. There are lots of changes in my life just now, but I'm sure they will all be for the best. Thank you for always being such a supportive and thoughtful friend. Hugs Barbara

Nancy Powell said...

Beautiful fresh art! and your vacation pictures look idyllic. I am so glad you got away and to somewhere so inspiring! I hope you are well and writing to your hearts content! xo Nancy

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Thank you so much for coming to visit me and have been thinking of you dear friend.
Love your amazing art and how great that you had a vacation - enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos.
Hope you enjoy your summer weekend
sending hugs

deana sidney said...

Such serenity. All vacations should feel peaceful and serene. Hope you are well and revived by it all.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Lovely pictures and paintings! It reminded me how much the sea always creates beauty.

Caroline shabby hideaway said...

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog.I´m so happy you did,because I found your blog now <3.The paintings are so beautiful and the pictures from your vacation are breath looks like a paradise.You got a new follower.
Have a splendid week.

Jeri Landers said...

HI Lady, Good to see you today in my Mercantile. Glad you are relaxing and taking it slow this summer.. I am slowing down.but that is not easy for me.

NotesFromAbroad said...

When I lived in San Francisco, another lifetime ago, we would drive to Carmel for weekends. I have friends who still do so and tell me all about it and I feel like I am now living on another planet, one without the magic of a place like Carmel.
This was lovely darling, have a good weekend. C

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I do love you so. Thank you for that incredibly beautiful comment. I'm off to check your instagram now. Any new pictures lately?

love, ~me

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, those HORSES! You made them look flawless. And the flowers are gorgeous, especially that SUNFLOWER! And the piece at the vintage shop, oh my that is stunning. You've been busy taking pictures, and you're getting so good. :~) I need to go on a trip so I can take some unique pictures. The girls are back and they had a wonderful time. Nel's favorite was Switzerland, and of course, they both loved France. :~)

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello Anita!!!!!
How are you? Is it as hot in MN as it is here? We were at 101 degrees today & the humidity is killer!!!!
My parents just returned from a 17 day trip to Sweden & Norway. My mom absolutely loved it (so did my dad). They had a wonderful time. The photos they took are soectacular- the scenery!!!!!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend and you have it a bit cooler up north!!!!!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Oh, Anita, I'm nearly overcome by the beauty you've shared with us here. The paintings are stunning. I'm so thrilled to see fine art like this. You selected wonderful pieces. I love them. Your photography is splendid, my friend. The last photo of the sea is breathtaking. Your home is so lovely. You are a woman of refined taste. Love you, dear Anita. Oh, and the song is perfect with your poetry and images. So happy to see this post. xo ~ Nancy

Martina said...

My dearest Anita, oh, it's a pleasure to see your beautiful post and be back in blogland with you! Thank you so much for already visiting me as well. I just love your pix here, and the art - especially the first painting. This is just the magical blue that i LOVE. Must visitt your Insta profile too. I have really missed being in touch with you Sounds like you also had an amazing time at the ocean, which for me is the best cure! Have the most lovely sunday and enjoy your garden! xox

Dewena said...

Hello Anita, I'm visiting here from Sheri's blog and have been blessed by the music as your words and pictures worked their magic on my spirit. Thank you for passing on the beauty of a place I've never seen in person. I think I still feel the mist on my face!

A Magical Whimsy said...

I definitely recognized of my most favorite places to visit on Earth! I love the artsy cottages. I could write and create to my heart's content living in one of those cottages, listening to the ocean nearby. (Except for the price to live there!)
You must have had a glorious anniversary for your honeymoon.
I love the ruggedness of the beach in Carmel, it also reminds me of Cambria too....another place I love to haunt. The California coast is so incredibly various wherever you go. I love it!
There are places also, which remind me of Scotland, along the California coast line. if you go a little bit more south to Cayucos and the 9 hills of volcanic origin sit magestically near San Luis Obispo where the charmed college town sits and mesmerizes your senses, as though some of these small towns have stopped in time and wish to go no further but to remain magical forever!
Thank you for sharing the framed art, and the real photos.
Transcend is what it does to the soul!
very blessed you are!
Teresa in California

Martina said...

Happy tuesday Anita! Yes, it IS magical and joyful to be back in blogland and see your comments again! I bet these paintings bring happy memories and a fresh breeze into your home! And they fit so well with your style. Was this a wedding anniversary trip? Hubby and i will have our 25th coming on in August! Can't believe it! xox

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Heather Lindstrom said...

Stopping by your lush, shaded porch to say hello today 'neighbor'. Shall we have some tea? ;) I saw your comment over on Sheri's blog, dear Anita, and I wanted to come by. You are such a tender, kind spirit and care so deeply. I want to thank you for all the encouragement, kindness and care you have shown to me (and my blog) over the years. You are a gem--so happy to have met you in blog world, Anita dear. You are a delight and an inspiration--and extremely beloved by so many. These are genuine and real connections. I do hope we 'California girls' will meet in person some day. Hugs today-
xx, Heather

Red Rose Alley said...

I just saw your roses on instagram. They are so pretty, and thank you for thinking of me when taking them. And the "eternity" quote is beautiful. I discover things about you every day, you know that? Enjoy the week, Anita. It's a hot one here today.

love you.

Weekend-Windup said...

All pictures looks good!

Barbara Fisher said...

Dear Anita, thank you for your sweet comment. I will still be posting to my blog and visiting all my lovely blogging friends (like you!) March House Books will close at the end of the month but everything else will stay the same. xx

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hi Anita, I didn't realize you were blogging again. That is wonderful news. As usual your posts are inspiring, full of beauty. Love the eternity quote. Happy July. xo

Karena Albert said...

Dear Anita, I love coming back to see these gorgeous paintings. While I miss your posts I love being Instagram friends!!

The Arts by Karena
Featuring Artist Leah Bowring

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, 33 years of marriage - that is really something, and especially if 2 people are so well fitted like you and Ruben! Cheers to you both and to LOVE, which is the most precious thing in this life! Your trip must have been magical and i bet i would adore the place and nature there too. The weekend is almost here - YAY! It's been really hot here AND humid, which is not a good combination, and i long to be at the ocean again! But evenings are still soothing and calming! Enjoy yours my friend - bonne nuit!

Marielle Jeandreau said...

Chère Anita, bleu turquoise recherché par le peintre ou splendeur naturel de la mer, un avant goût de vacances pour moi qui ne suit pas encore partie... Merci !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Marielle! J'ai du mal à entrer votre blog, mais je vous laisse mon commentaire ici, en espèrant que vous le recevrez! Merci d'être venue, et oui, la mer m'enchante et restera dans mes souvenirs pour toujours....bonnes vacances! Anita

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Such beautiful paintings mon amie! I loved going to see all the gorgeous pictures of Carmel-by-the-Sea. I also loved the squirrel story you told on Celeste's blog... too funny!

Sending you love & blessings, Edie Marie

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely paintings and the shades in them are lovely to see.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely paintings and the shades in them are lovely to see.

All the best Jan

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

How beautiful the paintings are, I enjoy the crashing surf one as it has such depth and wonderment making it so lifelike.
Such a magnificent place to spend your holiday and honeymoon no matter how many...

Personally selected products said...

How beautiful post ! Thanks for tacke time for visiting my blog. I' m happy your summer time are wonderfull .
The last week i was visiting Las Canarias Island just for Jazz festival , watching the sea and have a relax time, anyway i will go far away Spain for summer time very soon!.
I am happy you have a very good summer!!
With love

Luisa xx

designchic said...

I'm so glad you were able to get away for a beautiful vacation - hope you were writing away! Gorgeous paintings, Anita!

Ronda@islandmother said...

How very beautiful Anita.... I'm glad I dropped by. Your home is lovely and very tranquil. Congratulation on three decades of marriage.......are you hanging the paintings together? I do like the intensity of the blues.....beautiful like you.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dear Anita!!!!
I hope you're enjoying the weekend. Can you believe July is almost over????
Not too much is new- I found some really cool Margiela snakeskin boots. Those will be awesome for fall....
Have you been shopping at all?
Wishing you a fabulous Sunday!!!!!

Martina said...

Happy sunday dearest Anita! Thank God it is cooler and fresher here today, and we'll celebrate this with a long walk after brunch. The sky looks so nice with lots of white clouds and i'm reminded of your little ocean paintings (almost) ;) It IS great to be connected again and even if i have just a little time for blogging, it's worth it. Just adds some brightness to each day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and until soon! xox

La Petite Gallery said...

I hope it was a beautiful Anniversary and vacation. You find the best places and beautiful things. Sorry just been busy with dog Bennie, at 79 I am worn out. The yard, company, art shows and the adorable head strong Bennie. Hugs to you beautiful Lady.
Soon as I figure how to delete the post of 4th July on side bar I will go back to bloggin. love abd wish you all the best. yvonne

Red Rose Alley said...

When you were talking about seeing a dear friend from the Netherlands, were you talking about our sweet Ria? Oh, I would love to meet her also. I do wish you would make it over there someday. And Spain - I think you would enjoy going over there too! There is so much history and many old buildings there. Thanks for coming over today and seeing part of their fantastic trip. I will try to call you before school starts in August. I can't believe school will start already. What day does the school year start for you? Jess is still lingering on to the summer, and can't even think of school yet hehehehe.

love, ~Sheri

Jade said...

Oh, how I looooooove your home, dearest always makes me feel like beeing in´s the perfect mixture between castle and cottage. So charming, elegant and cosy.........really breathtaking! And I also love all the shades of blue of your lovely paintings. Such a great summer feeling...........thank you so much for all your inspiration, my dear friend! Have a wonderful summer time,

whit love and hugs, Jade

La Petite Gallery said...

Hi Anita, today is 60 degrees and thunder and lighting, I am meeting Renee and we are taking my Art to Lobster fest,
it's a judged show. I came in second a few years back. Painted two firemen and an out door concert.?? Poor Bennie
is shaking from thunder. Glad to get back to posting. hugs yvonne PS check out my friend Joanny's blog. stay cool

joanny said...

Hello Anita
Thank you for stopping by my blog,,, by the way of Yvonne,,, a dear blog friend to you & I both. love your comment I appreciate it.
Love your blog - you live the dream, so much beauty in your life - I will have to take some time and look at older posts, loved your opening poem,

Lowcarb team member said...

Anita ... I just had to visit again and say I love the blue butterfly delphiniums, beautiful.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Anita ... I just had to visit again and say I love the blue butterfly delphiniums, beautiful.

All the best Jan

Thistle Cove Farm said...

such a beautiful home and the beach and surf photos makes me want to test the water...not very far because I don't swim very well, perhaps to my knees, certainly ankles.
isn't Carmel-by-the-Sea where Clint Eastwood was mayor for a time?

La Petite Gallery said...

Yes Anita, I did a painting of an out door concert, with a storm ooming as I listened to Rachmaninoff concerto #2 and thatr is the title, then 3 firemen. I won the lobster Fest Juried show a few years ago. Got my fingers crossed also the Belted Galloway farm has another sho, and I was in the St Geo Art show. People spend $200 at walmart for a print and wont spend it on orig art. They have their heads up their _____. Oh well.that's the way of the new world.; yvonne

Anonymous said...

Good morning dear Anita. Thank you for visiting.
Took me less than a week to realize it's best to face our fears, so I unpacked my moving boxes and stayed in the land of blog after all. I set up a new google plus account because there was a glitch with my last one. Hope this comment goes through.
Have a nice day.
Blessings to you.

Halinka said...

Witaj! Piękne obrazy!!! Piękne wnętrza!!! Pozdrawiam

Nancy's Notes said...

Dear Anita, what a beautiful post! Your paintings are absolutely stunning, I'd love to have each of them! Isn't Carmel the best ever? I've wonderful memories of that quaint place! Was so happy to see you, loved your visit~
Your prayers, I'm so thankful for, dear friend.
Hope you have a great day!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Merci dear friend! I am so happy you enjoyed viewing her... Your encouraging words made for a happy heart!

Christie Jones Ray said...

…and again…i am left so many times before. transported. bliss.

thank you for your sweet visit to my world…my whirling, twirling, busy little world.
much love to you, my dearest..

La Petite Gallery said...

Golly that part of the world is gorgeous. Well the humidity and heat hit Rockland Maine. I gave my A?C away because I used it one day last summer. It' was in the way and a devil to install. Two days it's in the high 80's even on the coast. Guess I'll buy another.
I love this Bennie and we have bonded. I feel my Thor is still in this house. It's been 3 years now. I have so many paintings of him.
stay cool love yvonne

La Contessa said...

I did see this but it was on my phone.I do not like looking at BLOGS on my phone...............the new header with the COWS Is GLORIOUS!Seems like you had a MAGICAL vacation.
Your home is lovely........SO YOU!
LOved our chat the other day..........we must continue it SOONEST!!!!

Christelle said...

On a la sensation de traverser les tableaux ! Merci de ce partage, bel avant gout du mot vacances !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Coucou, Christelle! Merci de vos commentaires ici! Je pense que vous avez raison; les tableaux nous invitent à traverser au-delà dans nos imaginations! Voilà pourquoi j'en ai tant!

Heather Lindstrom said...

I just stopped by to say "Happy Saturday", Anita dear...and caught all this pure beauty again. Your home--the exquisite details, elegantly simple, inspiring...oh the quality of light...and that breezy porch! Enjoy every lovely moment! xx

Dewena said...

I just had to stop by again and say thank you for the sweet comment you left at Kris' blog today! And of course it was a pleasure to view this lovely post again.

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Anita Sweetest , How exciting that you will be meeting Christie (and Eliza Mouse)!!
I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful summer, we are having a cool week this week coming up. I am looking forward to it
so I can catch up on "out of control" weeding. For I am recovering from a surgery of my hand from an accident that rendered a finger useless.But God is so good and I am on the mend!!
Sending love and hugs, many BLESSINGS and warmth, Linnie xx

Martina said...

Happy sunday my dearest Anita, so lovely to see your comment! Yes, seafood dishes are amongst ma favorite foods, and i bet you had some amazing ones too during your honeymoon travel! The sae is so invigorating in every way, just seeing it or even thinking about it .... like you do, when you look at your pretty paintings! Have a fab start into August and let's celebrate it together!

Barbara Fisher said...

Dear Anita, I would be overjoyed to feature you on my blog. Thank you so much for offering I hoped you would! Anytime to suit you is fine with me. Barbara xx

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, I loved your comment today and sweet Stephanie liked it too. Do you know that your comments are so wonderful? - the way you use your words and your honest and fun responses hehehe. Everyone just loves you and your comments, dear one.

Have a wonderful day, and Yes, we are alike in many ways!

love, ~Sheri