Those Tempting Tag Sales!

    Whatever it’s called. . . Tag Sale, Garage Sale, Rummage Sale, or Estate Sale! I can’t just drive by without a quick look. Maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt or maybe it’s an actual problem! I try to be careful and only buy unique items that I will use or love for a very long time. Six Asian-inspired mugs, a flowery, straw, summer purse, and an original painting of Moscow landscape. Check out the inscription on the back!

Not bad for $16 dollars!

Queen of the Peacocks

    All I wanted was a Peacock Chair! I’ve craved one for years! Wicker, fan-backed, and very Boho.  I searched on the Stuart, Florida Craigslist and found an ad for 2 Queen Peacock Chairs with no picture posted. What is a Queen Peacock? The next thing I know . . .  I own 2 ornate, scalloped, and very solid, Queen Peacock Chairs! The Queens were transported to Mystic thanks to my friend Wolfie and his pick-up truck. Krylon Black Gloss outdoor spray paint transformed them for royal duty on my front porch!


        Before                                                             After !

Fave 2018 Events in the Ocean State !

South Country RI 

  • Sun. May 20th 9-3 Westerly Garden Market in beautiful,Wilcox Park … lots of great plants and shrubs!!
  • Sat. May 26th 10-5 Virtu Art Festival in Wilcox Park Westerly … nice, little art fest!
  • Sat. and Sun. June 9 & 10 Quonset Air Show with the Blue Angels … best view from Beavertail Park cliffs on Jamestown Island bring a picnic and see the lighthouse and tiny aquarium, too!
  • Sat. June 23rd 8pm Westerly Pops in the Park …  Boston Pops and Westerly Chorus concert on the grass and Grucci fireworks : very special! Bring wine, picnic, and blanket!!
  • Fridays after sunset … Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, RI. Unique, small observatory open to the public! 
  • All summer on the beach … Theater by the Sea in Matunuck. Summer Theater in a barn for kids and adults! Late night, edgy cabaret in restaurant!!
  •  South County Bike Path, 8 mile paved, bike path from West Kingston to   Narragansett beaches!
  •  All summer long … Kayak down the lazy Narrow River to Narragansett Bay 


  • All summer long …. Block Island Day Trip: Block Island Ferry to Block Island! Rent a bike, scooter, or walk over rolling hills to 2 lighthouses, villages, marinas, Mohegan Bluffs, and Ballard’s Beach! Try to find the island’s hidden Labyrinth!

Newport RI Events:

  • Cliff Walk = ocean cliff path past mansions
  • Del’s Frozen Lemonade !
  • Best New England Clam Chowder at The Black Pearl on Bannister’s Wharf
  • Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff Mansion in June 
  • Secret Garden tours, Mansion tours, Food tours or Ghost tours throughout summer! 
  •  Slow drive or bike ride on Ocean Drive for incredible, ocean vistas          
  •  Brenton Point State Park on island’s southern tip for kite flying and picnics on the ocean
  •  Rose Island Lighthouse overnight or for the day…best weekend is their 4th of July celebration … climb to the top of the lighthouse for the best firework views!! (see my Journeys & Voyages post)
  •  Harbor Cruises or Helicopter Tour
  •  Antique shops throughout town!! Lots!!!
  •  Bailey’s Beach = small, secret beach on southern tip of the island !
  •  Del’s Frozen Lemonade!

     Other Special Places Nearby:

  • Wickford Village, RI – picture-perfect shops, eateries, kayaking on harbor
  •  Wickford Art Show July 7 & 8
  •  Blithewold Mansion, Bristol, RI –  garden and music
  •  East Bay Bike Trail, Bristol, RI –  14 mile paved bike trail through Bristol’s Colt State Park to Providence