a little on my lately


just stopping in to say a quick hi,
how are things?

i’ve been traveling a little lately
not far from home
but just far enough somehow.it’s been the kind
that opens your eyes.
the kind that reminds you
to sit up and to take notice.

the kind that says,
hey look, look how beautiful life can be.
look how wonderful a meal can be.
look how amazing
someplace new can be.

we put our cameras away to eat (most times)
and we turned off our phones.

we spent hours enjoying the spectacle
of just how perfect, a meal can be.

we walked across a bridge
we stood in the rain
and we ate at neighborhood kind of places.

it was amazing,
amazing in a way that is difficult to explain.
amazing in a way that weeks later, still lingers.

we left new york on a sunday
spent monday in toronto
then set off for the maritimes the very next day.

we saw towns with
nearly no people,
we ate chowder from old worn bowls.
we broke biscuits,
and had butter local to there.

we saw foxes
and lobsters
and one very large moose.

we saw an ocean, many rivers
and lakes by the sea.

it was, i’ll say
the kind of travel that opens your eyes.

the kind that makes you love the city
and the countryside
near equally the same.
the kind that fills your sails
with all the possibility out there,
all the good.

happy trails friends,
i hope things are swell.

xo, n.


we’re updating next week, join the list!
and a wee video for anthology magazine by thayer allyson gowdy
+ we’re in martha stewart weddings this month

this apron
the first few photos were taken here
and the fourth, here
this bag
recently read
this review and the accompanying slide show
the illustrations from melinda’s new book

salt and pepper boats

paper cups

the dream kitchen (via)


this dustpan
the maltby street market
i wish this were mine

photos: michael graydon

ps: look at the little girl’s eyes in the door of the bottom photo, adorable!

posted on October 21, 2011 by Nikole


  1. amanda jane says:

    You have the prettiest blog. I could stay here all day. :)

  2. Luisa Brimble says:

    very true! i love love love your blog.

  3. Hannah says:

    your blog just makes me smile. so pretty, so lovely. :)

  4. Pam says:

    you have such a wonderful way with words…love to read your blog…so glad you had such nice travels xoxo

  5. Sasha says:

    what a charming video!

    you, your dad and your hand-made wooden treasures are too sweet.

  6. Lolo says:

    These photos are so beautiful. I love the colour!


  7. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like the best holiday! Love the little eyes in the glass door.

  8. rubi says:

    you are so pretty! what is that wooden thing in your arms? i'm so intrigued by it. :) and yay for a new post!

  9. Birdie says:

    So pretty pictures and lovely words :)

  10. erica lorraine scheidt says:

    i love this post.

    and this:

    we put our cameras away to eat (most times)
    and we turned off our phones.

  11. Cassandra Marie says:

    Your posts are always so poetic. They make me so happy :) I'm glad you had a great trip!

  12. anabela / fieldguided says:

    The pictures in this post are amazing, wow.

  13. Victoria says:

    Fab pics and post. x

  14. Jay says:

    Ah, you just reminded me I took a photo of the same restaurant.

    Yous ound like you're having a lovely little getaway.

  15. nikole says:

    thank you kind people, it was a pretty amazing time.

  16. Jen says:

    love these – and yes, it is good to have times that open your eyes…

  17. Celine says:

    I am in love with that Maritime photo, how the light creeps in! your travels sound adventurous, thanks for showing us some bits of it!

  18. chelsea says:

    sounds like a wonderful trip! i love these photos.

  19. Emma Ann Robertson says:

    "…amazing in a way that weeks later, still lingers"

    loved that.

  20. Imwaytoobusy says:

    This post made my heart melt. Adorable photos. I have a trip coming up soon and you've made me so excited.

  21. {this is glamorous} says:

    oh! sounds like such a lovely time, nikole! having just returned from paris, geneva & lyon and spent much time with family, know very well, just the kind of trip you speak of . . .


  22. lucie says:

    Love this post! especially the last photo!

  23. arounna says:

    yeah ny!
    you are super adorable on brooklyn bridge
    so awesome!

    love the video too

  24. Lady Fur says:

    ♡Very beautiful photos!!!
    kisses from your follower! ♡
    www. welovefur.com

  25. EMILY says:

    Oh, I adore this post. So very, very true! xo

  26. Lady Fur says:

    This post is charming and unique!
    ♡I love it so much!!!!!!!
    from your follower! ♡

  27. holly and the wolves says:

    your blog is STUNNING – really, really lovely. a delight to read. xx

  28. Anonymous says:

    Yay Maritimes! I hope you came to Halifax!

  29. Colleen / Inspired to Share says:

    "the kind that fills your sails
    with all the possibility out there,
    all the good."

    thanks for sharing such beautiful thoughts.


  30. Colleen / Inspired to Share says:

    "the kind that fills your sails
    with all the possibility out there,
    all the good."

    thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts! xoxo

  31. Two Peas says:

    Hi there! I'm a newbie to your blog, but I'm hooked. Thank you for the beautiful words and the delicate, gorgeous photos. I have homework to do…but I've just spent about 40 minutes perusing through your old archives. I love the saturday sandwich posts! Thanks so much for brightening my day.

    –Two Peas

  32. Lucent Imagery says:

    Wow, every visit here just uplifts, inspires and yet calms at the same time. You have a way with words and images that is so moving. Beautiful.

  33. http://inmycabinet@blogspot.com says:

    Your photos are beautiful…rich and full of character and real-ness (if that's a word) I'll be coming back time and time again to your blog.

  34. Lindsay [rookie's nest] says:

    Seriously, these travel descriptions are amazing. I can almost feel the feeling you're having. New York…amazing..Maritimes…amazing!!! Major travel envy over here. xo

  35. elissa :: ebb & flow says:

    sounds like the best kind of trip. new york really is a magical city.

  36. amy says:

    You must sprinkle sugar on the keyboard when you post. All of your words bring merriment and strength to me! Thank you for being creative, and reaaaaaaaaal. Love everything you create!

    sending you happy spells
    hope to hear from you..x

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