it’s officially spring here
i’ve got my window open just a crack
but the way this season smells is quickly making the rounds.
there are baby buds on the trees outside,
and small white flowers springing from the dirt.
there are birds, scattered and scampering and flitting around and
singing the beautiful songs of spring.
there are flowers outside at the market now.
buckets lined together in short tight rows,
plastic pails filled with water and stems.
there are seeds for sale on the grocers’ shelves
sweet peas and petunias and all kinds of green.
it’s the season of pretty here
and that’s a brilliant thing.
i also wanted to share
some beautiful photos of the apartment where i used to live.
it’s a a place i still occasionally work, but no longer make my home.
it was shot for covet gardens by michael graydon, a name you see around here often
and who happens to also be my partner in crime.
i’ve also been working on writing my recipes down lately,
something i’m still practicing at but am enjoying just the same.
i love this one for sakura candy corn,
and this one for custard doughnuts with rhubarb sauce in issue 21 of covet gardens.
it’ll take longer than the candy corn but it’s well worth the effort!
the doughnut dough portion of the recipe is an adapted version of this jelly doughnut recipe
AND i’ve also got some super fabulous news to share!
i’ll be announcing a new regular contributor here soon.
her posts will be based around travel, recipes and cafes,
and they’re going to be beautiful!
PLUS an HG update soon!
and more big news on the way as well.
that’s all for now, friends.
hope things are swell.
these notebooks and these ones too
cocoa carrot cake
my blog feed is fixed, you can follow along here
how great do these look?! (i love the 4th photo!)
i’d really like to stay here! (via)
dip-dyed lamp shades
these glasses (via)
these look perfect
so much goodness in heidi merrick’s spring line
and this looks like it would smell nice
just popping in to say
a quick hello
and show you around our shop a little.
it’s slowly turning to spring here.
the birds have returned and the snow is gone,
and i can’t stop thinking
of the months to come. i can’t stop thinking of spring.
how about you?
how are things? any big plans for the season that comes next?
clouds indoors. amazing. (via)(via)
anabela’s blog lately. a long time favourite that just got better.
this is brilliant.
this hotel is beautiful. (via)
my kinda lunch. more here.
and a few new items in the shop
and in honor of the season to come:
and bathing suits
hello! happy belated 2012!
it feels fast to me,
like the start to 2011 was just days ago.
like the preparations for christmas almost just begun,
like the trips of last year were just recently dreamt
and like those beautiful days of 2011
were just a bit shorter than they ought to have been.
that said, it was a swell kind of year.
i sat passenger to many a trip by car
i travelled from one side of this country to the other
and from one coast to the next.
from the red sand of prince edward island
to the grey skies of british columbia.
i spent time doing things that inspire what it is i do
i spent time with my eyes open and my mind quiet
i spent time doing the things i love
time on boats, days on the sand
moments in forests and things unplanned.
just a bit grand.
plus, some things that deserve mention:
i’m going to italy to teach at squam! and you can come!
alongside some amazing talents, i’ll be talking about capturing beauty in the everyday.
my class will be loosely based around food (pastry mostly) and photography.
we’ll be adventuring around the nearby town and countryside and stopping in at markets and bakeries along the way.
and then coming back to the villa and baking/cooking with what we find.
plus, we’ll be styling and photographing it too!
it’s about finding pretty in everyday things and it’s going to be amazing.
find more info here. and sign up here!
remember a while back my friend tara and i took part in kinfolk magazine’s volume one?
well, we’re at it again! this time we teamed up with michael graydon for a story called, the scent of salted air (the photos in this post are from that trip) find more photos here and buy your copy here! and here’s a wee snippet: “Michael and Nikole packed a car and drove the 1300 kilometres between the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Prince Edward Island, to a town they had never been to before. For seven days in the midst of autumn, a 150-year-old farmhouse at the edge of the ocean was their home.” The trip was the first of what is to become an annual pilgrimage.”
our birthday giveaway winner
big thanks to all that entered, our winner (selected at random) is donna hinze!
donna please email us with your contact information and will get your package on it’s way!
happy trails friends
my new(ish) column over on oh joy!
my jam thimbles over on lottie and doof
a wee mention over at bon appetit (thanks julia!)
in HG news:
will be updating again soon, join the list on the bottom left of this page.
and thank you, 2011 was an amazing year for herriott grace.
and because it’s what i do:
this long sleeve
this video, brookyln’s verions of rube goldberg
the joy of quiet
and this photo
photos: michael graydon / styling: nikole herriott / for the scent of salted air with tara o’brady in kinfolk volume two
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 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.
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
the first few photos were taken here
and the fourth, here
this review and the accompanying slide show
the illustrations from melinda’s new book
salt and pepper boats
the dream kitchen (via)
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!
how are things?
all is swell here,
i’ve been embracing
the beauty that is
the last month of summer.
and at the same time,
i’ve been feeling that familiar tug of fall.
i’ve been steaming fish
and peeling prawns.
and trips by car.
of campfire nights
and seaside days.
things are good.
we’re taking a road tripnext week
and i’ve got a feeling it’s going
to be great.
until next time.
happy friday y’all
hope your weekend is great.
this past weekend i spent
away from the sea.
smack in the middle
of our ontario summer.
i had one of those weekends
where summer feels
almost like a dream
as though it’s here now
but could be gone tomorrow.
the kind of weekend where
you come to appreciate moments
for what they really are,
fleeting and precious and so very grand.
i’m sure you know the kind i mean.
those filled with good friends
and good food.
the kind where memories
are easily built.
the kind when
you eat ice cream from cones
and corn from cobs.
when you drink beer from mugs
and listen to music
from the grass.
the kind when
all the small moments
really come to matter.
and you know what
it reminded me
that life is, in large part,
just a collection of moments.
a collection of moments
that lead to a collection of events
that then lead to the stories
that make up our lives.
and while that’s a simple thought
i still think it’s pretty grand.
the photos you see here
are from a weekend just like that.
one that has passed now
but where we sat by the sea.
where we drank tequila
and rowed boats.
where we ate great food
and had a good lot of laughs.
and where most of all
we had those kinda of moments
that turn so easily to memories.
the kind that i
and i think it fair to say, we all
come to cherish.
that’s all for today friends.
BIG THANKS for all your NYC recommendations, keep ‘em coming!
and number five – marguerite herriott
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