Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What's This? Boston and Coastal Massachusetts

Ok, big hints in the title of this post!

Remember that texture and color in your designs can be inspired by sometimes looking closely, very closely.

Find the extraordinary in objects and nature.

Guess what the detail is from, and then scroll down for the answer. 
 Share your results in the comments - you're on your honor!

Also hoping you enjoy a bit of American history while we play.

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Mrs. Mallard in bronze on granite cobble stones
So Big, she's able to nearly hide a 2 year old girl.  

in Boston Garden
"Make Way For Ducklings"  by Robert McClosky (a video reading)
This was possibly the first book I memorized.

(Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack)
The cutest young Mom with three under 4 !

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Don't you agree that the "soft focus" adds a painterly quality?  :-)

Decorative inlaid box
available from
Cynthia Driscoll Interiors

           Yell  O O O O!                                         (hey, it's college football season!  GO Ducks!)


A Sidewalk made from an
enormous slab of carved chiseled granite.
(not uncommon in Boston)

found directly opposite
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Bunker Hill
Charlestown, Boston


Ok, you may be correct... but name the exact use/placement for 10 extra points!


The Freedom Trail

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Monarch Butterfly (deceased washed-up)
Duxbury Beach Park



Horseshoe Crab Shell on granite
Duxbury, MA

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Faux-bois Ceramic Garden Stool $125
in Plymouth, MA

Notice the crushed shell ground cover AND the granite curb.



Bulls Eye glass panes found in the door of     Plymouth, MA's
Fresh Produce women's boutique.

A charming ancient architectural detail in a store that was likely originally a grocery store.
My guess, based on the vast interior square footage.

   More about Bulls Eye Glass HERE.


Hey,  20 extra points if you know where this is taken!


Brant Rock Tide Pool (quite sure, more granite)
Marshfield, MA

Brant Rock and connecting Jetty 
Looking (west-ish) towards Marshfield
The watch tower was built to protect us during WWII.

I was so happy that we had perfect weather in Boston.  A coolish, for me, 70 degrees and sunny.  Followed by an overcast day (shall we say granite gray) like the one pictured above, with late afternoon sun.

The colors of the houses and nature were so much more intense without bright sunshine.
LOVE it!

How did you SCORE?

Cheers!  Linda   :-)


  1. Hi Linda:

    Loved the pictures. If we only look closely there is so much to see. We do live in an amazing universe.

    Blessings to you,

    1. Welcome! And thank you for your comment.

      My girl friends did a lot of walking ahead and then waiting for me as I took pictures on this trip. I was having too much fun! :-)

  2. Interesting how looking up at things close can completely throw us. We had 90 degree heat all week, now overcast, don't know whether to do the shorts or the UGGS.

    1. Oh p leeze, tell me you didn't wear shorts with UGGS.

      Shorts and a sweater or sweatshirt is transition weather style. Northern Cal girls (even those from Australia) understand real weather changes.... or maybe you should be a SoCal Gal? :-)


  3. Replies
    1. Coco, I loved finding your artwork and blog!

      Thank you for commenting - next time let me know how you "surfed" to my blog. :-)


  4. Zero, but loved taking a closer look at your surrounding with you. Thanks for visiting the market the other day, to answer your question, I'm in the South of France, very close to Italy. It's about a 20 minute train ride. Linda, did you receive your book? Go ducks!

    1. Hey hey Emily!

      yea, yea European living (teasing voice) - You are making it look so easy! How about a logistics post on "how to make it work, temporarily moving to France". (we bloggers are ALWAYS full of suggestions for others!)

      You are the first to report your score - I congratulate you for your confident honesty!

      No book. Yet. No worries - as it was a prize (surprise), not an order. :-)

      GO DUCKS! Yell O O O O!

  5. I confess, I only got 2 right answers. It's amazing what a close up can do to change your perspective.
    I've only been to Boston once, but I loved it.
    Karen at Garden, Home and Party

    1. Well done Karen! The brick and....? :-)

      One trip to Boston is not enough - like San Francisco and NYC I look forward to multiple trips. Where ELSE am I going to eat lobster rolls?


  6. Linda,
    I have always wanted to get to Boston. Still haven't, but this was certainly not your ordinary tour! Pretty neat.

    I also adore, "Make Way for Ducklings." My kids read it so many times and I just gave it as a gift to a three year old. It's a classic and I love all the Boston parts in it.
    Have a good weekend!

    1. Kim - You and I have been busy bees with other things than our blogs recently. Very good to hear from you. :-)

      I think I will include a copy of "Make Way for Ducklings" with a baby gift I need to send off - thanks for the idea!



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Cheers! Linda


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