summer in coastal connecticut

Summers in New England can be brutally hot and humid, especially in August.  I was lucky to experience some beautiful balmy clear days, a little rain, and even a few fall like days.  As a child, August was never my favorite month, even with my birthday at the tail end.  It signaled the end of carefree summer days and colder weather just around the corner.  I can appreciate August and September now.  The days are growing shorter, but it is still warm and everything remains green.  There hasn’t been a frost, so the flowers are still hanging on to the last golden days.

Here are a few snapshots from the East Coast!

Around town…

Coastal Connecticut Summer
The Saugatuck River in downtown Westport  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
In a few weeks time, these will be empty slips signaling the beginning of the new season.  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
Peaceful scene on the Saugatuck River  Photo: Kelsey Burns
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
Boats and beach houses Photo: Kelsey Burns
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
The view from the snack bar at Shorehaven Country Club is like staring at a picture postcard…
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
Kelsey and McClane- No visit back East would be complete without a visit to the barn to see this handsome fellow!
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
Beautiful Compo Beach

 

Around home…

Summer in Coastal Connecticut
I love the beach bungalows in our neighborhood…
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
The end of our street is gorgeous by day…    Photo: Kelsey Burns
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
and dreamy by night
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
The herb garden did better than expected in it’s galvanized container and a wood top added to our fire pit means we can use it all summer as a table too!
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
String lights over the pergola light up our outdoor dining table…I only wish I had bought white ones!
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
The front porch and these rockers from Room and Board are a favorite spot all summer long.
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
The sofa at the end of the porch is the perfect place for a snooze.
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
I love it when it is cool enough to leave the front door open.
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
A day or two of chilly gray and we had the fireplace on watching the US Open. Go USA!
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
My favorite time of day is early morning when the sun comes streaming through the kitchen window.
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
She also has a weird obsession with shoes…
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
Enjoying the summer vibe in the dining room for just a bit longer…
Summer in Coastal Connecticut
Good bye summer! Hello fall!

Looking forward to sharing fall in Connecticut when I return next month!

lovely fairfield county, connecticut

While I love living in Santa Barbara, California, there are some things that just can’t be duplicated here on the West coast.  A part of me will always love New England…Connecticut to be specific, where we still own a home.  Here are a few recent glimpses of some of my favorite things about Fairfield County, Connecticut. Continue reading

Ivy Cottage

As I was doing some New Years purging of my desk, I came across the real estate brochure from our previous home in Westport, Connecticut.  I hadn’t looked at it in some time and so with fresh eyes I studied the pictures of the home that we had lived in for twenty years. I only wish I had some of the before photos- they are probably buried somewhere in the garage in our old photo albums. Continue reading

East Coast Girl (for a week)

Autumn is a magical time of year in New England. The crisp air where you can see your breath, the red, orange, and golden leaves, and the smell of cinnamon and apples combine to transport me back to my simple, sweet childhood.  I look forward to my return visit every year. Continue reading