Friday, September 18, 2015

Summer Memories

Happy September, dear friends...
I hope this month is bringing you many sweet moments of joy!
Summer flew by, (as it always does), but it was certainly savored. 

We took a little road trip to the North Shore 
and it was very restorative...
I'd love to share some of the beauty with you...

(this is what we heard most days)

(video is not mine)

We began our journey in Duluth...
such a beautiful and eclectic town

"No photos, please!"

The city is fun and lovely...but were there for the WATER...
seemingly endless, deep blue water...

... from Duluth

From there we continued North 
to the picturesque little town of Grand Marais...

(photos of GM on my next post)

On the way, there were many beautiful sights, scents, and tastes...

Gooseberry Falls National Park

Is anyone familiar with this plant?
The fragrance is extraordinary!

A stop for lunch at the incredible New Scenic Cafe
did not disappoint...
we've never had anything there that was less than stellar...

Sorry about the appearance of that blueberry pie...we dove into it before I realized that I wanted a photo!

Almost everything here is made from fresh, local ingredients...
if you are ever on the Scenic 61 drive, this is a perfect place to feed all of your senses.
And the view is, well...there's a reason it's called scenic...

Now that the air is getting chilly, my mind is on traditions and rituals, one of which is my annual re-reading of this book...


Reading this gem is like being cuddled in the coziest, softest blanket...I find it a wonderful way to get centered and invite the new season.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Love and Blessings,
~ Irina


  1. Dear Irina,
    What a beautiful post! It looks like you had a wonderful time on the North shore... Your photos are just breathtaking. You know, that pink puff flower looks so familiar, but for the life of me I cannot put a name to it.

    Ok. Now I need to go find a snack.. The food here looks so good.. Thank you so much for viewing so many of my drawings... Your words warmed my heart.. It is always such a joy to see you there.

  2. Your trip looks absolutely wonderful! There's nothing like the sound of waves to sooth the soul, I love it, thanks fior sharing the video! Lovely to find you on Instagram too Irina! xx

  3. Hello Irina,........thank you for taking us on this journey and sharing your lovely photos. The cafe menu looks really inspired. Good to hear from you again!

    Happy Autumn!

  4. Dear Irina,
    What a beautiful place to visit. Your pictures are wonderful of the great sea, and I love that little seagull fellow. : ) I went to our lake a few weeks ago, and the water was so low. We need rain in California so very much. Your lunch at the café looks yummy, and do your know blueberry pie is my favorite pie? That picture of the pink blossom plant is so pretty, and I've never seen it before. Your road trip sounds delightful, and the little video you shared gave me peace this morning.

    Happy September days, dear Irina.

    love, ~Sheri

  5. Dear Irina,
    Happy (end of!) September. What a beautiful and inspiring post. I love your video, so peaceful, briging so many memories to my heart.
    Thank you for sharing this journey.
    Happy sunday.

  6. Oh Irena, This is just the exact vacation I would love right now,from the sites,food and the read....perfect for Me.I so enjoyed My visit with You. Harvest blessings to You-Denise

  7. Dear Irina,

    I loved seeing your wonderful holiday photos and what a great time you must have had.
    Love the beautiful blue ocean, and know how relaxing and pleasant it is to be beside the seaside and also enjoyed seeing the video. The food you shared looks delicious.
    Thank you for visiting me dear friend and sorry I have taken so long to come and visit you.
    Now it is time to wish you a Happy October - can't believe how fast the year is going.
    Sending hugs

  8. Dear sister,
    Happy Octobet! Time indeed flies so fast... I am glad to hear you had a wonderful summer getaway with your family. Love your photos! I have read Sarah's Simple Abundance each year since it came out, but somehow I've never saw your book :( I am off to my favorite bookstore. Thank you for this delightful post. I miss reading Anita's poetry so I am happy you are still posting.

  9. Hi Dearest. I loved seeing your holiday through your camera lens and your awesome sound track..... not to mention a few good culinary experiences. Be well, and enjoy what's left of the fall 2015. Where do these seasons go? They are flying by and by my schedule, the next post will be at Christmas time. xoxo


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