Summer has started and I’m one happy camper! There’s so much to love during this fabulous time of year.

Here are my Top 10 summer loves:

  1. Gardening
  2. Picnics in the backyard or on the beach that last long into the balmy night.
  3. A perfect fresh tomato picked at the peak of ripeness, destined for a delicious Caprese Salad.
  4. Beach combing
  5. Hydrangeas
  6. Walks on the beach
  7. Kicking back and playing classic board games – I’m the Scrabble Champ at Connecticut Country House!
  8. Charcoal grilled anything!
  9. Going barefoot in the cool grass.
  10. Sunsets

What are your Top 10 favorite things about summer? I’d love to know!

Happy summer and enjoy!

Love, Nora


  1. Gail on June 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Countrysides, bicycle riding, chilled reisling, American Flags waving everywhere , fireworks, morning runs, dining outdoors, blue skies, fresh vegetables and flowers from the local markets and friends.

  2. Kate on June 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    1. Nantucket!
    2. berry picking
    3. garlic toast bruschetta from heirloom cherry tomatoes
    4. cookouts round the fire pit with friends
    5. gardening
    6. s’mores
    7. our small town’s 4th of July parade
    8. grilled vegetables hot off the grill
    9. ferns carpeting the floor of the woods
    10. the sound of the breeze whooshing through the trees

    When I lived in California I dreaded summer, because it only meant hotter and hotter weather…inescapable heat. But now that I live in New England, I LOVE it! Happy Summer to you, Nora!

    • Nora on June 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Kate and Debbie! LOVE your list…..Thank you! And thank you so very much for coming down to CCH all the way from New Hampshire for the House & Garden tour! LOVED meeting you and your beautiful daughter….and thank you so very much for the beautiful note cards! Love them!!

      Happy summer dear friend! Love, Nora

  3. Janet on June 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    1.) longer days
    2;) corn on the Cobb
    3.) fresh picked fruits
    4.) BBQ’S & S’mores
    5. ) flowers everywhere
    6.) beach & boating
    7.) seafood
    8.) long walks & holding hands
    9.) ice cream cones & Popsicles
    10) fireworks & sparklers
    11.) carnivals & snow cones & funnel cakes

    • Nora on June 28, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Janet!

      Your list paints the most beautiful image of summer…..LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing! Wishing you a fabulous summer! Love, Nora

  4. Michelle Smock on June 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    1. Gardens and Gardening
    2. Summer Festivals
    3. Summer Vacation
    4. Stargazing
    5. Warm Breezes
    6. The Sound of the Screen Door
    7. Reading on the Porch
    8. The Ice Cream Truck
    9. The Sound of Children Playing
    10. Thunderstorms

    We went on a summer adventure today to Simply Sweet. My son just got diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Thanks for the tip- it made the trandition easier.

    Here’s to a wonderful summer!

    • Nora on June 28, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you for sharing your top 10 Michelle! LOVE the sound of a screen door slamming….sooooo summer!! Wishing you a wonderful one as well, and all the very best to your son. Take care. Love, Nora

  5. Linda Ishmael on June 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Fireworks!!! Tomatoes on everything, fried green tomatoes, swimming at the end of a hot day, reading on the porch while it rains, flowers flowers every where, picnics/cook-outs with family and friends, blackberry cobbler with hand churned ice cream, NO COATS!!! open windows and well tended vegetable gardens

    • Nora on June 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I’m so with you on the “NO COATS!!” 🙂 So freeing!! Enjoy this fabulous season Linda! And thank you for sharing! Love, Nora

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