“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches trust.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll Plant a Rosa Rugosa. They’re very hardy (Rugosas are the roses that grow at the beaches!), beautifully fragrant, and have very simple needs. I prune them in early spring, and…

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“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.” – Beverly Nichols Take time to smell the peonies…Love, Nora

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“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” – Al Bernstein   Please be sure to download your free June calendar for your desktop! https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/winter-2015/calendar/   Enjoy! Love, Nora

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“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” – Oprah Winfrey (I hope you’ll walk with me!) Love, Nora

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It’s 13 below this morning here in the hollow at Connecticut Country House, and I’m catching myself daydreaming about spring, and about that certain smell and feel of fresh earth cupped in my hands. And when you find that perfect quote that truly sums what’s in your heart and head, you’ve just got to share…

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“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller This is my resolution for the new year. What’s yours? Wishing you a fabulous new point of view for 2015! Love, Nora

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Each of our three trees this Christmas has a distinct personality. From the biggest tree in the keeping room/dining room, filled with heirloom ornaments and special little mementos over the years from family and friends, to the smaller parlor tree adorned ever so lightly with sweet little glass, gold, and silver ornaments that for the most…

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”         – Marcel Proust Happy Columbus Day! Love, Nora

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“Summer ends, and autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” – Hal Borland Well said Mr. Borland. Good-bye summer…loved you. Hello beautiful autumn…hope to love you more! It’s time to move onto the newest Nora Murphy Country House Style Autumn issue. www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Hope you enjoy…love,…

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Happy fall…let’s make it a memorable one! Love, Nora

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A beautiful summer afternoon…time to switch gears and go for a walk.  And a late summer afternoon “stretch” with friends (on a visit to upstate New York) is even better. “I guess my feet know where they want me to go walking on a country road.” –  James Taylor Enjoy. Love, Nora

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“When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails.”   H. Jackson Brown Jr. Wishing you an easy breezy day. Love, Nora

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James I hope the new summer issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style will help you get into Mr. James’ frame of mind…enjoy! www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Happy summer! Love, Nora

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“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” – Oprah Winfrey Happy International Women’s Day to all you amazing women! Love you. Nora

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For all the last minute lovers of beautiful quotes (like me), here are some of my favorites that may come in handy: “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” – William Shakespeare “Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” – Leigh Hunt “On…

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The Road Not Taken  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better…

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You know the old saying, “When life gives you lemons…make lemonade”. Well, you can also say, “When your rose garden give you a few measly blooms…make a nose gay”! Late September and my rose garden is a former shadow of its beautifully full and billowy – spring into summer – self. Right now, the whole…

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For over 20 years now, Murph’s been getting up at daybreak and driving to Main Street to set up front row seats for our town’s annual Labor Day Parade. This year would be different. You see for 51 years, Newtown has had the most celebratory Labor Day Parade in the state of Connecticut – this…

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“A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll, British gardener (1843-1932) When I was a little girl, my father taught me how to garden.  I didn’t realize back then that he was teaching me how to live…

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Good morning.  It was 6 months ago today on a Friday morning, here in Newtown, 20 children and 6 of their teachers lost their lives.  Quite innocently they went to school that morning, and never returned back home. All I know, is that the last 6 months has given me a new awareness and appreciation.…

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“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is not what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955) I love the sea.  And this wonderful old quote always reminds me of just how much stronger we are than we think we are. Happy Thursday and a very Happy Birthday to my…

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As usual, this time of year (honestly, I think it’s more like all year) my obsession with flowering plants is truly that – an obsession.  I find it impossible not to quickly survey the newest arrivals upon entering my favorite grocery store.  My latest acquisition – white Marguerite Daisies. Potting up these beauties, it’s all…

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All antique weathervanes point to Brimfield this week.  That’s right – the Grand Pubah, the Grand Dame, the Head Honcho of antique shows – the Brimfield Antique Show really is the biggest outdoor antiques show in the world (and that’s a fact) kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th and packs it all up on Sunday, May…

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“Happiness is like a butterfly.  The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.  But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) A sweet little something to softly think about on a Wednesday. Wishing you a beautiful day. Love, Nora

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