Nook Cottage: Hanging Art

    As I’m waiting for my sofa and dining table to be delivered next week (finally!) I’ve started planning in earnest where I’ll be hanging my art. I have between 25-30 pieces ranging from fairly large (30×40) to teeny (5×5). Half of my collection just came out of my parent’s house including several watercolors … Read more

Artlifting: Helping homeless and disabled persons sell their art

ArtLifting is a Boston-based initiative that sells the artwork of homeless and disabled individuals.  Trinity by Allen Chamberland The have just launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $20,000 which will will allow them to expand to five more cities across the nation within the next six months and to add sixty-five new artists to the … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E2 – Wining and dining in 18th century Scotland

In this week’s episode of the Starz series Outlander (S1E2) we get to know Castle Leoch, seat of the clan MacKenzie, and Laird Colum ban Campbell MacKenzie (seen above a dinner with his wife Letitia on the left). Colum has major health issues and his brother Dougal (who brought our heroine Claire to the castle) … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander Ep101 – Ancient Scottish castles

  The premier episode of “Outlander” on Starz has finally aired and it was really, really good and very true to the book. By the end of the first episode, the protagonist Claire Beauchamp Randall has “fallen through time” leaving behind her 20th century husband to wonder what happened to her and falling into the … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander on Starz

For twenty years I’ve been reading, and rereading, Diana Gabaldon’s epic adventure series “Outlander”. They are, as I like to describe them, “bodice ripping, time traveling, romantic historical fictions, filled with warrior poets in a kilt, a take charge heroine, blood, guts, gore and more.” Really, they defy easy description. This is not just chick … Read more