Vacations take us away from the frantic pace of everyday life. They relax and calm us, rejuvinating our minds and refueling our spirits. (now who couldn't use some of that?) I have found the most fabulous place to take my summer vacation this year (all without the help of a travel agent) and am excited to share it with you.
I longed for someplace tranquil, but I really didn't want to travel too far. I couldn't be away too long and in light of today's uncertain economy, cost would have to be a factor. So I asked myself, "where would I most like to be ?".... and as always, (being a Pisces) "by the water" was my first choice. So, in July, I will be taking some time, to just relax.
I will be visiting (inside) the wonderful pages of the newly published book by Barbara Jacksier entitled "Waterside Cottages" (now, doesn't the title alone suggest the most serene of settings?)It is here where I will kick off my shoes, curl up in my comfy chair and experience sheer waterside bliss (and with no mosquitos). I look forward to enjoying the beauty of nature, while visiting the lovely homes of those fortunate people (whom I call "lucky ducks" ) who live by the water. I will gather decorating ideas as plentiful as the shells I have picked up on previous beach vacations and without a single grain of sand in my shoe. The cost is minimal (around $25) and I can return there again and again, at my whim, to revisit the calming atmosphere and quiet solitude.
- a website that is sure to inspire with photographs, articles, recipes and even craft ideas. (where does she get the time?) If you hurry, you may still be able to purchase an autographed copy of her book there.
Barbara Jacksier has best been known for her work as editor of many well-known decorating magazines (Country Style, Romantic Country, Country Victorian, to name a few). Wanting to fulfill a dream of writing her own books, she has teamed with talented photographer Dan Mayers to bring us this wonderful gift of ultimate tranquility. I encourage you to treat yourself to a well deserved vacation this summer, and visit Waterside Cottages. You can stay as long as you like, and even take some inspiration home.