On the Grounds of Edith Wharton

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Today the sun was finally shining on us strong enough to warm up the air, and we took advantage of it with a little day trip.

Lenox, MA is home to many talented individuals, famous and not, and being in the area is exciting. The appeal is apparent. The woods are lush but not too dense, and the rolling hills are beautiful, even without any leaves on the trees. I was itching to get to The Mount, which is the enormous estate that the talented Edith Wharton built and lived in. The house is closed up and won’t open again until it gets warmer, but the grounds were all ours to roam.

I had been here once before, but I didn’t know who lived here, and even if I had, I doubt I would have understood the significance. The walk to the mansion was beautiful and sunny, and I imagined if Edith strolled along those roads while she pondered her latest writings. I like to think so.

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The estate is impressive, but the gardens are what interest me. And even though nothing is in bloom right now, the skeletons of all the dormant plants are beautiful. The way the gardens are laid out give the feeling of some sort of labyrinth, and the mysterious vines hang eerily over the old stone. I tip-toed under the arches and pondered what a hot summer night must be like here. I’m guessing it must be some sort of heaven.

I can’t imagine living in a place like this, but I’m sure a well-off famous author could. You might get yourself turned around, thinking you are really in some scene from Harry Potter, but a glance up at the home will remind you that you’re in the heart of New England. I felt suddenly very lucky that I get to live in this great state.

One can only imagine what this place must look like in the fall. Both times I’ve come have been off season, but they were still extremely pleasing experiences.

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Something I’ve noticed from visiting great mansions like this is that the grandness of it sometimes leads you to miss the details of things. I tried to really take in the grounds, as the next time I come here will probably in the summer when we can do a home tour. Today, I took my time and roamed amongst the large shrubs and trees. I tried to hone in on those little details, the things that we sometimes look over. Some of these little buds were stretching off the vines and I couldn’t help but reach out and touch them with the very tips of my fingers.

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Let me know if any of you frequently go to Lenox, or if you’ve been to Edith Wharton’s home. I thought it was incredibly breathtaking. I truly did not want to leave.

 

“Set wide the window. 

Let me drink the day.”

-Edith Wharton

 

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“I see the turning of a leaf dancing in an Autumn sun” |Newport Trip|

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I think one of my favorite things about Newport is the homes. And while The Breakers is a huge mansion unattainable by most standards, the craziest part about it is that at one time, it was simply someone’s home.

The other houses in Newport are fascinating too. They are all unique, boasting something different. They have differing windows and arches. The colors of them on the day I shot these were wonderful. My favorite colors are browns and grays, and all of this looked perfect with the overcast sky. I was swearing a big scarf to keep me warm and it certainly felt like October. Rhode Island in the fall is magical.

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The sea was beautiful too.

My new camera was able to pick up so much detail, and I am so so happy that I decided to bring it on our trip.

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The comparison of The Breakers (grandiose, stone, castle-like) and the other small houses around it are startling. But the tiny cottages sprinkled around the coast are just as charming with their stone chimneys and little gardens. I had just as much fun taking pictures on the street as I did near the mansions.

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Going back to Newport reminded me of when I was much younger. I haven’t been back in many years, and when I had gone back, we didn’t get to see all of this. I remember when my father lived down there and we would go into downtown at night before Starbucks closed. We strolled through the galleries again to see the new artists that have emerged.

I gained a lot of inspiration from this trip. Not only did the pictures come out good, but I had an idea for a story. As you may know, National Novel Writing Month is in November and I am participating! I was lingering around the story I wanted to write because I couldn’t decide on a location. I think I’ve made my decision now.

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I truly had a wonderful trip walking by the sea and bundling up against the wind. There is something wonderful about October, especially in this place. Old meets the new and people of all types can be found enjoying it together.

Have you ever been to Newport? Let me know your favorite places to go. We love Ma’s Donuts, we go every single time we’re in town. We also ate at Benjamin’s in Downtown and I had the best Haddock of my life. I’ll be remembering this trip for a long time.

You can see what I’m up to on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest, if you’d like!

-Heather

Woods, Woods | Periwinkle Gray

During my last Sunday at school, me and my friend went out for the day. I brought along my camera because while it was a little rainy, the overcast sky was perfect for pictures.

 

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This is about ten minutes from my school, which I feel quite lucky about. It’s on Cochituate Lake, and the moody sky reflected beautifully on the water. As spring showers are coming down, I’ve been noticing a new shade of gray that I love: Periwinkle. This is sort of a violet/blue shade that’s toned down to be grayish. p2

The water was so peaceful, and all around the lake were tall and gorgeous trees. p3p4

We also went into my all-time favorite store, Anthropologie. Fun Fact: The Anthropologie in the Natick Mall is one of the only ones (or maybe the only one) that has a corner window display. This beautiful painted wall was behind the window and I thought it matched that gorgeous color that I was focusing on. I’m always amazed by their displays, and I love that for spring they are using a painting theme. It reminds me of rainy days, which tend to be my favorite kinds. Walking through the store, I was happy, but it was bittersweet that I might not be going back there in awhile.

They had beautiful plants out and so many dresses. It was hard to contain myself (as always). I actually bought a mother’s day gift and then poked around at their eccentric furniture. The store always inspires me, even if I don’t buy anything (and most of the time, I don’t). It’s soothing to be around such beautiful and happy things.

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It was quite a nostalgic day for me, but a good one. It was the first Sunday in a long time that i tried to stay out all day and make the most of it. Now that almost all of my work is done for school, I can revel in my last days here. Hopefully I’ll have time to take some more pictures since everything seems to be blooming right now.

-Heather