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Transferware set to a Beach table and Longfellow poetry

The Secret of The Sea ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Ah!  what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!

All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.


Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;

And the singing of the sailors,
And the answer from the shore!


Most of all, the Spanish ballad
Haunts me oft, and tarries long,

Of the noble Count Arnaldos
And the sailor's mystic song.


Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,

With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines;-


Telling how the Count Arnaldos,
With his hawk upon his hand,

Saw a fair and stately galley,
Steering onward to the land;-


How he heard the ancient helmsman
Chant a song so wild and clear,

That the sailing sea-bird slowly
Poised upon the mast to hear,


Till his sould was full of longing,
And he cried, with impulse strong,-

"Helmsman! for the love of heaven,
Teach me, too, that wondrous song!"


"Wouldst thou,"- so t…

Homemade Ginger Ale & Parisian Glass Coasters

Who doesn't love a glass of ginger ale or lemonade after a day of gardening in the hot sun?   The kids and I spent some time today pulling weeds, mowing the yard and planting a few flowers in my container garden.  After the work was done we had some homemade ginger ale with a twist of lime.  Slightly sweet, lemony, limey and ice cold, this homemade ginger ale hits the spot.  It's better than store bought and easy to make.


I served the ginger ale in these cool glasses from Simply Abundant.  I've mentioned her fabulous store before for the vast inventory of tablewares, linens and decorative items they carry.  These are extra large goblets, with a nice weight.   Although these come in amber (of which I am a huge fan of), clear and the aqua.  The aqua just looks so summery.  It's such a soothing color,  conjuring up memories of the Caribbean and the cruises Shawn and I have taken there together.  I had to squeeze a little brown transferware in to.  I love this Aesthetic Mov…