Only Five Minutes More . . .

For starters, you need some . . . Frank!  MUSICA  Only Five Minutes more . . . or maybe we’ll take the whole weekend!

Hello Everyone

How are you?  Everything is good here . . . this music makes me so happy!  I’m still chugging away on the new book.  The first one goes to the printer on June 15 ~ we’ll see if I make it!  I’m still painting and adding photos and art to the pages. I decided yesterday it’s a very good sign that when I find the perfect quote for the perfect spot, I get tears in my eyes (sort of like I do at the end of a really good movie).  I can’t wait to show it to you!  

frolicking cat bird

But in the meantime, I thought we’d let our drawing for the giveaway go for a few more days . . . we have lots of books to give away!  I just want to make sure everyone’s had a chance to sign up.  So, if you haven’t, be sure to leave a comment, we’re giving away 10 of my new book, coming in August called THE FAIRY TALE GIRL ~ you can read all about it in the post just below this one.  By the way, did you catch it ~ on the edge of the new cover?  That the flowers are all missing a petal?  “He loves me, he loves me not . . .”  It’s a little clue.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share somemore Vineyard spring.  Birds are frolicking in our birdbath.  So fun to watch.  Only one out of three of those is real ~ the one surrounding himself in water drops.

Lily of the Valley

 Joe’s favorite flower is in bloom, the Lily of the Valley . . . thank you again to Mrs. Bowditch, the woman who owned our house from 1949 to 1980 ~ she left such a treasure for us. Funny how you can get to know a person like I’ve gotten to know the Bowditches, from the things they’ve left behind.

bouquet Lily of the Valley

I always have to bring in a little bouquet for the kitchen table . . . so we can bury our noses in them every so often.

Vintage Vase with Lily of the Valley

Like little bells . . .


Yes, when I get a good subject, I take a zillion photos!

Oh to be at MV

Today is the official start of summer here on the Island, no matter what the calendar says.  It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and literally overnight our town turns from a quiet little country outback into Vacation Central . . . people come from everywhere . . .

The ferry in Vineyard Haven

Boat after boat arrives . . .

Tourists unloading from ferry in vineyard haven

We like it . . . it’s a wonderful change from the quiet winter.  Plus we know it isn’t a year-round thing, so it’s always fun to see them come, and it’s always nice to see them go!  The best of all worlds. We have a weekend guest of our own to welcome off the boat today! The guest room is ready with Lily of the Valley as a welcome greeting.

Memorial Day Martha's Vineyard

And this is the event that happens every year on the Friday before Memorial Day ~ today!  A wonderful old tradition called The Children’s Walk to the Sea ~ it’s been going on here since the 1870s.  The Vineyard Haven Grammar School is just up the street from our house, so we get a birds-eye view of the parade every year as it passes by our house.  Isn’t it adorable? First comes the kindergarteners, followed by the 1st grade, on up to the 8th graders, and all their teachers too.

Children's Walk to the Sea Martha's Vineyard

And it comes complete with a marching band and George M. Cohan musica!

Memorial Day Parade Vineyard Haven

And, adorable children, carrying flags and bouquets of flowers.  They march through town, down to the water, where they throw their flowers into the sea in memory of those who have fought and died for our country.

Girl Kitty

Girl Kitty keeps an eye out for the kids!

my garden

And here’s our kitchen garden . . . Joe’s been raking and getting it ready while I’m inside “directing”  from my studio window! We’ll have strawberries soon if the catbirds leave us some! Time to plant tomatoes and lettuce and lemon thyme . . .


Our garden, though small, always makes us happy ~ it’s just enough to give us that “thank goodness it’s spring” feeling.  You can read more about it HERE:   Here are the basic elements that made it happen:



And look at this perky little goldfinch outside our kitchen window.  Hmm, he says, I taut I taw a puddy cat.


Oh yeah. No doubt about it.


Jackie keeps a watch.


So a little reminder for the holiday weekend, be spontaneous and keep it simple and have a WONDERFUL time.  Here’s a delicious potato salad recipe made with roasted potatoes you might like to try . . .

Warm Potato Salad

I’m going back to work in Fairy Tale Land ~  and guess what’s coming on TCM in about 10 minutes?  Pride and Prejudice!  The old one with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier!  Perfection!  So lucky!  Have a great day Girlfriends.  Don’t forget, if you haven’t signed up for the drawing, be sure to leave a comment . . . we’ll do it next week.  Let Vanna frolic for the weekend!  You too!  XOXO Bye for now!

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646 Responses to Only Five Minutes More . . .

  1. Jane P S says:

    How exciting….can’t wait for the new book!!
    The lily of the valley remind me of my childhood home in Lynnfield, MA where they grew under a large willow tree. Wonderful fragrence and memories!
    Thank you!!

  2. Lynn Maier says:

    I agree with Joe– Lilys of the Valley are so sweet- and so are those students marching in the parade. Thanks for brightening up our rainy week-end!

  3. Hi Susan,
    Having been born around the same year as you were I so look forward to your new book. Yes, our generation had a fairy tale quality in our beliefs. In fact, I still do, in spite of all my experiences to the contrary! So looking forward to reading your story!

    Best wishes to a great success in this new book of your life!
    Dixie G

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I think we were lucky for it, but then we also had to find our own truths in it too.

  4. Suzanne K. in Canada says:

    I love your blog! I savor the moment when I see a new entry and scroll down very slowly…just peeking at the images and then go back and read the text – it’s double the fun! I also enjoy reading the comments posted from the girlfriends. Truly a special place for kindred spirits. Thank you Susan, Joe, Girl Kitty, Jack & Vanna for bringing such delight to everyone.

  5. will be says:

    It’s great to see what’s happening in your part of the world as we approach the first day of winter (officially 1st June). Plants are slowing down and roses will need pruning soon. But . . . I’m so lucky as I will be missing most of our winter as I head over your way soon. Very exciting as I will be meeting up and staying with my pen-friend of 64 years! She lives in New Hampshire and I can’t wait to meet her.
    Happy summer days!
    Betty (Melb.)

  6. Julie Cardenas says:

    Pick me, pick me!!

  7. Patty P says:

    Thank you Susan for always giving your girlfriends posts we so look forward to & enjoy! I just picked myself a lovely bouquet of Lily’s of the Valley a few minutes before opening your blog & realizing you picked the same flowers today too! Mmmm they smell wonderful! Can’t wait to read your new book!

  8. Pat says:

    A day that has had major problems. I click on your web-site and there’s the song, “Only Five Minutes More”. My mother was a professional dancer and sang and danced to that song so many times in nightclubs in Chicago. I was filled with great memories and managed to put the problems away for some blissful time.
    Thank you. It seemed like fate. I’m sure your book is going to be wonderful.

  9. Mary Ann says:

    So looking forward to the new book. And it neatly solves a chunk of my christmas list too!

  10. donna says:

    you lift the hearts of others in so many ways with your talents. you are adorable in how and what you express. it is always so upbeat and fun! thank you for reaching out to your fans with special ideas and gifts! it shows how ultimately sweet you are. I have followed you from long ago, back when I would sometimes see your recipes in Country Living magazines.

  11. Elaine Wallach says:

    When the days of summer arrive, I think of you and MV. What a lovely and inspiring place to live! Your new book looks lovely and I can’t wait to read it! The kitties are so cute and so photogenic. Have a great spring and summer Susan! Thank you for the positive thoughts …

  12. Clare says:

    Lily of the valley was my Mother’s favourite too. Loved the parade. You must be glad of the sunshine after all your snow. Enjoy!

  13. Nancy K. says:

    Good Morning Susan,
    It is fantastic to know that your new book will be published soon. It will be my sister’s Christmas present and of course one for me! Also love the Lilly of the Valley flowers. Just had a vase of them in my kitchen, smelled so good. I really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks so much.

  14. Debbie Anderson says:

    Can’t wait till your new book comes out! What a wonderful treat.

  15. Nora Cavic says:

    What a lovely tradition for Memorial Day. This is such an exciting time of year………when everything is growing and “greening” again. 🙂

  16. Joan says:

    I really understand exactly what you mean about the previous owners of your home and the lily of the valley. When we built our home I had a new born and a 15 month old and my wonderful Mom brought one of her friends to see us . She brought small clippings of wonderful perennials and actually planted them for us . Now 42 years later we still are enjoying them and I always think of my Mom’s dear friend and her thoughtful gifts.

  17. Cynthia Perlman says:

    So looking forward to your new book! I would love to be one of the “Lucky Ten Winners”! 🙂

  18. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Such a happy blog…love it! The tradition & the pictures of the children marching to the sea, grabbed my heart! New blooms, kitties, birds, gardens, beautiful flag/house, children, yummy food & lovely words all get my happy on each morning when I come for a visit! Dear friend (& comment friends) thanks for the warm hug – you make my day!!!! xoxoxo

  19. Wendy Dahl says:

    Oh Susan the Lilies of the Valley transported me back to my childhood. Our house had Lilies of the Valley planted in front of the porch so each time you walked outside the fragrance was divine.

    I can’t wait to journey with Fairy Tale Girl’s story ~ what an adventure it will be!

  20. Rayma HallorN says:

    I love seeing the transition of different seasons at your home and the Vineyard! Lily of the Valley is one of my favorite flowers, but I don’t get to see it much out here in California! I love that little garden that Joe made for you! Such a nice thing to have for summer, fresh home grown veggies!

  21. JoEllen says:

    So lovely in every way! Can’t wait for your novel!!! How fun is that? Spent Memorial Day at the farm. Illinois cousins came in and we decorated the graves (5 generations in the same cemetery) with mom’s peonies and iris. Sending love to the four of you!

  22. Carol K. says:

    Hope I’m not to late for another chance for my BFF Suzanne to win!

  23. How fun to have the parade go right by your house!

  24. Keri Houts says:

    School is out for Summer here in Oklahoma! That means Summer Vacation for my three kids as well as myself. Looking forward to many trips to the library, the pool, and the snow cone stand. Can’t wait to sit on my back porch and watch the kids run through the sprinkler. Planning to reread A Fine Romance…anxiously awaiting the publication of your new book!!!

  25. Genie in NC says:

    I wish I were an artist. In a Rockwell sort-of fashion, I would paint you sitting at your table — busy writing, drawing and painting — and have a multitude of ghostly figures of ladies of all ages surrounding you (they would be all of us — smiling as you work). : )

  26. Can’t wait for your new book (s) – winning one would be awesome 🙂

  27. Roberta Housel says:

    I hope I’m not to late to get into your fish bowl for your book drawing! I’m not good at waiting patiently for it to be sold in your store! I do pray ‘ GOD please grant me patience, and I want it Now!’ I am enduring with out complaint!

  28. Heidi Larson says:

    Would love to win a copy of the new book!

  29. Kathy says:

    That Jack – he thought he was being totally stealth, but the ears and the very tops of his BIG EYES gave him away!!!!!!!!!!!! PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Lee Ann Alspaw says:

    I just love you blog and summer too. We are getting lots of rain!! we have been in a drought for over four years. Nice to see green everywhere but don’t like the flooding!

  31. Jennie Lou says:

    I love the Children’s Parade! What a marvelous tradition! And to have it pass in front of your house every year, (I try not to be envious, but I am). Flowers and plants left behind when houses change hands say so much about their history. We “inherited” purple lilac and rhododendron, deep blue hydrangea, Spanish Blue Bells and one spectacular, almost five-foot tall red poppy when we bought our house 20 years ago. When we go driving, I look for lilac trees left behind when old homesteads disappear, sometimes there are two a few feet apart, where the garden gate or front door once stood. Keep up the diligent work on THE BOOK, we are all rooting for you!

  32. Philippa says:

    Lovely kitty pics as always.
    Congrats on your new book.

  33. Carol from CT says:

    Dearest Susan,
    I’ve been away for a while but upon return was THRILLED to see the new book in the SB Store! Here is a present for you: instructions for the perfect picnic food take-along from the “Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook” by Cheryl & Griffith Day
    (an adorable couple doing what they love best!). “HOW TO MAKE PERFECT HARD-BOILED EGGS” … (Great to use organic eggs … they taste better and have bright yellow yolks) … Put the eggs in an OPEN saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer … Add cold water to cover the eggs by 1 to 2 inches … Add salt, 1 TBSP per 6 eggs … Bring to a rolling boil over high heat … REMOVE FROM THE HEAT … Cover the pan with a lid … Let the eggs stand for 12 minutes for large eggs, 15 minutes for extra large eggs … Carefully pour off the hot water … Cover the eggs with cold water … Let stand for 20 minutes … PERFECT HARD-BOILED EGGS! No green yolks ! Drain, peel, and set on paper towels to dry. This really works … absolutely delicious.
    Love, Carol Tra la !

  34. Carol from CT says:

    Susan what kind of soil are your Lily-of-the-Valley plants growing in ? I have failed over and over and over. Thanks
    Love, Carol Tra la !

  35. Laura C. says:

    I love the picture of the bird in the birdbath!

  36. Kellie Badger says:

    Hi Susan,
    Anxious for your new book. I already told my husband it’s at the top of my Christmas wish list! I enjoy the pictures you post of your yard and what goes on on the Island.
    Happy Summer!

  37. Tracy Byers says:

    I would love to read about your fairy tale…oh Vanna- please pick me this time 🙂

  38. Diane Harris says:

    The latest photo of Jack with his crazed “there’s something I’m going to get” look is the best yet! How’d you get so lucky to adopt the cat with the best personality?


    Diane Marie

  39. Maria Gulden says:

    Can’t wait to read the new book!

  40. Maddie says:

    Your blog always brightens my day! I think we must really love and appreciate all the same things (and I’m in my 20’s!) Reading your blog always makes me feel like I’m with a good friend, and my mom and I have adored your paintings for years! We always text each other when you’ve posted a new blog entry. Thank you for your positivity and for being you! XO

  41. Kelli says:

    Thank you for sharing spring time on the island with us!! Excited for your new book:) Have a blessed week!

  42. Jennie says:

    So great to find a post from you! Yay!!!
    Spring looks so lovely on Martha’s Vineyard . . .
    we seem to be about a month ahead of you in the blooming department, so it’s nice to relive all those brief glories with you.
    Looking forward greatly to the book(s)- I will savor that delight this winter when time goes slower.
    Blessings on your day, dear Susan

  43. Mary H. says:

    LOVE the Lilly of the Valley’s. Just planted some a few weeks ago and am looking forward to enjoying them for years to come. Thanks for your rays of sunshine you share with us. You really do make many a days brighter … Sending hugs from Arkansas! Mary

  44. Linda says:

    I love your books and know this will be very special and ejoyable

  45. Carol Maurer~~~~ Kennewick, Wa says:

    I love the birds that come back each Spring! We have 3 yellow finches now. I have a bag of their favorite food hanging out front on a bird feeder from last year without any of the hanging deals to put food into. Will hang a couple of plants this year. I also have a bag of food out back hung up by the roof. We also have a humming bird. I have the feeder hanging out front. So much fun to watch the gold finches and humming birds while on the computer.

  46. Ricki says:

    So refreshing to see your post this morning after a stormy night in Houston area last night. Not much sleep in our area and horrific damage. Thank you for the cheer you bring us. We appreciate it.

    • sbranch says:

      I’m so sorry Ricki, I saw the news today! Terrible. Hope all is well with you and yours.

  47. Emily says:

    Here in the Bluegrass State, our ‘lily of the valley’ blooms for May Day. A wonderful occasion to deliver small fragrant bouquets to friends. (Sometimes hanging them on front doorknobs as surprises to be later found.)
    Thanks for another beautiful post.

  48. Christine Devoe says:

    Love all the spring flower pics, especially the lilacs. I can almost smell them looking at your photos! I miss my lilacs from NY. Here in Charlotte NC they don’t do well.

    Can’t wait for your new book!

  49. Barbara Anne says:

    What a treat to pop in for a visit here because it’s always an enchanting delight – and often there are wonderful recipes!

    A new book? Goodie, goodie gumdrops!!!

    Our Lily of the Valley bloomed two weeks ago. I’m with Joe – I love them, too!


  50. deborah.t.norling says:

    That is without a doubt..the most adorable marching band I’ve ever seen !

  51. Pat Holland says:

    The cover of your new book looks intriguing. I own a number of your books and have been enjoying them for more than twenty years. I would love to win this book to add to my collection. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your life. God Bless You, Susan. Pat Holland

  52. JoAnn Petersen says:

    Liked this post. I have a yard full of bird feeders and two cats that love to watch! So every morning I open sun room door an fill feeders, I call it turning on the TV for the boys, they are entertained for hours!

  53. Georgeann says:

    Your new book is an answer to a longtime secret wish of mine

  54. Vikki Dueker says:

    Dear Susan, You are always thinking about “others” – Thank you for your kind and generous heart and all the different ways you share with us, your girlfriends!
    Hugs from the Pacific NW, Vikki

  55. Gina says:

    Excited for the new book–looking for a happy diversion while missing my boy who is in the Army. Love seeing how your little town honors those that gave their all for America’s freedom! ❤

  56. kathleen says:

    Hooray that Spring has come to you at last– the snowdrops!!

  57. Karen T. (California) says:

    Oh my goodness! I can’t wait for your new book, Susan, and I hope I’m not too late to be in the drawing. Enjoy your summer!

  58. Lynn Cunningham says:

    I’m with Joe ~ I’ve always loved Lily of the Valley. Gary and I got married in 1971, and I had my wedding dress made: it was a heavier silk material (can’t remember exactly what), light cream with tone on tone Lily of the Valley flowers embossed or woven through. Wish I still had that beautiful dress! I didn’t know then how to care for fabric for the long haul.
    Your kitchen garden is amazing ~ I love everything about it, from what you grow to how it looks.
    Those children marching down the street (I loved how they were dressed and “decorated”) seems a perfect way to welcome a new season.
    Have a great week ~ enjoying (with Jack) your bird’s eye view!

  59. Julia says:

    Susan, don’t know how often Joe checks his email on your tour
    site but I sent him some email on a venue where the quilt shop
    owner said YES! YES! YES! I sure wish it could work out.
    Anyway, you can delete this one if you want to. Julia in SC

  60. Julia says:

    Don’t understand your last comment?

    • sbranch says:

      Not sure which that is.

      • Julia says:

        About couldn’t care less!

        • sbranch says:

          I don’t remember couldn’t care less . . . what was it about? Because it’s a very rare thing that I couldn’t care less about something! Unless maybe it’s if Jack chews off the ties on my blouse which he just di, and now I think I really could care a little less. 🙂

  61. Barb says:

    Thank you, Susan, for parades & children & flowers & Sunshine & ferry boats & FUN !!
    My favorites are ALWAYS my favorites; Girl & Jack the rascal.

    Today, I especially loved your advice for sandwiches at the ready and small backyard garden.

    I can’t wait for your new book , Cheers, Barb

  62. Sharon Sammarco says:

    Ahhhhhh……..when I need to feel that touch of home I always know I can pull up your blog and be transported to my home town in Slippery Rock, Pa! An extraordinary amount of your thoughts, memories of the same things as you paint and write about are what I remember! I visit my family and friends as often as I can in Pa. But when I can’t I visit your blog and sigh….Home Sweet Home!

  63. Penny Hoopes says:

    Finally we’re getting the sun! Oh so glorious. Have had much rain but May is the wettest month here in Colorado. They’re still skiing up high in these beautiful mountains. Everything is so green. Thanks for the “free stuff” I love the spring tags. Love !

  64. Susan Webb says:

    Well, I’ll be. Slippery Rock is close to my hometown of Grove City. One of my BF’s Dad was the head coach of Slippery Rock State College football team. Small world even on your blog. MAde a sour cherry pie so have to go eat a piece now. Loveyour blog.

  65. Rebecca Walsh says:

    Loved the pictures of the Lilly of the Valley, my favorite springtime flower. Thanks for the ideas of what to put in the garden since I need to replace my rhubarb plant and idea on do-ahead sandwiches.

    Greatings from Denver.

  66. Carol in Kansas says:

    Happy Spring from the heartland! Love your birdbath!!

  67. Rhonda Cooper says:

    “The Fairy Tale Girl” sounds like a great read – can’t wait to have it. You must be feeling a million different things while writing – I am hoping you feel proud of this amazing accomplishment. You are such a kind and giving person who showers so many with your many, special talents. Not only do you inspire other artists and writers, you are always giving us recipes, gardening designs, ideas for our homes, and most wonderful of all, tips on how to live a life based on goodness and kindness simply by sharing your day to day. I am home bound with an illness that keeps me, a free spirit who loved my career of designing gardens, grounded now, guessing what each dawn may bring. I can’t count how many times your blog has lifted me out of myself and happily off to a neglected project or past time. All thanks to your infectious brand of what I think of as your “can-do girl power slant” enhanced, in part, I imagine by the magic of your island surroundings. One place in all my travels where I felt the sense of being at home from my first visit. I have not been at all concise here and if I am too late for your drawing, that’s okay. I will be ordering your books for my many summer birthday friends – just can’t wait. So great to look forward to.

    Kind Regards

    • sbranch says:

      You’re on time for the drawing, and I loved every word of what you said. My very best to you, thank you for being here!

  68. Debbie says:

    Love the Lily of the Valley & would love the new book!

  69. Debbie Powell says:

    What a beautiful post! Birds, flowers, kitties, patriotic kids – just makes you smile and your heart have a happy sigh. These are the things that are important along with family. Thank you for always reminding us of that. I can’t wait for the new book; it will be here before we know it, and it will be wonderful!

  70. Dena says:

    Thank you! Your blog is always a breath of fresh air…..
    a sweet fragrance.

  71. Betsy Brunette says:

    It is 100% guaranteed that reading your blog will brighten one’s day. Thank you for sharing your life and energies with us. I loved the comment from Genie about how she wishes she could paint you working on your novel. That would make a priceless picture wouldn’t it?…..with all of us looming over you as ghostly figures!

    Well, competition is steep for the giveaway of your novel but go ahead and put my name in the barrel from which to draw. Hope springs eternal with me.

    Hugs, Betsy

    • sbranch says:

      I love the whole idea! Your name is in Betsy! Just about to go get Vanna and get her started!

  72. Donna V. says:

    Thank you for your new book…can’t wait to read it!!! Love your drawings for all these wonderful treasures!

  73. Susan Lendermon says:

    I so enjoy your blog. Thanks for the patriotic photographs.
    Can’t wait to see the new book.

  74. Rae Ann R. says:

    I can smell your lilies of the valley from here…my lilies are up, but not blooming yet…can’t wait til I can snip a bouquet for my kitchen table…until then, I’m enjoying yours…thanks for sharing…xoxo…

  75. Annette K says:

    Can’t wait for the new book! And I hope I’m one of the 10 lucky winners!

  76. Traci K says:

    I’n so very excited about your new book! I loved A Fine Romance and can’t wait for more!

  77. Annie in IL says:

    You actually found a license plate from Colorado, of all places, that says “Oh to be in Martha’s Vineyard’!!! Unbelievable! I looked at that picture several times before I really SAW it!

  78. Loribeth says:

    Loved your last book and I am sure this one will be a delight as well! I just love that tradition of the children’s walk to the sea. So beautiful and sad at the same time.

  79. chris consentino says:

    oh! Susan!! here I am, commenting…I CANNOT recall if I already did one, but I KNOW vanna is cleer enuf to figure it out when I can’t. wish I had time to read ALL the comments, but have to wait till I make a he fruit salad, prepare beans for a 3 bean sweet-sour salad, and all manner of things….and….I’m tired before I begin….eeeek….but, anyway, here I am…..thank you! oh! thank you for the opportunity….as always….your “visits and messages”…… bring such JOY!!!!! takecare & be well. ox

  80. Elizabeth Schwanke says:

    Lily of the valley is also one of my all time Fav’s. The favorite place to place them besides the bedroom, is in the bathroom. The fragrance blesses me each time I spend time in either room. Four bird baths surround the property I live on. The most favorite to watch bath is the robin. I have been very busy getting the raspberry & strawberry patches straightened out & it will be a bumper crop for strawberries again this year. I place netting over the top to of course prevent too much ravaging from the birds. Its a gift to have a little earth to work in, and I’m happy to call myself a Farmgirl! Have a blessed Spring Susan. 🙂

  81. Gloria says:

    Love reading your blog and hearing about everything that is going on. The Lily of the valley reminds me of my childhood growing up in Orkney Springs, Va. at a resort called Shrine Mont. The lily of the valley always reminds me of fond memories. Also can’t wait for your next book!

    • chris consentino says:

      oh, my goodness! we live on Orkney Grade….not too far from Orkney Springs….which looks like a truly beautiful turn-of-century grand-hotel. we have not really explored too much yet, having only been here (from nh) for just over a year, but we have driven past several times. hubby does ski-patrol @ Bryce. other than that…we are blessedly retired and closer to our grandbabies in dc. we are blessed to be in a spot which has views, un-obstructed views, both east and west, so we see those wondrous mountains from every window. also, THE most gorgeous sunsets we have EVER seen. if you ever make a visit…you MUST drop in for a visit!!!! truly, Gloria…we thought the mtns of nh were un-surpassable, but te Shenandoah valley is out-of-this-world we cannot believe how awesome rt 81 is in early spring with redbud thru the whole length of the roadway. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! only downside….the WORST pollen and hay-fever ever!!!! it was sooooo fun and cozy to read your comment….just a treat, for sure!!!!!

  82. Marcie Downs says:

    Oh to be a lucky winner – keeping my fingers crossed!

  83. Amy Warren says:

    My birthday is in August, this new book would make a fabulous present!! I can’t wait to read it AND give it as a gift….hope you got the gift I sent you…sent it to your publisher. Happy Spring!!

  84. Judith Presgrove says:

    Thank you Susan for your lovely blog! I too, am looking forward to your new book. I love the “gentleness” in your writing. I live in South Texas, so our “Spring” sprang last March, and it too was beautiful with the bluebonnets and Indian paint brush. Thank you for sharing the beauty that surrounds you not only in words but also in all the pictures!
    Blessings, Judith

  85. alice says:

    Dear susan,
    I hope you had a great weekend. I am very excited about the contest. The book looks like a lot of fun to read.
    Your Friend, Alice

  86. DenaZS says:

    The lily-of-the-valley are beautiful. I also love the garden layout. How nice to have a picture of the garden. Looking forward to your new book.

  87. Kathy Phenix says:

    I love Lilies of the Valley. My grandmother had a lovely area full of them and we lived in the Naugatuck Valley in CT, so Carol from CT, they grow well in CT soil. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I’m being mischievous because Jack encourages mischief. Good luck on finishing your book. Deadlines always worked well with me.

  88. Lee Rose says:

    I agree with O2BATMV

  89. Kathy says:

    Thank you for your blog, I really enjoy the pictures of Martha’s Vineyard and your cats!

  90. TeriGrace says:

    Lily of the Valley….. it’s gotta be how Heaven smells! Was so blessed to have lived in an old Victorian Farmhouse for many years. There was the biggest patch of them along the north side. I picked bouquet after bouquet and had them for everyone and me! It was especially nice to keep a bouquet by the bed…..

  91. Jack says:

    Our nesting hummingbird is back on the nest in the garage again this year . This makes five years in a row…..three eggs again this year — don’t know how they can lay such large eggs
    ……anyway , now when I park the car , it has to stay back from that nest area because she makes such a mess , when feeding babies !

  92. Anne in Maine says:

    Lily of the Valley is my favorite Spring flower. They are in bloom in my yard too. The yard smells heavenly! Can’t wait for the new book!

  93. What a joy to have won one of your new books! I’m truly thrilled! Thank you so much, Susan Branch!

    • sbranch says:

      Hooray, Kristi! I love how everyone is slowly checking in! Congratulations! You are more than welcome!

  94. Judy says:

    Can’t wait. I have enjoyed you and your work for a long time. Each piece of work is absolutely wonderful!!

  95. Jennifer Farnes says:

    purely delightful to plant myself in your yard and gardens for a very few moments and watch the parade pass by. i would love to win anything by you….any thing. thank you for the chance to win…wish oh wish oh wish…..

  96. debra sewell says:

    Thank you for the giveaways. One can dream. Also glad you put a face to Diana. I have read. ‘A Fine Romance’ So many times. I love. Makes me believe in love. Though i have not been lucky. My heart ravaged too much. So reading of your happiness makes my heart lighter. So i love all the photos..stories and recipes. Bye.


  97. Pam says:

    Hi Susan!
    Happy, happy, happy to catch up with you here. I hope you are having a lovely Friday!

  98. alisa mcgrath says:

    Hi Susan, I can’t wait for your new book. I have every single book you’ve done. And the calenders, stickers, day books, recipe books, address books and stationary too. Oh and one of your tea cups. The only thing I can’t find is your fabric. I love your art and style. Thank you for all you do for your fans. Sincerely, Alisa

  99. Marge says:

    Looking forward to the new book… exciting. The photo of Jack peering over the table is just precious.

  100. Joan Parker says:

    Looking forward to your new book. I posted a comment but can’t find it so here is another. Want to know if you have seen the BBC series Larkrise to Candleford on public tv? I just adore it because it is about the common people in 1880’s England. I can relate to this more than Downtown Abbly.
    Joan Parker

    • sbranch says:

      I think I did, but it’s been a long time . . . I should refresh myself! Can’t really get enough of that kind of “entertainment” — watching I Capture the Castle right now as I work on the book. (Or rather, listening to it while I paint.)

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