"Summer is just a sneeze in a long, bad winter cold," Joni Mitchell once penned. The comparison is especially true in the northeast where cold winds can persist until mid-May and return in earnest by early September. The lesson here: take advantage of those long, languorous summer days before they vanish! While I tend not to read too many magazines during the summer months (too busy swimming, boating, outdoorsing) the one I do read from cover to cover is the July/August issue of Martha Stewart Living. I always find at least one great new recipe to add to my repertoire and I am more drawn to the gardening features than I am in any of the year's monthly issues. The 2021 issue is a nice little summary of summery to-dos and must-trys.
The July/August Issue
The Maine House" Basha Burwell takes us inside a century-old stone cottage tucked away on Hunting Island, about a five-minute boat ride from Cape Newagen in the town of Southport, about an hour north of Portland. Its remoteness explains its weathered facade and the many ways the owners have enhanced its durability to withstand the harsh elements without sacrificing an iota of its stripped-down beauty.
I love the 'tidal cool' of the first half of the Good Living section with its crafty take on bringing the seaside indoors, from DIY shell decorations and wreaths to napkin holders to centerpiece ideas - there's even a shell sconce idea that I thought was rather attractive and unique.