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I was born and raised in New England, left to live in Florida for 27 years, then moved back to the Northeast in 2005.  Long story short, bad things happened and I ended up alone with my youngest son.  Once he graduated high school I was forced to move back down to Florida due to the fact that my income was not compatible with New Hampshire living.

I had greatly enjoyed sharing my stories of life in New Hampshire on this blog, but once I  no longer lived there, the blog seemed pointless.  It has sat idle for a while now as I’ve tried to figure out what to do with it.  (My Florida blog is Seashells by Millhill.)

Since I am a New England girl at heart, and it is where I learned to love knitting, I have decided to turn this blog into a knitting blog.  No one knits in Florida (probably not true, but feels that way), so I am channeling my sweet memories of the North, sitting in front of the wood stove while the snow falls, when I sit down and pick up my needles.

Posts now will be more about knitting (or my humble attempts at it) than New England life, sad to say.  I will still try to throw some New England stories and links in here and there for old times sake.

By the way, I consider myself a beginner knitter, and if you are beginning too, feel encouraged!  If you are experienced, I welcome your kind advice.

Pam

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  1. Tom says:

    It’s always fun to visit this place, Pam. I really enjoy your beautiful New England photos. The classic boat show you’re spotlighting this week is similar to the Woodward Dream Cruise held every August here in suburban Detroit. Boomers from all over the country come here to VROOOM up and down Woodward in their classic wheels. Wish I had your eye and your camera. It might make a good blog subject.

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  2. Thanks Tom, I appreciate that!

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  3. Kate Parrish says:

    Hi Pam,

    I wanted to get in touch with you on behalf of Ames Hotel in Boston, designed by renowned design team The Rockwell Group. Open for less than a year, Ames has already garnered many awards which have been given on account of the design team finding a happy medium between the building’s historical roots & its newly born modern additions.

    Three distinct art installations honor both the old and the new. The original mosaic, barrel-vaulted ceiling in the hotel lobby was restored to its original state. London-based artists, Sophie Nielsen and Paul Knudsen, created the “Mirror Chandelier,” composed of thousands of individually cut metalized discs suspended from the Romanesque-Byzantine ceiling. At no point during the day will you find the same reflection illuminated on the mosaic ceiling. The wall behind the reception desk features hand cast porcelain pieces as a constant homage to the building’s exterior. Finally, in the tradition of New England curio cabinets, the on-premise Woodward restaurant and bar present the “Cabinets of Curiosities.” Each glass box contains a New England inspired object, such as a wooden carved Patriot or a Victorian birdcage, lending an almost ominous feel to a time gone by. I’ve attached a few images of the hotel to this e-mail.

    We’re reaching out to you today because of your interest in design, specifically New England design and would love to extend an invite for you to stop by for a personal tour.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the design and style of Ames Hotel, please let us know ASAP and we’ll work to coordinate. We hope you’ll join us!

    Warmly,
    Kate

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  4. Les says:

    After reading your comment on my blog I had to do a little more digging and found your blog, which by the way, I thoroughly enjoy. I have a soft spot for New Hampshire. My wife and myself honeymooned there and left with lots of fond memories. You’ve just been added to my “favorite blog” list. Thanks.

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    1. Dustytoes says:

      Hey, thanks very much. I enjoyed reading your blog too and will have to add it to my list as well.

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  5. Editor says:

    Really nice photographs.

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  6. Libby Keane says:

    Welcome home, neighbor.

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  7. drgirl says:

    You are a great writer, my friend!

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    1. Dustytoes says:

      Thank you. I appreciate that you stopped to read.

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  8. Whitney says:

    It’s very fun and exciting to have stumbled upon your blog! I was searching for a way to identify some shells I have been collecting and making some wreaths with, and decided to do some research regarding them. Not only do I find photos on your blog of the exact shells I have been collecting (pink and purple scallop shells), but then find out you live in the area I was born and lived in for 40 years, and still have children, friends and family there – Peterborough! Definitely a small world.

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    1. Dustytoes says:

      Hi Whitney,
      It’s good to hear you have found the seashell info you were looking for. I’ve been very busy this summer and need to update this blog. I love living in the Monadnock region of NH. It’s a beautiful spot.
      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog.
      Pam

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  9. Tanya says:

    Please keep giving updates! It will end soon and I look forward to some beautiful pictures… I hope to move up there when my kids go to college it is breath taking to me!

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    1. Dustytoes says:

      The northeast is a beautiful place to live, if you can afford it. Between the taxes and oil bills, I am staying quite poor..! This winter has been horrendous and it’s taken a toll on my house. Until this year, I did not mind winter.

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  10. Cloudy2day says:

    Pam, I’m glad to find your blog! The photos are lovely, as is your knitting. I landed in Florida from the Midwest, and don’t know very much about New England, but am glad to know you are here too.
    I’ve found some Florida groups through Ravelry, but havent been able to meet with those in my vicinity. So for now, I’ll say, it’s very nice to meet you, and look forward to seeing more of your work.

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    1. Pam says:

      Hello Cloudy, I am thrilled you found my blog and left a sweet comment!! I only recently began to change it into a knitting blog simply because I didn’t want to get rid of it… and thought it would be a good place to share my knitting journey.
      I’ve never been to the midwestern states. I miss New England. I live on central Florida’s east coast. Very nice to “meet” you!
      I’m still learning Ravelry, but was happy to see a Florida knitting group. It seems to me that no one here knits… 😦

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