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1 day ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 0 replies · +2 points

Love your four seasons tour of Martha's Vineyard, Coop! Thanks for the lovely photo links.

1 day ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 0 replies · +3 points

Poor Soney! I hope he feels better soon. Thanks for the video link. Gia, our senior Dalmatian who is having all the health issues at the moment, used to have skin allergies. She is allergic to fleas, but for some reason we have very little problem with fleas in our particular location so she has not had a hot spot in years (ticks are the problem where we live, but luckily she is not allergic to them!). I can't imagine trying to eliminate all cotton items from your life, but maybe if you can just reduce the amount in Soney's environment it will help. Good luck, Alice!

5 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 1 reply · +2 points

I finally got to watch the whole video last night, and I loved the way each town on the island is carefully described. I didn't realize that Martha's Vinyeyard was large enough to have so much farmland! Thanks for the link, Deerspring.

5 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 1 reply · +1 points

Hmm... I had no problem with the links. Try this one:

http://www.susanbranch.com/photos-and-views-of-ma...

Could you access her blog page (which also seems to be the home page)?

http://www.susanbranch.com

6 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 4 replies · +5 points

Susan Branch is a popular cookbook author and illustrator known for her watercolors who lives on Martha's Vineyard.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Branch

Read her charming "MV Love Letter" from her website for a fabulous heartfelt description of the "Isle of Dreams" (it sounds heavenly!):

http://www.susanbranch.com/marthas-vineyard-thing...

Then check out her "Visiting Martha's Vineyard" page links for even more information and gorgeous photos. Better yet, take a look at the entire website, much of which is devoted to describing her life on Martha's Vineyard. Once you do, chances are you will want to move there and become a permanent resident too!

6 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 3 replies · +5 points

Ready to do some gourmet autumn foraging on Martha's Vineyard?

http://kitchenporch.com/culinary-experiences/inde...

For $379, you will learn how to identify, harvest,and prepare nature's fall bounty available on the island! The class runs from October 24-26 and includes five meals, presumably incorporating some of your harvest. If you need a place to stay, a "beautiful retreat" in the heart of Edgartown has been reserved - a room with private bath costs $308 per person for two nights.

I would love to take that course just to learn how to take a bite out of Smilax (a despicable thorny weed abundant in our neck of the woods, and the first image in their photo gallery).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smilax

1 week ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 5 replies · +6 points

Years ago, I lived on St. John, one of the US Virgin Islands. Grocery shopping meant driving the Jeep to the ferry, taking the 1/2 hour ferry ride to St. Thomas, getting an island taxi to the shopping center (unless good friends were willing to pick me up), loading all the groceries for a week into sturdy canvas bags that could withstand much carting about, and then repeating the process in reverse for the trip back. My parking place at the house where I was staying was a good distance away from the house, so the canvas bags then had to be toted uphill to the house (thank goodness I was only shopping for one at the time). I think carrying groceries from the garage to the kitchen in the 2015 DH is just not that much of a hardship!

1 week ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 0 replies · +8 points

Thanks for the links, Virginia. There is so much to admire about this house. Right now I'm loving the symmetry of the exterior, the cedar shingles, the bluestone patios (and no wooden decks, which we have found from personal experience require a lot of maintenance), the cupola, the dormer window skylights in the great room, the stone fireplaces, the huge closet/dressing room combination in the master suite -- I could go on and on, but I think that's plenty for now! I can't wait to find out more details about the interior as soon as the photos of the completed home are released.

3 weeks ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2015 L... · 1 reply · +3 points

This one is no longer on the market, but there are some lovely interior shots:

http://capecod.curbed.com/archives/2012/09/28/how...

3 weeks ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2015 L... · 0 replies · +7 points

Thanks for the link, DeerSpring! The DH is pretty easy to spot on Google Maps. There is some sort of large pond behind the house, which is the water others have been seeing. I hope we get some construction photos soon!