After a wonderful client meeting in Milton this past Friday morning, Sally and I gave ourselves permission to taken part of the afternoon off. It was lunchtime and while the air was humid, the temps were comfortable and the sky hinted of a Dutch Master’s hand.
We drove straight to Farnham’s in Ipswich for fried clams and a lobster roll. While other’s may say Woodman’s or the Clam Shack up the street have the best fried clams, Sally and I have always loved the lightly breaded style of Farnham’s. And the view of the Essex Salt Marsh is beyond compare.
Our appetites satisfied, we hopped in the car and drove a very short distance north on Rt. 133 for a walk on the Allyn Cox Reservation, headquarters of the Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust. The reservation consists of 26 acres of land, salt marsh and river frontage on the Essex River.
We took the short walk to the Essex River, where we could see Choate Island and the back of Crane Beach and the Crane Estate, a Trustees of Reservations property.
We reminded ourselves to take the Essex River cruise next time…
Back at the car, we decided to drop in on one of favorite North Shore antique shops, Andrew Spindler Antiques. Allen has an eye for the very special and unique, regardless of period or style. Visiting his shop is always a wonderful adventure of discovery and surprise. We never know what we will find when we walk thru his front door.
FAB bronze brackets on the front stoop!!!
Devine regency Style painted chairs. Mmmm!
How about these rare Folly Cove Designer prints? When the designs ceased to be produced, their sample books, prints and remnants were donated to the Cape Ann Museum.
Or this early two piece table? Might fit perfectly into the Belgian Style kitchen we’re designing.
If mid-century modern is your style, he’s got you covered…
My absolute favorite was the huge French horse racing poster, in perfect condition.
And these little painted rocks…
I really wanted to bring them home with me…
We drove back to the office refreshed and recharged.
I wonder where our next drive will take us?
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