‘Til We Meet Again

 

Summer is winding down. The days grow shorter, and our nights are cooler. In the evenings, I slip into my snuggly slippers and smile as I recall all of the treasured summer memories we made with all the dear customers and friends who visited us in beautiful northern Wisconsin during the glorious summer months.

Although many of you are closing your cottages for the season, packing your cars and heading south to warmer climes, I hope you’ll carry with you many fond memories of your visits to Ann Marie’s…enjoying the aroma of fresh-roasted coffees and perhaps finding a charming gift for someone special in your life.

As I sit and write this, my mind is already bubbling with ideas for next summer…interesting new plantings to show you in my garden and a new selection of Ann Marie’s Favorites and Special Finds I know you’ll love.

The Birds, the Bees and the Butterflies

The amazing blooms in our garden have attracted a variety of visitors. Summer visitors to Minocqua wend their way down our garden path to visit us at our Garden Shop.  But a host of other visitors seem content to stay hard at work outside in our garden: A nesting robin is sheltering her young in the cedar tree again this year, happy bumble bees methodically move from the bright red Bee Balm flowers to the stands of Gooseneck Loosestrife, Monarch butterflies flex their wings on our yellow Heliopsis, and several hummingbirds zip back and forth as they fill up on sweet Honeysuckle nectar. A few weeks ago, a truly unexpected visitor literally fell from the sky: A baby spotted sandpiper apparently ventured away from his parents’ nest, fell from the roof next door and was wandering about near the crabapple tree. By the next morning, he was gone — I hope he found his way to the lake nearby and is enjoying his summer as much as all of our other visitors.watch The Jungle Book 2016 film online now

First Stop Switzerland

Greetings from the road. Our first adventure stop was Zurich. We landed and took the train via Lausanne to Vivey where we’re visiting my husband’s Swiss family. Before boarding the train, we had to stop and buy our favorite snack for the trip: Swiss pretzel sandwiches.

 

One of Switzerland’s main languages is French, so I feel totally immersed in French sensibilities without actually being in France. However, from my brother-in-law’s window I can see France across Lake Geneva. The lights of Evian (you know the water!) can be seen on clear evenings.download movie Madraza

I’m not sure if other retailers find this true, but without the inspiration of travel and family, I don’t think I could bring such lovely things to my customers. Just viewing the landscape of Switzerland through the train window gives me a fresh perspective and rejuvinates my mind and soul.

 

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Recipe from Emma

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Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the  first day of Lent.   Shrove Tuesday is mainly observed in English-speaking countries, especially the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Australia and New Zealand — and interestingly, also the Phillipines and Germany.watch Baby Driver film online now

Here is Emma Bridgewater’s fast and easy pancake recipe for your Shrove Tuesday celebration.

Off to Find Treasures

This weekend, I’m on a short jaunt to New York City to meet with several of my European vendors who daringly take a trip to New York now and then. One of my favorite parts of the trip is meeting with the artists from Deruta. Their pottery is oh-so-special. I hope to bring home a few treasures for our summer visitors and, of course, for our online visitors as well. Be sure to post some of your favorite European finds. I plan to have a few surprises for you, too.

New Emma Bridgewater for Spring

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I’m pleased to tell you that we have a few new Emma Bridgewater items to tempt you. Cute, cute, cute — that’s all I can say!

The Hedgehog is simply adorable. And there’s a new bunny and pony for children. Emma’s bakers are back, and the covered casserole is just the perfect size. Emma’s new Flower mugs — including new Wildflowers — are absolutely stunning.

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Meeting Rebecca Wood

I had the pleasure of meeting with the artistic Rebecca Wood, founder and owner of R. Wood Pottery of Athens, Georgia. Rebecca’s colorful table filled with her hand-molded pottery was really fun.

Since 1991, R. Wood has grown to be one of the largest pottery studios in America. Each piece is still entirely made and painted by hand. Renowned for their rich colors and simple shapes, and inspired by their southern surroundings, R. Wood also produces one-of-a-kind pieces, greatly sought after by collectors.

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Reflections of the Year

 

Dear Customers, Friends and Family,

Thank you so much for helping me create the Ann Marie experience. Your loyalty to Ann Marie’s and our products is truly treasured. If I could, I’d give you all “high fives” and big hugs as we welcome in the New Year.

I wish you all a very Happy Holiday season, and I hope that my staff and I can continue to surprise and delight you with new, creative, high-quality products (and guaranteed excellent service)! During the Holidays, I hope you can take a little time to sit back and enjoy your Ann Marie coffee or tea and savor special memories, whether they’re of travels to Paris, Rome…or Home to share time with family.

~ Ann Marie