blue and gray and green.

May 2, 2011

block island hotels bus stone wall fields lighthouse point judithpoint judith

the colors of the sea. i don’t remember the first time i read sarah, plain and tallbut these words from have echoed in my head ever since.
this weekend, a trip to block island for a conference. we went by ferry and cruised up and down the island’s hills by bus. i’m not sure when it’ll happen, but i think i’m destined to live on an island eventually. i’ve spent time on islands, but only for a few months at a time, when the romance of the place hadn’t worn off by the time i had to leave. but still i think island life might be exactly what i need: everything i need in one place. the sea to lull me to sleep at night and to keep me company in the sunlight.
what do you think? could you make it on an island?

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  • Reply Jane Flanagan May 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Yes! Of course, I was born and raised on one, so it's an easy answer for me! Not sure I could live on a very small one though… unless I had it to myself.

  • Reply Emerson Merrick May 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Ile o' manhattan.

  • Reply caroline May 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    love block island! i think someday i could live on an island, but for now i love the city.

  • Reply laura May 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    i lived on an island of 300 people off the coast of maine. it's where my bf grew up.


    but ferry rides in the winter are not magical.

  • Reply Pravina Studio May 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    It looks gorgeous! I hadn't learned about Block Island yet. Now I'll have to add it to the "places to visit on the east coast" list.

  • Reply chloé May 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm


    i could definitely live on an island. my husband grew up in the marshall islands and we spent a summer there a few years ago. i constantly crave the peace that i had while we were there.

  • Reply Janis May 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Grayed blues and greens…these have become my favorites lately. Calm water, shallow tide pools, a slightly overcast sea… x

    Happy new week

  • Reply Becs May 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    What beautiful photos! I love the sky in the third photo. I grew up on an island off the west coast of Canada. You could totally do it! Granted, my island has about 1/2 a million people living on it.

    One of my friends grew up on a tiny island with no running water or electricity, and when you wanted a bath, you lit a fire under the claw-foot tub in the yard!

  • Reply Emily May 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

    So this post pretty much seals the deal on us being kindred spirits! Sarah, Plain and Tall is one of my all-time favorite books! The minute I read this post title, I knew where it was from. I always think of that line too when I see a grey day at sea. "Blue, and grey, and green, depending on the weather."

    Happy Monday, friend!

  • Reply Lu @ A Mix of it All May 3, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I would love to live on an island. I think that a cool one would be better than a hot one. Stifling heat doesn't make me feel the "love".

  • Reply Monica May 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I think I could do it… yup. Definitively.

    (can you believe I lived in Rhode Island (Cranston) for almost a year and never really visited the coast? Shocking I know)

  • Reply Cindy May 4, 2011 at 12:06 am

    i don't know if i could live on such a small island, but your lovely pics sure make it tempting, especially the last two.

  • Reply Kayla Poole May 4, 2011 at 2:37 am

    "the sea to lull me to sleep at night and to keep me company in the sunlight…"


  • Reply Denise | Chez Danisse May 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I believe I could make it on an island. I spent a great September on Block Island. There is a wonderful island history section in their little library. I also enjoyed Martha Ball's Island Notes column in The Block Island Times. I'm a big local library and local newspaper nerd. I've often wondered what it would be like to endure an entire cold quiet winter on an island such as Block Island.

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