With the New York City Ballet spring season coming to an end this past Sunday, my husband and I got our first taste of summer vacation.  Since our free time is limited, we made the most of it by leaving on Monday morning for Block Island, RI where my husband’s sister and brother-in-law own and run the Old Town Inn.

Old Town Inn

The accommodations are charming, and the food (all cooked by my husband’s brother-in-law) is exquisite!  You’ll find breakfasts that feature home-cooked breads…

cutting the bread

And vegetables grown in the garden by the side of the house.

broccoli in Dave's garden

If you like dramatic landscapes and quick changing weather, Block Island is for you.  The day we arrived was overcast…

houses on Block Island

view of salt pond on Block Island

And by the next morning, a dense fog was rolling in.  

bluff in the fog3

bluff on Block Island in the fog

bluff in the fog4

The smell of the ocean…

ocean on Block Island

Combined with the perfume of the wild roses covering the bluffs, was intoxicating!

roses on the bluff

The views far…

lighthouse on north point of Block Island

And near were peaceful and ever so good for the soul.

rock pile by the ocean

Late in the afternoon, the sun came out and burned off the fog.  We went for a walk and passed sunlit ponds…

pond on Block Island

And rolling meadows.

Field and house on Block Island


two adirondack chairs the the Old Town Inn

You bet!


    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      It was a short, but very memorable, trip. Nothing like being in the middle of the ocean…and in the company of lively and fun family.

      Is your summer off to a good start? Do you have to play any summer MSO concerts? XOX – Joana

      On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 9:32 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


      • Helen Reich says:

        We have a few things we need to do….. We are still in our winter season. Nic McGegan this week, Delfs conducting Carmina next week (so we don’t need to look at him). We have some July outdoor things. This summer, I am concentrating on truly getting my ducks in a row with my soon to be transformed business….barrettes no more….and not relying on the Etsy world. I am learning a lot from my online course, Bossy Biz Ladies. You might like to take it. Eight weeks, at your own pace, and it doesn’t cost that much. Right now, I just started Assignment 3, and my mind is blown. I had such misconceptions!

        • Joana says:

          Hi Helen,

          Thanks for the long, newsy comment! I looked up the Bossy Biz Ladies (blog) and it looks good. I look forward to hearing more about your progress in the course. You’re inspiring me…and, as you saw today, I finally joined Instagram. I had to overcome my discomfort with having to use my cell phone as my camera (my Panasonic Lumix is so far superior!) but I do like that I’ll be posting photos of my illustrations rather than actual scans.

          So no more barrettes, eh? Are you going to offer just men’s accessories, or also some women’s as well? Will you still keep your Etsy shop? I’m intrigued…

          Gotta get off my fanny now and do some exercise! XOX – Joana

          On Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 7:44 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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