Madeline's House

"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines ..."

This weekend I stayed in Madeline's house, or rather-Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center. The retreat center was once a former vacation house for a wealthy New Yorker, Ethan Allan (not the same one my chairs are from). Thankfully, this historic home has been preserved and she sits pretty in pink on the beautiful Lake Cochichewick in North Andover.  In the one year I have lived in Boston, Massachusetts, North Andover has certainly been the prettiest place I have visited in the state. 

Six in the morning never looked so good!

There is something about sitting alone by a lake, or really any body of water, that bring such peace, serenity, and clear headed-ness. I felt like the two hours I spent sitting by the water gave me the same feeling a two week vacation would. 

One, two, I spy canoes.

Spending time in the woods and by the lake brought me back to my childhood. All I was missing were my two siblings, our big dog rightfully named Sampson, and 24 chickens. Thinking back and remembering long summer days and my age of reading Madeline brought me so much happiness and joy. I hope only to one day return to this place or a place like it, so that I may reflect and again experience the calming waters. Until then, I must open my calendar and resume the responsibilities of life. 

"They left the house at half-past-nine, in two straight lines, in rain or shine. The smallest one was Madeline."