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Three Seasons With Nick Haus

Apr 27, 2011

by nickhaus handmade and vintage goods

Nick Haus is the brainchild of Nick Heywood: inveterate collector of collections; designer of interiors, textiles, lighting, furniture and luggage; purveyor of vintage goods at NickHaus on Etsy; alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design; adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island; hoarder of books; defender of old things and new ideas. Nick spends as much time as possible at his childhood summer house, a red mess in the country. His guru is Ferdinand the Bull — like Ferdinand, he would rather lay in the grass and smell flowers than do what he’s supposed to. For the last couple of years, Nick’s favorite patch of flowers to roll around in has been his blog, where he records the thoughts that run through his restless mind. Go lay in the fields with him for a time.

As winter ends and spring takes hold, I start to lead a double life: I work in the city during the week, and retire to the old red house in the country on weekends. In the city it’s easy to miss the seasons, but in the forests you feel the earth as it warms and cools, the passage of migratory birds across the sky, the bloom and the browning of leaves. This is the story of three stolen seasons, lived on the weekends — in my case, one swallow does indeed a summer make.

I. Spring Came on Forever

The trees are bare but budding, the grass is brown but greening. This is the time to canoe through the wetlands and observe the birds returning from their winter vacations, plant seeds for the season, and learn the constellations before the canopy of the sky is covered with leaves. You prepare for rain and plan to be out most of the day, watching things grow. At night, read about Paris in the spring and snuggle up under a nice itchy blanket.

II. Smiles of a Summer Night

Blossoms have come at last, and a gradual sun-induced stupor takes over. The new laissez-faire attitude you’re affecting is helped along nicely with all the g & t’s you insist on drinking (to keep malaria at bay, of course). In the cool early morning you collect ferns to press and nap most of the afternoon under a light blanket, pretending to read Proust while you dream about the secret lives of flowers. Appearances must be kept up, and you sometimes find the energy to stumble around the lawn and play croquet or badminton. You would starve to death were it not for picnics, and when you make it to town for supplies, you wear the silliest go-to-hell shorts.

III. Decline and Fall

There comes a day when you leave a book out in the rain and decide it’s too cold to run out and save it. This is the beginning of autumn. The colors that fade from the flowers, the sky and your cheeks shows up again in the leaves of the trees. You pile on ever more sweaters and stay warm by splitting wood for the fire. In the morning you pick apples, in the afternoon you plant bulbs, and in the evening you wonder over the transience of things and read of fallen empires, all the while building up miniature cities with blocks, only to watch them topple. As the birds head south, you turn your attention to bats, and hang houses for them to hibernate in. A cold snap comes — you skate on dangerously thin ice — and your idyll is over. Oh, what a paradise it seems!

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  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 8 years ago

    Fun selections - love those go to hell short pants !

  • ErieStreet

    ErieStreet said 8 years ago

    How lovely! A beautiful story, and the collection at the end is very ernest hemmingway!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Well that was fun! Great items and a wonderful new blog to read. Thanks.

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 8 years ago

    Such a romantic!! I love what you say about the stolen seasons!! Great blog, I am off to follow it, I like the way you write!! :>)

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 8 years ago

    The other three seasons are far too short and winter is so long that many people around here wear their "go to hell" shorts as soon as it hits 0 degrees Celsius.

  • snookumsandme

    snookumsandme said 8 years ago

    Wow! I love these collections! This made me read twice: "At night, read about Paris in the spring and snuggle up under a nice itchy blanket." Now I kind of WANT an itchy blanket!?! Who knew itchy blankets could be nice. You made me believe it! Wonderful writing.

  • BlueRoomBijoux

    BlueRoomBijoux said 8 years ago

    Lovely!! Very nice "patch of flowers to roll around" as you say! Thanks for publishing this! :>)

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 8 years ago

    I very much enjoyed this journey through the seasons with nature-guide Nick! Like Nick, I love celebrating the unfolding beauty in the sights, sounds and smells of nature and soaking it all in. What a joyful way to live!

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 8 years ago

    Beautifully chronicled! You'll have everyone migrating to the country!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 8 years ago

    I love that "itchy blanket!" It makes me itch just looking at it. I have a similar one from my dad's army days, lol. Great post! This time of year (the warm months) are invigorating! Time to go outside and enjoy!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    very nice

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Beautiful story!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 8 years ago

    I need to go on that canoe! Lovely story. Save your mother, buy vintage jewelry.

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 8 years ago

    I LOVE this - what a beautiful tribute to the warmer things in life. I will think of it as I watch things grow!

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 8 years ago

    I love the stealing away to the country to feel the seasons. As a girl who lives in the city but is a nature girl at heart, I miss seeing the gradual decay and growth that come with the changing seasons.

  • woolies

    woolies said 8 years ago

    Want to go paddling on the canoe!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 8 years ago

    I could NEVER get my family to pose for a photo like that!! ;o)

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    I very much enjoyed the imagery. We are now in Decline and Fall. Thanks for reminding me to plant my bulbs.... it's getting a little late. Great post!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    Living as I do in the countryside all the time, I'm humbled by the folks who choose to live in the city. I know I couldn't do it, not for money, not even for love (I don't think) I'd miss the constantly changing variety of nature way too much to be able to be away from it.

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 8 years ago

    I just love this collection! Thanks for the inspiring!

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story!! I love this collection!!

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 8 years ago

    Love your life!

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 8 years ago

    I want a life like that! I would love a retreat in the woods!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 8 years ago

    Fun stuff! :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Beautiful picks, lovely story too. I love bats, I've been meaning to get a bat box for ages now!

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 8 years ago

    What delightful pictures you paint with your words!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Great finds, great post! Love, love, love!

  • GrandmasStash

    GrandmasStash said 8 years ago

    A lovely story, thank you for sharing!

  • BehindTheScreenDoor

    BehindTheScreenDoor said 8 years ago

    A great story! Thanks so much! BTSD

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story! The best of both worlds! I enjoy and love nature!

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 8 years ago

    The calm and peace of nature. Lovely!

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 8 years ago

    Wonderful blog post! Such a lovely way to live life. Love all the items as well!

  • sanmarnastyle

    sanmarnastyle said 8 years ago

    Really, really enjoyed this. Nature is the most beautiful masterpiece ever painted

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 8 years ago

    So wonderful!! Very inspiring! Thank you!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 8 years ago

    Great story!! I want that canoe and those "Go to Hell" shorts!!!! Love them!!!!

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 8 years ago

    HMMM!! I'll be up for a visit soon. Where exactly did you say you were?

  • auctionjunkies

    auctionjunkies said 8 years ago

    Wonderful Article. Love the Decline and Fall.

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth said 8 years ago

    Sounds blissful!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 8 years ago

    "You prepare for rain and plan to be out most of the day, watching things grow." Thanks for sharing Nick's story and also for including my seeds in the related items. I am honored.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 8 years ago

    super fun! love.

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 8 years ago

    Enjoyed your article and finds!

  • maggiem09

    maggiem09 said 8 years ago

    Awesome story! Love the collection.

  • anitaatetsy

    anitaatetsy said 8 years ago

    Feel like this speaks to mu soul. Sentimentality and love of family, nature, literature, and all things priceless.

  • cjbcollectibles

    cjbcollectibles said 8 years ago

    Nothing hit me harder than Nick saying "In the city, it is easy to miss the seasons." I feel like this is true in my life and can't wait until I can get to my little red house in the woods. Someday it will come true.

  • jenzee09

    jenzee09 said 8 years ago

    Very nice read!

  • missbmckay

    missbmckay said 8 years ago

    I'm so excited to get to follow your blog. I dreamed of going to the Rhode Island School of Art and Design.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 8 years ago

    amazing picks!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 8 years ago

    What a great story and love all the vintage items. Thanks for sharing.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 8 years ago

    Love the red house!!!!

  • pearldelta

    pearldelta said 8 years ago

    great items:)

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy said 8 years ago


  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Love those items. Nice picked!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    Cute map swallows!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 8 years ago

    Great article - I love the seasons, although winters can be harsh here. Now, we're desperate for rain - the sheep field is bare and we need grass: it's not even May! Love the tie press and the apple corer!

  • RevolvingStore

    RevolvingStore said 8 years ago

    Beautifully shared!!!

  • dreamversion

    dreamversion said 8 years ago

    Noble writer! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • RevolvingStore

    RevolvingStore said 8 years ago

    Honored to have my English press included with this guest curators story. Thanks!!!

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy said 8 years ago

    very nice!

  • halfmoonroad

    halfmoonroad said 8 years ago

    Simply captivating.

  • ScrappyTudeStudios

    ScrappyTudeStudios said 8 years ago

    As life (and commerce) has buffetted my family about the country, I find myself returning more and more to my country home in the Berkshires for seemingly all the same reasons you steal away to your red house... Please write a book. I promise not to leave it out in the rain no matter how cold it's getting.

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 8 years ago

    This was fun to read, thanks!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 8 years ago

    Love the lyric writing style!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 8 years ago

    Terrific collection. Consider yourself quite fortunate to have a family country home retreat.

  • AllthingsWood

    AllthingsWood said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed it. ♥B

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    Wonderful vintage picks! Your summer home looks lovely!

  • Tanith

    Tanith said 8 years ago

    Great collection of vintage items!

  • TheVintageHatShop

    TheVintageHatShop said 8 years ago

    Wish your red house was next to my country house! Love your article/images.

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 8 years ago

    Wonderful collection! Pretty home in the background!

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I totally used to have one of those apple peelers! Very retro cool picks!

  • pineconevintage

    pineconevintage said 8 years ago

    Beautifully written--I really enjoyed this!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    Love Button Pushed!

  • lmouer

    lmouer said 8 years ago

    Beautiful words!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 8 years ago

    This is smart living, I am inspired .

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 8 years ago

    Very cool.

  • LiveLoveCapture

    LiveLoveCapture said 8 years ago

    Love your writing and descriptions of the seasons!

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley said 8 years ago

    I'm grateful to have checked this article tonight just for finding these awesome 'go to hell' short pants ! And yeah...this canoe.....*le sigh*

  • PernillasSS

    PernillasSS said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story!!! :)

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    Secrets of flowers. ahh.. reminds me of a band : The Language of FLowers

  • HarborHouseVintage

    HarborHouseVintage said 8 years ago

    Ohhhhh i miss the country, Great story! Gives me hope that someday i will return to "peace".... Beautiful Home by the way!!!! Love it! Brian

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    Beautiful article, you can feel as you are reading that you are there, in the country! So vintage and sylish! Lovely work! All the best!

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