Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I'm Crushin' On

This morning I got a lil' distracted reading my own blog.
Entry upon entry about travel - and all the places we visit -
When I started my blog, I never wanted the blog to become one dimensional...
I wanted it to be diverse and fun.
My initial thought was to share with you, the little things that make life enjoyable. 
The little things that make "my" life fun.

We do enjoy traveling, mostly day trips, adventures we can take in the car.
We never have to travel far because we live in New Jersey...the Garden State
and there is always something beautiful to see, or something fun to do.
Getting back on topic...
here's what I have been crushin' on lately...

Beautiful Tulips from my garden...

A Birds Nest Breakfast...it was a heart, the egg did not cooperate.

The Tulip Garden around my mailbox...
The hubs plants the bulbs every fall, usually on Thanksgiving Day...
I call these my "Spring Surprises".

Homemade Short Ribs on a rainy day...there are no words, 
this is probably one of the best meals I make.

Black Tea...
I had this at IHop and it was really good.

Enough Dill from my Herb Garden...


to make my yummy pasta salad.


Yarn...new yummy yarn for more washcloth knitting.

These Hydro Flasks
Gifted to us at Christmas by my niece Emily.
These Flasks are amazing, keeping food hot or drinks cold for 24 hours.
We use them all the time and love them!!

The purple one is mine,
* smile *
~ peeps know me ~

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Longwood Gardens - Part IIII

Longwood Gardens 
has an area devoted to Bonsai Trees
Not as colorful as the other areas of Longwood Gardens but very beautiful just the same.










The training on some of their older plants began in the early 1900's.
If you are interested in the history of the trees, you can read about it here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Longwood Gardens - Part III

More from Longwood Gardens
today we are heading back outdoors to view 
The tulips here look just like patchwork quilts...
keep in mind the brochure boosts that more than 240,000 tulips are on display.
If you missed any of the previous posts, Parts I and II can be found here and here.















This is a view of the legendary Main Fountain Garden.
Under construction for the past 2 years, it is scheduled to reopen on May 27th.
If you are interested in reading about this revitalization project, you can read about it here.
Back - right, The Bell Tower is in view. 
It has a very interesting story, you can read about the 62 Bell Carillon here.

Longwood Gardens is about 2 hours from home.
The hubs and I have annual passes and we try to visit each season, 
as the gardens are refurbished seasonally.
I feel so lucky to live so close to this beautiful garden,
no matter when you visit, the gardens will take your breath away!
But I must add that Spring is my favorite time to visit!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Longwood Gardens - Part II

Today, let's go inside the 
Conservatory at Longwood Gardens.
On display, 20 different indoor gardens and 5,500 different types of plants.
The Conservatory was built in 1919 and has since been periodically expanded and renovated.
Presently, the Conservatory spans 195,668 square feet or 4.5 acres.
















Tomorrow, we'll go back outdoors, here's an advance peek at the tulips in the outdoor Idea Garden.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 175 ~

Back in March, 
I took the new Nikon out on a date to practice using it.
I purchased this camera primarily for the zoom capability, 
for wildlife which was out of the reach of the Nikon I was using. 
The camera has a little bit of a kick/some movement, when zoomed in this far...
but I am pleased with the clarity of the pictures.






These Shoveler Ducks were pretty far out, certainly out of the reach of my 300 mm lens. 


Mute Swan


Canadian Goose


Male Mallard

There will be many more dates with Mr. Zoomy Nikon, as there is a learning curve for sure. 
Theses images were taken at 
Lake of the Lilies in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
A hot spot for ducks, geese, herons, egrets and all types of wildlife.

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