Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Longwood Gardens - Beauties and Blooms

More Orchids - Lilies - Anemones - and beautiful blooms...
Longwood Gardens
is the perfect spot to wander around on a beautiful, mild, February Day.
Thousands of Orchids, so many colors, so many shapes and sizes,
it surely was an Orchid Extravaganza!

I shared part one of this trip yesterday, if you missed out, you can view it here.
If you are ever in the Kennett Square area of Pennsylvania be sure and visit.

February 19, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Longwood Gardens...

The weathermen said the high on Sunday was going to be 67 degrees.
At 10 a.m. the outside thermometer read 60 degrees...
A road trip to Longwood Gardens was in order to see 
The Orchid Extravaganza

The Conservatory was transformed into a tropical oasis 
with this 12 foot tall archway of pink orchids.
This was extraordinary!

Giant orbs of orchids hang over Exhibition Hall...

and this purple and white curtain of orchids cascades down one of the walls in the conservatory.

Orchids are everywhere throughout the four acres of indoor gardens.

February 19, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Snail Mail

Who doesn't love snail mail?
Mail that's not bills, not advertisements or just those annoying flyers.

I follow 
Stephanie's Blog - The Enchanting Rose
and she featured a few things from her etsy shop on her blog. 
I ordered two things from what she featured, items that felt like they were made just for me.
I got an email the very next day that they had been shipped and I was pretty excited.

Here's what I saw when I opened the box.
It felt like I was opening a present on my Birthday or Christmas.

Everything was wrapped beautifully with a pretty tag...
tags I can re-use in my scrapbook.
Tags with birds because she knows I love birds.

I unwrapped the tissue paper to see this adorable bag, this is one of the items I ordered.

This adorable pad was inside the bag, with the cute matching serendipity tag.
This is a bonus.

This Easter Table Runner was the second item I ordered.
The teas were another bonus, to make me smile.
And that sweet clothes pin with the little bid glued to it - so many beautiful extra touches.

She chooses the most amazing fabrics.

This burlap bag was inside the box also.

All these goodies were inside the bag, 4 stamps and ink...and another tag.
I thought maybe they fell into the box by accident.
- I hadn't ordered them -
Then I remembered other posts on Stephanie's blog and I knew it was no accident,
these are the sweet things she does.

It fit's perfectly on my favorite table.

The back of the runner is finished as well - it could be reversed -
the back is as pretty as the front, well, almost!

This thoughtful, kind note was included as well!

Stephanie's Blog
and her 
etsy shop Rose Petal Blessings 
stop by for a visit, you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 166 ~

- Valentine's Day was special - 
especially the drive home because we drove past this beautiful...

The hubs is an expert at the quick stop, pull over,
I am an expert at finding the camera and changing the lens,
because as you know, you never have on the right lens to capture the moment you are in.

I spoke softly and asked her to stay...

she did for a while but then scampered off.

She had friends waiting for her - aren't they beautiful.
When I see them I am reminded of real nature, 
that they survive on their own not caged or cared for by humans.
It is one of the only wild animals I see in this area,
and they always bring me so much joy!!

Sharing today's images with 
Eileen at Viewing Nature With Eileen 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine's Day

Around my house, every day is Valentines Day, 
so we I decided to make this one a little different than our usual nights out.
We dressed up a little and went out on a real date,
like we would have done before we got so comfortable together.
We had "nice" conversations, the hubs opened the car door for me -
and in general, we "behaved" and it was fun.

We went to our favorite restaurant,

and ate our favorite meal.

These pretty roses were on the table...

and this was the view.

We just share cards as there is not a thing I need or want.

Although I did order a tin of candy for the hubs, he LOVES chocolate.
Let me introduce you to "the dangerous stuff" by the 
Creamy toffee, milk chocolate, white chocolate and nuts,
it is simply amazing.
I gave it to him Tuesday after dinner, today is Friday and two thirds of it are gone.
They sure knew what they were doing when they decided to call it