Hello there. How’s life been treating you? Despite the rain, we have had some lovely sunny weekends, one of which was Grace’s 6th birthday. It was a wonderful little family celebration and Grace had a blast.
Since the color pink was her first choice for party decor, I bought home bundles of ranunculus! One of my favorite flowers and a welcome guest at my table after a long gray winter! How can you not love all those ruffles? To me, they are the next best thing to a peony, which by the way, are sprouting up in my garden! Can’t wait to see them!
After the party celebrations were over, I couldn’t help but do a little photo shoot with these wily blooms. Here are some May flowers for you…
I’m also in love with this beautiful vintage book – a recent find from one of my treasure hunting trips. Don’t you love pretty, old books?
Go treat yourself to a bouquet of fresh Spring flowers!
Hello there. Hope all is well in your world. Things have been a little crazy around here – good crazy – that is…but it hasn’t left me much time for my blog. I was grateful to find a slow afternoon last week and a bright Autumn sun in the sky. Our sunny days are numbered now, so I knew this might be my last chance to get out into the garden and take pictures of all the gorgeous Fall color.
Hello friends! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I spent some time in the garden and took lots of pictures. I’m totally in love with the wisteria vine that covers the trellis on our deck. It smells heavenly and looks so pretty with fairy lights strung about. The blooms on our pink dogwood tree are fading but they are still so pretty in the last light of day…
The sun has been a little elusive since…but I’m hoping to see it’s shining face again soon!
Happy Friday! With yesterday being St. Patty’s I thought it only fitting that we journey to Ireland today. I can’t wait! Let’s go…
Speaking of castles…you know I have a thing for them…what girl doesn’t? So of course, I found a gorgeous one for us to stay in! We are headed to Lismore Castle just outside of the town of Lismore in County Waterford. Map. If you want to stay at Lismore Castle you have to rent the whole thing out…it costs a fortune but I managed to pull a few strings and got us a deal. ;)
Oh and I have a surprise – I arranged for a coach to pick us up. Why? Because arriving at a castle in a horse drawn carriage is perfectly dreamy…
There is the castle up ahead!
Let’s check in and take a peek at our room and then we can explore the gardens.
So beautiful! Don’t you feel like a princess? Oh let’s stop in the drawing room and have tea and treats before we venture out…
We’ve been a having a lot of rain lately and well…honestly… it’s getting a little tiresome but I am taking great pleasure in witnessing the slow bloom of all the flowering trees. Dogwoods, cherry blossoms, camellias. I’ll take them! Give me some brightness and beauty amidst the gray!
This weekend, I plan on going out into the garden and bringing in some of these gorgeous flowering branches. They make the most beautiful display. Inexpensive, dramatic and inspiring you can’t help but want them in your home. Check out these gorgeous images via Style and Home.com…
Don’t you love the deep shades of navy, teal and amethyst and how they contrast against the lightness of the blooms? So lovely!
What spring blossoms are you enjoying where you are?
On Saturday, I took a fantastic photography workshop with Peter West Carey and I’m completely in LOVE with my new camera (now that I understand it)! I look a little silly walking around the house and yard in my yoga pants and sweatshirt with my Canon around my neck but I don’t really care. Every time the sun peeks out behind the clouds, I squeal and run outside desperate to capture the beautiful light. Here are some of my humble attempts. I’m learning and loving it.
This lovely camellia is the first bloom in my garden. I was so happy to see her.
My poor kitty has been very patient with me…
I will leave you with another pic of my beloved camellia. I played with some filters on this one. So much fun!
Have a fabulous afternoon and thanks for having a look.
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