Lens-Artists Challenge # 180: A Look Back at 2021

This challenge asks us to look back over the year for some of our best photos and what they meant to us, so here goes! They also reveal the things I like to do best!

In Feb, I sent a Valentine to my hubby!


In the Spring, we worked on a new pathway and terrace in our Woodland Garden……….we could never get grass to grow there right……….it was straggly at best, but no more!

My New Garden Path in My Woodland Garden in the Spring

My rhododendrons bloomed profusely for the first time in several years! I’m not sure why though! We’ll see if they bloom again this year!

My Woodland Garden in the Spring

An unknown, unplanted plant showed up in my Cottage Garden and it was striking! I hope it comes again!

The Beautiful UnPlanted Newcomer!

On one of our summer forays we headed to Nashville, TN, to admire the Cheekwood Gardens and one of the many glass sculpture displays by Chihuly.

Chihuly Glass Sculptures in the Cheekwood Garden in the Summer, Nashville, TN

Another one up close and personal!

Chihuly Glass Sculptures in the Cheekwood Garden in the Summer, Nashville, TN

We also went to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC to see an exhibit of props (Entire room settings) that were used for the Downton Abbey TV show. My favorite was the kitchen!

The Kitchen Exhibit from the Downton Abbey Television Series at Biltmore, Asheville, NC

We traveled to Roswell, Georgia………shopping, and touring old plantations and the Old Mill Park…………

Covered Bridge, The Old Mill Park, Roswell, GA

While in Nashville, TN at the Green Hills Mall, I observed this man get ready to eat his brought-from-home lunch! He had his music, his fan, two bottles of drinks AND a giant bottle of Mayo! I ask for permission when wanting a photo this intimate, however the man was so engrossed in his meal, I was afraid to disturb him! I decided on one fast click and if the photo was good or bad, so be it!

The Man in the Mall, Green Hills Mall, Nashville, TN

In October, we went to the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia and toured the cemetery at night, when some of the dead,  are re-enacted and come back to life to tell their tales! It was SUPERB! It is the BEST cemetery ever, for history, garden plantings, architecture, cemetery design and overall beauty. The volunteers work long and hard to make this cemetery one of the best in the country! Who would have thought that a cemetery would have sooooooo much to offer?

Re-enactor, Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, GA

In the Fall, the Soup Recipes were ratcheted up…….let all the cooking and baking begin!

The Beginning of the Fall Soups, CHILI!

Christmas  at home, every year!

My Library/Living Room at Christmas

And now, we are ready for a NEW YEAR of Adventures! WE have a lot planned, so fingers crossed, we will be doing international travel again! I certainly hope so! Cady

It’s fun to look through your photos! It brings back memories of everything you’ve seen and done! If you would like to participate in next week’s Photo Challenge, look HERE ! A new theme is posted every Saturday!

15 Comments Add yours

  1. I love your garden! And how amazing are those glass sculptures 😲.

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  2. What an amazing recap Cady! Loved the photos and the memories associated with them . Wishing you another year of fabulous great moments . Happy 2022!

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  3. maristravels says:

    What an exciting year yours looks compared to mine. Obviously, you managed to travel quite a lot despite lock-downs and Covid scares. I loved ALL you photos. Have another great year.

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  4. Toonsarah says:

    That woodland garden looks so beautiful! I love the Chihuly Glass Sculptures too 🙂 Let’s hope we do all get back to more international travel this year, but it seems 2021 was a good one for you nevertheless!

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  5. That cemetery tour is such a neat idea! It brings to life the backstories of those gone before us.
    Soups in the fall are just about my favorite things about autumn.
    Nice post!


  6. Looks as though you had a good year despite everything. The Chihuly caught my eye in the Reader because I love his work and we just saw the installation at the Phoenix Botanical Garden on Monday (blog posts for days). Your path turned out well and I really like what my mother-in-law would have called your volunteer plant. Here’s hoping it continues to volunteer because good volunteers are hard to find. 🙂

    Happy 2022.


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    1. Yes, it is a volunteer for sure and was so beautiful! Big and bushy withs lots of wispy blooms. I do hope you get to Phoenix BG! I just love the Chihuly pieces too! Cady


      1. Got there and now have posts for quite some time. I just started with a few shots today.


      2. Ok I’ll take a peek!

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    2. PS Is the Phoenix BG a desert theme?


      1. It is and quite something.


  7. The historical reenactor in the Georgia cemetery is dressed almost exactly the way my Daddy did in winter — brown trousers and a camel hair wool blazer (lighter in color than that shown in the photograph). Of course, Daddy always wore a fedora, too. Once he finally retired, he wore straw hats in summer.

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  8. What a great post! I’m still in awe of the glass sculptures. Excellent work done in the garden, and the start of your woodland walk look very enticing!


  9. Wind Kisses says:

    What unique and informative adventures. Yes, fingers crossed we see more of your adventures this year.


  10. Leya says:

    Thank you for a delicious post, Cady! In so many respects – loved it. Love your garden and the little unknown beauty. Of course Chihuly – whose work I would so love to see in real life – missed out on it in Kew Gardens because of covid. But someday!

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