Six On Saturday: Books and Gardens or Gardens and Books?

When I left on vacation one year I looked over my list and just glanced at a title I had placed in my wish list book pile. So I downloaded The Butterfly Garden by Dot Richardson, not bothering to read an excerpt, believing I had done so before I put it on my wish list and just…

Six On Saturday, What’s New With You This Year?

Happy New Year to all my SOS friends! It is good to be back in the swing of things! I finally know what day it is! To mark the occasion I went out into my garden this morning in my pjs to take some photos! The good thing is my neighbors were already up and at ’em…

T’Was Days Before Christmas and in the Fourth Ward……

I can’t think of anything I like better to do than to go on a Christmas Walk and Home Tour during the Holidays. We have a favorite spot in Charlotte in the Fourth Ward. What began as a neighborhood potluck dinner crawl for neighbors over 41 years ago, has evolved into a vibrant, festive celebration…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate, Part Two

We’re back for our last viewing of the Biltmore House before we move on to more Christmas outings……..now let’s see where did we leave off? Oh yes, George Vanderbilt was moving into his new home which included 250 rooms with 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65  fireplaces,  and 3 kitchens. There also was the ultra modern…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate

After a short visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington Vanderbilt II, found the perfect location for his COUNTRY HOME! Biltmore Estate is a large (6,950 acres or 11 square miles), private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Chateau-style mansion built between 1889 and 1895 and is…

WeekendCoffeeShare at Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

Today, for the WeekendCoffeeShare, I am sharing my photos from Asheville, NC, at the famous Biltmore Estate, built for George Washington Vanderbilt.  As a grandson of famed industrialist and philanthropist, Cornelius Vanderbilt, George came from one of America’s best-known families. In the 1880s, at the height of the Gilded Age (a time of rapid economic growth),…

Six on Saturday at Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

We have had a few “outings” this month. One, was to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. I always wanted to see the house and grounds at Christmas when everything would be decked out for the holidays. Buying our tickets six months in advance, you deal with the weather you get that day! Fortunately,  we…

Napoleon on Elba Island, Italy

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military leader, who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century. He quickly rose to fame during the French Revolution, after seizing power and crowned himself emperor in 1804. He was shrewd, ambitious and a skilled military strategist, who successfully waged war against many European nations and expanded…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Help Wanted

Good Morning everyone! If we were having coffee this morning you would have to join me in the bedroom……….I had surgery on my spine Friday, and it will be about 4 weeks before I am back to the new me! So, of course the spring bulbs arrived on Thursday.  I need 145 bulbs plus planted….

Six On Saturday on Elba Island, Italy

The ship has reached the port at Portoferraio on Elba Island, Italy. Our featured excursion was to see the country villa of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled here in 1814. I have written another post about Napoleon’s villa HERE. Bonaparte’s villa called the Villa of San Martino is located in the Arcipelago Toscano National Park….

Six On Saturday in Portofino, Italy

We are cruizin’ right along so today I have a twofer! Portofino was definitely one of my favorite destinations on this cruise. The village and harbor were small. The colors were amazing. The flowers everywhere. So let’s look at my SOS! We walked up the hill to see Saint George’s Church. Cascading flowers and cacti…

Six On Saturday in Nice, France

We can’t leave Nice without a SOS! What is Six on Saturday you ask? It’s easy, six photos (six only please) of a garden (yours or anybodies else’s. This can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related) posted on Saturday!  So, it’s six photos . Of Gardens. On Saturday….

Six On Saturday in Eze, France

We’ve made our way along the coast from Monaco and back into France. Eze is perched on top of a steep cliff overlooking the sea. What SOS did I find here?  Let’s see………there were multitudes of  flowering vines ………… and flowers made of porcelain bunched together in beautiful multi-colored vases………. Down the cobblestone path to…

The Rest of the Best in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

There are so many excursions to pick from at each port, that it is hard to decide which ones to chose.  Do you want to concentrate in one area over a full day or do you want to pan out and see a little of everything? We did a little of both, but we were…

Six on Saturday in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Here we are! The ship is docked in Monte-Carlo, Monaco! The walkways and gardens are nice…………….. And there are rock gardens as you climb up and up and up,,,,,,,,,,,, Nice fancy pink at the Monte-Carlo Casino………. And a reflection pool across from the famous casino………. I call this a bean tree…………… And there is a…