Thursday Doors: Saint-Émilion, France

First one big doorway! We have arrived in Bordeaux traveling from the Bay of Biscay down the Gironde River, where there was sometimes only four feet between the ship’s bottom and the river floor. Yikes! Hold your feet up! The drawbridge was very impressive too! Today a group of us are traveling to the village…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Dinan, France

Our ship has docked in Saint Malo, France and I am off on an excursion to Dinan.  After about a half hour drive we arrived in the village square that still allows cars in it and a parked near a statue of a man on a horse…… so we learned all about him first. The…

Where’s My Backpack: Travel Theme, Branches

This year the trees look so colorful to me and I like the contrast with their dark black branches! I didn’t have to go far for these pictures either, they were taken in my backyard! And here is the same photo painted in the Waterlogue App…….. And the yellow-leaved branches really are show offs too……….

Cruising:In the Beginning There Was a Port

You have to get to the ship. That’s a good place to start on our first cruise ever………at the beginning. Deciding on Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer, the only 6-star ship in the world and classified as the most luxurious, was easy……it had everything we wanted and it’s all inclusive, meaning everything is paid for up…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

My last two posts have featured photos of Pinehurst and Southern Pines, NC,  deemed two of the best small towns to live, in North Carolina. I really, really like small town life. Less traffic, stops to sit a spell and watch the world go by, great community living, and plenty to see, places to shop,…

WeekendCoffeeShare: The Garden of the Pines

If we were having coffee I would tell you that last week I posted doors on Thursday Doors from Pinehurst and Southern Pines, NC. Of course there are many lovely doors there, but I could not pass up a walk through the gardens either.  I wanted to share those photos with you today. I can…

Thursday Doors: Pinehurst, North Carolina

It has been a whirlwind of travel for me over the past several months! Have you missed me? Well I’m back with lots to talk about and places to see! First, lets get a relaxing game of golf in! Let’s see, that would best be played at Course #2 at the famous Pinehurst Golf Club,…

Jo’s Monday Walk: A Visit to Sissinghurst

A summer in the UK would not be complete for me without a visit to Sissinghurst Garden, one of my favorites! This is the garden that Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold, made home. Vita was also a friend of Virginia Wolfe, Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group, which I have written about in previous…

Floral Friday

Short and sweet for Friday! Some sunshine for you!

Thursday Doors: The Garden Doors

Today, since I have been recovering from my yearly dose of poison ivy, I’d like to share garden doors from various gardens in the UK. What a wonderful and surprising place to find doors! The first is a garden entrance at Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway. There are so many different doors to be found…

A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my garden photos since I’ve had a severe bout of poison ivy, ha ha! Here are some three’s in the garden! This is just one of the posts for A Photo a Week Challenge! Why don’t you check out the others! So much fun!

Jo’s Monday Walk: Savannah, Georgia

It’s summer and we must have a  see of Savannah and all it has to offer! What is it about Savannah? Is it the Savannah River that draws our attention? Or the old warehouses to explore along the waterfront? Or the riverboats and cobblestoned streets? I think it is the Spanish moss hanging from the…

#MyGloriousGardens: The Garden of Ellen Terry

This week for my bit for #MyGlorious Gardens we are visiting Smallhythe Place near Tenderden, Kent. Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry, is located on a rural road, near Tenterden in Kent. Coming from a narrow, graveled, country lane from the Bullein Barn B&B, Smallhythe Place was at the end of it. Everyday we…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus on the Flowers

I love to photograph flowers when I visit gardens. I especially like a very focused shot. These were some of my favorites from the Great Dixter Gardens in East Sussex, UK. And I wanted to try the Snapseed App on this photo! Here is the original photo! And here it is using the Distressed FX…

#MyGloriousGardens: Virginia Woolf’s Monks House Garden

Today, I am featuring my second post on Virginia Woolf’s garden, Monks House. If you missed my first post, it is HERE.  In letters to friends Virginia said, “ The point of Monks House is the garden. I shan’t tell you, for you must come and sit there on the lawn with me, or stroll…