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),…

Last Day in Columbus, Georgia

We have seen a great deal in Columbus and we have been busy! Isn’t this a great city? I think so. From the historic areas of fine architecture and antebellum homes to gardens and parks and oh, that beautiful river! I loved learning about the history of the city too! A lot has gone on…

Columbus, Georgia: The Chattahoochee Riverwalk

I have Georgia on my mind, do you? Today in my 4th post about Columbia, Georgia and today we are walking on The Chattahoochee Riverwalk. This is a 22-mile walking and biking trail along the Chattahoochee River that spans from the riverfront from the Lake Oliver city marina, south to the National Infantry Museum.  Today…

Thursday Doors: Historic Columbus, Georgia

This post is the Third in a Series about Columbus, Georgia! I am so enjoying this excursion and today we are looking at more Doors for the Thursday Doors. First there is THE SIGN. Please follow all the rules when visiting Heritage Park or any other park for that matter. We want to keep it…

Thursday Doors: Columbus, Georgia

Today we are going South to Columbus, Georgia, located on the Chattahoochee River with Phenix City, Alabama looking back across the river at us! Columbus is such a great city because I enjoyed their Walking Trails……..The Original City Trail, The Church Square/High Uptown Trail, The Riverwalk and the Liberty Heritage Historic District. Columbus was an…

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,…

Flower of the Day: Hellebores

Hellebores are my favorite winter/early spring flower! They are also called the Winter Rose, Christmas Rose and Lenten Rose, although they are not related to the rose family. I love this plant because it looks so good in my Woodland Garden, and blooms so early and then has an attractive leathery foliage the rest of…

Wildlife in the Desert Garden and More

Yesterday was Part One of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and today I want to show you some of the animals here and some more of the desert scenery! Stay on the path!  Remember 85% of this museum is outdoors! After moving to Tucson in 1944, William H. Carr founded the museum in 1952 with his…

The Desert Garden: A Garden With Free Sunscreen

Have you ever been in a garden that offered free sunscreen in the restrooms? Or where sightings and encounters with wild animals could occur? Or where lightning occurs during the summer monsoon season and you must seek indoor shelter? These are some of the safety precautions offered during the visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum…