Where Did the Year Go?

I like looking back over the year to see what all I have done and what I have accomplished. This year I did a lot! The older you get the more you want to enjoy every minute! So what did the blogs do this year?  Blogs you ask? I officially have two blogs; the one…

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…

Have You Ever Wondered What the DMZ Was Like? Part 2

Today, we will be visiting other sections along the DMZ. I hope you read yesterday’s post to get a good start on the lay out of the land. Visitors to the DMZ must comply with the strict instructions. You may only take pictures when and where you are told. You must dress appropriately, no written…

Thursday Doors: Have You Ever Wondered What the DMZ Was Like?

Today I am taking LIBERTY with Norm’s Thursday Doors to show what I thought I would never see. This is a very large door, but it has been closed for a very long time. We are getting a chance to open that door between South Korea and North Korea, which might be one of the…

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…

Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

I can’t say enough about our cruise and our last days spent in Barcelona. One of the best decisions we made (prior to leaving home) was setting up an eight hour private tour with Barcelona Day Tours and a driver, who knew Barcelona. When the ship docked, Christian, our driver, was there to pick us…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Hearts, Tarts, Queens and Guillotines

Come in, come in. This morning I am serving coffee with a heart motif and strawberry tarts. It is strange how my mind works…..let me tell you how I got to the hearts and tarts…….. This week I wrote a post about Mardi Gras (let the good times roll)…….how the celebration was started in Europe and…

Mardi Gras, ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler’

Today is Mardi Gras, Let the Good Times Roll! But, what is this big party and how did it all begin? Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.  This ritual of feasting began in Venice and Rome and…

WeekendCoffeeShare: It’s About Extraterrestrials!

Welcome! Come in! Won’t you have a cuppa with me this morning? It’s quite gloomy and overcast out and a perfect day to share my latest adventure with you! This week I finished my jog of 97.7 miles on the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada. That would be the route along SR 375 in Nevada from…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 5

Yes, my husband and I both send out our own Christmas cards. When we got married my husband was in the military and  had a Christmas list of hundreds! This list was built from a twenty-four year career, so I didn’t know many of these people. So we established lists of yours, mine and ours,…

Christmas Special Writing Prompts: One, Two and Three

I just found this in my email and it looked very interesting, so I think I shall participate! Every day of December we will get a Christmas writing prompt so here goes! I will be doing three today to catch up! How did I spend last Christmas? It must have been a quiet day because…

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…

#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…