Adventures in Yellowstone

I imagine you can guess where we've been from this photo.  We are back from a wonderful vacation trip to Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.  This was my first time to see either park, even to be in that part of the country.  I took almost 500 pictures and I'll show you just …

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A Tablescapers Dream Store

While we were in Greensboro, I asked DH to take me to the Replacement China store just east of town.  I've wanted to visit this store for years.  They thoughtfully have provided a lounge area at the back with comfy chairs and a TV, so DH could read his Kindle while I enjoyed the displays.  …

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Quilting Fun in Sevierville, Tennessee

Traveling to visit and speak to quilt guilds is so fun!  I have a couple of hours to talk to DH while we drive. He is so helpful with set up and handouts, and it is nice to have him with me.  Last week, we drove over to Sevierville, Tennessee to give my Decisions Decisions …

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Program for Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Speaking to quilt groups is one of the most fun things to do.  I get to meet new quilters, talk with other longarm owners, and have a great time.  Last week I presented my program, Decisions Decisions, to the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild and I have to say that I was treated like royalty …

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The Raulston Arboretum, Part 2

Returning to the JC Raulston Arboretum, there is so much more to see.  Day lilies are prevalent in NC, and they had a number of beautiful specimens in bloom in August.  My home garden day lilies are earlier bloomers.  At least the ones I have left, LOL, after digging up a bunch and giving them …

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Visiting the Raulston Arboretum

While I still work on secret sewing, I thought I would finally show you the gardens I visited in Raleigh.  The JC Raulston Arboretum is maintained by NC State University as a study area for plants and trees that would do well in our area of the country.  They describe themselves as a 'living laboratory' …

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Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

Last summer, when we went to Florida to visit friends, they took us to the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange.  Knowing that we enjoy walking in nature, this was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  While I work on secret sewing projects, and it is bitterly cold outside, I thought it would …

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A Day at the Races

Last weekend we made a quick trip to Florida for the Daytona Historic Races, giving us a chance to visit our friends there too.  We all went to the track together for the Saturday races, arriving as this group of racers was on the track.  Mustangs and Porsches raced alongside other cars of similar vintage.  …

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Thames River Cruise and more from England

During our vacation in London last May, one of the highlights of our time there was a River Cruise on the Thames.  The cruise began near the London Eye ferris wheel, and took most of the day to go to Greenwich, have time to explore there, then cruise back.  The day was clear and not …

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Windsor Castle and St. Georges Chapel

While we were in England in May, we had beautiful weather the entire time.  Most of the time was mild temperatures, with partly cloudy skies.  When I did the poll, the second highest vote on what readers wanted to see from our trip was a tie, so we'll start with Windsor Castle and St. George's …

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Kensington Gardens

Next to the palace, Kensington Gardens encompasses a large parcel of land.  There is a small formal garden next to the palace, but the bulk of the 270 acres of land is given to a large grassy meadow lined with trees on either side of a wide concrete walkway.  This is devoted to public use, …

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Kensington Palace

The votes are in, and the number one pick to share from our England trip was Kensington Palace and Gardens.  So, today we return to London for a tour.  Today we'll see the palace and some spectacular jewels, and I'll show you the garden tomorrow.  Kinsington Palace is quite unassuming compared to other historic buildings …

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Back from England

Back home again, and now you can know that my blogging break was spent in London, England!  We've had this trip planned for months.  I didn't take my laptop, because I decided just to take some time off from the computer altogether.  We had a marvelous, exhausting trip, seeing more of London in the time …

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