A Winter Walk

This is my second winter in Virginia and there has been a lot of sunshine during the month of January.  I saw a little snow one morning but it was gone by the afternoon.  Since the weather has been so mild I thought that I’d return to Colonial Williamsburg for a winter walk.  I’ve now been there all four seasons and it is a nice place to see in January.  There was even some greenery and I noticed plants growing in a sort of greenhouse.  Most of the people out walking wore light jackets and I was comfortable with my winter coat and a hat.  I started out wearing mittens but I kept taking them off to take pictures until I realized that I didn’t need them after all!

If you’d like to join me on this walk this is what we’ll see:

In a few days it’ll be February and then it will almost be spring!

Williamsburg

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Flowers for all Seasons

I’ve been thinking about this year and all the opportunities that I’ve had to see flowers while traveling.  It seems that each season features colorful and unique flowers.  Here are some of my favorites from the spring, summer, fall and winter.  It’s a nice way to remember the year!  I’m looking forward to the year ahead with new opportunities to travel as well as time to enjoy being near home.

I’ve noticed that spring and summer flowers are both bright and dainty:

Here are some interesting autumn and winter flowers:

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

A Williamsburg Walk

I thought it would be a good time to take another visit to Williamsburg and see how things look at this time of the year.  Since I went there on a weekend there were lots of other people with the same idea.  Starting at the Visitor’s Center I made the short walk to Colonial Williamsburg.  It was a sunny day and quite comfortable being outdoors and walking for several hours.  There are many interesting and unique scenes from the past and it is easy to imagine how it might have looked hundreds of years ago.   These are some of the places I passed on my walk.

Here are more of my favorite places.

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

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Travel theme: Inviting

There are some places that are so welcoming and friendly that they have become some of my favorite memories of those visits.  When I was growing up my family used to drive to the coast of Maine during the summer to go to the beach.  I had the opportunity to return to one of these beach towns recently and I found the same sense of relaxation and fun that I remembered from the past.  In addition to the ocean there are shops, ice cream stands and summer cottages that make a visitor feel welcome.  Here are some of those inviting scenes.

 

Maine

 

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Early Morning Walk

I’ve been spending time this summer looking for interesting places to visit here in Virginia.  The other morning I found a garden that is open to the public for a few weeks in the summer.  It had lots of trails and because it was early there were dewdrops on the flowers.  I saw day lilies that were different colors and many other flowers too.  The trails were strewn with pine needles and pine cones and that fresh scent combined with the flowers was very fragrant.  Along the trails were other plants, trees and flats of flowers yet to be planted.  This was a perfect way to start the day.

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It was a hazy morning…

flowers

On the Move

I’m still doing a lot of traveling in my local area.  Now that it is summer there are lots of outdoor places to see and enjoy.

When it’s time to cool off how about a refreshing pool for relaxing and maybe even taking a little nap…

pool

As the title mentions there is an actual move involved.  I recently moved and have now settled in a house here in Virginia.  These are some of the flowers that are currently in bloom in my yard.

summer

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Travel theme: Fresh

I’m starting to take short trips around Virginia now that I’m getting settled here.  It has been a lovely spring and I’ve traveled from Charlottesville to Williamsburg to see lots of fresh spring scenery.  In addition to flowers I’ve been impressed by the bright blue sky, the sunshine and the different colors of green from leaves on the trees to those on shrubs and plants.  Of course there have been lots of flowers and I’ve enjoyed seeing those too.  It’s been interesting to see spring arrive this year and I’m looking forward to seeing how things might change as summer approaches.  Here are some pictures of the scenery that I’ve observed.

Virginia

Virginia

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Spring!

As I begin to get settled in my new area in Virginia I decided to drive to Charlottesville last weekend for a visit.  With the mountain views, impressive architecture and the bright sunshine I don’t think I could have picked a better day to enjoy the spring.   I’m looking forward to returning there later this year to see how it changes from season to season.

 

This butterfly was moving constantly among the flowers.

Charlottesville

 

 

 

 

Looking Forward to Spring

I’ve been looking through my pictures of flowers and I can’t wait until it’s spring!  So far there have been a few warm days but it will be nice to have several days in a row of sunshine and warmer temperatures.  I’ve also noticed that the birds are more active as they cheerfully sing in the morning.  The first flowers are starting to come back, as well as the freshness of the new greenery.  I’ve also started to notice displays of brightly colored planters outside of charming shops.  Here are some pictures from a walk that I took when I visited the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee along with a nearby scenic town in North Carolina.

Spring will be especially welcome this year…

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Flowers in Cornwall

The flowers that I saw in Cornwall were really memorable.  They were outside of train stations, hanging in baskets in front of shops and in gardens.

I liked these dainty looking flowers growing from a wall.

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This sign is interesting because I hadn’t thought about sitting on the planter.

flowers

There were flowers that adorned the walls and windows of buildings.

flowers

Why try to climb the stairs when you can simply admire this view?

England