Monday, May 26, 2014

Picnic at Washington Crossing State Park

Happy Memorial Day to you all.  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I always get excited around this time in May.  In addition to its main purpose of paying tribute to all the men and women who died while serving in our nation's service, it is the unofficial start of summer.  Family gatherings, graduations, weekend trips and picnics.  I love to spend my weekends outdoors.  Especially after the harsh and very long winter we had this year.  The only down side is the pollen.  I suffer from seasonal allergies and this year my allergies have been worst than any other year.  But believe me, that is not going to stop me from enjoying all that nature has to offer this time of year.

Yesterday, we spent the day in New Hope, Pennsylvania and in Lambertville, NJ.  Two very historic and quaint towns full of lots of unique attractions, events and site seeing.  Haven for artists and craftmen.  Tons of antiques shops, flea markets, art galleries and charming Victorian homes.

After lots of walking and a little shopping of course, we headed to gorgeous Washington Crossing State Park in Lambertville, NJ.  This is a true hidden gem in NJ with almost 4000 scenic acres right along the Delaware River.  This place is one of those truly magical places.  If you love nature and you want to visit a beautiful park, Washington Crossing State Park should be one on your list.   And with a loaded picnic basket full of various cheeses, salads, cold cuts and drinks we found ourselves the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon picnic.  

What a perfect setting.  Nature in its glory.  Couldn't ask for anything better.

Delaware River

Great place to take an afternoon nap.

Yes, that is me enjoying a few snacks and wonderful conversation with my hubby.

Isn't nature amazing.  Such natural beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my little outing and tour.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving me your thoughtful and kinds comments.  It makes me very happy to read each and everyone.



Saturday, May 24, 2014

My First David Austin Roses

Hello friends.  Thank goodness it is Friday.  I had a much needed day off today. I slept until around 9:00 am which is a true gift for me.  Waking up each day at 5:20 am to go to work takes its toll on me so when ever I get the chance to sleep an extra hour or two, it is like like Christmas all over again.  Spending time at home is the ultimate luxury to me.    Shoes, handbags and vacations are all really nice but being home is where my heart is.

I do enjoy my weekend outings.  Especially the ones to historic mansions, beautiful gardens and specialty food markets.  In fact, we are going to New York in the morning to visit Eataly.  A mega Italian market owned by chefs Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali.  It is such an exciting and inspiring place to visit.  A must see for those that love to cook.

But today, I am sharing my first David Austin roses.  I have been waiting for these beauties since the beginning of spring.  Few things are more romantic than roses.  And for those of us that grow roses in our gardens, we know that a David Austin rose is grandest of them all and needs no introduction.  Graceful, delicate and garden worthy in every respect.  Like many devoted gardeners, I've become totally captivated by the old-fashioned look of these beautiful and fragrant roses.  I am in love.

I hope you enjoy my sweet vignette displaying a few of these beauties. It is my little tribute to all things beautiful and romantic.


Two variations in my little pitcher, Claire Austin and Queen of Sweden.

 Thank you for visiting.  I wish you all a wonderful Memorial weekend.



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Garden Lunch

It is a beautiful Sunday here in the Northeast.  It looks like spring has finally arrived my friends.  And what a sweet and colorful feast for the eyes.  Color has certainly taken over the garden.  Pinks, lilacs, creams, whites and yellows are all competing for attention in my garden.  As a profusion of buds, petals and blooms explode and give life to the garden.
But today, yellow is the color chosen to elegantly grace my table.  It is set for a lovely lunch in the garden.  Yellow tulips take center stage on this sweet table.

Floral salad plates accent my place setting adding beauty and color to the table.  A lovely yellow napkin finished with a flower napkin ring is the perfect accompaniment for the setting.

Can you picture yourself sitting here enjoying a delicious garden salad or mimosa???

The garden is a work is progress.  We are always adding something new and colorful each year.  We love lots of color in our garden.  Mainly soft and soothing colors.

It is such a pleasure to be able to cut flowers from your own garden.

 Plate chargers painted in yellow.  So beautiful and fresh.
  It is incredible what a bit of paint can do. 
White dinner plate from Pier 1.  This is such a simple and pretty pattern.
  It is one of my favorite patterns.

Here is the finished look.

Isn't wonderful to be able to create ones visions.  To follow our own hearts.  It is like creating magic.  An appreciation for things beautiful and a way of living with a little grace and romance.

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.  Thank you for coming to my garden.



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Winterthur Museum

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.   It is a place of so much history and beauty.  And childhood home of collector and horticulturist Henry Francis DuPont. Opened to the public 60 years, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts with nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between 1640 and 1860.  The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house.  

Winterthur is set amidst a 1,100-acre preserve of beautiful meadows and woodlands designed by DuPont. Surrounded by colorful flowers, shrubs and lovely paths; it is a place of great calm and peace.  It is said that the home is currently much as it was when the DuPont family lived there.  

Tea sets just like the one pictured below are displayed through out the house. Fine China and silver are stored in custom made cabinetry in many of the rooms.  Oh did I feel like a kid in a candy.  Such refined rooms.  I can just picture the wonderful gatherings and afternoon teas that took place in this home.  

Lovely seating room

One of the most used rooms of the house.  This is where the family entertained and spent most of their leisurely time.  Music was played and games were played.

See all the fine china stored in these cabinets???  And there are many many more like these and even larger through out the house.

A most elegant and refined dining room.  The china is stunning.

Our tour guide mentioned that it was the fresh flowers picked from the gardens each morning  that dictated the colors of the table settings.


Breakfast set in one of the many guest rooms in the house.  

H. F. and Ruth Du Pont with daughters Pauline Louise and Ruth Ellen, 1922

I hope you enjoyed the small tour.  If you are ever near Wilmington, Delaware, please do take the  time to visit this wonderful treasure.  You will be very glad you did.

Thanks you for visiting.