A journal of sorts about family, hobbies and travels, mostly day trips Steve and I enjoy taking especially in my State of Virginia.
I love to especially explore and snoop in places off the beaten path.

photos on blog are taken by me unless noted otherwise. Please ask before using.
Thank You - BSH



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Saturday with Annette and Adalyn

Annette came by Saturday with Adalyn to get me so we could ride out to Petersburg Va. .
A few antique shops we found a few items in and had lunch.  We had a wonderful time.    Adalyn is two,  loves to shop .   She wanted a  little slide projector,  the first thing she picked up to purchase.   I found and old wooden coca cola bottle carrier and wooden window pane that I will use to mosaic a scene on for the porch.
Annette stopped at sheetz for two large coffees ,  I am sure mine was a thousand calories

iced with whipped cream, chocolate and so good

Adalyn ready to ride

very nice family owned restaurant.  great hand shaped lean meat burgers and home made french fries.
Adalyn looking around
she found something she enjoyed playing with - a corn shucker
she is such a doll,  she wanted it.

Annette thinking about a deal


back home  after the morning out,  I picked some forsythia to bring inside.

daffodils growing beside it.    the moss is plentiful as you can see.




I planted so many in the woods last year and this is the only one that has come up.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring in the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter

Inside  the conservatory is this charming little cottage, surrounded by tulips and other pretty spring flowers.



 
 
 
It even has a pretty stone chimey

close up of the little pond with two frogs sunning




taken inside cottage are fairy houses and twig frames of flowers and butterflies
 





I wish I could grow tulips like this
 
and daffodils
 
 
 
 
Happy Saturday
betsy
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Orchids at Lewis Ginter


The scent of orchids filled the air in the conservatory at Lewis Ginter botanical gardens in Virginia.  

 
 
 the bird of paradise to greet and such a pretty flower to brighten a rainy day
 
 
 
this was a surprise arrangement . Every year there is a new way to display these gorgeous plants
 corsage orchid
 
 
First time I have seen them displayed in fancy dress shoes
 
 
 
 
 
I must say I love shoes
 
 
 
 
 

 
 For some reason , this plant reminds me of my gladiolas I have blooming every year close to the same color
 
moth orchid - so called because of it's resemblance to  moths in flight
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am sharing with make it pretty monday   at the Dedicate House
 
 
I hope to post the tulips tomorrow