Monday, April 6, 2015

2nd Annual Easter at The Biltmore

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay - Matthew 28:6 KJV
 
Spring is my favorite season, and Easter is my favorite holiday of all. It's the start of new beginnings, more blessings, birds singing, warmer days, pastel dresses, buds and blossoms, and raindrops that leave a fresh dew in the air. Come along for a glimpse into our Easter weekend celebrations:
 
- Good Friday brunch in the garden -



 
- Oscar -

 
- Sophie -
 
- Tulips abound -



 
- Easter Sunday we headed to the Blue Ridge Mountains to The Biltmore. We first had a buffet luncheon at The Deerpark, then headed to the house for the Downton Abbey exhibition -
 
- We bought some fresh lemonade and sat in the walled garden, with tulips abound for Biltmore blooms -



 
 


- The Blue Ridge Mountains -

- Afterwards we went for dinner at the Bistro, which was delicious, then we meandered back home -

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sarasota, Florida

Last week, on Sunday I arrived to the Sarasota/ Bradenton area of Florida to spend a week with my friend Nadia, before she leaves the US for a permanent move to the UK.
 
Monday
 







Nadia (below)




The rose garden.
 



 



 
Afterwards, we had lunch at the Beach House restaurant.
 
Tuesday
 
Beach day at Longboat Key.
 




Wednesday
 
We went to the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium on Longboat Key.




 
Thursday
 








Magnificent houses across the waterway.
 







The Selby Mansion.






In the conservatory.
 



Friday
 
There was a tropical rainstorm so we had lunch at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and then came back to my friends house to watch Pride and Prejudice.
 
 
All in all it was a nice week away...but there's nothing like coming back home.
 
 
Linked up to:
Coastal Charm #255 and The Dedicated House #132

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