happy St. Patrick’s day

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. ~ Adrienne Cook

hills of ireland

Had your share of green beer? cucumber-lemon-martini-1-1Then try a green martini. Spring is just a few days away and this drink can be served to celebrate the first day of Spring or for Easter.  Recipe can be found at Beyond Mere Substanceshamrock



peace, solitude, the arboretum

“The Arboretum now nurtures people in the same way it once nurtured trees. It feeds their spirits and souls, their minds and bodies. It provides somewhere to put down roots, to be part of and give strength one to another through its collective efforts, its coming together whether to fight that which threatens it or to nurture its young and old, each “tree” supporting and being supported by its neighbours.”

~ The Arboretum Story, 1991

prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and gardens–find it all at the arboretum.


Morris Arboretum Philadelphia, PA


A garden is a grand teacher

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
―Gertrude Jekyll

Looking for a romantic setting? Look no farther than a garden. It holds  so much promise of romance, magic, and splendor. The sights, the smells, the ambiance. Picnics in your own backyard. Set the mood. Make it festive. Make it romantic. Here are few ideas to get your started. More can be found on my Pinterest board.


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Now that’s a sunset


 There’s never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.

~ Carlos Santana


Pre-spring last night, a March sunset.

I took these last night with my camera phone coming out of the store.

Wednesday Sunset



I see spring

March 1 = almost Spring

Yep, it does.

March is here

and that means spring

is ready to launch.

Let me hug you, March!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’
~ Robin Williams



Photograph by Chris Radburn/PA

Creativity is at its prime whenever

I take my laptop and work outside.