Showing posts with label NORTH CAROLINA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NORTH CAROLINA. Show all posts

Monday, May 11, 2015

OH---How we LOVE the BEACH

George and I spent last week (May 2-7, 2015)  at our favorite beach area,  Ocean Isle Beach,  North Carolina.  I am a 'mountain-gal'  and love living in  the mountains.  However,  I also LOVE going to the beach once or twice a year --just for my 'beach fix'.

When we can,  we go to Ocean Isle in both December and in May.  Even though it's the same beach and same inn (Islander Inn) and even the same room (we request it),  things are very different in December than they are in May.

In December,  we can enjoy seeing both sunrises and sunsets from our balcony.  Because of the movement of the sun--we cannot see this in May.  BUT---this May we got to see something just as good,  a full moon over the water.

In May,  we take our beach chairs and can sit and enjoy the sunshine.  Obviously,  we cannot do that in December.  However, we can walk (and we do) a lot on the beach both in December and in May.

Most of you know that both George and I LOVE good seafood---and we think that Calabash Seafood (DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT in particular) is the BEST.  SO--I'll admit that another reason we love going to the beach is for the seafood!!!!  But--as I told my Facebook friends last week,  we walk and walk and walk each day --so that we can ENJOY that 'fried' fish without gaining weight... Works for us!

Today,  I am sharing a few pictures from our week at the beach.  Hope you enjoy the photos..  Be sure to click on them for enlargements.  The picture above was taken on 5/3/15 from our balcony ---showing the waves at sunset...

We just HAD to get out and take a walk on the beach the first day we got there (5/3/15).
In the picture above,  George has on his new shirt (which I gave to him --actually to us) for his birthday in March.  The shirt says:  "Money Can't Buy You Happiness,  but it can Buy You CAMERAS, and That's Kind Of the Same Thing"..... Cute, huh---and appropriate?????? ha

Fishing Pier near the Islander Inn (where we stay) ---taken at sunset (5/3/15)

Full Moon over the Water  (How romantic is that!)  --5/3/15
We lucked up that week to be there during the full moon... AND---even luckier was the fact that it rose over the water.  We could see this beauty from our balcony.   WOW!

Look at the reflections in the water --from the pier!  (taken 5/4/15)

Islander Inn,  Ocean Isle,  North Carolina  (5/4/15)
We've talked about the Islander Inn quite a bit through the years.  It is the perfect place to stay IF you want to be RIGHT on the beach.  For a good price (off-season price),  you have a comfy king bed (or two queens),  TV/free wifi,  small fridge, microwave, coffee pot,  etc..... We love it and it's perfect for us!

Clouds and Waves  (5/4/15)
Each day is always different..  Sometimes we have gorgeous blue skies and no clouds;  sometimes we have clouds like this picture;  and sometimes ---we get rain clouds!!!   The same is true of the WIND--sometimes, no wind  and sometimes,  a lot!

Kites ALL around us  (5/5/15)
This was another surprise this year besides the full moon.   A man came and flew his four kites near where we could enjoy them.  This picture was taken from the beach --looking UP at three of the four kites.

We walked the beach on 5/5/15 ---and of course took pictures.. The tide was going out ---so we had LOTS of beach to walk on!

One day George wore his Chicago Cubs shirt ---so on this day (5/5/15),  he had to wear his MICHIGAN Wolverines shirt... He always get comments on his shirts from others.

An Angry Ocean  (5/6/15)
We had fantastic weather this year with no rain at all --until the morning (5/7/15) when we left for home.  BUT---we could tell on the 6th that a storm was coming.  We had already planned (thank goodness) to leave on the 7th ---but a tropical storm hit that area --and they had nothing but clouds and wind and rain for the next several days.  SO-as usual,  we were lucky to have chosen the days we did --since our weather was PERFECT while we were there.  Thanks be to God!

On our last night there,  even though we couldn't see the sun going down,  we enjoyed a fabulous sky AFTER sunset.  Aren't those colors awesome?  (taken on 5/6/15)

Us  at Islander Inn,  Ocean Isle Beach, 5/6/15
We bought these new shirts on our last trip to Amicalola Falls State Park  (Georgia) in April.  I love the color ---so I thought they'd be great to wear while we were at the beach.

I cannot thank those of you who came to my two Tulip blog posts last week,  even though I was on a blog-break and didn't respond to your posts.  That meant SO much to me ---and I'm so glad that you didn't give up on me.  I keep lists (because I'm a 'nut-case') of who visits ---and I was thrilled to note that so many did visit last week.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart!!!!  YOU are special!  I promise to visit your posts this week. Much Love to ALL!

Hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day Weekend... I certainly did!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Heavenly Experience 4/22/15

The title says it all...  George and I have season tickets to Biltmore House and Gardens,  Asheville,  North Carolina.  We try to visit there during all seasons.   You know about the last time we were there on 3/23/15 --since I shared the gorgeous orchids in a recent post.  If you missed that post,  click HERE.   We also saw the Daffodils on that 3/23 visit.

BUT--we should have gone back about 4/8 or 9 to see the Tulips there.. We didn't get there ---but did go on 4/22 to see the Azaleas....  Next year,  maybe we'll go all three times and see the Daffodils,  the Tulips and the Azaleas...  What a wonderful place... We feel blessed to have season tickets --so that we can choose when we visit.

THIS blog post is about our visit on 4/22...  We walked and walked and walked all over the grounds at Biltmore ---and I truly felt as if I had died and was in HEAVEN.  This was the prettiest we have EVER seen the Azaleas.  We got there at the perfect time...

SO---today I'll share quite a few pictures  (thank goodness I am not sharing all 160+ pictures I took)---and I'll do it with few words... Just grab another cuppa,  sit back and relax and I hope you will enjoy the gorgeous colors of the AZALEAS at Biltmore, 2015.  (Click on the photos for enlargements.)

Okay---that's enough for today!!!!!  I love flowers ---and remember one other time I felt like I did on this day at Biltmore.  Several years ago,  we visited Garvin Gardens in Hot Springs,  Arkansas at the perfect time to see tons and tons of Tulips blooming... I felt like I was in heaven then also.  BUT---this latest trip to Biltmore had to have been a highlight which we will keep in our memories for years to come.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the Azaleas....


Thursday, April 23, 2015

ORCHIDS 3/23/15

On March 23, 2015,   George and I took a daytrip to one of our favorite places,  Biltmore House and Gardens, in Asheville,  North Carolina.  We have season's passes to Biltmore --so we love to visit there every few months to enjoy all of the different plants/blooms  during each season.

On this trip in Early Spring,  we saw Daffodils and Hyacinths mostly.   We hope to go back sometime this month to see the Tulips ... Then there will be another visit to see the Azaleas..... LOVE this time of year!!!!!

As we usually do,  we visited the ORCHID Room in the Conservatory... Each time we visit that area,  we see new and different orchids... Today I will share with you eight of the ones we saw during this latest visit.  Hope you enjoy the beautiful ORCHIDS today.  Click on them for enlargements.

Interesting,  don't you think??????  Different!

Another 'different' one;   Pretty,  huh?

 This last one was one of my favorites during this latest visit... I have never seen this one before with yellow/gold splotches in it.... Very nice!!!!!

Do you have a favorite today?  I love Orchids and have a friend in Florida who has many orchids and roses year-round.... That is definitely an advantage of living in a warmer climate...

Have a fantastic week.   Enjoy Spring and Nature!!!!