"Many things this time of year
Give my heart a thrill
It’s the time of year I love the most, but...
Nothing says spring like Daffodils!"
The gentle gardener who created, planted and cared for the gardens at Excelsior Cottage is no longer with us.
But with the coming of Spring we are thankful for him, as we enjoy the blessing of the flowers that appear as if by magic.
This week as we walk the trails and grounds we find thousands of daffodils popping up in the most unexpected places.
Isn't Spring wonderful?
"At some point...you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you."
It's here...that first day of Spring we've been waiting for!
As Charles Dickens said,
"It was one of those March days
when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold.
When it is summer in the light and winter in the shade."
Well, that was true yesterday...the last day of winter...when I cut daffodils and arranged them in bottles for the kitchen window.
Today...the first day of Spring, I woke to a beautiful snowy day...8 inches so far and counting.
Humm...it is Spring, isn't it?
it's Spring--and we love it.
If you would please, just for a minute,
let's forget Winter.
This week I feel like cleaning and removing the last of my Winter décor.
Yes, it's officially still Winter, but I know that Winter will soon be over with its cold and chilly winds, and beautiful Spring is on its way.
And so, for just today, I will dream of flowers, flowing waters and songs of the birds.
Come dream along with me--it will soon be Spring you know!
Anytime I feel lost or in search of answers, I can always find it best in the silence.
There is an unbelievable peace here that radiates through the chaos and confusion of daily life.
A place to find things, grow things and discover all the small details that sadly become misplaced in the dishevelment of life.
A place of peace and comfort.
A place where times stay still and everything makes perfect sense.
That's what our Dec. 16th guests discovered during their time at Green Valley.
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Today a friend told me of their holiday tradition of sharing what they're each looking forward to in the New Year.
I'm looking forward to spending more time with my sweetheart at Green Valley.
How about you?
We're wishing you a healthy and memorable New Year, and looking forward to what awaits us at Green Valley in 2018.
We hope to see you there.
on a starry night,
and you will see
the majesty and power of an infinite Creator.
Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas Season.
"In general, I find that things that have happened to me out of doors have made a deeper impression than things that have happened indoors." Bertrand Russell
Come, allow Green Valley's beauty to make an impression on you.
The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been enjoyed.
The fall decorations are being packed away and now I'm having fun pulling crates of Winter décor out of storage.
What a mess I make of the Cottages as I sort through snowmen, lights, red berries, greenery and blankets of "snow".
Glitter on the carpets is simply part of the holiday delights, I tell myself.
Bing's on the radio singing It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, and yes, at Green Valley's Cottages it really is true.
Decorating the Cottages for the changing of seasons in one of my favorite Green Valley chores, and my guests seem to enjoy this attention to detail, too.
So, come share a Green Valley Holiday Season with someone you love.
I'll have the Christmas lights shining for you.