Friday at Last

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A nice mug of hand-spiced chai latte and a lemon-raisin scone, enjoyed with friends this afternoon at our local coffee & tea shop.  Nice way to end what was a very busy, topsy-turvy week.  Happy weekend all!

 

Emerging from Winter’s Cave

 

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It looks like the Earth is finally shaking off the last vestiges of winter. In the past week, buds have started forming on the trees, the crocuses are in full bloom, the daffodils are about to burst, and the warblers and thrushes have shown up at the feeder. The neglect of winter has taken its toll on the property, especially since we didn’t do leaves in the fall, and I’ve been itching to get out there and clear up the mess. After several rainy days off– which are nice in their own way– I finally had a day off today with perfect work-outside weather. It felt so good to be out toiling in the sunshine, though my weary bones are feeling it now.  Happy Spring!

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Raked out annual bed.

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The herb bed off the kitchen porch– all raked out!

 

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Making way for Peony shoots.

The City of Brotherly (and Sisterly!) Love

We spent last weekend visiting my cousin and her family, which was long overdue (it’s been 10 years since we last went, though we have seen them up here over the holidays every year).  We had such a fantastic time!  It makes such a huge difference going around a place with a local… no map searching, wrong turns, or navigating public transport.  Since we only had one full day there (Saturday), we hit as many places as we could.  On Sunday we walked around my cousin’s neighborhood where I almost turned completely green with envy at her local grocery store, which was bursting with fresh, local and organic food; as well as a ready-to-eat food bar/eating area which featured healthy fare, AND its own separate herbal pharmacy.  If I had a place like that nearby, I wouldn’t hate grocery shopping!   I’d probably also be broke. 😉

Anyway, here are a few random shots of the interesting places we visited: