One of my favorite parts of summer is watching the lightning bugs twinkle through the back yard. I was lucky enough to catch a few last night. They aren’t the sharpest photos, but a couple of cuties still.
And if the lightning bugs weren’t enough excitement, I stumbled upon this handsome critter while I was out for a run…
Sometimes life can be so hectic that you forget to stop and enjoy the little things. Living in the Shenandoah Valley, I don’t have to travel far to enjoy the simple beauty in nature.
Whether I’m walking through wet grass in the morning…
or stopping to watch the clouds creep over the mountains during a mid-morning hike…
I’m witnessing something magical.
Stopped off at a local wildflowers spot today….
I felt so much peace here and I think it shows. The simple beauty of this place was inspiring to say the least.
Hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Swannanoa Palace is a lovely mansion with Italian style and a Great Gatsby vibe. It’s glory days are long gone and it is in desperate need of renovations, but if moody, forgotten masterpieces are your thing, add this to your bucket list.
The fog was heavy, but I think it only added to the mystery of this old treasure. See all of the photos from the Swannanoa Palace Gallery here. Enjoy!
Swannanoa marble front
Foggy Front Entrance
I visited the Serenity Garden at Ridgeview Park this week and it is a beautiful reminder of all that is good in life that nothing can take away, not even something as ugly as Cancer. A truly beautiful place.
Oh Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart!
It’s not everyday that your first born baby girl turns 5. I can hardly believe it! Where does the time go. It seems like only yesterday she was chewing my sneakers and graduating from puppy school.
When you want her to smile but she wants treats.
I had a whole cute Birthday theme planned, but she wasn’t very interested in messing with any of that. She simply wanted the treats in my hand. What can I say… she’s a girl who knows what she wants.
I recently visited the VMFA in Richmond. It’s a wonderful Museum… and it’s FREE! I especially enjoyed their amazing garden.
I’ve been on a hunt for some new places to explore in the Shenandoah Valley and thanks to a few natives, I learned of this breathtaking gem. It is a bit run down, but you can still see how glorious it must have been at one time. It almost feels like you’re in the middle of a beautiful memory. I wish I could have seen more, but Swannanoa Palace is only open on weekends; this was as close as I could get today. I will definitely be back!!!