Queen of Stone


Queen Elizabeth I, likeness captured in stone and bronze and placed in this garden*.  She stands in serene stillness, never changing in gaze, overseeing the trees and flowers.  It may be just me, but statues can sometimes freak me out.  🙂  Beautiful yes, but sometimes I just keep expecting them to move or change position, yet they stay and stay and stay.  And yes, I also realize that I am personifying inanimate objects again….don’t judge me.  heehee  😉  Have a peaceful and joyful weekend.  Slainte, Lisa

*Elizabeth Garden, Manteo, NC


Down the Path


DSCN1227Here are two pathway pictures taken in the Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC.  Do you prefer the winding path where you can’t see the end, or the straight path, where the end is clearly visible?  I have to say that I prefer the winding one, although in life, I always feel that I want to know what’s going to happen.  But maybe I really don’t…life is so much the better for the surprises, the “wow, I didn’t expect that”, the bends and turns and beauty discovered after time.  And so this is what my brain is thinking about on a Monday morning….I think another cup of coffee is in order.  😉  Slainte, Lisa

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”  ~Psalm 25:4

Beauty and Mystery


There is something about Spanish moss that gets me every time.  Beautiful, mysterious, atmospheric.  This was taken in the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC.  Stepping into these gardens is like entering a different world for a while.  I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area.  Slainte, Lisa

Fairytale Flora


Growing in a magical garden, bigger than life, set apart for a time while we walked there…flora from a fairytale.   May your Monday be green and growing, if not in colours then in love.   Slainte, Lisa

*All pictures taken at Blarney Castle Gardens, County Cork Ireland.  Although a huge tourist attraction, it is definitely worth a visit even for the gardens alone.  🙂


Secret Garden

“She was inside the wonderful garden and she could come through the door under the ivy any time and she felt as if she had found a world all her own.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place.”  ~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

My plan for the day?  Look for the beauty of my secret garden…because it’s there if I look hard enough.  Beauty, joy, peace, stillness, God.  And when I find it, I will turn the key and go inside.  Blessings, Lisa