Stop to smell the flowers {Gibbs Gardens}

Life. It’s a busy game. My week is filled with my full time job, my home work, (house keeping, laundry, cooking) and then there is the time I squeeze in fun craft projects. That is my favorite part. I have a few “pretties” I have been working on this week and I’ll be sharing them with you soon. They involve Annie Sloan paint!

I have paused from all the madness and I am relaxing by catching up on the many photos I have taken in June. I came across this set of photos from a trip I took with the Trail Dames to Gibbs Gardens. I have lived in Georgia for 17 years and had never visited Gibbs Gardens. It is a dazzling garden, full of eye candy. I would say it’s the most magnificent garden I have visited.

Jim Gibbs is the retired President and founder of Gibbs Landscape Company. He purchased 292 acres of land in Ball Ground, Georgia which is less than 1 hour north of Atlanta. The house and gardens include 220 acres. It makes it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens. There are 16 gardens where you will see 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, and 19 waterfalls. There are 3 feature gardens. The Manor House Garden, Japanese and Waterlily Garden.

For those who are interested in visiting the gardens the tickets to the Gardens are $20 for Adults,$18 for Seniors, and $18 for children. The gardens are so large that there is a Tram available for a $5 ticket charge. You can catch the Tram and it will take you to the feature gardens where you can hop off, take  a stroll around the garden then hop back on the Tram and head to another one. If you get there at 10 a.m, Mr. Gibbs himself will discuss the gardens and let you know what is blooming and suggests paths to take. There is a lovely gift shop with all things for the garden. There is also the Arbor Cafe and I highly recommend the gourmet chicken salad on walnut cranberry bread. I need more of that in my life. It was so delectable! There is plenty of seating outside under the trees to enjoy your meal surrounded by gorgeous blooms.

Okay, enough chatting. Let’s take a look at some lovelies okay?

This happy little guy made me smile and I added a quote that I especially love. I hope you get to stop and take a break this weekend. You deserve it!

Perhaps you would like to walk/hike around Georgia? Take a look at some other Trail Dames hikes I have been on by visiting my hiking with the Trail Dames link.

It’s all good. ~ Donna

30 Days ~ April ~ iPhone 365

So somehow I have made it to the middle of May and my April iPhone photos have been sitting around waiting for me to upload. These few weeks have flown on by and I find it hard to believe that we are almost half way through the year! Here’s a peek at my April moments.

On the first day of the month, I joined the Trail Dames on a hike to the Pocket of Pigeon Mountain. I sat underneath the most cool, cascading waterfall and I must say it was a great way to start my journey into April.

There was a whole lot of puppy play time, filled with ball tossing, trips to the dog park and a visit from Maggie’s sister Lilly. Thank you Bruster’s ice cream for serving up cool, refreshing ice cream treats for the pups to enjoy after a busy, run like mad from other dog’s, trip to the park.

On the sixth, you will see me in my tin foil glory as a visit to the salon, and my magical stylist Dara, left me with some blonde highlights. Bring on Summer!

April 15th is my dad’s birthday and we took a trip to Texas to see the family. We walked along the new section of the River Walk, and stopped by our family restaurant Pete’s’ Tako House. It has been in business for over 30 years and it recently changed locations. Unfortunately for us, the grand opening was held after the day we left for Georgia! We were disappointed that we missed out on some tasty tacos but the restaurant is doing well in its new location and I applaud my aunt, cousins, and the family for continuing on with the well-loved local eatery. During our time in Texas, I also got to visit with my BFF of over 20 years! A ride in his convertible was so fun! There was so much laughter and fun. Priceless!

On April 20th my son and his lovely wife bought their first home! Such an exciting time for them! Behind their backyard is a farm with cattle and two sweet donkeys. The donkeys were friendly enough to come to the fence so we could pet them. Two cuties!

The month ended with a pre-birthday dinner for me. A wonderful, sweet friend, scrumptious Italian food and divine chocolate mousse for dessert. A perfect ending to another blessed month.

If you are interested in starting an iPhone photo a day project, Project365 is the app I use. It’s quick, easy, and free!

It’s all good. ~ Donna