Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summer Hop and Farewell for a While

I joined Lexa Cain's Summer Hop because I'm ready for a vacation, and it gave me a great way to say goodbye to everyone for June. I'll be around to your blogs, but probably as I make my way to Oregon. I'll wave to M. Pax on my way through her beautiful state and keep an eye out for those Gangsta Cows she's alerted me to. Then I'm off Ireland for a family wedding and a revisit to a few Leprechauns.


So on with the Hop. 

Lexa Cain

I've been to a lot of summer vacation places: Costa Rica, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico, Hawaii (Maui, Kawaii, Lanai, Molokai--still my favorite island), Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, France, Wales, Scotland (where the word isn't in the dictionary because they don't have summer) England, Turkey, Yugoslavia--interesting summer there--New York, Kansas (don't ask), Alaska and someplace else I can't remember. So what's my favorite summer vacation spot? Here it is!


Welcome to my SECRET GARDEN.

My favorite summer vacation spot is this tiny dot on the map where all things are possible as long as I want them to be. Where I'm the mistress and the servant, and where peace settles inside me with a friendly purr.
This is where I kick back and think and wonder at my good fortune to have a place on this planet to just be.
This is where I plan my stories and plant my seeds and watch my peaches ripen.

 This is where I read and consider philosophy and magic.
This is where I wait for the new birds who find my umbrella a safe nesting place.
This is where I pull weeds, turn the dirt, pick fresh produce and savor the smells of summer.

This is where the fish live in the ponds, and Albert the Cat used to contemplate their world of water. He's missed.
And, of course, this is where I come when everything around me crumbles and I need help.



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Hope you'll visit all the others who are sharing their favorite summer vacation spots, and be sure to visit Lexa and her Co-Hosts: Melanie Karsak  T.F. Walsh 
Vanessa Morgan Jolie Du Pre  Stuart R. West



Bye until July!


59 comments:

  1. Safe travels and watch out for those Gangsta Cows.
    Home is my safe haven as well.

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  2. Home is where the heart is. Lovely indeed. Have a wonderful time in Ireland (jealous, just a wee bit) and see you back in July.

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  3. Your perfect place is well...perfect. Have a good time away.

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  4. Have fun. We all need a vacation every now and then!

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  5. Enjoy your time off. It sounds like you've got some great vacation plans.

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  6. Your heaven on earth, beautiful!

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  7. Lovely post! Enjoy your trips this summer. I've been debating whether to take some blogging time off as well....

    Yvonne

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  8. I love your favorite summer place. I hope you have wonder-filled travels and you can avoid gangsta cows! If you swing by Washington state, give me a wave, too. :)

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  9. May your travels be filled with joy and fun and plenty of laughter and love. You have a wonderfully beautiful sanctuary.

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  10. Enjoy your vacation. We'll be waiting to hear all about it upon your return.

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  11. Okay, first of all, I'd like to hear about Gangsta Cows. And I'm asking about Kansas! It's my stomping grounds and I KNOW it's awful, I write about it all the time.

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  12. Looks like you have a perfect paradise! Enjoy your blog break!

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  13. Such a peaceful spot. I love the pictures. I hope you have an amazing trip and break.

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  14. Looks like a lovely place to relax and enjoy life.

    Have a great time with your June travels!

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  15. Have a great time traveling. See you when you get back. =)

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  16. A very relaxing place. Loved the pictures! Enjoy your travels.

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  17. Safe travels and I love hammocks!

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  18. Best vacation spot ever! Enjoy your time away!

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  19. I love the pics and especially the quotation! Your garden looks so peaceful and serene. We all need that to re-charge our batteries. Thanks for sharing it with us. (Odd that the birds nest under your umbrella when there are tons of trees available. Maybe the umbrella is considered the 'upscale' neighborhood. The birds probably have a waiting list and a lottery to decide who gets it every year.) Have a wonderful June vacation!! :)

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  20. Have a safe trip and enjoy your vacation.

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  21. The perfect spot to relax and enjoy your life. It is lovely. Have a great vacation with friends and family. Ireland ... sigh. Wonderful.

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  22. Lovely pics and it sounds like you have found your own piece of paradise.

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    1. Forgot to say - we were so lucky the week we were in Scotland was 24-26 everyday and sunny.

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  23. Your favourite vacation spot looks like the perfect place to while away a summer percolating plots and ideas.

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  24. Enjoy your upcoming trip. It sounds like fun. And yes, I can't agree more that sometimes home is the best vacation:)

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  25. Hi Clem. Enjoy your break to the max. That spot looks perfect for a reflective writer. Thanks for sharing with us!

    Denise :-)

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  26. That is the perfect summer vacay spot!
    Happy travels! Enjoy your time away, Lee.
    See you when you get back.

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  27. This makes me want to get a hammock again... that really could transform my backyard to my favorite vacation spot again :)

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  28. Home. What a wonderful answer. Enjoy your holiday.

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  29. I love your little paradise. That place is right up my alley.

    Enjoy your June!

    Just passing through on my #AtoZRoadTrip

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  30. There's no place like home - right? I enjoyed all your photos particularly of the bird's nest in the sunshade - glorious!! A wonderful post and have a lovely holiday :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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  31. Beautiful vacation spots! Have fun on your time off. Especially Ireland!

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  32. Love to see some future pics of the Gangsta cows. Your heaven looks wonderful and your pussy cat is so sweet and will never be forgotten

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  33. As they say, home is where the heart is! Great to see where you consider your favorite vacation!

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  34. Hi, Lee....

    As Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz...."There's no place like home!" Happy to know you have such a wonderful place to live and escape all at the same time... have a safe and wonderful trip!

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  35. Your garden is so lovely. I think it would be hard to leave. But, it is always good to roam so that you can appreciate your home.
    Bon voyage!

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  37. Nice hammock and garden, looks relaxing:)

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  38. What a beautiful post! I loved seeing all the special spots that make up your favorite vacation spot and how lovely that it is so close. :) Your garden and hammock are my favorite parts!

    I hope you have fun on your travels and enjoy your much deserved break. Can't wait to hear about it. :)
    ~Jess

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  39. Aw, lovely photos. Sounds delightful. I used to live in Oregon. Have fun as you pass through! So many different types of land there. Ocean, mountains, desert, lush forest. I've never been to Ireland, but some day.

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  40. I love your favourite spot. Can I visit some time? ;)

    Have a great June!

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  41. wow, what relaxing and inspiring images! looks like a writer's paradise.
    hope you are enjoying your travels and can't wait to hear about them when you return!

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  42. I totally missed this blogfest, but what an amazing spot! I'm especially envious of the hammock.

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  43. Aw...I missed signing up for Lexa's blogfest. Poo.... Oh well, glad I'm here to read your contribution. As always, you share the best info and images. Now I totally want to go on vacation!

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  44. I love Oregon. It's my favorite place to be. Your garden looks magical.

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  45. Wow, it looks absolutely beautiful, Lee. I imagine it took a lot of work to get it just the way you like it.

    Enjoy your summer! I miss you already.

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  46. I would love to travel for 6 months out a year, every year. There is just so much to see. If only Scotty would beam me up. Enjoy your summer. If you get to Bucerias, Nayarit next winter, stop and I'll feed you a feast.

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  47. I feel like such a loser, I haven't gone anywhere in a long, long, time. I'd love to visit Ireland, its one of my dreams. Enjoy and have loads of fun.

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  48. Where is that Gary? Yay, I'm here at five in the morning! Only took me six days to get here.

    You do get around, don't you? Did that sound right? Your garden, your oasis of inspiration. Lovely, just like your lovely self.

    I have been to Oregon. I love Portland and Eugene aint bad either.

    All the best and chill.

    Gary :)

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  49. I hope you have a lovely holiday and your favourite vacation place is divine!
    Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

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  50. Have a fun trip to Oregon! I want to visit there too.

    What a beautiful cat you had.

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  51. I'm glad I came by today from the AtoZ Road Trip. I like your favorite vacation spot. Mine is anywhere where I can sleep, eat, read. Repeat. Have a wonderful June off.

    The View from the Top of the Ladder
    Take 25 to Hollister

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  52. Have a lovely time off in June. All the pictures look gorgeous. I would come vacation in your home if I could, it's so peaceful.

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  53. Wow, really looks like a great place to have a vacation! That hammock looks very relaxing! Enjoy!

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  54. Hi Lee - it's summer here now .. beautiful - well in the SE, though Scotland probably is as you describe it!! Cheers and enjoy the time away and that holiday in our green isle next door ... happy times - Hilary

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  55. Gangsta cows? I always thought it was marauding chipmunk to be wary of! Have a lovely june!

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