The gypsy spirit calls to me from time to time. So when the day is perfect the open road becomes an invitation for a HollyDay adventure. (Well, not like the Indiana Jones adventures.)
This weekend was one of those days that I just left the housework and never looked back.
My first stop was to the Coffee Tree in downtown Loveland for a latte and biscuit. With my book in hand the magic began.
Another HollyDay! http://www.wheregoodthingsgrow.com
My next destination was to visit time a nursery in Longmont CO. I love places that are family owned, because these types of business seem to be a fading into the past. The drive out was open lands of farms and a magnificent view of the Rocky Mountains. The decorations inside Duran’s nursery consisted of an old piano and a 70’s bedroom set. Found some lovely plants with friendly people who were more than willing to answer any questions. http://www.duransgreenhouse.com
On my way back was just one of those things. A hand-made sign that was on the corner on a busy highway that caught my eye. “Holly’s Garden, Iris Sale’’. My curiosity and imagination went into full gear as I took country roads that lead me to a beautiful house with a yard perfectly placed.
Greeted by Holly, (not myself, coincidence perhaps?) with directions and a piece of paper with names of Iris’s in alphabetical order. What you do is walk through her garden (all the Iris’s are in bloom) checking the Iris’s you want on the paper. So many colors! The Iris’s I chose are a Birthday gift for a dear friend. You pick them up in August and plant for next year. My favorite one was called “Starship Enterprise”. What a beauty! http://www.hollyscountrygardens.weebly.com
My tummy was letting me know it was time for lunch, already? How time passes when you’re on an adventure.
Where to eat? Need to drop off plants at house. Yes, I go to the Swan House Tea Room (www.theswanhouse.com), one of my favorite places to have lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Daniels created this lovely teahouse in an old historical home downtown Loveland. I’m always greeted with a hug from Mrs. Daniels. Decided to sit in the sun room away from the groups of ladies in hats. While I was sipping on my tea, I noticed an interesting oval mirror and was inspired to take a picture of myself in the mirror as a dedication to an artist I just discovered named Vivian Maier. Her negatives and photos were just discovered in a trunk sold at a storage auction. Vivian’s life and photo’s are mysterious and intriguing. Love her self-portraits. http://www.vivianmaiers.com
Afterwards as I was finishing up a lovely dessert of brandy chocolate mousse. Yummy! A tall slender lady with a lovely British accent asked me about my lunch. She did not know the Swan House served lunch as well as Victorian Afternoon Tea. We soon started talking of tea houses, The Midwifes TV series and her involvement with “Daughter’s of the British Empire”. Defiantly will be going to their benefit in future. What a interesting world we live in and so love meeting new people and hearing their stories.
Can you believe there is more? My lovely friend and neighbor took me to her ranch and showed me the new fowl. Horses are so amazing and myself not being raised with horses I’m always taken back from their strength and beauty. Following my friends lead I walked with her into the field where the mares all stood. They all came and greeted us and we were able to come close to the mother and fowl. (Sigh)
What a most extraordinary day!
Tell me about your ____Day’s!