Giethoorn Cottages

Giethoorn Cottages – The “Dutch Venice”

So, you’re probably wondering how I found these beautiful Giethoorn cottages? It’s simple. I go surfing on Pixabay almost every day just to find some inspiration. I have a fondness for cottages anyway, especially the kind found in the western part of England in the Cotswold district. Stone buildings, flowers and charm, some of my favorite things.

Freesias

Freesias

In a previous post, I featured roses mostly because my shrubs had stopped blooming given our hellacious Phoenix heat! One of the commenters mentioned freesias and I knew I had to go in search of some beauties to share here today as well as to collect a few FunFacts.  It’s said that placing a bouquet of freesias near you can change your mood! 

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

If you recall from last week, I did a post on Temples that featured Buddhist religious sites and customs of Myanmar (Burma). One of the temples was so incredible, I decided to continue the topic here. Several of us were intrigued by the Shwedagon Pagoda because of its complexity and size. I couldn’t help but wonder how it was built, when and how many years or decades it took to finish.

Italian Towns at Sunset

Italian Towns at Sunset

Having moved to the Arizona desert a couple of decades ago, I’ve learned a little of the history here. I even wrote a Western historical many moons ago that Kensington published. The story was set in Phoenix, in 1880, when the population was 2000. (We’re now at 4 million, at least during the winter when the Canadians arrive.) But what struck me, having lived only in southern California and in Arizona, is how thin our history is compared to Europe. 

Water Lilies and Lotuses

Water Lilies and Lotuses

First, as an aside, I apologize that this blog is a bit late coming to you today. We had an extraordinary monsoon storm hit our part of Buckeye last night. It brought amazing rain but it also took out the electricity for hours so my blog was delayed.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Every once in a while, I like to watch the House Hunters International show on TV. The most recent one I saw featured housing in Amsterdam. I won’t go into the prices, but let’s just say I couldn’t afford to live there, lol. 

Fountains

Fountains

DH and I have debated putting a fountain in the backyard. But each time we almost cave to the longing us desert-dwellers have for the presence of water in our landscape, we balk at the problem of maintenance. We have a high mineral content that comes from our garden hoses, which means calcium deposits collect quickly and pose a real maintenance problem.