Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
I'm returning to "The Secret Garden" that I introduced yesterday. This was certainly an unexpected environment and quite delightful to see.
This one of the swimming pools in the yard. This one fits in perfectly with the strong Asian theme. I love that elaborate gate at one end.
The other pool was on the opposite side of the yard and to be perfectly fair, it actually belongs to the house next door that at some point in time became part of the same property.
There Was an alligator living in one of the ponds. Fortunately, he was made of stone.
And Buddhas were found all over the garden.
I saw a group of people looking up toward the roof so I glanced up to see this peacock prancing around trying to impress his mate who seemed to be totally disinterested.
As you can see from these and yesterday's photos, this is quite a place. I'm so glad I got to see it.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
I'm returning to the Phoenix Home and Garden tour with the fifth home we visited. This time it was something totally unexpected. The tour hosts called this place "The Secret Garden" and it was indeed a big secret. In fact, touring this garden felt like we had actually left Arizona all together.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Sunday morning was perfect for a long walk at the Desert Botanical Garden. I started at 7:00 AM for the members only hour but I stayed until after 10:00. I'm so glad I did because temperatures are predicted to warm up by the end of this week. I was lucky to see this gorgeous cactus bloom before it fades during the day.
I also saw lots and lots of desert creatures who were also out enjoying the perfect weather. This little hummingbird was watching everything from his perch in a Palo Verde tree.
Monday, April 26, 2021
There was a little hill to one side of the house where a pond and waterfall were located. Behind that waterfall was a big surprise, a vineyard...of all things. You can see the grapevines growing over the top of the table in the photo to the left. We asked what kind of grapes they were growing but no one seemed to know.
It was a tiny little vineyard so I'm not sure how many grapes they could actually harvest. However, it made me wonder if the owner likes to dabble in a little wine-making.
As with all the homes we visited, there was a very nice pool.
Way back in one corner of the yard was a chicken coop. Yes, there were chickens in it. Along with grapes, this family gets fresh eggs to enjoy. Another very interesting house.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
My Art Challenge group met on Friday evening in person for the first time in a year. It was so good to see each other in person for a change. The challenge for April was "Jewels". I took a photo of a blue glow agave and had it printed on canvas and then I "bedazzled" it with little jewel-like tear-drops.
My official piece was the canvas above but I also brought along this photo that I had printed on metal. I thought the photo editing I did gave it a jewel-like look so I included it as an extra.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
The third place we stopped on the Phoenix Home & Garden Tour was at this home dubbed the "Family Fort". It was truly a home built with the whole family in mind.
The yard was full of fun and games starting with the beautiful playhouse pictured above. I had a playhouse when I was a kid growing up but I have to admit, it was a lot more rustic than this model.
On the other end of the yard was a hammock tied between two tall pine trees. A wonderful, shady spot for an afternoon siesta.
The pool was in-between the two parts of the yard and it had a good sized shelf on one end. Perfect for dangling feet in the water while sipping a cool drink.
As we left this house, we were treated to a refreshing glass of lemonade served from the Bubbles and Brews van. I had never seen this little van before. Apparently they can be hired to serve Prosecco and draft beer for parties and events. What a great idea for when we can have parties again.
Friday, April 23, 2021
Here is the second house we visited on the Phoenix Home & Garden tour. This one was given the title of "Sonoran Resort".
This house had a pool that was slightly elevated with a hot tub/spa on one end. There was a rock waterfall at the other end.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Today is Earth Day, a day we celebrate the place we call home. I thought I'd do just that by showing a variety scenes from the great state of Arizona. This first one is a desert scene from just north of the Phoenix city limits.
This shot was taken on hike in the wooded area around Flagstaff Arizona up in the northern part of our state.
This shot was taken east of the metropolitan area. The mountains in the background show the formation we call "four peaks".
This last photo was also taken on the east side of the valley, this time near the town of Apache Junction. The jagged rock formation is part of the Superstition Mountains.
There are so many beautiful and varied places on this wonderful planet. Here's hoping we can figure out how to take better care of our home. It's the only one we've got.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Last Saturday, I joined my good friends Julie and Dave to go on the Phoenix Home & Garden tour. It's an annual event that is always a fun way to get a peek at how the one percent live. 😊 The tour was canceled last year for the obvious reason. It was a perfect day for the tour. We got to tour the yards of 6 different homes with some very interesting landscape plans. I'll show some photos for each one over the next week or two. The first one we toured was describe as "Lush High Desert". Above is the gorgeous pool.
There were two seating areas, one with a fire pit and the other without. Both looked inviting.
In one spot in the yard was this sculptural saguaro with lights on it.
I spied a putting green through this tree. The tree itself was full of Solari bells that were on loan from Cosanti.
I was particularly fond of this plant with the pretty purple blooms so I snapped a photo of it too.