jay's little sister erin
the view from the front lawn
the ponds in the italian garden
all the water lilies needed were some frogs
shade! the wisteria covered walkway to/through the shrub gardens
George Vanderbilt picked the perfect spot on his land (totaling 25,000 acres at one time) with perfect views
the side of the house
we had just passed through the shrub garden and took in the above 2 views before heading down to the walled gardens and conservatory. the gardens are mostly filled with summer wild flowers at this time. a few of the roses were still in bloom, well, enough so that when you walked into the rose garden you could smell them without having to actually "stop and smell the roses." the air was fragrantly pleasing and the roses were still quite lovely. we then headed down to the conservatory and enjoyed viewing the plants and flowers there.
grapes aren't just in the vineyards
inside the walls of the gardens
pretty black-eyed susans
pretty, fragrant roses
i loved this creative wine barrel fountain. look around the bottom for the corks.
and this one, too, with the water coming from the bottles in the wine rack.
loved this shot on the way back from the gardens. if you click on the picture to enlarge it you can see the flag on the roof, too.
it was hot. but it was also a beautiful day and i'm so glad i got to spend it with erin.
sweet little bluebird looking for food for it's babies on my roof. their nest is in the eave of our neighbors' house.
yep. you read right. not popsicles. but pupsicles. why can't our four-legged furry friends enjoy a frozen treat every now and then? these are dog tested and dog approved. they are healthy, too. i found the recipe in my dog treat recipe book. cotton and barley are happy to share the delectable deliciousness with your fur-babies too.
what you need:
32 ounces low-fat or non-fat yogurt
2 mashed bananas
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Blend well. Fill small paper cups (like 3-ounce bathroom size Dixie cups) with the mixture. Freeze at least two hours. To serve, let thaw slightly and pop pupsicle out of the cup and into a bowl by pressing onto the bottom of the cup. (The recipe says it makes about 10 cups worth... it actually made 16 cups. The dogs aren't complaining! They eat theirs outside. In the yard. No bowl.)
(Make sure you have room in your freezer!)