Spring at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay

A visit to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay is a fabulous place to see all the Spring colors in full bloom!

Up early on a Saturday morning we set off to see spring flowers in full bloom at a nearby state park. Since our Empire Pass expired we paid $8 for parking and spent 2 hours exploring the 409 acre estate. We walked the rolling lawns with labeled trees, formal gardens, fountains and a pool area. An original Gold Coast estate from the Coe family consisting of 65 rooms in a Tudor Revival mansion stands tall and is open for hourly tours at an additional fee.

We enjoyed our walk and I had fun practicing my photography skills.

Well worth the $8 parking fee but poor Harry had to stay home. Need to find a park where we can bring dogs. Any suggestions?

Bronx Botanical Garden and Arthur Avenue

Day trips to New York City in the spring. Bronx Botanical Gardens, orchid show and a walk along Arthur Avenue. Living life with travel and adventures after loss.

I’m always looking for new adventures and the ones where I don’t have to pack a bag and fly somewhere can be a fun diversion and a good way to put off the inevitable chores around the house.

Of course I am looking forward to having my house clean and tidy and clutter free after I start my spring cleaning, but sometimes, really most times, I’d rather do something else!

So on the suggestion of my friend Liz at a recent book club meeting, I encouraged my handsome fiance to take me to see the Orchid show at the Bronx Botanical Gardens and follow up the flower visit with a stroll down Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy of the Bronx.

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Spring is in the yard

Spring is in the yard, New York garden. Runaway widow at home nesting.

Spring is a time of rebirth in the yard.  I love to see how the change in the yard turns green and colorful in one month’s time.  This year it looks like the flowers are coming in nicely and with the help of a landscaper I am going to have neat beds and a yard I can relax in. My memorial stones for my husband Mike and even our dog Lucky only enhance my appreciation that I can still live in my home after becoming a widow and I can continue to care for something important.

READ to find out how I got the yard this way in Spring Clean Up

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