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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What? 800 Posts!

Not only that.

I passed Blog Post No. 800 and didn't know it.   

Can it be?  800 posts? It all began in July of 2009.
Have no idea what possessed me.

I was walking in my garden, early one morning, with coffee cup in hand,

When it occurred to me that I wanted to share.

Our life in the country.

with creatures great and small. 

Building a new homestead by an ancient Indian camp site. 

Because it was love at first sight.

I wanted to share with you my passion for growing flowers.


and Out.

Many recipes from my kitchen.

And paint recipes. 

For walls and ceilings.

Botanicals affixed to candles.

Easter Eggs.

And golden acorns.

Christmas Ornaments.

Travels to Europe

And exotic places.

Painting at the Scuola d' Arte in Deruta, Italy.

Painting ceramics.  So, so many and now almost forgotten. All sent off, never to see again, hopefully making new owners happy.

So grateful to everyone. 

Thank you for visiting, reading and commenting.  



  1. I am awestruck each time I visit your blog, the beauty is simply amazing.

    1. Hello Mac n' Janet, You have made my day. Thank You.

  2. Dear Gina - 800 posts is an amazing achievement - you have generously shared with us your many talents over the years which are always so exquisitely photographed and presented. A heartfelt thank you, and here's to lots more of your beautiful posts in the future.

    1. Dear Rosemary,
      Thank You Rosemary. I am humbled by your lovely comment. Especially so because I admire your beautiful photography and written words of your blog "Where Five Valleys Meet".

  3. Best wishes to you, dear Gina, on reaching 800 posts. That is quite an achievement, and one for which I am truly grateful. Your site is always a joy to visit. Your generous sharing of beauty and information and inspiration is very much appreciated. xo

    1. Dear Frances, You have been one of my earliest supporters. For that I am so grateful. I love visiting your blog. Reading and seeing pictures about New York is a real treat. Add to that your formidable knitting skills makes your blog one of my most favorites. Thank you for your friendship.

  4. "Love at first sight" always works!!!!
    Oh Gina, everything looks so amazingly beautiful in this post - your home, the countryside, the animals and birds, the flowers, the travel photos and of course your incredible painted pieces.
    What a joy it has been to read so many posts, learn so many things (I'll always love my golden acorns) you have shared so much beauty. Please don't stop - I'm ready for hundreds more my dear!

    Happy day, beautiful weekend in Utah.
    Hugs - Mary

    1. Dear Mary, I am so pleased to know that you like my "trip around my world". I am so grateful to you and my blogging friends who still want to share their stories. I know that it is a lot of work. And maybe sometimes, we wonder if it is worth spending so much time on writing and photos for a little story that may only be seen by a few.
      I happen to like the blogging platform. It takes me on trips around the world and lets me admire beautiful photographs that otherwise I would never see.
      So I thank you Mary for making it all possible.

  5. Dear Gina,
    here I am again, after a long visit to Germany,to celebrate with you 800 blog posts of exquisite beauty.Your art, home,garden,flowers and animals are always a great pleasure to visit and I am so glad you decided to present it all. Selfishly I am wishing for many more to come.
    Warmest hugs, Sieglinde

    1. Dear Sieglinde, Welcome home.
      Thank you for sending your beautiful photos while you were traveling in places I have never been.
      It must be wonderful to get off the plane and have another home waiting for you.
      You are always so complimentary with your comments and I want you to know that I truly value your friendship.