cause for celebration…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ranunculus with phone appsa little over an hour’s drive away in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley there is a lovely French Country Inn

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz L'Auberge Provencale B&Bwith beautiful historic buildings and grounds…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Garden viewtheir logo: “Escape to Provence. No passport required.” sounded just right to us as we were celebrating Mr Magpie’s birthday…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz fresh airit was a perfect place to unplug and unwind and feast…

Mr Magpie birthday treatstheir elegant and delicious La Table Provencale Restaurant and Bar were full of taste tempting delights (the expert  friendly staff added to our visit)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz this was a bit of a practice run for the two week tour of France we have planned to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary this April…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz L'Auberge Provencale #10here’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone else over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

 

35 responses to “cause for celebration…

  1. Oh such a stunning place to celebrate a birthday Patty for your darling! Just think I could have been there with you both celebrating mine! You will adore country France.
    Birthday hugs,
    Suzy

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  2. Cosy place for a nice celebration… Happy belated birthday, Mr Magpie 🙂

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  3. So glad you and Mr. Magpie got to take this preview tour of France before the real deal in April. It was also a wonderful way to celebrate his birthday, too.

    One of the things that struck me was the table with the ducks in your room. Reminds me of the birds holding the table where you stay in the summer. Of course, I like the idea of hot chocolate in the afternoon. What a great complimentary gift. Looks like you got to feast, too!

    Thanks for taking us with you to celebrate Mr. M.’s birthday and your lovely photos of the trip, as well as all the lovely drinks and eats you participated in for T this Tuesday.

    And thanks for reminding me how long it took for that postcard to get to me. I had NO idea it took so long, but I’m glad I got it in time to share for T this week. Yes, it seems it could have traveled around the world in the length of time it took to get to me. But got here it finally did! and for that, I am grateful, too.

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  4. happy belated birthday to your husband, patty! it really Looks like a great time spent here and the photos were gorgeous as always.
    have a great tuesday and rest of the week:)

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  5. What a great place to celebrate Mr.Magpie’s birthday!
    All the best for you and your love!
    Happy T-Day dear Patty!
    oxo
    Susi

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  6. Hope Mr M had a wonderful celebration…sure looks like it. And France to come….lucky you!

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  7. Just gorgeous! Hugs. Valerie

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  8. Welcome home! I do hope Jim’s birthday celebration was wonderful! Of course it was, he was in a beautiful place with the love of his life(not in that order)! So happy that you have shared your photos and again brought us along! hmmm, I did not see the traveling teacup! and another thing missing, was all that snow you had a few weeks back…curious and curiouser! heeehee
    Delightful post ,my dear and so happy to have you back- I’ve missed you!
    sending love & hugs and belted birthday wishes for Mr.Magpie! xo
    ps…how exciting for your trip!!!

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  9. Belated all the best wishes to your dear husband. I can see that he and you have celebrated a wonderful birthday. That is such a nice place, I love it so much to look at your photos. A very romantic place for young and old lovers and for celebrating what ever. And a big easter bunny was there also. I missed your here in Blogland and I’ve already thought that you are traveling on.
    Liebste Grüße
    Sabine xox

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  10. Love the “Celebrate” picture at the beginning of your post. Peonies? What a wonderful place to celebrate Mr. Magpie’s birthday! And how terrific that you are going to Provence to celebrate your anniversary. I went on a hiking tour of Provence years ago and it was absolutely amazing. What a treat for you both!

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  11. this looks like a heavenly place to get away, and to celebrate French style! A very happy belated birthday to Jim. What a lovely way to get into France mode with that gorgeous looking food too. You know I’ll be with you in spirit all along your trip in April:):) Happy T day!

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  12. What a beautiful place to visit ♥ Happy Belated Birthday to the Mr. Your anniversary trip sounds heavenly too 🙂 Happy T Day!

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  13. Happy Birthday, Mr. Magpie! What a beautiful, restful place to spend it, too. Oh the decor, oh the cheese, oh the pastries! Yum!

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  14. What a delightful getaway spot 🙂 Such a cool way to style themselves -as Provence without a passport. Fun!

    Happy T Tuesday!

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  15. What a fun and gorgeous place to stay…for any reason. I bet it is breath taking when everything is in bloom. The food looks so yummy!
    Belated B-day wishes to Mr. Magpie
    Happy T-day

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  16. Hello again, dear Patty,
    I guess you are home again, after a wonderful weekend celebrating your Jim. It looks lovely there, and with yummy dishes , wine, coffee and cake… just a meal I would love too. The building is making me think of ” Gone with the wind ” 🙂
    Fun to be in” little Provence” and to try out the meals ,- you can now look forward having, when in France later this spring !!
    Big hug to you
    Dorthe

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  17. Looks like a perfect place for an outing. Can’t wait to hear more about the trip to Paris. What a great thing you have to look forward to.

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  18. what an enchanting place!!! AND you are going to France?!!! How very wonderful. xo

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  19. Looks like a heavenly place to visit and relax…congrats on your upcoming anniversary! We will be expecting you to share lots of photos of your trip to France! (I am SO jealous!) happy T day!

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  20. This place looks great – the perfect place to celbrate and get in the mood for the real thing! (not long now!) Hugs, Chrisx

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  21. What a beautiful place! Looks like you really enjoyed yourselves. What an anniversary plan–wow! Take lots of pictures. Happy T-Day! 🙂

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  22. Looks like a wonderful place.Belated birthday wishes to your husband Patty
    Have a good week
    Hugs

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  23. Gorgeous photographs of what looks like an amazing retreat. I hope you are doing well, hugs, Shirleyxx

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  24. Always good to dip the toe in ahead of time. You both always have marvelous memories everywhere you go. What a fantastic place. xox

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  25. Oh, this looks like such a lovely place for a birthday treat! How lovely that you’ll be visiting Europe in April. I do hope you have a wonderful time in France. xx

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  26. Oh Patty, what a heavenly place to celebrate! I’m not sure who would have had the best time — the birthday boy or his lovely gift-giver! Fabulous!

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  27. There is that handsome Jim having a great celebration.Oh and I see grass,real grass. Then going to France !! I can’t stand all the excitement. I will be looking for many pictures. We are expecting some snow and blowing here. All that winter stuff. I will trade you some snow for a patch of grass.
    xoxoxo

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  28. You do have lovely holidays, thanks so much for sharing them with us.
    Of course you had to have a “practice” for your next holiday – in France!! , gosh France!!! Looking forward already to your French photos.

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  29. What a gorgeous place, my friend!It is so special.Enjoy your days there!

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  30. Happy Birthday to your husband! You two have really lovely trips together. A blessing to share your time!

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  31. Patty, This place looks so full of charm, how lovely to spend this special time together in celebration of Mr Magpie’s birthday (sending Belated Birthday Wishes) and a rehearsal for your trip to Paris, now that is surely another cause for celebration!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  32. Very happy birthday wishes to Mr. Magpie – he looks quite happy with his cheese repast. Looks like a lovely place to have a celebration.

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  33. It looks and sounds wonderful! Happy birthday Jim! xxx

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  34. This looks like it was a fun birthday weekend. What a beautiful place. And I hope you come home with lots of photos from your trip in April. What a great thing to look forward to.

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  35. This looks like some place Art and I would like to visit. Oh my you lucky girl – do you think you could escape without me finding out about your two weeks in France??? You know you are going to have to take loads of pictures and collectibles for your art journal!!!
    What I want more than any thing is a couple of weeks in England.
    Oh Patty, I am so tickled for you — and April is almost here!!!!!
    sandy xx

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