Category Archives: Birthday

birthday getaway Anne Hathaway style…

at the end of November we took a little break from home improvements and drove about 2.5 hours southwest toward the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia…
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we booked three nights at the beautiful Inn of Old Virginia and stayed in a lovely room in the renovated barn where some of the exposed beams date back to Civil War times…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-inn-at-old-virginia

there were some beautiful sunrise views from our balcony…magpies-nest-jim-szymkowicz-sunrise-over-blue-ridge-mtns

breakfasts at the inn were delicious with such great attention to detail…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-inn-of-old-virginia-breakfast

it had a relaxing atmosphere with very gracious hosts…

magpies-nest-inn-at-old-virginia-restored-barnthe nearby town of Staunton (pronounced STAN-ten) is known for being the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson who was the 28th president of the U.S… magpies-nest-staunton-va-xoxo-doorsit is home to the American Shakespeare Center with a replica of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Theatre… magpies-nest-staunton-shops

we enjoyed a performance of The 12 Dates of Christmas which was thoroughly entertaining and captivating in the beautiful wooden theatre…magpies-nest-giant-watering-can-and-garden-pots

one of the main reasons we chose Staunton was because of a special tea room…magpies-nest-streets-of-stauntonwe even brought our Traveling Tea Cup along…magpies-nest-anne-hathaway-cottage-tea-room-with-the-traveling-t-cup
I could hardly believe there was a REAL thatched cottage in Virginia which reminded us of the thatched cottages in the UK when we visited back in 2013 (photo below)…magpies-nest-stratford-upon-avon-uk-tour-2013

that is us standing in front of Anne Hathaway’s real cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon and we stumbled upon Hathaway TEA Rooms there and enjoyed a huge tea for two out in the garden…magpies-nest-anne-hathaway-birthday-tea-dec-2016 back to Virginia where we celebrated my 5 December birthday at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Tea Room (tea for one and Mr Magpie had the Plowman’s Lunch…we shared a pot of Earl Grey)…magpies-nest-jim-szymkowicz-1600s-english-farm

such a fun time and I didn’t even get to tell you about our visit to the Frontier Culture Museummagpies-nest-1700s-irish-farmbut I’ve kept you so long already…magpies-nest-frontier-museum-reflections

wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

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…

 

“in the meantime”

on Mother’s Day a very special and dear friend left this world…

Magpie's Nest Remembering Lennie

no one would have guessed that Lennie would be leaving us so soon as she was so full of life…

Magpie's Nest Mother's Day Crow Visit

she meant so much to so many people with her sunny outlook full of Love and kindness…

You will not be forgotten

Lennie’s passing has left me at a loss for words as I am still trying to imagine life without her here…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz dear Lennie

her grandchildren shared one of her favorite sayings which is a wonderful reminder to live life to the fullest no matter what comes your way…

Magpie's Nest Lennie always said

I am joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover to wish you a Happy T Day 

Magpie's Nest greatness quote

and wishing a special Happy Birthday to my sweet friend Linda in Texas

west coast t…

since we were already way across the country visiting our son in Colorado for Thanksgiving we decided to tack on a trip to California to visit family there…

Ft Collins Colorado

we were able to shed some of the layers and boots we had packed for the winter weather in Colorado switching to rain gear for some of the days…

Sonoma County California

we enjoyed seeing California looking green with bits of pretty autumn foliage as we’d not visited at this time of year before…

San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

I got to celebrate my birthday in San Francisco which was memorable…

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getting to visit favorite places…

Palace of Fine Arts SF CA

never tiring of the views…

San Francisco CA

adding some new adventures too…

San Francisco waterfront pedicab ride selfie

here we are speeding along the SF waterfront in a pedicab…

Night tour of San Francisco CA

headed back to the hotel to pile on some warm clothes for our night time tour of the city from the the top of an open double decker bus feeling like full fledged tourists (it was a two day pass including a night tour and it was a unique way to get around and see the city…we plan to do it sometime in our own hometown of Washington, DC)…

SF fa la laa

The City by the Bay felt very festive with holiday lights and decorations…

Union Square SF California

we took a little break to enjoy some cappuccino and a hazelnut creme pastry at an outdoor cafe at Union Square…

SF architecture sampler

so much to see and enjoy…

San Francisco snippets

here’s wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

Sonoma Coast Goat Rock

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~Miriam Beard

Happy Birthday to my Mr Magpie…

Feb 2014 Ocean City MD

celebrating the wonderful man in my life especially today…

my inspiration my Love

birthday tea…

December is a festive time…

Ocean City and Berlin MD

and Mr Magpie helped make it extra special by whisking me away for a long birthday weekend…

Fagars Island OC crab cakes

to a new spot for us (a tucked away bayside treasure) a little over three hours drive to the beach …

Fager's Island getaway

we enjoyed some of THE most delicious Maryland Style Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ever…

Fenwick Island OC Md

we did not mind at all having the beach to ourselves as we prefer that to the very busy and hectic summer season in Ocean City

Berlin Maryland

the nearby small town of Berlin, Maryland of Runaway Bride fame has some cute shops and is always fun to visit…

Main St Enchanted T Room Berlin MD

we had afternoon tea at the Main Street Enchanted Tea Room with the whole tea shop to ourselves as it was a Thursday which I admit had us acting a little silly after we discovered the hat rack…

Enchanted T Room Birthday T

 Mr Magpie found the stash of “tiaras” which seemed to be a good fit for me as none of the hats quite fit my head with my braid pinned up in the back 😉 that’s my story and I am sticking to it

Sunset in a cup

it was a relaxing and lovely time and Mother Nature even gifted us with a perfect sunset to enjoy before we headed back home…

9 Dec 2013 Frozen in Time

we made it back just in time as Mother Nature had a beautiful icy surprise in store…

China Girl Climbing Rose

wishing you a lovely day whatever your weather brings…

azalea leaves

I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today as snow gently falls outside my window here in Northern Virginia  

Flieder…bzy …liliowy …lilas …seringen …lillà …syrener …lilacs

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ~John Burroughs

Lilac Tea Time

it’s lilac time again in northern Virginia…

Lilac Tea Time (4)

seemingly overnight the leaves are back on the trees and blooms are bursting everywhere…

Magpie's Nest Lilac Tea (1)

for friends who still have snow or cold temperatures

Magpie's Nest Lilac Teathere’s hope and

Decaf Earl Grey Supreme

I look forward to your Spring when it arrives for you…

Lilac Tea Time (3)

the talented artist Jan D’esopo‘s sculpted face that we brought back from Old San Juan last year was begging for some lilac tresses…

Lilac Tea Time (5)

 *** Special wishes go out to my dear friend Lennie for a very Happy and Healthy Birthday  *** OXO

Mandala Monday: blossoming …

“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars … the stars form a circle, and in the center we dance.”   –  Rumi

Kwanzan Cherry Close up

joining in Dawn’s Mandala Monday again this week

Kwanzan Cherry Violet Lilac Mandala

our Kwanzan Cherry tree is doing its Spring dance in our front yard…

Cherry Violet Lilac Mandala

I used our  English wooden bread board as a platform building out from the cherry blossoms in the center…

Kwanzan Cherry Violet Lilac Mandala (2)the addition of some green Hyssop leaves seemed to be the finishing touch on my mandala…

Kwanzan Cherry Violet Lilac Mandala (3)

cherry blossoms … Crown Vetch that we did not plant … Rose Campion leaves with wild violets on top ringed with bits of fragrant lilacs all from our garden…

Kwanzan Cherry Violet Mandala (4)

sending very Happy Birthday Wishes to two special friends today … Margaret and Elizabeth of Altered Book Lover * Enjoy * Enjoy * you two Earth Day babes!

memory tea…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (1)my sweet Mutti was born on this day in 1931…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (2)

it is the third birthday she has not been here with us to celebrate in body at least…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday

coping with grief and loss is a process…Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (3)

this quote was something I was going to share on Mother’s Day with thanks to my friend Lennie’s daughter Diane for sharing it with me last year …

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turns out I needed to hear it today:

“Your Mother is always with you.  She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.  She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore.  She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well.  She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.  She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow.  She is Christmas morning.  Your Mother lives inside your laughter.  She’s crystallized in every teardrop.  A mother shows every emotion…..happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow … and all the while, hoping and praying  you will only know the good feelings in life.  She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.  She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.  Not time, not space … not even death!”  ~Unknown

Happy Angel Birthday My Mutti ~*~ XOXOXO

Happy Happy Birthday…

Mr Magpie Birthdayto the Light of my life XOXO

birthday wishes…

to celebrate the day my dear Mother/Mutti was born…

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I would like to share some vintage early 1900’s postcard images with you…

MagpiesNest A Happy Birthday

our scanner has been broken for months…

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so I hope you can make these PDF files work for you…

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just click on the underlined links twice (once here and again after that…sorry) 

please enjoy them for your own personal use…

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they are not intended to be included in collage sheets or for sale…

my Mom was quite a baker…

here is one of her wonderful cakes

* Happy Birthday Sweet Mutti *

we miss your sweet smile and warm hugs

~* Josephine Mahoney *~

19 March 1931 – 8 February 2011

Stone Angel Sunday

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as promised here are some stone angels from one of the most beautiful cemeteries we have ever visited…

I know many of you Love stone angels as much as I do…

Mr Magpie and I spent hours on a gloriously sunny day just outside the walls of one of the old fortresses of Old San Juan…

the detail and beauty of the statuary was very powerful and moving…

we snapped photos left and right…

Mr M even brought his one legged tripod … unipod?…

my camera is so forgiving it compensates with triple anti shake

after me enjoying a couple of cups of delicious café con leche with breakfast…

back in the 16th century

cemeteries, slaughterhouses and such were always built outside the fortress/city walls…

lots more angel photos to come on future Sundays…

Happy Happy Birthday to my beloved angel here on earth Mr Magpie…the Light of my life OXOXOXO

… Love … Sweet … Love …

popping in to say I am thinking of you while we are traveling…

“Love is the medicine that accelerates healing. 

Love yourself,

love your neighbor,

love your enemies,

but begin with self-love. 

You cannot love others until you love yourself. 

You cannot share what you do not have. 

If you do not love yourself,

you cannot love anyone else either.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz

Happy “would have been” 30th birthday to our Alex

wishing each of you Love and more Love all ways

I look forward to visiting with all of you again toward the end of this week  OXO