Category Archives: Mountains

sweet memories T …

greetings and salutations…

Pica hudsonia

how quickly time flies…

Street Art Denver, CO

hope you’ve been well…

icicles Leadville, CO

we are home again after our travels…

Dushanbe Teahouse Boulder, CO

grateful for the chance to enjoy new sights and sounds…

Georgetown, CO

all such a treat…

Hotel Chateau Chamonix Georgetown, CO

being able to hug special family members again…

Ouray, CO Thanksgiving 2014

and visit with sweet friends…

visit with Jan and Dave

so much to be grateful for…

Sunset at  9300 ft Taylor Park, Colorado

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

♣ Happy St Paddy’s Day ♣

Irish snippets June 2013my maiden name is Mahoney ♣

Traveling in Ireland

but then everyone is a little Irish on St Patrick’s Day…

Robin in rain Glendalough

thought I would share a sampling of photos from our trip to the Emerald Isle last June…

Dublin Glendalough Cty Wicklow

it was so beautiful there…

outside Kenmare Ireland

with sunshine…

Ring of Kerry Ireland

or without…

Rainy day Kenmare Ireland

we look forward to visiting again some day…Glendalough lovely day for a guinness

 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” -Ferris Bueller

Cedric and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse…

with special thanks to my friend Linda Yeatman for telling me about this really special spot…

1Denver Mile High City

I knew when I looked at her photos that we just had to visit while we were in Colorado…

2Mountain Drive

we arrived at the Denver airport well before breakfast time and hotel check in time so we decided to drive about 25 miles northwest to the cool town of Boulder for some tea…

here is some of what the Teahouse website has to say:

4Boulder Tea House

“The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills in Boulder Colorado. Sitting alongside Boulder Creek in Central Park, the Teahouse is considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.

6tea house ceiling

Completely built by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.”

Sandy's Gnome Passport

 Sandy’s Traveling Gnome Cedric who you saw last week in Aspen really enjoyed the tea house…

3Cedric Tranquilitea

after the four hour flight from Dulles Airport in Virginia he started with a nice tall drink of water…

5Cedric and Moo cow

the tea menu was extensive…

Tea House Chai

we decided on chai tea and a lovely lunch which I was too excited to eat much of…

Seven Beauties

the fountain of the Seven Beauties was so photogenic with koi swimming in the pool around the sculpture with more details about that here if you are interested…

Seven Beauties pool

this was definitely the kind of place you wanted to sit and linger for a while to drink it all in…

Boulder Market Collage

just outside in Boulder’s Central Park the farmer’s market was in full swing as it was a blue sky sunny really mild day for the end of November…

Boulder Central Park Collage

everyone was out and about…

Boulder Street Performershere is a sampling of some of the street performer’s on popular Pearl Street

Between Denver and Boulder

we look forward to visiting again as there is so much to see and do and we will get to see our youngest son again too…

 

Asheville “Trash” Tea…

the Asheville area has so much to offer…

surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains…

a friendly walking town with a magical Friday night Drum Circle in Pritchard Park that delights and moves all ages…

lots of special places to eat and linger a while… 

my friend Lisa sent us with a list of great spots to visit…

one fun and different place was a store called TRASH which was a well organized large space loaded with a variety of great recycled items

we could not resist a photo op out front with our traveling tea cup…

“Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed.” ~  Jason Kravitz (quote compliments of Alan Cohen)

Biltmore Garden Tea

our recent getaway to Asheville, North Carolina

(all thanks to generous and kind friends for letting us stay in their beautiful Asheville home!!!)

would not have been complete without a visit to the National Historic Landmark Biltmore Estate  built during the years 1889-1895 by America’s leading architect of that time, Richard Morris Hunt

 still known as America’s largest home the house covers 4 acres, totaling 175,000 square feet with 250 rooms which includes 35 guest and family rooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, and 3 kitchens….

    George W. Vanderbilt worked with the best architects and craftsmen to build a grand escape for family and friends…

inspired by French chateaus but all made in America with gargoyles and all…

no one has lived in the house since the 1950’s but it is still family owned…

we got a two day ticket and spent an entire day in the gardens  tootling around just a small portion of the 8,000 acres…

on the second day we took a really nice audio tour of the inside of the house which gave insight into what it was like to live and work at Biltmore…

the fact that photography was not permitted inside the house proved to be a nice break as I can get a little crazy snapping photos even though it is something I always enjoy…

we did bring the traveling tea cup along and my pretty parasol which gave welcome shade from the sparkling sun…

the Blue Ridge Mountains make a most beautiful backyard and you may find it of interest to read a little bit about the strides in forestry that Vanderbilt started with his vision here

 the Italian Garden with its enchanting lily pools kept calling us back again and again…

it is worth noting that Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture, also designed Central Park in NYC and the US Capitol in Washington DC to name just a few of his many accomplishments…

he considered Biltmore his crowning achievement…

it was such a lovely getaway in so many ways…

thank you again Lisa    OXO

next week I have an Asheville “Trash” Tea planned to share with you…