April 17, 2013

Turquoise & Splash

This week is a new photo challenge! I wish I felt like I could keep up a little better. It seems like I've been so busy lately but that I'm not actually getting anything done. I've also been fighting exhaustion, I hope it passes soon and I get some energy back.

If I had to pick a favorite color it would be in the Turquoise family. It's dreamy. I'd been trying to figure out what to capture for this week's challenge and after a day trip last weekend it was very clear. We went to a place I've been wanting to go long before I ever lived in close proximity to it. I used to imagine taking a road trip just to go to this place, unfortunately I didn't think I would ever be able to convince my husband that it was worth it. Now we only live a couple hours away and we finally went for a visit to Terrain. Have you heard of it? It's amazing in every way. I could live there. I'm practically trying to recreate a similar atmosphere it in my own home. 

It was a wonderful day to visit! I enjoyed weaving my way in and out of all the spaces. I love all the old chippy things they use for displaying products.

Of course we had to enjoy lunch while we were there. There menu is based on whatever is in season. We enjoyed lamb burgers with a pepper jam and of course an amazing pot of bread. They bake their break right in a flower pot!

My plan was to spend a good 4 hours at Terrain but we decided that was a little overkill.  So we made arrangements to go to Longwood Gardens afterwards. These gardens were spectacular. Not everything was in bloom yet but there was still much to enjoy. One of the past owners of the estate was a collector of trees. I would absolutely love to be a collector of trees. Can you imagine? He also was fascinated by water. 

There were water features all over the property. Apparently Longwood Gardens puts on quite the fountain show too. I'll have to go back and see it for myself. 

Some of these water features were incredibly ingenious. The one above would shoot up every 30 seconds or so and ring a bell at the top. If you walked through too quickly you would miss it. 

This one was one of my favorites. A whole line of mini fountains shot off in a variety of patterns often resulting in one shooting into another. 

And how could I not adore the animal water features? They were works of art.

I just love places like this. It was huge too so it felt like we didn't even see everything. It's definitely a place we will go back to again and again. 

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  1. Looks like a fun place to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great photo op! Looks like a charming place to visit. :)

  3. I love all your fountain shots! What a pretty place!


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