Back to the Garden, and a Monday Walk

Hot summer days, lots of haze and a need for a local escape landed me in the north Georgia mountains to a favorite little garden center where I go to take walks, fool around with my camera and to enjoy the scenery. I like it here because it’s usually a few degrees cooler in the summer, there are lots of paths to hike around the wooded naturalized gardens or some that head off toward the more centralized more formal designs. It’s a friendly environment and the air has the cool freshness that comes from being near the mountains. One of the things I look forward to seeing here are the resident garden cats. They happily hop up from their place in the shade to welcome unsuspecting visitors in a confusing tangle of leg rubbing and twisting around the ankles until everybody’s on the ground for a belly rubbing session. Being on the receiving end of a cat’s love is one of life’s simple pleasures I think.

Every Monday my friend Jo welcomes bloggers to walk along with her on her wonderful travels. This week she showcases the coast of Seaton Sluice, a beautiful rural area where the channel meets the sea in Northumberland England. You can see her beautiful photography here: Jo’s Monday Walk: Seaton Sluice. Meanwhile, I hope you’re enjoying your summer, and wherever you’ve landed make sure to stop now and then to enjoy all that’s beautiful around you.












My cat friends at Gibbs Gardens made me think of another blog I’d like to recommend. If you are a cat lover, and enjoy horses and the world of equestrian competition, you would like my friend David’s blog, “Through the Viewfinder” His life stories are a joy to read, his photography, wonderful.
Click on the link if you’d like to read more about North Georgia’s Gibbs Gardens.


  1. It does look cool and refreshing, Elisa. ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially love the shot with the steps in, and that tiny flower with the wonderfully blurred background. Oh, I do love it when people mess about with cameras! Many thanks for the link ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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        1. Hello Jo,

          “through the viewfinder” can be found at It must be a bad tech day. A comment I left at another blog came out mangled as if I didn’t know any grammar. I proofread the comment before I hit the submit button and it seemed fine. Don’t ask me what happened during its processing and publication. ๐Ÿ™‚


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    1. Jet, thank you. I find being objective of my photography to be one of my biggest challenges, so I’m happy that you selected a couple of favorites. I think I get too caught up in how I was feeling when I took the picture instead of studying the composition. Thanks for the inputโ€ฆand I hope you’re having a great week!

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    1. Hey there, thanks, Jay! We’ve been watching lots of movies this summerโ€ฆnot the Minions ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to checking in with you all to see what’s hot and what’s not! Hope you’re having a good one.


  2. Beautiful garden photos. Beautiful calico cat. I wouldn’t mind having that Arbor Cafรฉ building. (A converted barn?) Unfortunately, I do not have space in my backyard for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We’re getting ready to head out to Iowa next week for three weeks of horse shows. The remainder of this week is a whirlwind of activity with final practices, routine veterinary stuff, a coaching session, etc.

    I appreciate the plug, thank you.

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  3. Thanks, Elisa! Superb ๐Ÿ™‚ David just contacted me so I’ve been on a visit there too. No comment box that I can find but maybe I’m looking in the wrong place. Oh, this technology’s a….! Time to cook yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ha, each I return to WordPress I can’t believe how much WP Admin has changed. I wish they’d stop fiddling around with everything! And yes, I think David turns his comments off if he doesn’t have time to respond.


  4. Oh, how lovely. Can I vacation, or rather, can I move in to this garden? You may leave the cat under my care; she’ll be my guide. That’s just the kind of place I’m sorely missing these days. I can tend to the flowers too, if you’d like. In any event, one can always dream, right? Thanks for this post.


  5. Beautiful Elisa – the gardens and flowers are stunning. I truly like this Monday’s walk – thanks for sharing your beautiful Georgia with us.


    1. Hi Michael. I’ve had blogs that I follow disappear from the reader for months, and poof, like magic they appear again. One of the quirks of WP. And thank you very much for your wonderful comment. You’ve inspired me to carry on when I falterโ€ฆwhich is often. On another note, you had recommended the Nikon 16-35 lens to me not long ago. I rented it last week and WOW, what a difference in color and clarity, I guess it’s time for me to consider a big girl lens. I’m almost afraid to try the 24-70 now. Trรจs cher!


  6. Adding Gibbs Gardens to my get-to list! We travel with a camper trailer, and hope to be East again this summer or next. The gardens look gorgeous, and we could get a cat fix! Traveling’s main sacrifice is lack of regular cat time.


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