Monday

~Azaleas in the Dining Room Garden~

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Just before leaving for the lake, last Wednesday, I took a few photos of the azalea bushes, in the dining room garden. 

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This was our view, early Sunday morning.

During the storms, Friday, there was water over the road in some places.  We have not seen the damage from winds, suffered in the area of Missouri south of the lake and other states.

I’ve certainly enjoyed my tiny break, in blogging, but I miss all of you and will be coming by to see you!

I hope your Mother’s Day was as lovely as mine!

57 comments:

Creative Country Mom said...

Beautiful and I love the statue. I am glad you did not have damage. We we're lucky too, it went south of us about 30 minutes. They had 90+ mph winds! I am glad you enjoy the lake on weekends, we live on a 48 acre lake and love it. So peaceful. Hugs....Brooke

Southern Lady said...

Beautiful pictures to start my Monday, Pat. Best wishes to you and J for a very nice day and week.

Gaston Studio said...

We've had some really bad storms go thru our area too, with lots of tornado warnings but thank God, they didn't hit down where we live!

The azaleas are gorgeous and the photos of the lake are enchanting.

Terri and Bob said...

I have GOT to get some azaelas in the garden. The color is magnificent. The lake pictures are gorgeous. It looked like that on my way to work today. I was in Northern Missouri this weekend and I didn't see signs of water damage there... a good sign!

Martha said...

I love azaleas and yours are beautiful. Alas, there are none at Linderhof. Perhaps I should rectify that. We got only rain Friday but not far from us to the south, they got the wind -- lots of damage. But I've never seen so much rain in so little time and I now know the meaning of "flash flood"!

Denise said...

The azaelas are gorgeous! We had some very high winds on saturday, but not much damage.

XXDenise

BECKY said...

Good morning Pat!!

Down here azaleas are in bloom everywhere!! So pretty!! Your's are delightful!!

I'm happy to hear that your had a great Mother's Day. I did, too, and this weekend hubby and I are escaping and island-hopping for a few days on the Florida and Georgia east coasts. YIPPEE!! Can't wait!! This is my Mother's Day/Birthday combo and our little much anticipated romantic getaway rolled into 3-4 days!!

We haven't stolen away since this time last year!!

Have a wonderful week, friend!
Hugs,
Becky

Dana and Daisy said...

Storm damage south of you? Uh oh, I better check on the cabin! Not again?

I have not brought myself to plant any azaleas yet. Aren't they rather particular about their conditions?

The Bliss Journey said...

I love azaleas. I had them in Pa. but they don't do as well here in Florida. Glad you enjoyed your little break. We headed to our island beach house for a few days last week. It's only a few miles from our home but it feels like a million miles away. Have a great week.
Kathleen

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Pat, I surely enjoyed your beautiful pictures....hope everything is okay with the storms.

Your azaleas are so pretty. Ours have already come and gone...kinda sad.

Barb

Shelia said...

Morning, Sweet Pat! Oh, the azaleas are just so beautiful and I love that shade of red! The mist on the waters is such a beautiful sight! I'm glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day!
Be a sweetie,Shelia ;)

Pamela said...

How they decorate your window. sigh.

My last azalea didn't survive the winter.

They grow so well on the west side of the mtns where I grew up. Here, they take a lot more tlc.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Pat!

Your azaela is beautiful! Mine are almost done already!! Love the statue in the birdbath!

Manuela

bj said...

What beautiful flowers to see from your dining room. Just stunning.
I hope you enjoyed your break...I am heading towards one soon. So much to do and enjoy now that the weather is warmer. We are having a cloudy, rainy day right now...my very favorite kind of day in the whole world.
xo bj

Susan said...

Your flowers are so gorgeous! What a lovely home you have!

Runner Mom said...

Simply lovely!! I had hopped over to ask you about your camera, and low and behold, it's out there!! YOu are precious!! I'm looking into getting a cannon--had the 35 mm and loved it. Thanks so much for the info right on you blog!!

Happy Belated Mother's Day!
Hugs!
Susan

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your azaleas are beautiful! I can't seem to grow them at my house, but I see them all over the area here.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Pat!

I hope you had a very Happy Mohter's Day!

I took a blog break myself as I went to Colorado for a week to visit my baby grandosn and son and daughter-in-law. It was so much fun! I'm trying to catch up on all my favorite blogs now that I'm back.

Enjoy your time off!

Sheila said...

the garden and azaleas are beautiful

Beverly said...

Pat, I'm so glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Ours was happy and relaxing. I have been feeling so sentimental about Mother's Day this year.

Your photos are lovely. The mist rising from the lake is magical.

Melissa Miller said...

~Beautiful garden Pat.
I do love your stunning view from the dining room. Your St Francis statue is gorgeous. I should add one
as well.

I hope your Mother's Day was blessed.
~Melissa :)

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!
The color pink is so amazing.
It looks like a bright reddish pink to me. Beautiful!!
Have a wonderful week,
Rosemary

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos.
Glenda

Chari said...

Hello Pat...

Ohhh my friend, what a lovely way to start my day!!! Your bright pink azaleas are gorgeous...what a lovely view to have from your sun porch...it's heavenly!!! Ohh noo..so sorry to hear that ya'll got caught in that bad weather...I do hope that all is well! The photos of the lake are beautiful, I'm sure that you had a wonderful time with such beautiful views to keep you company during your little break! Welcome home, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari
PS...so glad that you came by to take a look at my bed and bath redo and thanks for your sweet comments!!!

Chari said...

Ooops...it's just lil' ol' me again! Hehe!!!

I just wanted to tell you that I was doing some catching up on your blog. My friend, your photos of the flowers from your Aunt Ruth's garden are absolutely exquisite!!! I've never seen such beautiful photos...you are really a talented photographer, my friend!!! Ohhh...each and every one of those photos deserved to be framed...what fabulous art!!!

Also, I visited your porch (from the porch & patio party)! It's fabulous!!! Ohhh, I could definitely spend some time just relaxing and enjoying the views of this gorgeous outdoor room...ahhh, for hours!!! I love how you hung the old iron garden gate on the fireplace...with that pretty wall basket full of daisies!!! Sooo pretty!!! And your furniture and fabrics are soooo sweet!!! My friend, you have really outdone yourself with this beautiful room!!! What a pleasure it was to look at each of your photos!!! I think this just may be my favorite porch of all times!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari
PS...wished you would consider giving us some lessons or tips in photography. I have really had fun with it since starting my blog but I just don't know much about it. I for one would appreciate some help in this area!!! We all know that the quality of a photo can make or break whatever it is that we're trying to showcase!!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

The azaleas are beautiful...and I love the photos of the fog over the water!

Down here, the azaleas are long gone!!

:) Diane

Merrie. said...

I love your blog; I found you thru Cranberry Flats; what beautiful photos; I agree with the comment you made re; dogs; ours are used to being fussed over; however once we moved to MI we had all kinds of idiots making stupid comments and acting fearful of our babies; they think our dogs are pitbulls! They are not they are English Bulldogs and are the sweetest babies ever; well I just love your big ole' black doggie what a sweetie pie! I would just give that baby a big hug; and some ice cream LOL!!

Mary Ruth said...

I love the Azaleas! And that fog is so mysterious and wonderful! GREAT photos!

Betty Jo said...

Oh My Pat! Your azalea photos are exquisite. Love the mist rising from the lake too. I keep saying I'm going to take a blog break, but then I think of just one more thing I want to share. ♥

Deb said...

Such a pretty view out your window of those gorgeous azaleas!

salmagundi said...

I would love an azalea bush, but don't think they grow here. I'll just enjoy glorious pictures of yours. Sally

Charli and me said...

Your Azaleas are just beautiful and the pictures of the lake are stunning. I'm glad you had a nice break. We are glad you are back ♥

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

There's some good news for you on my blog today, Pat! Come and see! :-)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Pat, The pictures of the lake and mist are just magical! Your azaleas are gorgeous! Our bloom here around the last week of March, first of April, so the are long gone!

So glad you had a wonderful Mom's Day! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

imjacobsmom said...

Your pictures are so pretty that the azaleas don't even look real! Just perfect! ~ Robyn

Mama said...

Your azaleas are so pretty Pat and the photographs of the lake are stunning, Kathy.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, As always your photographs are so pretty. Love that mist on the lake, and I love the creative way you look at everything through your camera. laurie

Allidink said...

Wow. Beautiful! I'm glad you had a nice Mother's Day. :)

All the best,
Allison

Sandi McBride said...

Thse are simply stunning shots...what a wonderful day of celebration for you to keep in your heart!
Sandi

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Beautiful pictures Pat...Seeing pictures of that lake always lowers my blood pressure. Stunning

dana said...

Hi Pat, What a lovely view from your dining room!! I also enjoyed the fog lifting off the lake--what a great sight.

Dana

Shelia said...

Morning, Dear Pat! Oh, thank you for popping in to see our Divas! I remember when you snapped and I was just thrilled that someone of your elegance would do that for the silliest of mes!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rowan said...

It must be windy all over the world! We're having cool windy days here in the UK too. That Strawberry Rhubarb pie in your previous post looks absolutely gorgeous. Must see whether there is a Betty Crocker online recipe.

Brenda said...

Our azaleas are long gone. But obviously they are just sweeping in around your area. Aren't they vibrant and full of life? Just love them. I took lots of pictures though!
Brenda

Anonymous said...

Lovely Pat, so pretty.

I hope you had a nice Mother's Day

Kathy :)

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Your azaleas look just lovely. They had finished their blooming at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Sunday. I was in hopes that they would still be in their full bloom. I guess it is just that much cooler here. Hope we can get to The Lake at the same time! I would love for you to see our place.

Charla

Cindy said...

Pat,
Your pics just always awe and inspire me! I love the azaleas and the beautiful pic overlooking that lake is gorgeous! Come back soon, Cindy

Brenda Eason said...

Beautiful photos. Isn't it nuts how our Azaleas bloom so early here.
hope you had a happy Mother Day.

Picket said...

Hey Pat...love those beautiful red azaleas!!!! That pic with the fog coming off the lake is awesome!!!! So glad you had a great Mother's Day girl...hope you have a fantastic week!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Pat - Did you see the announcement by Julia @ Hooked on Houses? Congrats!!

Charla

HiHo said...

don't you just love a foggy morning??? Heidi

Nancy said...

Just wanted to congratulate you on winning your house portrait. Your photos are beautiful and your house, too! Be sure to share the result!
~Nancy

abeachcottage said...

wonderful, gorgeous pics, love the lake

sarah

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Beautiful pictures, Pat! And congrats on the Fifi win. I am envious! I hate I didnt enter. Glad you did. I cannot wait to see your home Fifi'd. Hope you will post it completed.
Happy belated mothers day to my friend.

Lori E said...

I could just kiss my computer screen. Molly is so sweet.
Our black lab Max(ine)is 12 years old and is so gray in the muzzle. The old girl will be in the pages of a calendar next year so we now refer to her as Miss February. She hasn't let it go to her head.

Cote de Texas said...

whoa! omg - those pictures of the lake are so beautiful! and the azaelas! we're all done with ours here in Houston. We have a huge azalea festival with gorgeous homes on the tour - but it's all over for the year. it's getting warm in Texas!!! glad you are back.

Catherine Holman said...

What beautiful azaleas!
Hugs,
Cathie