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Come along on my recent trip to Yellowstone! Follow the dotted path to see all the wild, surreal, majestic sights I saw. Drive slowly and carefully to spot the wildlife along the way, and be patient; bison might hold you up in traffic halfway through the trip. Happy travels!
Arizonans know how to find water - whether it's a secret spot on a river or lake, or in a public park. My favorite place to recharge my batteries is in a park nearby. I like to watch the birds, take my dog for a walk, and enjoy all the flowers! Springtime is perfect for watching migratory birds and celebrating local flora.The prickly pear cacti have beautiful flowers, the saguaros wear flower crowns, and the ironwood trees turn an amazing lavender pink.
There is no place like home, but this pandemic has given us more than enough reason to be confined within our homes with our family for over a year now. A child learns to walk in a year, so even we are learning to appreciate all that is just around us by now. My 4 year old son and me, we spend a lot of our time reading books, eating, playing or just enjoy the best of Indian summer bloom with Gulmohar's to Laburnum from our house terrace. Are you experiencing simple pleasures of life!
When people think of Germany, they always think of beer, but I live in wine country. The Oppenheimer Schlemmerwanderung is the first major wine event of the season, and really kicks off the nice weather and best time of year to live here. This is the first event my friends and I tend to meet for after a long cold winter, and somehow, this event ALWAYS has perfect weather. I'm convinced witches organize it. Sadly, it's been cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic, so we could only attend in our memories, which inspired this map as my happy place.
For our family, the happiest place in the world isn't Disney or any place like that (waaaay too crowded), some tropical beach somewhere (far too hot and boring) a golf course, shopping mall or spa. It's our home sweet backyard!
A few weeks ago on a sunny Thursday morning we heard an exotic bird by the back door and soon saw a bright yellow parakeet looking through the window inquisitively. There was no question about it, he was going to come in! And he did. He had lots of food and drink and by the evening we were able to give him shelter in the form of a large cage that someone in the neighbourhood was selling that afternoon. We've had him since - we named him Riki, short for the Maori name of his breed, kakariki. He soon took to his new home and is very fond of the hibiscus tree that my grandmother planted back in Hungary - the only plant that has been following me round wherever we've moved in the last 12 years. Riki is a joy! I've drawn his happy place. (For the record, we have been trying to find his owner to no avail.)
Swimming here is my absolute favourite thing to do! Living in London it is a such a treat to be able to swim outside, under a big sky and surrounded by nature.
The pond at Ooms Conservation Area is a great place to spend some quiet time walking, observing nature and sitting down with a sketch book or easel. The area has several walking trails that meander up and down the hilly meadow. At the top is a gazebo and benches for resting and taking in views of mountains and the pond below. In the summer, the meadow is full of milkweed making it a haven for monarch butterflies. The site is great for observing wildlife such as bluebirds, blue heron, eagles, beaver and turtles.
The first swim after a year of the pandemic was magical. I planted an herb garden, having discovered that deer don't like aromatic plants. Bring on the salads! Watching the first Hummingbirds arrive after their long migration is always a thrill.
My Happy Place is the UC Davis Arboretum which is about 100 acres of horticultural paradise.
It brings me such peace and happiness to meander through it, taking in all the sounds, smells and glorious sights.
Each season presents new floral delights and even some migrating birds!
I treasure this natural space and continue to be grateful for all the gifts I receive from it!