This is going to be an epic photo post because I visited two great Wilmington area locations this week and took a ton of pictures. First up, beautiful Airlie Gardens...
The infamous "Airlie Oak" which is said to be more than 500 years old.
I'm fascinated by garden sculptures, especially when they are so lifelike and creepy as these.
I visited the gardens with a colleague and we were beyond excited to spot this mama swan with her two babies.
And, naturally, this being Wilmington, home of the Azalea Festival, there were some azaleas. I liked this pretty pink and white one.
Back at my house, my baby Ash tree is still trying to bud and I caught this dragonfly taking a break on the very tip of it.
All of my plants are like my little children but I do have favorites. This hibiscus is winning me over this year.
I also visited Humble Roots Farm this week to talk to farmer Kyle Stenersen and get some of his delicious pasture-raised chickens. I'm so jealous of his gorgeous driveway with beautiful trees.
The Humble Roots guard dog who, we were told, is a horrible guard because he kills chickens and wags at strangers.
I had the best assistant who helped carry my lens bag. Thanks, Mom!
There were also the CUTEST kittens I've ever seen. Luckily, they were all spoken for because I was ready to take one home.
Also this week, I discovered Icelandic style yogurt, which is even better than Greek yogurt. The Siggi's brand is not only delicious , but i also made from the milk of grass-fed cows.
I also stocked up on organic strawberries, which are so yummy this time of year.
The perfect combo!
I hope everyone had a great week!
We have been working in the yard quite a bit at my house this past month. We started on a boardwalk/deck that will be pretty and make it easier to get to the back of the yard without walking through all of the grass. When/if it ever gets completed, I will take photos, but right now it's a giant mess.
In the meantime, I did find this little cutie hanging out in my mulch.
He was quite unimpressed with my camera and kept moving along.
It officially felt like spring this week. As much as I hate having itchy, swollen eyes, I do love looking at everything blooming.
I hope everyone had a great weekend!
Michael Ian Black writes candidly about his marriage and kids in his new hilarious memoir, You're Not Doing It Right. Given that my Facebook feed is saturated lately with gushy posts about blissful married life and way too many photos of precious tots carrying Easter baskets, I found Black's brutally honest take on married life with children really refreshing.
I've always been a little bit in love with him since he was on MTV's The State in the 90's and then I fell in love with him all over again when he did commentary for the "I Love the 80's" series. This book sealed the deal for me. Not only is he snarky, sarcastic and funny, he can also WRITE. I found his essays on his life really insightful and quite brave with some of the more personal revelations he makes about his kids and his marriage.
If you ever liked Michael Ian Black's comedy at all or if you enjoy humorous essayists like David Sedaris, I definitely would recommend this book.
This week, I made good on my resolution to get out more and took part in some fun activities both for work and for pleasure.
Tuesday, I had an opportunity to take a carriage ride through downtown Wilmington for a writing assignment. I've lived in the area for over 10 years and this is the first time I have ever done the carriage tour which is so popular with tourists.
I wasn't surprised to find that it was quite enjoyable and informative. If you are ever visiting the area, I would definitely recommend taking the tour because learn quite a bit about the city's history as well as the history of some of its beautiful buildings.
Wednesday evening, my husband and I took a bike ride to see if we could get a photo of the large alligator that has taken up residence in one of the ponds near my house. The big guy didn't disappoint and added to the night's excitement by rising up out of the water a little bit when we crept closer on our bikes. Immediately, my husband turned and rode away in terror, leaving me behind to snap the photo and get eaten.
To his credit, he did stop when he was at a safe distance away to see if I was following him, but I don't think I am going to let this one go too easily.
Last night, we went to the Adult Night Hunt at Leland Municipal Park to hunt for eggs filled with candy and prizes. Although we had fun gleefully running around the park with our flashlights, we didn't manage to find any eggs because the event was packed with hundreds of people and many had run ahead of us. Nevertheless, it was a good time and I was proud of my little town for putting together such a unique event. I wish I had a photo to share but I was too busy hunting to stop and take one.
I hope everyone had a great week and has a wonderful holiday weekend!
I have a big crush on Elle King and this has been playing on repeat lately...
Hello, I'm Kate. When I'm not reading, or stalking authors, I'm a writer who lives in the Wilmington, NC area. Thanks for visiting my blog where I write about books, writing, healthy foods, yoga, and life.