Tuesday, April 18, 2017

T stands for Treats and Time

Patriots Day is a holiday here...a funny sort of holiday, because some people have off and others don't. Fortunately for me, Fi had off, so that meant some quality time together. I am a firm believer if there is an opportunity for fun together, you need to go for it and make it special in some small way.

We started our day with a trip to Swiss Bakers, whose motto is "our food makes you feel good". No false advertising there, they are right.
swiss bakers, store front

ham and cheese croissant
We were fortunate enough to find Swiss Bakers through a groupon deal a few years ago, and it was a find. It's not a big place, but it has a variety of savory and sweet croissants, freshly baked breads, and rolls.  So that we would make the most of our visit, we grabbed a raspberry almond croissant for that evening. From there it was time to head to the beach.
My happy place.
A little windy, so we had the whole beach to ourselves...after our visit, we admired the flowers at some local garden centers.


Mahoney's Garden Center
It was still early, so I felt inspired to go home and do some gardening of my own. Fi made western scrambled eggs for us. It's always nice to have someone else do the cooking and it was scrumptious. Now for my own garden..


Spring flowers
I love nature and springtime especially when everything is coming back to life. In celebration of earth day coming up, some of my favorite mugs....
Mug from Kew Gardens
Gifts from Onz after our visit there

John Muir Quote
another present from Onz
When the city feels like it's closing in
Wishing you all a happy week, and a chance to get out to enjoy this beautiful world of ours.








33 comments:

  1. Love the photos of your garden, flowers and the beach. The croissant looks yummy. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you Valerie, those are some of my favorite things. Happy t day

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  2. Wonderful garden photos and the beach looks amazing! Yummie croissants there! Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

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  3. I had not heard of Patriot's Day (aka Patriots' Day) until I did an internet search. No wonder I've not heard of it. It's outside my zip code (GRIN)! It's wonderful that you were able to celebrate it.

    I haven't seen a beach in years. None within 1000 miles of me. Great that it's your happy place.

    Swiss Bakers sounds wonderful. I would prefer a ham and cheese croissant to a sweet one, I think. Of course, being a vegetarian, you could hold the ham on mine.

    Your garden is beautiful and so colorful, too. Mahoney's Garden Center has some lovely plants and planters.

    One of my internet friends goes to Kew every few weeks. I feel like I know the place, but I would love to peruse your guide. That and your mountain mug are quite adorable.

    Thanks for sharing Patriot's Day, your garden, Mahoney's Garden Center, Swiss Bakers, the beach, and your beautiful mugs with us for T this Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments. You owe yourself a visit to Kew Gardens and the beach...both wonderful for the soul. Happy T(hurs)day!

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  4. oh what a lovely post. How I would love a good croissant right now:) Yes, the beach is my happy place - like you. So glad you were able to enjoy it despite the cool winds. Can't wait to see the beach this coming weekend for the first time since Dec.-which seems like forever to me. I'll be excited too to begin planting some flowers real soon. Thanks for sharing all this goodness, including your beautiful mug. Happy T day!

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    1. Thank you Linda. Hope you enjoy the beach this weekend and the weather cooperates. Happy planting soon too. Happy T(hurs)day!

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  5. A very happy post with the perfect day for you.

    Happy T Day
    Love Chrissie xx

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    1. Thanks Chrissie...Just the sort of day I love...Simple pleasures. :) Happy t(hurs)day!

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  6. Hi what a totally awesome beautiful day you had-sounded really special-I have not been to the ocean since the early 70s and I do miss it at times. the flowers are just so pretty-loving your background on your page too
    when I was kid growing up not too far from was a swiss bakery-they made the best pastries-My Mom was a home baker but for our birthdays we always got to pick out flavors for our birthday cake from the Swiss bakery-so you brought back fond memories
    Happy T Day
    Kathy

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    1. I have always lived near the ocean. Thanks for the compliment on my page.the background is a picture of the flowers from Epcot. I am glad my page brought back happy memories for you.

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  7. It sounds like you had a perfect day out, it was a lovely post to read and the flowers look beautiful.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Flowers always make me smile too!

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  8. It looks like you had such a wonderful day and really made the most of your time with Fi! The beach is my happy place too :-) . What a beautiful garden you have, such pretty blossoms. The ham and cheese croissant from the Swiss bakery is amazing, yummy! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

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    1. Thanks Jo. I am looking forward to putting more in my garden. My kids joke about me that more is more! Happy Spring!🌷🌼🌻

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  9. What a great time you had from beginning to end.
    Swiss Bakers...the beach and so many blooms. Mahoney is my maiden name :-)
    The parade of blooms in the spring is always a delight isn't. Your flowers look pretty! Lovely mugs too.
    Happy T Day to you Nan oxo

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    1. Thank you Patty. Mahoney's is my favorite flower garden center in the area. Maybe you have the same green thumb!🌻🌷☘️

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  10. Yes, Patriots Day is an interesting holiday since Maine and Mass both celebrate it but us here in NH don't. Yet we still say oh its Patriots Day. I love the mugs-especially the Mountains are calling one, and I also think you spent your day the best way. Those flowers make me drool. I can't seem to go through a garden shop and not anything. :) Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    1. I love that quote. John Muir is so inspirational. I am like you, when it comes to garden shops. I have found that taking pictures helps me not spend quite so much ( on a Tuesday)...Not as easy the other days of the weekπŸ˜‰

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  11. seems you had a great time! wish i had a beach nearby...
    the flowers are great and so are the mugs. the muir one being my favorite, awesome!
    happy belated t-day:)

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    1. We did Johanna! I am so fortunate to be near the beach! I love the Muir quote. He is do inspirational! Happy T(hurs)day!

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  12. Your blog is taking shape. I love the new background and colors. So you! I love the beach when no one is around. What beach is close to you? Revere? I've heard Mahoney's advertised on the radio. The flowers in your garden rival theirs. I love the bear on the Muir mug. I high-hosey that one when I come to visit next time. Happy Belated T Day!

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    1. Thanks C
      J. Fi helped me get the background. Still need some help from you next time we meet up. You're on with the mug next visit! Happy T(hurs)day!

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  13. Thanks for sharing a very special day with us, Nan. It all sounds wonderful: time spent with your daughter, Swiss Bakers - yum, the beach, then lovely flowers blooming all over (the garden center, your yard and your page!).

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    1. Thanks Eileen, it really was a great day...And I can never get enough flowers! And the beach is my happy place!

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  14. You had a very special day by the sounds of it. Croissants! Yum! From a Swiss baker. Then a walk along the beach. Sounds like the perfect day.
    The flowers are lovely (as are the ones on your web page.)
    Belated happy T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca
    PS I thought I had already commented, but I can't find it. So if you get two comments from me.... blame the comeputer!

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    1. Thanks Lisca, I live more! So thank you! The ones on my web page are from Epcot! So full of color, happy you enjoyed them.

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  15. This sounds like the ideal day to me! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

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    1. It was. We packed in as much joy as we could! It worked like a charm. Still smiling, sending one to you. Happy T(hurs)day!

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  16. Any day you can get to a beach is a good one from my point of view! Beautiful flowers at the garden center and in your yard.

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    1. I feel the same way Karen😊. We try to get to the beach once a month at least! The winter can be challenging, but we always seem to make it. Happy T(hurs)day.

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  17. Hello Nan,

    I'm so sorry i'm late for T day!! I almost didn't see you link up! What a lovely day out and about you had with your friend.... The food, the beach , the garden center... sounds like my kinda day... Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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    1. Thank you. Fi is my daughter, which I consider my best kind of friend! We enjoyed everything together...Hope you are enjoying the same sort of day! Yay! spring!

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