Since our move, we’ve been exploring the wildlife centers and parks near our house.

As I mentioned in my last post, the town we now live in is quite old. The heart of the town itself is very quaint; we visited a candy shop and ice cream parlors that sell homemade ice cream. They also have cafés, cake shops, and an art gallery. I don’t think there’s any need to say we had the time of our lives walking there.

Anyway, sometime ago, we visited the local forest preserve. It was beautiful. We walked for a while on the main trail, then we noticed a little trail leading deeper into the forest. We decided to venture in a little way. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful, mysterious little places I’ve ever seen. The trees were so tall they completely blocked out the sunlight, which filtered  through the leaves, giving me an amazing lighting for photos. Check it out.

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Sumac. 

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We have also visited our local park many times since we moved. It’s perfect for taking a stroll. Near the playground, there’s a hill that we ran down so many times, our legs started to hurt. I got a lot of nice pictures on that hill.

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Wild carrot, or Queen Anne’s Lace, has to be one of my favorite native plants.

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And… that concludes this post.

Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!

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Our New House!

This post is long overdue. I apologize.

As I mentioned in my last post, our family moved to another house about three months ago. We moved for the convenience of being closer to the places we visit most frequently. The neighborhood we now live in is quite well established; our house is roughly seventy years old.

I’m not going to lie, I do miss our other house, especially the prairie. I could see so much wildlife from the window. (Not to mention I could actually see the sunset) But our new house has such a cute garden and overall, the house itself is hard not to fall in love with.

As soon as we moved in, my grandfather began to get the garden in order. He planted the usual flowers, petunias, salvias, marigolds, and alyssum. He also planted a rosebush in the midst of these, and another rosebush along the side of the house.

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These were planted along the side of the house. They smell heavenly.

When we first moved in, we discovered that there was a magnolia tree in the front yard, and the magnolias in front of the house were in full bloom. You can imagine my delight.

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Throughout May, the azaleas planted along the side of the house were in full bloom and they let a spicy smell into the house when the windows were open.

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I couldn’t decide which picture of the azaleas to post, so I attached both. 🙂

Our neighbors planted a row of peonies between their house and ours. They planted three different colors and I have to say, they are gorgeous. Who doesn’t love peonies?

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There are also a few large hydrangea bushes in the front yard. These flowers are so large and delicate, and they look amazing as a centerpiece on a table.

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The rhododendrons from our other house were brought and replanted.

My grandfather planted some foxgloves by the house recently. I love foxgloves, mostly because they appeared in my one of my favorite stories as a child. (Ever read “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck” by Beatrix Potter?) I sadly didn’t get very good pictures.

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That’s all from me. (For now)

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!