09 February 2016

Bucketfuls of Blossoms



... January has come and gone...
and it seems spring may be here in the southwest...
It's a start. We did some spring cleaning over the weekend.  
These slipcovers are changed and some clutter gone. 





The santos is on top of our book on the art of Florence, and the cover is decorated with La Primavera by Botticelli. The Allegory of Spring is in the Uffizi, and it was a dream come true to see. This book is actually a wonderful compendium on the art of Florence, if you love Italian renaissance art or just for study. On the side of the book are spilt dried roses. Some are from my garden and some are from bouquets.







Over here is some heather. I have had it about three weeks now, and it is still alive, but it can be dried in place when the plant is spent. In case you don't recognize it, it's another Ikea bucket that they might still have, though I have had it for some time.









Outside our Florida peach is blooming. It was so cold in December that I think it received enough chill hours, so hopefully in May there will be peaches again.







Out on the front porch I hung some planters. The pails are from Ikea, and they are called socker, and they come with a chain. For this Ikea hack, I drilled four holes in the bottom for drainage, filled them with dirt half way, and inserted three, four inch pots of pansies without the pots. That's it. For two it was only twenty-four dollars with the plants, but I had the soil.
It's an easy project.... maybe fifteen minutes at the most!









Back inside, these are the blossoms that are currently on my dining room table: gerbena daisies mixed with some blossoming branches. I love this shade of pink.


So three ways to do bucketfuls of blossoms... four if you like dried and spilt.... 








I'm getting ready to plant my spring garden. My winter tomatoes have not been plentiful. It was too cold here this winter, and so many didn't turn red, and now the plants are dying with them on. We will be pulling them up, and planting new seedlings, and new lettuce pretty soon.

xoxo
I hope to make it around the blogs tomorrow.
It's been a long January, and February is short.
I think that's saying something without saying something. :)

Thank you for visiting. There are so many wonderful blogs out there, 
and it so sweet that you visit here.











105 comments:

  1. I will always be happy to visit your blog, you have so much loveliness to share. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I was sick much of last month with one annoyance after the other, culminating in injuring my lower back while sick. Really... I mean, I didn't really do anything. :) xoxo Su

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  2. Everything looks so fresh and clean with so many pretty flowers. Yes, we have had some really wonderful weather early this year. I wonder where El Nino went????
    Could they have been wrong. I am anxious to work in the garden, not that I can do much anymore, but I just can't not have them around. Since there is just me, I am only going to plant a couple tomatoes and some lettuce.
    Have a Happy Valentine's Day and enjoy this stunning weather we have been having.
    Mary

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    1. I know! Where is El Nino? Where is the spring rain? Happy Valentine's day to you too. xoxo Su

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  3. Oh...Su, every time I read one of your posts, I am filled with inspiration for decorating! Your home is looking so ''springy'' and lovely... How pretty are the pails of pansies!
    With love and hugs...
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Thank you, Kelly-Anne. It's wonderful to do something so simple and get such a sweet result. xoxo Su

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  4. I really love your fresh and spring pictures. Botticelli is one of my favuorite artists and "La Primavera" is amazing. I love very much the italian renaissance art.
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Botticelli is one of my favorites as well. We love Florence, Rome, and Venice. xoxo Su

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  5. Lovely photos Su! I love your Florida peach and it must feel great having all these blooming outside and around you!

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    1. Thank you, Maya. It does, as long as it doesn't get hot too soon. xoxo Su

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  6. Your kitty looks very content, so all is well, healing and planting for Spring. You have a beautiful home with a very welcoming backyard.
    Hopefully we'll have a few more cooler, if not rainy days before the big heat.
    Where are you El Nino?
    Kathleen in Az

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  7. What cute photos Su and I love your home's paint colors!

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    1. Thank you, Bernideen. My daughter and my nieces had so much fun selecting. xoxo Su

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  8. Love everything you shared here today, Su. Especially your last photograph - gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. Those were my favorites as well. The colors remind me of a painting. xoxo Su

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  9. Su it's in the 20's with an icy snowy frosting in Philly today! So to see your post with florals made me feel the promise of Spring. The Florida peach blooms look delicately beautiful. Pretty post and I read you too have been dealing with a lower back injury. Me too for 3 weeks now, well actually it's a reoccurring lower back issue for me. I'm waiting for Spring and playing in clay.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. Yes, my back is giving me trouble and my hip. I empathize. It's so grueling. For a bit, I was helping my daughter make doll clothes today. She is designing her own outfits. I may have to buy a sewing machine, but better than the inexpensive one I bought the last time, because all it did was jam. I love that you are playing in clay. xoxo Su

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  10. Oh Spring! I can't wait for it here in Idaho! Looks like you are more than ready and all of your pictures are beautiful!

    ~Trisha

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    1. Thank you, Trisha, for your sweet visit. xoxo Su

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  11. It looks like spring is beginning at your home. We have the first snow that hasn't melted. It is beautiful. Spring will be as well. Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Debby. The snow is late for you, and it seems spring may be early here. xoxo Su

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  12. I love to visit your blog, Su. It's a gentle, uplifting place to visit, and I always come away inspired. Your blooms are charming and I love that shade of pink, too. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I would love to paint a wall pink, but I'm the only one who likes it. xoxo Su

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  13. I am so looking forward to spring blossoms!

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    1. Thank you, Rose, for your sweet visit. xoxo Su

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  14. Your porch is so lovely! I need to do garden clean up too, but we still have a high cedar pollen count. Will be glad when it goes down--I'm restless to get to it! Blessings, Cecilia

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    1. Thank you, Cecilia. I can get restless too when I really want to get something done, but can't. xoxo Su

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  15. Oh it is so lovely to see sunshine and flowers here. Spring seems so far away here so I am excited to see all of your gardens soon. I have never started plants from seeds before but I am going to try it this year. I am thinking some poppies.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. You will have a lot of fun, and the girls will probably find it interesting. xoxo Su

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  16. So many lovely blossoms, Su - always love to see pretty scenes from your beautiful home. Love the bucket planters :) I hope you get some peaches - the blossoms are quite special. I am ordering wildflower seeds soon. We can throw them in the ground next month. Enjoy those fabulous flowers! Hugs xo K

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    1. I hope so on the peaches. We did last year. December had a lot of nights that dipped below 45, so I hope so. xoxo Su

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  17. Flowers are so cheerful, especially in the winter months. Enjoy your week and that Florida peach tree! Hugs, Diane

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  18. I love your style (and LOVE seeing those flowers). I actually can't wait to do my own spring cleaning, but it's still not quite warm enough here in Michigan, unfortunately.

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    1. Thank you, Annie. It can warm up fast here, but hopefully we will still have a few cool days. I started following your blog. You have really interesting articles. xoxo Su

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  19. I do love all of your beautiful flowers. I only have some Vinca that is still growning, but love it! I dislike that it seems winter has slipped by and now we are in the 80's already! I sure am glad I enjoyed those couple of cold weeks! May you be filled with HIS love this 'heart' week! Blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy, such a lovely thought. xoxo Su

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  20. Oh i love the plant pails! So pretty!!

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    1. Thank you, Beach Gypsy, and so easy and inexpensive! xoxo Su

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  21. very nice photos, so lovely the cat.
    Big hugs an kisses from Reserl

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    1. Thank you. That's Anya. There is a Jack too, but he is not into photos. xoxo Su

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  22. The outside of your home is just as beautiful as the inside. Love it all.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Bente. We had so much fun trying to decide the colors. xoxo Su

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  23. Everything is looking ready for spring to really arrive. IKEA has such a lot of charming things for the garden. I think it's time for me to get on the ferry and make the trip to the mainland for a shopping day.

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    1. Yes, it does seem like spring is here. I agree that Ikea does have stylish affordable garden items. A ferry ride sounds more enjoyable than a drive, but I guess you have to drive when you get to the other side. xoxo Su

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  24. Dearest Su, my heart is always refreshed by your beautiful posts and words. Thank you for sharing such loveliness with us.

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, sweet friend!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. The same to you and your family. xoxo Su

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  25. My sweetest, dearest Su, I'ts always such a joy to visit you, to read your words and to watch your wonderful shots !
    Hug your puss for me !
    Sending so much love, I wish you a most beautiful day, today
    xox
    Dany

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    1. Thank you, Dany. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  26. I love the shade of pink of the flowers in your dining room. It's very soft and perfect with your interior, which is very elegant and romantic.

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I love certain pinks. xoxo Su

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  27. I hope you are feeling better. The days slip by without me visiting you. You are so clever at creating new touches to the different areas in your home. It all looks fresh and beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. It's always nice to pick up the house a bit, and I felt well enough last weekend. xoxo Su

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  28. Oh gosh its been bitter cold here and spring seems so far away but I have faith when I seen your flowers that they will be here once again. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. Have a wonderful weekend and Valentine's Day. xoxo Su

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  29. I'm sure your book on Florence is fascinating. I loved reading all the Frances Mayes books and enjoyed all the side trips they took searching out art everywhere they went.

    Your pink flowers are all beautiful. I used to buy heather each year after Thanksgiving to make my Advent wreaths but had forgotten how beautiful the extras were simply put in vases.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your new spring garden. You don't do a summer one much, do you, if I remember correctly? Spring and Fall gardens instead?

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    1. Thank you, Dewena. I will have to look up Frances Mayes. You are correct. I do a fall garden from September to now and then a spring from now to June. August is too hot, and all the non natives need to be covered. xoxo Su

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  30. You are lucky to start the garden pleasures early . I'm all inside yet. By the way I'm spliting out my house blogs into a new blog: http://husetieplehagen.blogspot.no/

    for now it is only featuring my vintage lamps --- but there will eventually be more on other topics too.

    Have lovely weekend.

    Anne

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I followed your new blog through bloglovin. Have a wonderful weekend. xoox Su

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  31. Good good luck with your planting a new spring garden...and your blog is a favorite of mine ...

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    1. Thank you, BJ. Aw. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. xoxo Su

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  32. Your home looks lovely, Su! We also have spring in the air but I do hope for a bit more rain, we've not had much this year.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Our spring usually brings rain, but I'm not so sure. I hope so. I love the rain. I hope you get rain too. xoxo Su

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  33. ❀╮
    Passei para uma visita e para conhecer seu blog.
    Estou encantada com tantas fotos lindas, tanto bom gosto e delicadeza em cada post. Parabéns!!!

    Bom fim de semana com tudo de bom!
    Beijinhos.


    ✿‿⎠ ❀

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  34. My thoughts are on spring too, but this morning the snow was back...

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    1. I wish we had a little longer with the cooler weather, but I will enjoy spring now, because it will be hot soon enough here. Yesterday was 85. xoxo Su

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  35. Thank you for sharing the hope of spring to come. Your photos are so inspiring and always beautiful. Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thank you, CM. Happy Valentine's Day to you too, and a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  36. So pretty and Spring is starting to show up here in CA too!

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    1. Thank you, DD. Yes. I hope the hills turn green this year. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  37. I also lovet eh shade of pink of your Gerbera Daisies! So pretty. Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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    1. Thank you, Rj. I hope your day was wonderful. xoxo Su

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  38. Hello,
    It is always fun to come to your blog and see flowers. :-) And reading about gardening all year around. :-)
    xx oo
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I have it planted now. I will stagger the lettuce. I did not see any broccoli seedlings, so I am waiting on those, because it is too late to start them from seed, because it will get to hot before then. I did better staggering lettuce, so I only planted a few. I hope my meadow reseeds itself this year. xoxo Su

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  39. You have such a sweet side because I linger like.
    Greetings from the wet humid Germany
    Antje

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    1. Thank you, Antje, for the sweet message. It touches.
      xoxo Su

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  40. I always come away SO inspired! Your Ikea buckets are just perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Laura. That is so kind of you to give me such a compliment. xoxo Su

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  41. Such a beautiful post, with such lovely images. A treat for me, snowed in here in northern Michigan!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah, for your sweet visit. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  42. DEar Su,
    I really enjoyed your post, the blooms, especially the peachblossoms and the good ideas about how to plant and decorate the porch! Unfortunately it is still too cold here, but I got some encouragement from your blog.
    Have a nice day!
    Yours, Sarah

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  43. It's so refreshing to see your pretty photos, Su. The sunshine, and all of your lovely flowers in your gorgeous home! We have single digit temps here in the mid-west with blowing snow. This is a wonderful post for me...gives me hope of warmer weather.
    Love visiting your blog!
    Debbie
    xo

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  44. It's so refreshing to see your pretty photos, Su. The sunshine, and all of your lovely flowers in your gorgeous home! We have single digit temps here in the mid-west with blowing snow. This is a wonderful post for me...gives me hope of warmer weather.
    Love visiting your blog!
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I just love your guest room update, so pretty. xoxo Su

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  45. Everything is so pretty Su. I love the bed that replaced the iron daybed...it is gorgeous layered with all those lively pillows. I have been planting seeds in my garden too. Right now we have an abundance of snow peas, lavender, rosemary, thyme and lemons to eat...and our fruit trees are beginning to blossom.

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    1. That sounds so wonderful, Kerry. I just love the scent from citrus when they start to blossom. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  46. Su an encore visit. Came back to enjoy your sweet cat and your pretty in pink Gerber daisies. Have a happy day.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. So sweet of you to stop by and say hello. I hope your week is going well. xoxo Su

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  47. Stunning post, absolutely stunning. You take amazing photographs. I had to share this with my G+ followers. Now following you as well. Looking forward to what's in store for 2016!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. How sweet of you to leave me a message. It was so sweet of you to say so. I'm going to visit your blog a bit later. I'm having trouble with my internet. On an off every few minutes. xoxo Su

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  48. Thank you Su for your visit, and mine here is nothing short of inspiring...
    I adore the buttery painted bed nested in the corner of those shiplapped walls as its backdrop, the bedding makes this place a comfy cozy place to rest.
    It's always a beautiful day when one visits you here with all you had to share it was like reading a favorite feature in a magazine.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore, for stopping in and for a lovely visit. The bed was my daughter's up until she turned a teen. I saw an antique almost like it with a dark finish. It was the shop owner's mother's and she brought it from Europe. Have a beautiful weekend. xoxo Su

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  49. Your photos are always wonderful and I love how you decorate with flowers.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Have a wonderful weekend. xoox Su

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  50. Dear Su:
    Now aren't those the cutest thing and a great fresh idea! I love the look of them on that sweet porch!!! So glad you shared!

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    1. Thank you, Bernideen. I always keep my eye out at Ikea among the contemporary for something that can be made to look cottage or vintage. xoxo Su

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  51. Dear Su:
    This post was one of those special featured ones on my blog today! Congratulations!

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  52. Dear Su:
    This post was one of those special featured ones on my blog today! Congratulations!

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  53. Fantastic post that brings the spring mood. Everything is so beautiful:-)
    Love your pictures:-)

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    1. Thank you, Nitka. Have a wonderful weekend. xoox Su

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su