I forgot to tell you in my last post that my husband and I have been on vacation! We aren't big travelers but we did something unusual for us and took a Danube River Cruise. We began in Budapest on the AmaViola - what a beautiful city and what a beautiful boat. This is my favorite picture from Budapest, taken on our night river excursion.
I believe this was their Parliament building though, to be honest, after a while the buildings began to blur on me.
My second favorite place was the Benedictine Monastery in Melk, Austria. It was founded in 1089 and reminded me of Downton Abbey, only way, way bigger!
I believe they said one wing had 60 bedrooms - necessary because visiting dignitaries and royalty traveled with an entourage!
Another favorite place was Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Hapsburgs, who reigned in Austria for over 600 years. Gold leaf was, apparently, quite popular among the royalty of that time!
I have no idea where this was taken - can't remember - but you can tell we were enjoying ourselves. :) My husband's faithful hat has traveled everywhere with him. He isn't supposed to be in the sun and it was blazing hot that day.
We cruised from Budapest up to near Munich. Slovakia, a country I've seldom heard of, was quite beautiful, by the way.
When I got back home my flowers were blooming like crazy. My vegetables could take a lesson from them!
This angel wing begonia was given to me by a dear friend at least 20 years ago!
This lemon tree was a Mother's Day gift this year - I might actually get lemons from it!
And this Mandevilla was a gift last year - we wintered it inside of course.
Since it's summer and other people's gardens are actually producing I'm still doing lots of this: