Norfolk Botanical Gardens

I unplugged for a full week. No phone, no internet, no email. And it was….nice. So very nice. No one even noticed—except for Michelle, who thought I might be in the hospital. (Thanks Michelle!)

When things get too hectic, only one thing brings me relief. Nature. It helps us reconnect to priorities and life and pull back into perspective what’s most important.

Last year in Norfolk, my all-time favorite thing to do in the city was to use our annual pass at the Botanical Gardens. We visited as often as we could, and it was as close as I have even gotten to walking through peace. Wanted to share a little piece of peace with you…

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I encourage everyone to visit your city Botanical gardens, nature trails, city park, or just go outside in your back yard and take a deep breath. It’s as important as life itself.

Have a fabulous day!

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9 responses to “Norfolk Botanical Gardens

  1. welcome back, my friend! :) beautiful photos!

  2. Were those Camelias or Magnolias? My husband grows the cannas, and I noticed several flowers I grow. I like that gravel path. Yes, very peaceful. I wondered what had happened to you! Did you get my e-mail!

  3. I noticed, but it’s good to get grounded there and again.

  4. I thought you were just on vacation.

  5. Our lives are crazy to begin with but with all of our technology it is so hard to escape without dumping the technology. I hope you are refreshed and ready to go at it again. I have spring break in 8 days, can’t wait.

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  7. Glad you’re back and glad you had a chance to unwind! Lovely pictures. I love our STL botanical gardens aka Shaw’s Garden. My mom volunteers there so we go a lot. I could totally live there- really is nice to get outside. With the nice weather I’ve been making it to the park more often which puts me in such a good mood!

  8. what do you mean, “no one noticed?” i suffered withdrawal of the first order..no, not exactly, i just thought that –YOU– had the courage to do what –I–should be doing…unplugging to return full speed on my book..
    discipline, discipline! of course PEACE is the source of inspiration..and i need to return there as well..if i should fade from your screen for awhile, be assured that i am thinking of you, your projects and your green life.

  9. Thanks for the encouragement everyone! Things have gotten so very busy, I’ve promised I’d cut down from three to four posts a week to just one. But I have so much stuff to share….I don’t know if I can do JUST one! :)

    @Joy–those were magnolias. And no, I didn’t get your email. I just found all your comments from your other site. They went into my spam. Don’t worry. If they do that again, I’ll make sure and fish them out!

    @Momphotographer–thank you. Coming from you, that is quite the compliment, but they were all taken by my other half. He takes pictures of things. I take more pictures of people. I guess between the two of us, we even out!

    @ Ed–a big thanks! And yes, grounded is good.

    @Jonathan–I’ve been reading all of your posts. They are so short and to the point and highly entertaining. You write so well. I don’t always comment, but I do always read!

    @Denlyn3–you’ve been cooking up a storm. I can’t keep up with you anymore! I’ve started your very own folder to pluck your recipes and file them away. I want to make them all!

    @Beth–living at the Botanical Gardens would be such a dream. ONE DAY when we settle in one place in one house with one yard, my man plans to make his very own botanical gardens. I’d like something to walk through after a day in the vegetable garden!! Oh, dreamin’, dreamin’….

    @Nadine—if you putter out, I’ll suffer withdrawals. But I’ll know where you are, typing away. It’s just so difficult to get the writing done when the weeding and planting are so immediate, you know? :)

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