Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Day at the Races

One of the truly lucky parts of living is Upstate NY is being able spend a day at the
Saratoga Race Track in August. 




Depending on where you enter you may be greeted by these kind gentlemen. Lawn jockeys are as much a part of Saratoga as the horses themselves.



I LOVE all of the hanging baskets...


...each one different, but just as beautiful as the next.



This reminds me of John's Greenhouse and Florist he owned back in the 90's. He decorated the landscape in a similar fashion, except his red salvias where in the middle of a circle of marigolds. His salvias grew 30 inches high and round like a bush. They were a show-stopper.


Everybody knows by now that I love hydrangea bushes, but let's not forget they come in tree varieties, too!

 

Fabulous Fillies Day is an annual tradition at the track and all the race horse's have pink numbers and even the NYRA flag is pink for the day - as they raise awareness for breast cancer.




The Grandstands are always nice to look at and the geranuims are not too shabby!



Took a walk around and found the Carousel. Flowers are everywhere at the track.



I am very lucky to have been invited to attend the races in the "At the Rail Pavilion" for the past few years. Besides the all you can eat gourmet food- you can get very up close and personal with the horses.


The power of these beautiful animals amaze me.


...and now on to the races!


...and their off!


...coming around the turn


...and down the home stretch



...and the winner is...

...well John and I.  We enjoyed great weather, pretty flowers, good food, some drinks and lots of fun at the track; while covering our bets with our winnings. All-in-all a great way to spend a day.

...and since this is a wedding blog, I would be remiss not to mention that they do weddings at the Saratoga Race Track. Saratoga Race Course is filled with history and would be a great place for a ceremony or reception. They offer several packages on their website for a track side receptions or saying your vows in the Winner's Circle!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One Busy Summer

This summer has been flying by! I have been a very busy girl. I am not complaining, but rather trying to make excuses for my lack of attention to my blog  ; ) .   Let's see so far I have been...


Meeting with clients to look at their mock ups and writing many proposals for prospective 2012 brides.




Stripping paint, but I think this project will be blog worthy on its own after completion.



Exploring the woods with my new puppy...


Yes, she is a BIG puppy!



Sadly watching my favorites from the garden start to expire. My hydrangeas exploded with blooms!



Cursing myself for planting this trumpet vine so close to my house. Pretty, but not worth a new paint job.



                       sacrificing my hanging baskets to a new House Finch family.  Well worth it.



I have also been plagued with self pity. I injured my leg while training for a Marathon taking place in October, and had to take four weeks off. I plan on running the half - hopefully.





Then of course there was our annual vacation to the Cape. This year my husband and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary on the same beach we got engaged on...



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Friday, August 5, 2011

Cape Cod Hydrangeas are the Best!

I have had an amazing week on the Cape! Anyone who knows me, is fully aware that Cape Cod is my favorite place on earth. The hydrangeas  (my favorites) grow in abundance, and put on quite the show displaying many shades and varieties. They simply take my breathe away.


      


One of my favorite hydrangea bushes, located  in front of a coffee shop on Main Street in Chatham.



Attempting to get a Christmas card picture is not always easy.



But sometimes I get lucky.



All varieties of hydrangeas flourish in the naturally occurring sandy soil of Cape Cod. Here is a lovely Lace Cap Hydrangea bush across the street from my family home in Eastham.




Lovely pink and purple hydrangeas. I made John stop the car on a busy road in Harwichport. Traffic started to pool behind us, so I hopped out and hoofed it.  This seemed like a great idea until I realized I was barefoot on hot pavement - ouchies!!! Oh well, anything for beauty's sake, right?




If you are are considering a destination wedding in Cape Cod, I can travel! The more time I get to spend on the Cape the better!


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