Friday, April 19, 2013

Random Things

I'm joining Nancy at Rural Journal for Random 5 Friday.

Do you have a bucket list?
One of the things on my list is tulips.
Yes, tulips.
I've often thought it would marvelous to see the tulip fields in the Netherlands.
I also figure it would be easier for me to visit the tulip fields in the Pacific North West.

Like this:


This is a postcard of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon.
The photo was taken by Jon Gnass and I found the image in TULIPS OF THE NORTHWEST:
A Postcard Book.

Can you imagine?
Field after field of tulips.
Heaven on earth!


I went to the grocery store and while there decided to check out the cut flowers.
I found more daffodils.
They were a little past their prime, but I couldn't resist.
Along with the daffodils, the Easter decorations were half off.
Now I ask you -- how could I pass up a bunny wearing tennis shoes?

Easter Bunny with Sneakers


One of my favorite cozy mystery series is The White House Chef by Julie Hyzy.
FONDUING FATHERS is the latest in the series.
Fun characters, good background story, good mystery, believable amateur sleuth.
Highly recommend but be sure you start with the first one
and read them in order.


The garden fairies are very happy.
The Gardenias have started to bloom in Musashi's Garden.



I'm going to the zoo today.
It is going to be on the cool side with low humidity.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!


Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Snap, There is nothing which says Spring more than daffodils and tulips and you have both today.
I have visited Keukenhof near Amsterdam and it is a beautiful place, but I have to say looking at your photograph of the field of tulips, the flowers are really stunning aswell.
I love the perfume from gardenias, but I really have problems growing them here in England....but they grew well in Cyprus and if I cast my mind back I can smell their beautiful perfume.
Enjoy your day at the reminds me of the song "We're all going to the zoo tomorrow" but for the life of me I cannot think who sang the song.
Have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

That gardenia is gorgeous. I would love to be able to smell its lovely scent.:)

Sherry said...

As always, such beautiful photographs. And you're so right -- how could you pass up a bunny wearing tennis shoes?!? Yee Haw!!

Enjoy the zoo!! xo

Cezar and Léia said...

I love Tulips and we want to visit the tulip fields in Netherlands, not far away from our place, mainly because now the weather is better and we finally have Spring! :)
Lovely pictures!
Happy Friday!
Léia and little LUNA

Yvonne said...

Lovely tulips, for sure. I rarely see them here in south Texas.

La Tea Dah said...

Have fun at the zoo! Keep dry! It's going to be a stormy day in my neck of the woods!

Vee said...

Birth was the death of him...hahahahha...cute! Reminds me of the joke I heard this week: When I was born, I was so surprised that I didn't talk for a year and a half.

Have you been seeing the tulip fields on some of the blogs? The Happy Wonderer did a post yesterday and Judy did on earlier at My Front Porch. Perhaps hers is the more realistic view. ☺

Enjoy the zoo on this cooler, most perfect day!

Nancy Claeys said...

I really need to go to the Pella Tulip Festival in Iowa someday -- it's not that far away! Love that postcard and tulips and daffodils.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today! xo

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Your flower pics are gorgeous! I hope you enjoy your trip to the zoo!

Anonymous said...

I would love to see the tulip fields in the Pacific North West!

Your bunny is cute and I hope you have a wonderful day at the zoo.

Aud said...

What a lovely meadow with tulips viewing the first image.
Have a great weekend :-)

Linda said...

Oh that gardenia is so pretty! I can almost smell it!
Have fun at the zoo!

Bev said...

Beautiful pictures!

Cindy P said...

I would love to go see the Netherlands tulips, too! It would be amazing!

Also, I'm jealous you're going to the zoo! I've been wanting to go to the zoo again for about two years now!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The White House chef mystery series sounds very good!

Corrine at said...

I never knew that Oregon was a big tulip grower, thanks for that. I would love to see the tulips in the Netherlands too but Oregon seems much more do-able. Cute bunny/egg/sneakers.....I even have a couple of daff's blooming too! Enjoy your beautiful garden. xox

LisaS said...

You will have to check out the Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan ;)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I really enjoyed your random 5. I would love to see all those tulips, it must be an amazing sight! I love mysteries, but haven't heard of the ones you mention -yeah - more for me to check out :-)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I love the flower photos--especially the gardenia, one of my favorites. Enjoy your trip to the zoo!

Barb said...

I can almost smell that luscious gardenia. No bucket list for me, though there're plenty of things I'd love to see and do. Your Header is amazing!

Mary said...

Beautiful post and photos! My husband and i live 45 minutes from Woodburn and went to see the tulips last weekend! They are breathtaking indeed!

AND, i have all of Julie Hyzy's mysteries. They are fabulous.

Gardenias are lovely, and their scent is delicious.. :) Have a wonderful weekend!

Deanna said...

Yes, it would be lovely to visit fields of tulips in bloom, what a feast for the eyes. And definitely agree with the bunny in the tennis shoes, no resistance whatsoever. Have fun at the zoo!!

Dotti said...

This Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm sounds like a wonderful place to visit! And your gardenia shot ... breathtaking.

Sandy said...

LOL, the bunny with tennis shoes is hysterical! My Dad has a large Gardenia bush, well actually two cause some years back he divided it. Now mind you, he talks plants into growing. He's had the main bush for 30 some years!! When it blooms it smells heavenly.

Fun visiting throughout Friday 5

W. Latane Barton said...

I love that bunny with the shoes. Guess bunnies need shoes, too. And, I can almost smell that gardenia through my monitor!! Gorgeous.

Maggid said...

Bunny w/tennis shoes - very fun!
Thank you for the reading tips!!!
Really - REALLY - enjoy visiting today.
Thank you.

Beth Niquette said...

We live about 25 minutes from Woodburn, and the Tulip Festival. lol It is truly a magnificent sight. Let me know if you head out our direction to see the tulips, I'll meet ya over there!

Have a lovely day, and Happy PFF!

Debra @ Homespun said...

LOL! Made the mistake of taking a sip of morning coffee while reading your post, cracked up and almost swallowed the wrong way at the bunny with his tennis shoes. No I couldn not have resisted...too funny! :)

Maria Kristina Maano said...

Those tulip fields are heaven on earth indeed! I wish I can see tulip fields for real in the next 5 years.

Country Girl said...

What a cheerful post. Hope you enjoyed the zoo!

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine how beautiful those tulip fields would be.

Mary said...

Chuckling over the bunny with tennis shoes :) I look forward to the gardenias blooming, I can smell the heavenly fragrance from here!