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It was maybe exactly 10 years ago that me and my husband first went to this amazing place, with my belly full of Ezra and the summer stretched ahead of us.  We finally got to return – and this time with a grown Ezra and little Zoe. My kids love flowers and gardens and wide open spaces so this weekend romp was a hit.   Zoe loves the little pink playhouse with its own lavender gardens. By the time we made it to the Coe Hall Historic House I felt as if I were roaming around some place in Europe and it’s no wonder.. it was totally created to look like an English Castle by its first owners.

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After Ezra’s birthday we went to visit Uncle Carl and Aunt Tricia, who have now purchased a house in Yonkers, NY! Lucky for us the new house is just blocks from Untermeyer Gardens Conservancy where we can view lots of gorgeous garden ideas, the Palisades and the Hudson River.

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It seems like only yesterday that these were the tiniest little caterpillars in a jar (a gift from my boss when we realized we purchased the wrong kind of fuzzy critters for a photo shoot). I think all those pink petals on our front walk make the butterflies very happy –

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fuzzy spring trees

fuzzy spring trees

water gun wars after dinner

water gun wars after dinner

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

lilacs!  my fave!  the whole alley smells of this..

lilacs! my fave! the whole alley smells of this..

balance bike buddies

balance bike buddies

I love our morning commute to school... no more snow!

I love our morning commute to school… no more snow!

the lovely garden at Zoe's school

the lovely garden at Zoe’s school

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If you remember a while back my brother married in Florida. His wife Tricia has a family who lives not too far from us near Yonkers, NY. They invited us to sit in their garden and eat a lunch like they do when they spend their summers in Italy: al fresco. The tomatoes were amazing – and their garden has copious amounts of little peppers that Ezra insisted on eating right off the plant (and then drinking a gallon of milk to take the burn out!) Tricia’s dad was so impressed that he wants to “keep him for a week” to help with gardening and to enjoy the vegetables; an invitation that E will never turn down! And Zoe loved eating figs right off of the tree.

For now (sadly September is over but..) I’ve been inspired to enjoy all the tomato dishes I can. And that mozzarella – I have to find some of that fresh mozzarella from Stew Leonard’s – buono!

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It has been some time since our neighbors put some love into the little area behind our building. We got some paint and plants and freshened up our ‘urban back yard‘ – just in time for summer meals outdoors. I created another mural for the building and someone even provided a book case that we turned into raised flower beds! Check out this pin for more cool ideas of how to reuse a tire in your garden.

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the (shirtless) commitee hard at work

the (shirtless) commitee hard at work

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A local tire shop let us upcycle these as planters!

A local tire shop let us upcycle these as planters!


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a book case filled with soil makes a great raised bed

a book case filled with soil makes a great raised bed

using a new sprinkler like a microphone.. hours of fun

using a new sprinkler like a microphone.. hours of fun

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What a strange time of year it’s been. We went to the New Jersey Botanical Garden and had a nice little picnic on the grass, and shortly thereafter it started to snow like crazy! The nice folks at the Skylands Manor let us enter (where normally you need an appointment to go in) — they knew that Zoe thought it was a ‘princess castle’ and let us check it out. Oddly enough today it’s 80 degrees in New York… what a strange April!

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