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I had recently started a new job only to get a few days off soon afterwards. Basically the week after Easter the boss’ children were off from school for Spring Break starting on Good Friday (March 30) and it lasted through the following week. So I was home on Friday, April 6 when I learned on Facebook about that particular weekend was the Maryland Day weekend (which is a minor holiday observing the founding of Maryland) and many of the museums around the Annapolis area were offering $1 admission.

After thinking about my options, I decided to settle on Historic London Town and Gardens for the following reasons: 1) I had never been there before. 2) I’m a history buff. 3) It had the word “Gardens” as part of its name and it was spring so I figured that I would see some blooming flowers. 4) I once went to the original London in the UK with my then-husband a few years ago so I thought it would be cool to see another attraction that’s also named London.

So I drove down to London Town and paid the $1 admission. (The regular adult admission price is $12 so I saved $11. Sweet!) Basically London Town was founded on the banks of the South River in 1683 as a colonial seaport and it became a hub for trading. The town lasted for approximately 100 years until there was a change in trade routes and London Town’s fortunes declined until the town became defunct. Today it is a historical site that’s open to the general public.

The admission is usually $12 for adults so it was nice being able to pay the special $1 price. It was a warm and sunny day out, which was the perfect day to stroll around in the garden where I saw all kinds of blooming flowers and other types of nature.

I went inside the Visitor’s Center, which had all kinds of interesting artifacts, such as this broken mermaid plate that someone found at the site.

London Town is located on the banks of the South River, which also made for wonderful picture taking.

The main center of activity during London Town’s heyday was at the William Brown House. William Brown built this brick house that not only served as his family home but it also served as a tavern and a ferry landing.

I took a guided tour of the interior and I found it to be very fascinating, especially with the furniture from the same era as London Town’s heyday.

After London Town’s fortunes declined to the point where it became an abandoned town, the William Brown House was turned into an almshouse for the poor until 1965, when it became a historic site and designated tourist attraction. The William Brown House was the only original London Town building that remains today. The other houses that were built for working class people were made with cheaper wood material and those houses eventually fell apart as time went on. There is a reconstruction of these houses that gives one an idea of what it was like to live as an average person in London Town.

All in all it was a pretty nice outing and I’d recommend it for anyone who is a history buff and/or into gardening and nature.

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Even though spring had officially arrived it seemed like winter just refused to go away. How else can you explain this snowstorm that struck my area the day after the Spring Equinox?

Ironically the weather was getting warmer just a few days earlier and there were even flowers that were in bloom. It was such a contrast between the spring flowers and winter snow.

But it was mostly a winter wonderland on that day. Three to four inches of snow came down that day, which shut down the federal government, schools, and several businesses. I was still suffering from a head cold and the crappy weather didn’t help much. I managed to take brief walks around the neighborhood where I made these shots.

I even took a few shots featuring one of my dolls, Elsa from Disney’s Frozen movie.

One of the bushes on the side of my townhouse is blooming these really pretty flowers.

Some beautiful blooming spring flowers.

Some beautiful blooming spring flowers.

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Since this week is Passover and tomorrow is Good Friday, which kicks off Easter weekend, I decided to devote this post to more pictures of spring flowers that I recently took.

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May Day

With the recent upset stemming from what’s going on in my original birth city (Baltimore), I decided to honor May Day with some pretty spring pictures. Here’s a recent photo of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center that I took a couple of days ago.

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Here are some photos of this tree that’s blooming these really pretty, delicate looking dark pink-colored flowers.

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Since today is Earth Day, this post is especially appropriate for the occasion. Recently I took a few miscellaneous spring photos around my area. The first two photos are of this cherry blossom tree, one of many such trees that were then in bloom in the Washington, DC area.

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Flowering Tree

This last photo shows an unusual marriage proposal that was spray painted on the side of a truck. I don’t know the story behind this or if the person to whom this proposal was aimed at even accepted. But it’s still a pretty off-beat way of declaring that one is ready for marriage.

An Unusual Marriage Proposal

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Last Saturday I had a full afternoon even though I was battling this cold I had caught just a few days earlier. First, I took a broken pot to the Repair Cafe event that was held at Makerspace 125. I was told that it would take a while to repair it mainly because so many other people had also brought broken items that they wanted repaired so they wouldn’t have to throw it away. While the lid handle on my pot was waiting to be repaired, I decided to return home to eat lunch then I headed out to another event that was also taking place that day.

Community Forklift was having its annual Garden Party that takes place each spring. People were encouraged to dress in their finest spring clothes to this event. Except there was one major snag. After a few days of relatively warm spring weather, winter decided to make its return and the temperatures suddenly plummeted to the mid-30’s. I saw some people attempted to wear pretty spring outfits but they were all covered with heavy winter coats.

Despite the cold I still had a good time checking out the live music and photographing the various cool vintage items that I saw in stock.

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The weather is really getting crazy around here. On St. Patrick’s Day the weather was nice and warm and this pretty purple-striped crocus was blooming in my front yard.

Spring is here.

Spring is here.

Yesterday was officially the first day of spring but you wouldn’t have noticed it looking outside my window because the ground was covered with a half-an-inch of snow and the weather alternated between snow and rain. It was also cold. So my pretty blooming crocus was buried under snow.

Today it’s the second day of spring and the weather has done a complete 180 degree turn. This afternoon the temperature was in the 60’s and the snow had completely melted. I looked outside to survey any damage from yesterday’s storm and I found something interesting. The purple-striped crocus looked totally wilted but another crocus had sprung up next to it—a fully purple crocus.

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I took a couple more photos of this pretty purple crocus.

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Crocuses

I really hope that all traces of winter are completely banished. But I’m not expecting any complete disappearance of winter until early April. I can only recall one snowstorm in April but that was when I was a young child and that snow didn’t do anything other than partially cover the ground. I haven’t witnesses an April snowstorm since then.

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What a difference a year makes! Last year I was greeted with this.

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I was literally snowed in my home and the entire Washington, DC metropolitan area literally closed down because we got a whopping seven inches of snow.

This year it’s different.

Spring is here.

Spring is here.

That’s right, it’s a crocus that’s currently blooming in my front yard.

Last year the only outdoor activity I did was where I dressed my Volks Dollfie Dream doll in an appropriate outfit for the occasion, stepped outside my front door, and took a few brief snapshots in the snow.

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And here is the same doll in the same wig, shoes, and outfit just one year later.

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By the way, I made that St. Patrick’s Day outfit she wears in the photographs. For more information about how I made it, see my blog post on Irish Lass that I wrote five years ago.

Today is just a warm, gorgeous day outside with temperatures reaching the high 60’s. Here’s a photo of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center that I took just a few hours ago.

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I managed to cook up the usual Guinness Beef Stew with Guinness Bread and a side order of carrots glazed in honey. I had to do the prep work the night before because I’m currently taking a class that meets Tuesday nights (I’ll write more on that later) and St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. I did the advance preparation so I would have something Irish to eat on the actual day itself.

I don’t really mind going to a class on St. Patrick’s Day because this time last year I couldn’t get out of my house even if I wanted to. All around it’s a great day today! 🙂

A couple of weeks ago I took photos of this castle in Chevy Chase, Maryland while I was on my way to an appointment with my therapist. Today I had another appointment with my therapist and, after the session ended, I decided to drive back to the nearby castle where I took some more photos.

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As you can see in those photos it snowed once again today, well past the start of the official Spring Equinox. The good news was that it laid only on the ground and not in the streets. It also provided an even more enchanting atmosphere to the castle, officially known as Rossdhu Gate.

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When I last mentioned this castle in this blog, I learned that the castle was on sale for $1,375,000. When I returned to the castle today, I saw this sign indicating that someone bought it.

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The weather has been acting like it has a bipolar disorder lately. It can’t seem to make up its mind whether to fully leave winter behind or not, Here are some photos I took over the past few weeks that shows the total craziness of the weather where it alternated between being warm and sunny then change to cold and snowing.

My lavender plant, February 17, 2014.

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Crocuses coming up in my front yard in warm weather, February 25, 2014.

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The same crocuses, March 4, 2014.

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Baltimore, Maryland, March 10, 2014.

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Icicles outside my window, St Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014.

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Takoma Park, Maryland, March 22, 2014.

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And now, today in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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The big irony is that the Spring Equinox happened a few days ago on March 20 and we are still getting cold and snow. This really sucks. I don’t mind the occasional snowstorm but this is definitely too much of a good thing. Sigh!

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