Good morning Tuesday!
Good morning Spring!
Yes, it is spring here now. Real spring.
Real, real, real, REAL SPRING!!
Pretty soon everything will be in full bloom.
This is probably the most wonderful time of the year. I can never decide what is more beautiful? Spring? Or fall?
However, fall is my favorite season, but maybe spring takes the win for the most beautiful of seasons, after all …
On Saturday, Peter and I headed downtown. Well, first of all we headed for Arlington Cemetery, we put some flowers on Peter’s mother’s grave.
And, when we had done that we walked over Arlington Memorial Bridge to The Mall in DC.
Pink star magnolias (not that common to see pink star magnolias) on Arlington Cemetery.
It is CHERRY BLOSSOM time, y’all!
Yes, THAT time of the year!
However, I will save those pics for Wednesday's post, so do check back in tomorrow again.
Walking across Arlington Memorial Bridge towards DC over the Potomac River. Virginia is on your left and DC on your right.
When I came to the US, 29 years (YESSS, 29 years) ago I lived in the wide high rise in the middle of this picture. It is The Prospect House in Rosslyn in Arlington, VA. This is where I spent a year as an au-pair. From The Prospect House you have THE best view of Washington DC there is. JUST splendid.
The National Mall was pretty packed this lovely day.
Korean War Memorial.
Magnolias in full bloom.
However spring is EVERYWHERE! The weather on Saturday was quite lovely as well. I think it got to be around 73 F (23C). In other words, perfect!
It was the first warm day of 2019 so people where out and about everywhere.
I mean, magnolias everywhere. Can one ever get enough of these?
On the National Mall the annual Kite Festival took place.
It is so fun to see ALL those kites soaring in the sky.
Kites, kites everywhere on The Mall.
Peter and I did a true city hike. From Arlington, VA to DC (Tidal Basin, The Mall, George Washington University, Georgetown and finally back to Virginia where we took the metro home from Rosslyn). What a great day it WAS!!
We hiked around 10 miles, or 16 kilometers.
And, it did taste good to hang out in Georgetown with a beer. Do you see the building to the left? THAT is the Swedish Embassy. They have the best location of all embassies in DC. I am lucky to live so close to it.
And, the other day I had a new discovery here on the home turf.
Peter and I took an evening walk on Thursday.
All of a sudden I saw some beautiful white blooming trees in the neighborhood next to ours. These white flowers turned out to be tree upon tree of stark white magnolias. I have never seen this kind of white magnolia before!
Yes, of course I see star magnolias and southern magnolias on any given spring, but not THIS kind.
These are usually pink, as you all know.
BUT!! What I cannot grasp is that I have lived in my neighborhood for 19 years. AND, for NINETEEN years I have had NO idea that these white magnolias of the most grand kind can be found in a subdivision right next to mine.
I am flabbergasted. Have I been blind?
I have no idea, really. And, I do think that I am an observant soul usually. Well, I am clearly NOT.
However, now I KNOW of their existence!!!
The beauty of the white magnolias are real. These are called Chinese Magnolias. In Swedish, praktmagnolia. In my opinion this kind (and its pink sister) is the queen of all magnolias combined. However, the southern magnolia is the princess.
However up until last week I had NO idea that white Chinese magnolias even existed (praktmagnolia).
Take a good look at these lovelies ... OH MY!!!
Oh what a lovely time of the year this is.
Have a great Tuesday, y’all!