Panjiayuan Market is a large open market where people come from all over to sell a range of goods. Some bring beads, some bring antiques, others bring paintings, and there's an entire stone statue area which I imagine is permanently there. All these venders set up little booths under this open roof, while along the perimeter are small permanent shops selling similar things...
I'm afraid that by writing this post or making any mention of our fairly mild winter I will jinx us completely, but I'm going to do it anyway. (And I'm going to knock on wood.) Anyone who has lived in New England long enough knows that it could be 50 degrees every day in February and we should still be prepared to get pounded by a blizzard the next day. But so far this winter we have been really lucky (knocking on wood again) which has allowed my husband and I to be out and about more than usual. (I'm not even sure if I ever left my house last winter?!) Aside from enjoying our favorite winter sports (read: hot tubbing and sitting by a fire) we've been trying to explore new places (read: I've been dragging him to new places). If you're caught up on my previous posts, you know that one thing I've been doing a lot is "summering" in winter by visiting greenhouses and pretending I'm on a tropical island. But at the risk of getting turned over to the police for loitering at my favorite greenhouse, I decided to try somewhere new this past weekend, and I'm so glad we did.
It was a perfect New England weekend. Clear skies, 50 degrees, and new spots to discover. Our first stop was Kennedy's Country Gardens in Scituate. It was adorable! There are multiple greenhouses on the property, even more when spring hits, a gift shop, garden center, a friendly cat, and parrots! Talking parrots! What more could you want? After I was talked out of buying 37 new plants (thank you Nate) we drove on to Old Scituate Light. It still has an active lighthouse keeper, which I find fascinating, and rock jetties you can walk out onto the ocean from. Here are some favorite images from our morning in New England. (Bonus points to the first person to comment what literary work my blog post is referencing!)
For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know that this year I've embarked on the 365 (well, really 366) project. I'm over a month in and I can't rave enough. Not only is it forcing me to practice my photography, but it's also forcing me to take a moment to appreciate all the little things. Not to mention, get out more and enjoy winter. Last weekend I visited one of my favorite places ever, Sharon View Nursery. It's the cutest place you've ever seen. Seriously. The owner Jim (and everyone else that works there!) is so friendly and so knowledgeable. It's never too crowded. It smells divine. They have lime trees. Lime trees! And best of all? The tropical weather inside year round! What more could you want? Ever since my latest visit, I've been scheming up so many photo shoots in my mind. Until they happen though, here is a little taste of the magic.