Our World Tuesday: Airlie Gardens






From July 6, 2012
Last week I took my daughter and my nephews to Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina, because the only day to have an adventure is the hottest day of the year. The almanac said so, and away we went. They are standing under an oak tree that dates from 1545 and puts paid any ideas of self importance. I love this tree.
From July 6, 2012
We visited the bottle chapel by artist Minnie Evans. I love that thing. A family that had been on our heels the whole time we were at the park all but took a bath in the fountain, and that gave us a chance to take in the beauty of this extraordinary place.
From July 6, 2012
From July 6, 2012
From July 6, 2012
After we visited the gardens in all their splendor, we headed into historic Wilmington and paid our respects at the USS North Carolina. Freedom is as complex as it is costly. This ship makes that point.
From July 6, 2012
Our World Tuesday

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  1. Such a beautiful thing to be visiting fun places. It's an education! Thank you for sharing, Sandy!

    Hank

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  2. Anonymous9:12 AM

    beautiful...thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wonderful captures as always! I love the bottles! How different, colorful and unusual! I would really like to visit that ship and, of course, I love the old, old tree! Hope your week is off to a good start, Sandy, enjoy!!

    Sylvia

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  4. Nearly 500 year old trees and bottle butterflies! Wow!!

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  5. I love that butterfly sculpture. How cool is that! It appears that you had a great outing.

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  6. Anonymous11:29 AM

    Wow - lovely gardens and that bottle chapel is amazing. Such a great idea.

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  7. What a lovely setting for such rich history.. your military, a creative piece and Mother Nature herself in the beauty of that tree. Sounds and looks like a perfect day.

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  8. what an interesting field trip. love the bottles...

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  9. Wonderful Sandy, pure Nature at its best + and Art at its best.

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  10. Oh gosh Sandy, that is the most beautiful thing! We've seen a few plain old bottle trees, but nothing near as complex and lovely as this one. I like the legend that goes with them too.

    The tree is wonderful and as you say, puts things in perspective. A lovely day for you all -- thanks for sharing!

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  11. Sounds like you had a nice visit! I remember taking my kids on a trip (it was to a famous Biblical reserve in Israel) in the sweltering heat and hearing many complaints. I like hearing about the old tree.

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  12. Lovely place to spend some time!

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  13. That bottle chapel looks lovely - quite fun ...

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  14. I love your bottle chapel how cool.

    I'm telling everybody that 100 degrees is the new 90. That's how I'm dealing with the heat. Denialism works for some, why not me?

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  15. looks like a wonderful time was enjoyed. I love big trees!

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  16. I love the tree and I sure would love to make a gazebo like that out of bottles . Gorgeous.

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  17. The art work with bottles is wonderful.

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  18. I love those bottle butterflies and fun times indeed.Have a great week ahead.

    Shantana

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  19. Never seen anything like that bottle chapel!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  20. Looks like a great place to visit!

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  21. You show us great stuff!
    The tree is amazing.

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  22. wow that is pretty unique!

    Kim,USA

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  23. I'm so glad you heeded the Almanac :) That gorgeous tree! Imagine what it has seen and heard in its lifetime. How fascinating to ponder! Loved the bottle chapel too, and had to laugh at the family "on your heels" until bath-time :)

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  24. cool pics!

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    Ciao!

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