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The most exciting thing about my parents’ move to eastern Pennsylvania is that when I visit them, there are so many new places to explore.  Mom told me several times “You are going to love it here!” and when I drove up for a two-day stay last month, she was right!  The historic homes, the old trees, and the rolling hills won me over immediately.  A trip to the stunning Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square sealed the deal.  (And I liked it so much that I even did a write-up about my trip for National Geographic Traveler’s blog Intelligent Travel - see it here!)


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The mums were part of their Autumn Colors display and a foretaste of the chrysanthemum spectacular that is still going on now.  Mom and I had a lovely time at the Gardens, and I look forward to seeing this place again – the beauty of the garden is truly in its ever-changing nature from season to season.

Further evidence of fun in PA – a great yarn shop!  Mom and I stopped by Slip Knot in Newtown Square.  Aside from the helpful and friendly staff, this store offered some beautiful yarns.  Two skeins of Madelinetosh Light later… This yarn didn’t linger in the stash for long, because I already started on a project with it! (More details on that to come later)

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9 Responses

  1. Moni

    Love the new look! Your photos are stunning, as well.

  2. Alexis

    I grew up in that area. Go back in the summer, the Fireworks and Fountains shows at Longwood are awesome!

  3. Seanna Lea

    I love those flowers. They are so showy.

    My inlaws are in the Pittsburg area. I wish they were nearer a couple of yarn shops, so I could enjoy a little bit of fiber when I go visit.

  4. Evelyn

    I’m a huge fan of Pennsylvania and your photos attest to its beauty. Sounds like you had a great visit with your parents and as a LYS was included, it couldn’t have been better!

  5. Chandler

    Love the clean, classic new design (and your photos)! It sounds like a lovely area your parents have found—hope they’re settling in well, and that you get to visit often.

  6. Carole

    I love these photos!

  7. Dee

    I love Longwood Gardens. Unfortunately, we have moved away and I don’t get there very often. Okay — almost never.

    Do you parents live close to there? We lived in Willow Grove. It was a bit of a drive to get to the gardens, but there was always the cross stitch store and the yarn store to make the trip just a little bit more worthy.

  8. Beverly

    Wow! As always, your photos are fantastic! I love your travel posts!

  9. Diane

    What beautiful photos! I just adore Longwood Gardens. It is beautiful any time of the year. We went this past March and had fun exploring the conservatory, the orchid display and the children’s garden. I live about an hour from there, making it a bit inconvienent for a membership, but have considered it. If you are visiting your family again near the holidays, and have time, the Morris Arborteum in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia has a great model train display in their gardens. It’s a beautiful place to walk around, although not as elaborate as Longwood Gardens.

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