A Busy Weekend

Recently, my design partner in crime, Ericka and I entered to be contestants on the HGTV show “Flea Market Flip”. We actually made the cut and will be competing in season 8 of the show. The legendary market at Brimfield, Massachusetts is the setting for all of the purchasing.We had to go up Thursday, filmed all day Friday and stayed until Saturday so we could have time to also shop for ourselves.

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I cannot go into detail yet, as the show will not air until the fall, but I promise it will be a fun story!

Shopping at Brimfield is fun, but very overwhelming and tiring because it is acres and acres of vendors and a LOT of walking. I brought Buddy along for the trip and he happily browsed with us the entire time. He even made friends with a Spuds Mackenzie statue that was for sale.

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I only made one purchase; a metal and tole painted wastebasket that goes perfectly in the powder room…

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The only other thing I had to resist from buying was this…

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We came home to an unusually cold and rainy day on Sunday. With our plans to work in the yard cancelled, hubby and I decided to take a ride to the New Jersey Botanical Gardens at Skylands Manor. For anyone in the Orange/Rockland/Bergen county area this is a wonderful day trip worth taking.

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It is part of the New Jersey park system, officially opening Memorial Day with an entrance and parking fee, but is still accessible throughout the year. The walking tour begins at this charming cottage which inside is a mechanical station.

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A 1600 foot alee of crab apple trees span the entire length of the grounds.

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At the far end of the alee are four statues

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Each one represents a continent

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The hosta garden has 103 varieties

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Mature azaleas

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These were the largest and most fragrant lilacs i have ever seen!

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There is a large perennial garden, meant to bloom until the first frost

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Parterre garden

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Statuary throughout

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Even Buddy had a good time. He came home with a pine cone.

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