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January 28, 2008



Sometimes the little things in life hold so much beauty. We must remind ourselves daily to stop and appreciate that something like a swan can bring a smile to our face. It brought one to me today and for that once again Daisy Cottage I thank you! Much love and peace, Carey.


I would call that place Swan Lake!!
Thanks for sharing,


Kim, I am trying to make visits to more of the GI gals' blogs...I am so glad I stopped by. Your home is as gorgeous as ever...and your feathered friends made me smile!

jessi nagy

aaahhh that was so sweet. i love swans, and all kinds of birds. it is still winter here, the swans,ducks, and geese have'nt come home yet. this just brightend my day! love spring!


Wonderful pictures, I love the one with the gulls all lined up. It's looks like they're ready for a swim meet.

Rachel Going

Those pictures are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing, and once again I appreciate the joy you have brought to my day. Love,Rachel

Rachel Going

Those pictures are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing, and once again I appreciate the joy you have brought to my day. Love,Rachel


Such pretty pictures! You do bring joy to us dear Kim, more than you could know :)


kathy charniak

We had a warm day here in ILLinois but still no birds. Your swans brought me a little touch of spring early. Thank you. Kathy C.


Hi Kim,
Thanks for bringing such peaceful pictures our way. It was so refreshing to see them. I can't wait to come down to Fla. in February. Hugs, Rosemary


Looks like a picture from a postcard--just wonderful!


How beautiful! I love coming to visit you.


Swan Lake perhaps?



Debbie L.

Kim you are such a delight. Thank you for sharing your feathered friends with us. Such a nice peaceful setting. I could look at the cool blue water and swans for hrs:)

Debbie L.

Erin and Bentley Houghton

Hi Kim, Thank you for sharing photos of your feathered friends. Your blog is a breath of fresh air and a joy to visit.
So glad that dear Maggie's hair is growing out and that she is back to being the Diva that she is.
Hugs to Maggie from Bentley.


So beautiful and peaceful!
Reminds me to ~~~go with the flow~~~
Thanks for sharing these calming and
serene pics!



Gorgeous photos. They sure instill peace. Thanks for sharing.



Truly a beautiful peaceful post! Swan Lake for sure! Thank you for sharing this wonderful view!sigh NG


Oh wow, just a gorgeous post and photos! Thank you so much sharing!


Beautiful swans - your picture's have a nice calming effect Kim.

With that, I think I'll "hit the hay". Well, after I read your post below, think I missed one!

Alison Gibbs

How relaxing to just go and watch the birdlife.

Martha Going

Swans have such elegance to them. When I was a child my Mother's friend would make a swan out of snow. We thought that was the coolest thing. She was the kind of friend that brought elegance to everyday living and reminds me alot of you.


Breath taking photo's. I can't help but think peaceful thoughts while looking at them.


So graceful. Calm. Serene. A good way to start my day. A reminder to slow down and enjoy the beauty around me. Thank you for sharing these wonderful creatures. ~Adrienne~


Woops, the above comment is from Maggie.I am using Nature Girs Computer.
Breath taking photo's. I can't help but think peaceful thoughts while looking at them.


Beautiful swan! The gulls have returned to the lake. They leave when the weather warms, for some reason. We should be at the lake now, enjoying them!



I enjoyed your picture story very much. What elegant creatures! (Well the swans anyway...the seagulls are feisty creatures.)

Chris@Cats on my Quilts

I have that wonderful swan ornament you sent me so that reminds me of you every time I see it. There is a place on Cape Cod we go to that has swans and I just love seeing them every time we are there. They are so lovely and graceful.


Beautiful, peaceful photos. I loved the "reflection" photos.


OMG, Kim, your photos are glorious! Can I ask what camera you use?
btw, the warm and sunny weather looks SO good!


Hi Kim - just wanted to let you know I recognized your blog for a meme - the Make My Day Award :) You can read the post here:


Such beautiful birds and such beautiful pictures!!
I would like to know what kind of camera you have.....thanks!

Susan Ramey Cleveland

The swans are beautiful. I love swans and geese and ducks. Thanks for sharing your photos.


Hey - I know those swans! :) I haven't seen them in a few years - just one more reason to take a little road trip. :)



The second swan photo takes my breath away! The swan is beautiful AND the water looks like liquid satin. So pretty. You should frame it! I have been here long enough for "Theme from a Summer Place" to begin playing. I love that, too! I wish someone would write and play music like that again.

Betty in Oklahoma

Kathy :)

WOW......I feel I could reach out and touch them, Your camera is amazing !!!

One time when my kids were little we took a bag of bread and feed the I will never do that again...when the bread was gone they chased us wanting more, good thing I was young and FAST !!!

Kathy :)

PS Today is my baby boy's (not a baby any longer) b'day...feeling all sorts of emotional today !!

Jill from Forever and Ever House

WOW! Gorgeous pictures! You have the knack! Thanks for sharing.


Hi Kim
I love your pictures of the swans!!
Thanks for sharing with us!


Awww....what sweet and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing with us!!!! Smiles,Jenn

apt. a {berriehead}

*smiling* they are so peaceful to watch aren't they? Love when you show me around! xo


I didn't realize I missed all of your pretty tablecloths! And the swans... so pretty on our rainy dreary day here! Thanks for sharing your beautiful weather :)

Pinkie Denise

Oh, so lovely! I think swans are so elegant...
What a beautiful post Pinkie Denise


Thank you for that stroll down memory lane. One of the memories I cherish most from my son's childhood was watching him and his "Nana" explore "swan lake" together. When parents pass on and children grow up, it's comforting to know that maybe some day MY grandchildren will be able to explore "swan lake" with their Nana!


Kim, these pictures are absolutely stunning! The swans are so enchantingly beautiful. Thanks for letting me visit your feather friends with you.

Kim, Lovely, lovely photos of such beautiful creatures. There is a field about 45 minutes from where I live where a flock of swans have been wintering. I am not sure why or where they came from. What a gorgeous sight though!! Thanks for the eye candy. Hugs, Cindy


LOve the pics of your feathered friends! I haven't been to feed the ducks here where I live in ages and seeing your feathered friends reminded me that I need to make the time! Hope your hainvg a great week :o)


Beautiful pictures, Kim. Swans are gorgeous! That water looks so inviting..soothing. It's cold and windy here today so that was a real pick-me-up!

Thanks for sharing.



Lovely pictures! With all the piles of snow around our place just now, it was refreshing to see something NOT wintery!


Swans and perfect!


The swans and the water look so pretty.

Hmm, the water in my neck of the woods is iced over. Temps? 1-degree below zero today. Brrr.

This really makes me ready for warmer weather.

You live in a beautiful city. So clean and you have flowers!!! Love the petunias. Hugs, Cindy


The beautiful Lake Morton pretty.

Helle Greer

Thank you for a gorgeous tour. I especially enjoyed the swans, and the picture of the feather together with Moon River playing, made the tears come out. It was my MIL favorite song, she passed last year, but the picture of the feater is just so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing with all of us.


I never did comment on this and I enjoyed it so much I been back a few times. I always thought you lived in Orlando, now I see you don't. I live in Palm Coast, north of Daytona.

I always enjoy your blog!

Yellow Rose Arbor

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