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April 14, 2010

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Privet and Holly

I love your steeple and your lake! I live in a town way up North, USA, that also has a beautiful steeple and is on a lake. I never tire of its various moods....sparkling on sunny days, dark and foreboding on gloomy ones....and even when it is frozen SOLID and covered with snow in the winter time. And of course, all of it's little inhabitants. Right now the Canadian Geese are nesting and soon we will see their babies waddling along after them. Same thing, this time every year, but I never grow tired of it! Thanks for sharing your lake!
xx P&H

Beth

Wow...that is one gorgeous lake! Thank you for sharing such awesome photos, it felt like I was there, too!
Beautiful!
Beth

Anna

Absolutely beutiful!! What for an amazing neighborhood :)

Trish Rowley

Just Beautiful!! and I Love that steeple. I used to live around the corner from the Church that my Mother and Father were married in and every Sunday morning they would ring the bells calling people to Church I just loved to hear them, have a great day Kim. Trish xox ')

Marianne & Mindy

What beautiful pictures. We live near the lake but too far to walk. We love driving along the winding road next to the lake in the Summertime..catching a glimpse of the Canadian Geese and the Herons. The Church Steeple must be wonderful to gaze upon at different times of the day.
Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures of your lake and your steeple.

Alecia

So beautiful..I love the steeple and the lake.

XXOO

Alecia

Ruth Graham

Thanks Kim for sharing with all of us. It felt just as if we were all walking along together.

Have a Happy & Special Day Friends!

Ruth ;)

I Love Pretty Little Things

Pretty & Peaceful!!! I love your view of the steeple, and all of the beautiful animals and plants around your lake.
I have to admit that I have a little envy in my heart this morning. But, then again, I think we should all bloom where we are planted!
Love,
Joyce

Jane

Beautiful photos, Kim, and as always, your words ring true!

I have never seen such a variety of birds! :-)

xoxo
Janie

Cathy

So lovely! I would love to visit the beautiful area that you call home! All of the images you posted make it look like pure perfection!

Wonderful!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Jackie

Hi Kim!
What beautiful pictures!!! I love the one with the lamp post and the flowers! I could hear the ducks and the birds just from reading this!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and the sweet comments~
Have a wonderful Wednesday~
The other brown eyed gal!
Jackie

Dan

Kim~

I loved visiting the lake with you! I will go any time you want. I love the picture of the steeple too. It looks great! All of the pictures were wonderful.

It is true we are all unique, and none of us are alike. So many times people think they have to fall into a certain category. It is nice to be reminded that different doesn't mean bad. In fact, I think different means special.

You are very special! I hope you have a great day!

~Dan~

Sherri@lavenderfields

What a beautiful lake! It looks like you live in such a beautiful area. Love the small town feel with the church steeple, cute little coffee shop, and to have a lake right in the middle of those beautiful heritage style homes is just the icing on the cake! Have a great Wednesday Sherri : )

Karen Grosshans

I live in Pennsylvania and can also see a steeple from my front porch. It brings me peace and a feeling of stability. Isn't it funny so many miles apart but having the same focal point from our porch. I read your blog everyday and it always makes me smile and now even more like we are neighbors. Thanks.
Karen

karen

Beautiful pictures! And being from Southern Calif., I have to drive a ways to see a pretty lake like that! What kind of birds are those in the first picture? I love that they look like they posed for you! Thanks for the field trip!
karen...

Julie

Oh what lovely pictures! I love spring and how it feel's so clean and new!

Suzy Miller

Hello Kim!
I smiled really big when I opened up your pictures today.
This is the very thing that I love to do...walk around my city and take pictures of it just being who it is...MY city.
I am very new to the blogging world...and don't have it all figured out just yet...but I do know that all I really need to do...is just be ME and the blog will be just fine.
I love beauty...nature, in it's natural state...it is so amazing and cries out to us to simply take the time...to enjoy and cherish it each and every day.
Thank you Kim...for treating us with your pictures and sharing your city...your little part of the world...with us....it is a beautiful place to live!
Take care,
Suzy

Connie

Oh Kim, thans for showing us your pictures. DH drove me around the lake and it was something to behold. I know why you love your lake and your town. Its a magical place to live - the swans, flowers and birds simply take my breath away. I love it there and wished I could be a part of that lifestyle. However, I think its too late for DH and me due to our age, finances and health issues. I love it so - I feel like I viewed a "little slice of heaven." Thanks again.

Hugs,
Connie

aimee

what a wonderful way to start my day. a beautiful tour and coffee in hand :)
blessings,
aimee

Susan Freeman

Good Morning Kim! What a lovely way to start the day. Your lake is lovely and I especially enjoyed sharing it with you. Have a wonderful, happy and peaceful day!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

joy

I feel blessed that I look out on a lake everyday and the peace it give me deep inside. Life changes, the Earth too but please don't take away my peace...

Lynnette

Wow! It looks like you have really mastered that new camera. These pix are gorgeous! Can I come live with you? ;D

Sheri Howard

I love your little lake...and all the water fowl...especially the black swan sitting on it's nest. What is the beautiful bird with the red beak and legs? Very pretty! What a happy place for you!

Barbara Anne

Lovely! I once read something that returns to my mind from time to time:
"God has two home, one in heaven and the other in a thankful heart."

Your appreciation of the natural world and creatures surrounding you is a gift. Thank you for opening our eyes to see what you see.

Hugs!

janet

So happy that there is one unique you showing us your beautiful surroundings...

Jan

Yes, it is beautiful. Your area is quite beautiful, but oh that downtown. Love it, the quilt shop, the eateries, the market place on the square, OMGosh I cannot forget the train going right through the town, it is an amazing place. Blessings, Janet

Beverly

I have always loved the lake section of Florida that you call home. I remember strolling around similar lakes as a child with my parents.

One world with one heart growing stronger every day.

Ashley Schott

Oh Kim, what gorgeous photos. You are one lucky lady to have a view like that. What a beautiful steeple. What a beautiful lake:)

kkarlin

Hi Kim,

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos with us. My favorite is the bird flying over the lake.
Have a great day!

Kay in Kansas

bettyann

Hi Kim..thanks for sharing your part of the world with us today...thanks for reminding us we are all unique...special lady...special lake...special..

Nancy Omachi

Just divine!

Joy

Looks like a beautiful neighborhood and wonderful pictures!

Anne

These are some of my favorite pictures that you have ever posted! Just lovely. Aren't white pelicans awesome - SO big! I don't live on a lake, but do live on a canal. Even the canal turns different colors at different times of day, and I love to see all the water birds that visit. Thank you for the tour today!

Hattie

Sweet Kim,
I am in awe! All I can say is THANK YOU. Thank you for taking me to your lake. You made my day.... just like you do every day.
Love & Hugs,
Hattie

Lynn Paterson

Loved all the photos of the ducks & swans......they were very beautiful. Made me feel like I was right there feeding the ducks. I'm with you on church steeples.....they are so peaceful to look at in the sky.

Beckie

So many signs of spring. Wonderful pictures.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Annabelle

Thank you for the beautiful pictures of your lake, Kim! Gosh, I'm jealous! I could identify every bird except for the ones in the second picture. After Googling and looking at many birds I found out they are white ibis. So thank you for teaching me something new today. :)

Mary Lou

WOW!! Beautiful.

Kathleen Grace

Oh how beautiful Kim! I didn't know you lived on a lake and I have been following you for about 3 years! How did that get past me? Love the birds and wildlife. I would be out there watching them all the time!

Diane Price

Beautiful, beautiful photos. The birds looked like they were posing for you. Thanks for sharing.

Coastal Charm

Kim,
The lake is soooo PRETTY...what beautiful wildlife! How cool that you can see the church steeple from your porch!

Blessings,
Linda

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Daisy Cottage

Thank you everyone!

Miss Kathleen, I don't live ON the lake... but I'm close.


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Me

Patty

Those swans are gorgeous!

Maria

my family travels 45 minutes to Big Bear City - boy do we get to see alot of different species of birds and breath taking views, but having it in your back yard now, that's a treat. thanks for sharing as always - love ya - maria - cottage feel

Lori

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography. I'm curious about the small birds on the fence. Do you know what they are?

Becky from Tennessee

How beautiful, Kim! The steeple is so
pretty. Your hometown looks like such
an inviting and peaceful place to live.
I love the lake, the flowers, and all
the water fowl. Pelicans are my favorite.
Unfortunately, here in middle TN we don't
have very many of them! LOL! I am not a
"hot weather" person but I believe I would
actually enjoy living in your area with all
it's beauty.

Becky

Lauren LeJeune

What a beautiful lesson to take from a day at the lake. It does look like quite an inspiring place. :)

Kate Reddan

Kim,
You are so lucky to live where you live. I would love to visit Lakeland. I live here in Long Beach NY. Right down the street from my house is the Atlantic Ocean. I can see it from my front porch. I can't believe how lucky I am to get to look at that beautiful sight everyday.I think there is beauty in everything if we take the time to look for it. Somethings are more obvious than others but it really is true "There's no place like home". Thanks for sharing your hometown with us.
Love,
Kate

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

What a lovely lake you have, as well as a beautiful view. Water is so relaxing to be around!

Cindy

Kim,
What a beautiful lake!! You live in such a pretty area! Love the black swan! I wish sometimes that I lived closer to the water. But since I don't...we take a lot of day and weekend trips to lakes in our state and to states that are close by.
Thanks for showing us your lake in your home town.
~Cindy~

naturegirl

Kim as a Nature lover you know how much I love this post!That swan asleep..so peaceful almost spiritual!!sigh anna

Kimberly Padilla

Kim,
One of my favorite posts you have ever put! Of course, I love the ones of your home, your activities and precious, beautiful Maggie, but these photos are just amazing! I can definitely tell you have been practicing with your camera. This post just so magnificently show God's creation and your description of the lake and the creation (and even us being one of a kind) so glorifies Him! Love you! Kimberly ♥

D. @ Outside Oslo

Don't you love how there are so many things of beauty all around us--such as your lake and its inhabitants--to appreciate? Sometimes just taking a look--an intentional look--at the world around us is enough to inspire us and fill us with joy and wonder. Blessings to you!

Brigitte

What a lovely lake! And you have it with all these beautiful flowers and birds just around the corner?? That's absolutely fantastic! :-)

Nancy Collins

Hi Kim, your pics are beautiful and amazing! I love all the lakes and water we have in Florida. I have driven by
"your" lake many times and visited Munn Park and all the lovely shops that surround it. Thanks for sharing. As a child, I lived directly across the road from a white country church with a steeple and always loved it. It was surrounded with a grove of maple trees!
Have a wonderful day!
Smiles and God's Blessings,
Nancy C

C. Pregler

The swans are beautiful... the flowers and blooms gorgeous. What a place to take in and enjoy. I can hear the water splashing, birds flying...God is great... nature. MMMMMmmmm.

Pat

What a blessing to live near water! Makes me happy and peaceful when I'm near a lake or beach and the ocean. The photos are beautiful.

xoxo
Pat

Susan

Hi! You need to change your blog name to Dear blessed daisy cottage!!! Lovely and how blessed you and your neighbors are.

Rhonda

I enjoyed all the pictures, but those pink-and-white flowers were GORGEOUS!!!

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