Isn’t it incredible how sometimes all we need is 24 hours away from life’s routines and life’s chaos?
We drove through a snow storm to get to Keswick Hall and while there, soaked up the many comforts that we found. Next time, we’ll make sure to enjoy the heated infinity pool.
The steam rising off the water added a misty quality to the images,
whether in color or in monochrome.
Beautiful scenery in a historic building, incredible food and drink, and a wonderful friendship = 24 hours of fabulous!
How incredibly lucky am I?
This was my “Grateful Dead” concert. Knowing that we don’t spend this kind of money very often (pretend I don’t have a motorcycle in my carport), we need to fully enjoy it when we do.
I still smile when I think of the photo of the text from your friend at the end of your last post 🙂
Wow beautiful images Lori. I particularly love the third one.
Edith, I was really happy with how that one turned out to. So much better in Monochrome.
…..and how much you deserve it…. It’s funny. When everything is going right and good things are coming are way we have a habit of calling it luck, rather than perceiving it is just the way life is supposed to be.
You have such a great way of looking at things, Noelle. I like your perspective!
You are a brave soul to drive through a snow storm to go anywhere but I see the draw. How much more peaceful can it get then that?
It was so wonderful! To be honest, it was the chance to spend the day with a dear friend and to shower her with love in thanks for all she’d done for me. It could have been a Holiday Inn, and I’d have been happy.
Having said that though, oh my gosh what an amazing place!!
You look so happy Laurie! I can see time with you makes others happy too. Lucky me I’d say.
I guess there was no Canadians there? I’m sure someone would use the pool, LOL. Your photo’s are great, the steam makes them very ethereal. I like the perspective of the deck furniture all in a row, it’s rather hopeful isn’t it? xox K
One of my favorite memories is of being in a big, big hot tub in British Columbia during a massive snow fall. It was fabulous!
I cannot wait until we have photos to share of all of us 🙂
Dang, you and a hot tub in British Columbia? I wish I was there. It’s a short 12 or 13 hour drive from home. Pfffft…..no problem….I’d hop in the Boomdeemobile and bebop on over 😀 xox
Oh, Edith, these images gave me goosebumps. Good for you for capturing such exquisite beauty and good for you for having LOVE in your Life!!! Great post, one I really enjoyed! Love, Amy
So glad you liked this one, Amy. I am completely blessed to have many friends in my life, and Jan is particularly dear to me!
It was an amazing weekend with an amazing friend. I am so fortunate to have you in my life! Hugs.
Much, much love to you, Jan!
These images are so fantastic! The joy and wonder comes through. It is such a gift, to give ourselves a chunk of time to let go of the everyday and embrace the moment. Good friends added to the mix make it even more spectacular. The lasting effects spread into your everyday for weeks.
With all you have going on, this is key to your health and strength, keep giving to yourself and your cup will overflow toward all you wish to help. Love this post!
You are so right, Carrie … the happy glow from that weekend has remained with me.
Thank you for your affirming comments. They mean much to me.
This place looks fantastic, but as told you last time… in spring, snow is very nice to see…just to se!!! At least for me… I think next time you can enjoy the swimmimg pool.
I will try to get back sometime and photograph it in the spring … just for you 🙂
Loved Boomdee’s comment that the deck chairs are a sign of hope! You are lucky indeed, my friend. It really does warm my heart to see how happy the two of you look in the photo here and in the earlier one.
Jan is such a great friend … and 35 years later, we as close as we were all those years ago.
Crystal, I love that you got to meet a blogging friend! I would so love to meet you at some point. What a blast that would be!
Laurie, I am excited about meeting my friend Marlene too! We’re already planning another visit. And I get to meet another in two weeks when I do a road trip up the coast to Canada. Trust me, when I make it to the East Coast again, I’ll be putting my scheming mind to work to figure out a way to see you.
Looks like a splendid place…glad you got some down time. ~ Dave
Thanks, Dave. It was a special treat and a lovely place!
Still a bit cold for bikes then 🙂
Oh yeah! and I’ll tell you, i am so ready for a ride!
How are you? I’ve missed your posts. I’ll head over to your place in a bit and see what’s up!
Been very slack lately..
Slack is okay, just hope you are well
Just working through some of lifes little ups and downs..
Strength to you my friend!
Thanks, it will improve with time 🙂
Awesome post and images Laurie (you know where that B&W image would be a hit ?) 🙂
Already posted 🙂 Hee hee!!
Personally I don’t think ‘luck’ has anything to do with it – your generous spirit, your zest for life makes it so. You love and are loved – it is wonderful!! Can’t wait!! xoxo
Sweet Pauline, thank you for that comment. Hope you are continuing to heal!
Fabulous indeed! Such wonderful atmosphere in all these images! I love, love, love that first infinity pool photo!
Thank you, Susan! I’d love to have been able to swim in that pool, with the snow falling all around (as long as someone was standing there with a warm towel when I wanted to get out 🙂 )
Yes, my sentiments exactly
beautiful and great mood 🙂
Thank you, Joshi … that steam off the pool adds such atmosphere
Those pictures are great! I love that foggy, misty effect. I’d say you’re VERY lucky!
I truly am, Kerry. Glad you enjoyed these images.
I’ll do my very best, Marcelo 🙂
Yep, pretty darn lucky. It’s a beautiful place and it looks like you two had a great time. Love the mist coming off the water!
Me, too. That mist is what drew me out there.
Love the photos … I would have said I liked the 1st one best – until I saw the 2nd one! Beautiful place 🙂
It was hard to put the camera down, for sure!
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Keswick Hall looks awesome. I love the surreal look of the photos with the steam, snow, and open water (instead of ice).
I so wish I’d had a bathing suit! I would have jumped in during the middle of the snowfall the night before. 🙂
Wow Laurie, winter paradise in these excellent shots!
I felt very lucky to be there AND so glad I had my camera!
I love how in that last photo the color that comes through is from your happy expressions!
Your comment makes me smile! Thank you 🙂
I see I liked this, Laurie, but didn’t leave a comment, and now I just have to! What a great, fun time at a beautiful place, despite the snow. And that infinity pool? Aren’t they just gorgeous!! My favorite photo though was the last one, seeing you and your friend all smiles, simply enjoying the moment and being with each other. That’s the best!
I love your smile. Clearly you’re having a great time.
That infinity pool i something else, and quite gorgeous with the misty weather and banks of snow. It takes stamina to get into outdoor water on a freezing day. It’s not so much the getting in, but the getting out afterwards.