Hidden Treasures close to home-Part 1

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Good Tuesday afternoon everyone-I did something unusual yesterday which isn't really a big deal but it was something out of the ordinary for me.

I did it as a treat for myself after raking up 6 bags of leaves yesterday and take them to the dump along with the 3 from the day before.

I decided to go out to lunch instead of just coming back home and having something which is no big deal either but not something I do often. 

There was a Wendy's close by to where the dump is so I stopped and got a baked potato and a sm. choc, frosty.  Since I was done working outside for the day I decided to go to a nearby park which I have been to before to sit outside and have my lunch. It was a beautiful 64* and too nice just to go back home.

The park is on the other side of town and it is a nice area to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the out of doors. This was nice to see some color as this landscaping was in front of the sign above

This is my first time being there this year and the first time in quite a while I have actually gone there. After my visit yesterday I will make a point to visit there more often.

A first it looked like I couldn't get to the park area because they had it blocked off so I parked over by the boat launch.

After I finished my lunch and started to head out I saw people walking and cars parked in the other end of the  parking area so I drove around and found where it was open and drove in there. There were lots of folks there either riding a bike or parked and sitting outside.  Now where I parked I noticed things I hadn't seen before.

First thing I noticed was this totally separate bike trail. They have a circular gravel path where the picnic area is where people walk and bike as well.

Now I drove down it but not really sure it was really for cars. There was a wider path that might have been for cars but there was a definite separate path marked for bicycles.

It was a dead end and I only saw two people on it going in but several bikers close to the end of it. The sign leading to it says it is 3 miles out and back. 

 

 

Now the second hidden treasure was on the opposite side of the trail.  Now I am not sure it has been there too long but it kind of reminded me of when I visited Peg Barcelo last May.

For those of you that don't know her or about that trip. She lives in Summerland B.C. Within walking distance of where she lives is nothing but fruit trees which were in bloom when I was there. It was a gorgeous sight and something I had never seen before

 

 

This second hidden treasure has LOTS of trees. I went up to see what kind there were and discovered they were different kinds of apple trees. 

 

 

 

The reason I don't think this fruit orchard has  been there long is because they aren't very big, the tag with the price, what they are and the sleeve below that's marked fruit tree isn't weathered. There are knock-out roses planted in front of this sign and along the trail next to it. 

At first I thought they were all  knock out roses because the first one was but as I walked farther down I discovered there was also kiwi bushes as well as plum trees or bushes. Don't know which but since they are on the trail I am going with bush. Someone did a great job of mulching the trees and the trail.  Very attractive and adds to the beauty of the area.

 

Now around the corner to the right of this trail was a bridge which was cool in itself  but I also discovered a panel on each side with this design and addition to the wrought iron railing.

I don't know if there any significance to the design but it was pretty cool I thought and worth sharing.

 

 

Since I didn't get to add all the photos to this blog because it took longer than I thought it would.  I will include them in my next blog on this park because I saw signs of spring there and since I haven't seen things in bloom there I will be doing another post on this a little later on when it has more color.  Hope you have enjoyed this.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by

Sharon Lee

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Just for Fun
Groups:
VIRGINIA
Things to Do/Places to Visit
ActiveRain Nature Station
ActiveRainPhotoBlogger
Travelers In The Rain

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
3,336,748
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon -- you never know what you can discover when we do a little exploring right in our own neighborhoods.  

Feb 10, 2015 02:35 AM #1
Rainmaker
1,072,115
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Michael-So true and even when you have been there before.  It was fun and I will be going back again when things are in bloom and there is color.

Feb 10, 2015 02:39 AM #2
Rainer
22,028
Signature Properties of Vermont
Essex Junction, VT
Showing you the way home

What a lovely find! In a few years time those fruit trees will really look nice in that park.

~Jarah

Feb 10, 2015 02:58 AM #3
Rainmaker
1,072,115
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Jarah-It sure was and it will be fun to watch them grow and flower. I will be waiting to see if they bloom this Spring.

Feb 10, 2015 03:01 AM #4
Rainmaker
4,449,053
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sharon,

It is so much fun to discover something knew and superb right around the corner, and it makes me wonder, what else did I miss.  Thanks for the photos, and we looking forward to part 2.  A

Feb 10, 2015 03:54 AM #5
Rainmaker
1,072,115
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Alexandra-This was a special surprise. I was just expecting to have a nice getaway and enjoy the outdoors but I did plan on taking pics while there but got more than I thought I would.

Feb 10, 2015 03:58 AM #6
Ambassador
1,879,570
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Fascinating post of taking time out for an outside lunch Sharon and ALSO what I call discovery by walking around. OFTEN just the fact of slowing down, whether on bicycle or in your case FOOT you see so much more. The trail and the trees probably a lot of people don't even know about cause they did not slow down and more importantly, OPEN THEIR EYES like you did. Well written with all your observations. I am sure those fruit trees will be gorgeous over time.

Feb 10, 2015 06:31 AM #7
Ambassador
2,215,283
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Sharon, Sometimes it just feels right to do something out of the ordinary and I bet your lunch tasted better just because you ate it somewhere different! I think it is fascinating that you found a hidey spot of an orchard, what a fantastic unexpected treasure hunt.

Feb 10, 2015 06:57 AM #8
Rainmaker
1,072,115
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary-I plan on going back once the trees and shrubs are in bloom and even discover what I missed this trip. I did slow down in a different way because I don't normally do that kind of thing as much as I need to. You can find treasures in your own backyard. I imagine with the blooms and the apple tree it will be beautiful. I think next visit I will see if they are all apple trees  It will be fun discovering what the blooms on a plum and a kiwi look like.

Wanda-It was a fascinating find. Totally unexpected. I think any food I don't have to cook can often taste better. I do like both of those foods a lot

Feb 10, 2015 07:04 AM #9
Ambassador
2,864,379
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yes it will be a few years before those are bearing fruit, but hey, you have to start sometime.

Feb 11, 2015 12:51 AM #10
Rainmaker
1,072,115
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Tammy-I had a peach tree that bore fruit the following Spring after I planted it but never planted an apple tree so I don't know how that works. All trees start small so this will be beautiful in bloom later on

Feb 11, 2015 12:54 AM #11
Rainmaker
873,234
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

What a great find and who knew you would come back with so many interesting pictures!

Feb 11, 2015 11:19 PM #12
Rainmaker
5,383,825
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your visit to English Park.

It is always fun to do a little exploring.

Feb 12, 2015 12:36 AM #13
Rainmaker
1,072,115
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debbie-I had no clue and that is only about half of them. Nice to see you and hope 2015 is going well for you

Feb 12, 2015 01:32 AM #14
Ambassador
2,190,069
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Awesome post, Sharon. I love all of your photos. This sounds like a really neat park. What is the orchard going to be used for? Do you know? 

Jan 11, 2016 07:27 AM #15
Rainmaker
1,072,115
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you Debbie Laity -It is a great park. I don't take advantage of it nearly enough. I am not sure. I am thinking the public but not really sure.

Jan 21, 2016 11:08 PM #16
Ambassador
2,190,069
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Maybe it's time for another trip to this wonderful park. I'll bet it's beautiful this time of year. 

Oct 18, 2016 08:51 AM #17
Rainmaker
1,072,115
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debbie Laity -I bet you are right. Maybe I will do that. The leaves haven't really started to turn yet.

Oct 18, 2016 10:11 AM #18
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
1,072,115

Sharon Lee

Retired and loving life
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information