by Maggie Sefton
Japanese Cherry Blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.
There's nothing like the holidays to provide an opportunity for people to gather in various and sundry groups---some made up of relatives, while others gather with old friends who are like family. That later description aptly describes my Family/Friends groups. I'm presently where I fondly call "Back East" which for me is the ever-expanding Northern Virginia area across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. I arrived last Friday, so I could join family for an Easter Dinner at my oldest daughter's home in Vienna, Virginia. My second oldest daughter, Melissa, was also there. She's the Traveling One and will be leaving this week for a couple of months back in Fort Collins, Colorado, her old hometown. Daughters Serena and Maria are both traveling in the U.S. and other places with their families for Spring Break getaways.
I love Spring Break travel, especially when I can return to this Northern Virginia area. The Japanese Cherry Blossom trees are always in full bloom and are gorgeously pink. :) I'll also be visiting my dear friends from childhood in Arlington, Northern Virginia----sisters Nancy and Diane and their husbands Tom and Les. Those visits are always special and I really look forward to them. Diane and I will also participate in one of our favorite charity efforts---buying tickets to this year's Fairfax County Garden Show and house tour. Visiting some of the beautifully decorated designer homes in the Fairfax, Virginia area is always a treat.
Have any of you visited garden or house tours in your areas?