Sunday, December 4, 2011

Three Million Lights…

…in 950 displays….that is the Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights show.  Located Southwest of Mobile, Alabama, the home and gardens of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath are open to the public year round.  But at Christmas, they really put on a show.

Here are pictures of a few thousand of the 3 million lights:

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Many of the displays were set either on or around a lake, so we were able to capture reflections:

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Some were designed to give us the feeling we were actually in or under the water!

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We even saw “fireworks” in the Japanese garden:

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And of course, there must be angels:

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Our friend, Carol, who lives in a community just south of Birmingham, made a get-away this weekend to come see us, and we toured the Bellingrath home and Christmas display last night. What a great tour.  We couldn’t take pictures inside the house, but it is a large and beautifully maintained home from the early 1930’s and 1940’s when the Bellingraths lived there.

We even got there early enough to see some of the beautiful flowers in the garden:

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Carol and Jim are trying to figure out

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what these are – anybody know?

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In other news, we’ve put up our own little Christmas display here at the Plantation:


We are settled into somewhat of a routine, I’m still going to line dancing and getting caught up with some home projects such as sorting through clothes, organizing and cleaning, you know, all the exciting stuff! 

Thanksgiving day was pretty quiet for us.  We opted to skip the big community dinner and do our own thing here.  We counted our many blessings and gave thanks for all our family, friends and the amazing life we’ve been blessed with.  Oh, yeah, and I think there was some football on TV!

Terry and Randy came over for a quick dinner one evening, Randy was scheduled for a rehearsal that evening, so he ate and ran, but we had a good visit with Terry.  We’re looking forward to attending some concerts in which they’re participating next week.

Another little project we’ve been assigned is a financial planning tool our planner suggested to us.  It was a bit like being back in business accounting class, but between us we managed to ferret out most of the mundane details I don’t tend to think about on a daily basis.  Hey, when I retired, I tried to give up that detail stuff!  But, it’s good to have a plan and map, so we’ll see where that leads.  We know the day will come when we’ll have to “hang up the keys”, and we probably should have some sort of idea what we’d like to do then, and the means with which to accomplish it.

We haven’t heard back from the vet on Mr. Bo Jangles’ biopsy yet, I think we’ll find out this next week.  Meanwhile, both he and Jasmine are happy and energetic.  They thoroughly enjoy their multiple outings every day around the Plantation.

Today, I left Jim in charge of watching the important football games (Go Broncos!), and I spent the day with Carol.  We walked for about an hour on the beach and then rewarded ourselves for that exercise by going out for shrimp for lunch, followed by a nice long drive out to the Fort Morgan area where we watched boats and birds for awhile.

And that’s Life at The Plantation this holiday season.


Ruth said...

Such beautiful lights and your rig looks great...

FD5, Retired said...

That looks like papaya. Enjoyed the pics, the Castle looks great.

Stay Safe

Tumbleweed Dee said...

That's a great place! Thanks for posting. If you're there long enough, we may be passing through in April. It would be good to see you again.

Janna and Mike said...

Your Christmas decorating looks wonderful!

Randy and Terry said...

So glad you got to see Bellingrath's Christmas display! We went two years ago and just loved it. Your pictures are great, too.

Brenda Brown said...

Yes your Rig looks very festive. We will miss you two this Christmas. We are heading home for a week to see our family so that will be great.

Take Care and Happy Holidays

Ruth.Franks said...

I loved the lights and flowers. Your rig looks great. You guys are so special and I am soooo glad you are part of my family.Love you. Aunt Ruth and Uncle Wayne
p.s. Let us know about Bo.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

We always enjoy those light displays!

Kathy said...

Absolutely amazing Christmas display and light show! They really know how to celebrate!

Thank you for your prayers, I believe in their power! We would like to get on with our lives.

Merry Christmas,
Kathy & Grant

Karon said...

Thanks for sharing!!! The lights are beautiful, as is the rig.

Merry Christmas dear friends!!!
Love you and miss you!

Phyllis said...

Hey Ellie and Jim! Hope you get notification of this comment!

We are here at Plantation. Pulled in yesterday. Site 71. Looking forward to meeting you.

Phyllis (from WW group) and Leonard

Ruth said...

Are you guys alright? Haven't posted in months. Hope everything is ok.

Eileen Fiore said...

Ellie and Jim,
Please post something to let us all know that you are OK. Miss your blog writing.