What does a façade say about a home?

Façade .

Such a beautiful word.

I’ve been fascinated not only with the word itself, but with what it represents, since the age of seven.

Standing in front of my aunt’s newly purchased home, I was instructed to appreciate, to take in every detail of the façade.

A massive, ornate wooden door took center stage while the beautiful French windows served as the perfect accompaniment.

“Bella,” my aunt said, “A home is only as beautiful as its façade.”

At the time, I was too young to understand that what my aunt was trying to say was that a façade is like a letter of presentation; a preview of what’s to come.

And this is because a façade can either attract visitors or it can repel them.

Of course, this isn’t true of all façades.

I’ve visited homes where the façade was plain and nondescript and yet the home’s interior was breathtakingly beautiful.

Some might believe that viewing a façade for the first time is like the initial impression you have when you meet people–you’re either interested in getting to know them better or you’re unimpressed.

The latter signifying that you’re not desirous of discovering whether or not they might have other qualities that aren’t visible at first sight.

I was most impressed with the majority of the façades I saw in Spain.

Some of them were beautifully adorned with flowers; others simply stood in the perfect spot.

Some piqued my curiosity and made me wonder what lay inside; others allowed me to dream of sitting on their terraces while drinking coffee.

Façade: the first thing you see when approaching a house and what you most remember upon leaving.

This façade even has a bench in front of it.
Flowers are found on most windowsills.
This façade looks like something out of a story book.
Don’t let the simplicity of this façade fool you. It has an ocean front view!
Some façades exhibit the name of the house.
Bougainvillea seems to be the Spaniards’ flower of choice when it comes to adorning their façades.
A stone façade is always so rustic!

What does your actual or dream façade look like?

Who’s ready for the heralding of summer, Part 2?

Good day, everyone!

Roxy and I saw many interesting things on our walk the other day.

Hence, I thought it would be a good idea to break up the photo post into two parts.

After posting Part 1, I also got an idea.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you, dear reader, gave us a peek of your neighborhood?

For those of you like me, who like to cultivate a little mystery, you don’t have to reveal where you are.

You can still show us what your neck of the woods looks like during this time of the year.

What do you say?

Come on!

Be inspired!

Grab your camera!

Show us your lovely home, neighborhood, or the places close to it.

It’s your call.

If you want to join the fun, simply add your link using the linky tool with the cute frog at the bottom of this post.

This way, other readers and I can see your lovely photos.

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And now without further ado, here are more photos of our walk.


I wanted to cut a bunch of these and bring them home!
A family of ducklings.
Is this gentleman checking me out on his tiny mirror?
We’re still trying to figure who or what this is.
Look who’s back! It’s Alberto!
Tired after a day of walking, Roxy makes her way home.
But not before she stops to break dance in the park!

Happy Sunday!


The heralding of summer, Part 1

If the first day of June is a predictor of what summer is going to be like, then I think we’re in for a treat.

Sunny skies and a light breeze beckoned Roxy and I to go out on long, drawn out walks today.

To our delight, we chanced upon a variety of scenes.

Scenes which I was able to photograph so that we could share them with you.

I hope they bring you as much pleasure as they did us.

Pear, anyone?
When did Charlotte move into our neighborhood?
Roxy calls shotgun!
Because sometimes all you need is a sunny day and a good book.
Because every nice neighborhood needs a couple of chickens and a rooster.
Is there anything better than sleeping on sun dried sheets?

Has summer arrived where you live?

Have a wonderful weekend!