For those of you who read my last blog under “Tea, Sugar, a Dream, ” and then went to my new blogs under “Debby’s Departures,” and then could not find the place to subscribe either via email and/or RSS feed, the place is now there! Please travel to “Debby’s Departures,” and you may now subscribe.
Thank you, and Sweet Travels!
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I’m taking off on new adventures. I’m traveling to new destinations. I’m going in new directions. But wait, I’m really not going that far. At least for my blogging, that is. I’ll still be blogging on Wanderlust and Lipstick. I’m just changing the name of my blogs from “Tea, Sugar, a Dream” to “Debby’s Departures.”
I’ve been blogging under the name “Tea, Sugar, a Dream” since October 2007. That’s three and a half years. Wow! I’m not sure how many blogs I’ve written. You would think I would have kept track, since the accountant in me likes numbers. But nonetheless, a big thank you to all my readers over the years, whether you have read one blog, all of them, or some number in between.
Through my stories and photos, I have taken you to places like The Galapagos Islands:
The Wonderland Trail:
Just to name a few. I will continue to blog about all of these places, plus future trips planned, such my upcoming travels to Bhutan.
If you are an email and/or RSS subscriber to my “Tea, Sugar, a Dream” blogs, please renew your subscription on “Debby’s Departures.”
I hope that you will continue to read my blogs and join me as I depart on new journeys!
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Tulips. A spring-blooming perennial flower. The world’s third most popular flower, after the rose and the chrysanthemum. Indigenous to areas of North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. With around 100 species, and 3,000 cultivated varieties.
While red is the predominant color, tulips can be seen in a wide variety of shapes, heights, and colors, except pure blue. The classification of tulips is based on the timing of their blooms, either early, mid, or late-season, anywhere from March to May. Once in bloom, tulips have a life span of three to seven days.
Tulips are most widely associated with The Netherlands, which has the world’s largest permanent display. The popularity of the tulip back in the 1600’s created a “tulip mania,” where the value of the tulip was so expensive, that it actually became a form of currency.
The colors of tulips have symbolism. Yellow can represent cheerful thoughts and friendship; white can signify forgiveness; purple can symbolize royalty; pink for perfect happiness and care. Red is for perfect love.
Tulip festivals happen around the world. This past weekend we went to the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, about an hour’s north of Seattle. Fields and fields and fields of colorful tulips in bloom. I was walking through a rainbow of tulips. While I tiptoed, I photographed and played with the settings on my camera. Landscape mode and foliage mode; color swap and color accent modes; and even a fish-eye effect.
Here’s to perfect love…
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