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Tales of The Traveling Tote #35

Hello friends, time for another Tales of The Traveling Tote adventure and Giveaway. Quarterly, a group of us tote gals share a connected post about the places we have been. We have made some wonderful friendships and some of us have met in person.  We hope you find our posts as fun as we do. You can find more about the Giveaway at the bottom of this post. To read how this group began, you can read HERE

Paul and I spent two weeks in Kauai.  I also invited a girlfriend to go along. We  have s timeshare and travel there every other year. We didn't go during Covid. We stay in Poipu, the sunniest part of the island. We had a wonderful time. It was great to get away and relax, although I missed my dogs.

I snapped a photo of Miss Lola and the courtly check mug from our balcony.

We shopped while visiting the Grand Hyatt Resort. Miss Lola couldn't resist take a photo with this magnificent octopus table.  The store is Martin & MacArthur.  The artist is Chris Barela.

We also shopped the fun shoe store where they had this high heel chair. June, my girlfriend said  it looks perfect for me, since I love leopard print.  Miss Lola had to have her photo taken in it.

We always visit Makauwahi Cave.  It is an hidden gem.  Close by is the the tortoise Sanctuary.

We also visited the Trading Post.  We were disappointed they downsized and cut their inventory in half.
Paul bought a beautiful Tahitian pearl necklace on a previous trip. Another trip he purchased a matching ring.
While visiting the Trading Post, I saw this truck all covered in artificial turf. 
To see more of our latest  Kauai trip, you can click An Island Getaway

we celebrated my birthday by going out to dinner with our friend's Jim and June.  It was a surprise. My friend Karen also arranged a surprise Birthday breakfast at Pottery World with 3 girlfriends.

Karen also took me to a Paint and Sip event for my birthday. I managed to snap her picture.

Paul and I were invited to a garden tour and an alfresco lunch at Jain and Scott's house. Jain's blog is A Quiet Life.  They live about 15 minutes from us.  I cannot tell you how gorgeous their gardens are.
Jain decorated this sitting area with yellow and white, a bee theme.

We all enjoyed some champagne while admiring the gorgeous roses.

Over three hundred roses, plus clematis, peonies, lady bank roses and more.

Gorgeous roses galore.
There was plenty of places to snap a photo of my tote, Miss Lola.

Such a cute frog.  It looks like the frog is smelling the peonies.  Jain calls this Frog Hollow.

We cannot forget about Jain's pride and joy, the  bearded iris.

Jain also have a magnificent  Bearded Iris garden.  So many varieties. Each one is planted with love. The great thing about the iris is, they multiply.

To see more of Jain's garden, please visit her blog.  A Quiet Life

 To enter this giveaway, visit Sarah's blog, Hyacinths For The Soul and leave a comment.  You may have a chance to win the MacKenzie-Childs home apothecary scented disc. Make sure you are not anonymous as it is difficult to identify you.

I hope you visit each blog to see where their totes took them.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box

Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron

Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda

Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply 

Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Jackie with Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Ricki Jill with Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Our next adventure is September 1st. Enjoy the soon to be summer.

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  1. Well, isn't this fun? The Travelling Tote! Oh, my, those roses stole my heart. I bet the fragrance was out of this world. Debbie

  2. You celebrated your birthday in style. What a nice Hawaiian trip! Your friend Jain's garden is absolutely a dream. Her rose garden is beyond beautiful! I am unfamiliar with her blog, but I will visit and tell her you sent me! I adore how she decorated the sitting area with the bee and rose theme...it is stunning! Did you enjoy Paint and Sip? We had one near us, and I think they're fun.

  3. What a fabulous spring! We haven't been to Hawaii yet, but it's on the list of places to go! Jain's gardens are gorgeous and her sitting area looks like the perfect place to enjoy a sip! Enjoy the summer and happy travels with your tote!

  4. Miss Lola always goes to such fun places and finds the best spots for photos! I love the glass-topped octopus table and the frog bench!

  5. I think I want to slip myself into your Miss Lola bag and travel with her. What a great trip to Hawaii. Love Jain's bubble bee theme. That cute large leopard shoe is so cute and so you. Loved that octopus table too. How fun and unique a piece that would be to have. Looking forward to seeing her next travels. Happy Summer and have a great rest of the week. Hugs. Kris

  6. Great pic of the two of you:)Perfect tale of the TT:)

  7. LInda, you and Miss Lola live the good life. Love seeing all your photos. Your tables are always fun. Have a great summer filled with travel adventures.

  8. I'm so glad you got to get away to Hawaii for 2 weeks, what a fabulous trip to an island paradise! I'm so glad you and Jain get together regularly, blog friends are so special~ her gardens are beyond amazing, does she do all that work herself? Have a wonderful summer Linda!

  9. What a wonderful trip you had! Thanks for sharing all the incredible sights you experienced. Decor, gardens, travel, some of my favorite things! We love & need your inspiration. Enjoy your summer Linda! Blessings always, Edie Marie

  10. Looks like a wonderful trip to Kauai. It is such a special place. Jim and I enjoyed our travels there so seeing your photos brought back memories. Love your tote pics, the heel and the roses in Jan's garden are stunning! Happy summer dear Linda.......

  11. You’ve had an eventful few months and wonderful birthday celebration Linda! I agree, the leopard shoe chair is so ‘you’ 😊. I know brunch in Jain’s garden must have been as delicious as it was beautiful! Happy June ♥

  12. What a fabulous Spring you had, Linda! What could be better than going to Kauai?? That leopard chair is so you! It must’ve been a treat to visit Jain’s gorgeous garden. Happy June!

  13. I think I need a tote..Maybe I'd get to go somewhere LOL..Happy June..going to get hot here!!!

  14. Linda, how wonderful to take Miss Lola with you to Hawaii with Paul and your friend. I went to Hawaii in 2016 and I hope to return again some day. Your friend has a gorgeous rose garden. How fun to spend the day at her garden. I enjoyed looking at all of the photos Linda.

  15. Wow, wow, wow - Jain's garden! It's magnificent, and appears as if it's a flower farm! I love that shot with Miss Lola past the arbo and beneath the Lady Banks roses. And I agree with your girlfriend, the leopard shoe looks like something you should/would have in your dressing space. Wonderful trip to Hawaii, and birthday celebrations created by good friends. Happy June, Linda, and I hope you have some great adventures lined up for summer.

  16. Linda, your birthday looks like a fun celebration as did your trip to Hawaii. I am always in awe of Jain’s garden and all of the work they have done, it is truly amazing and I just know lunch was delicious!

  17. Miss Lola certainly had a lovely spring. Such a traveler!! The gardens are truly beautiful, I need to go on over and visite Jain!! Thanks for sharing and the introduction.

  18. I was looking forward to seeing more photos of Kauai! That leopard chair is so you. Love the photo of you and Paul, and your birthday celebrations look like so much fun. I know how you feel about missing your doggies when traveling. We always felt that way. We leave for Switzerland and Italy on r Monday for two weeks. Cheers to a wonderful summer!

  19. Now, if you're going to take a tote traveling, I think Kauai is a fabulous destination -- and from every photo, it looks like it was a fun one. (I think I'd love paint-and-sip!). And the photos of the garden at Jain's are exquisite! What a grand time!

  20. SOS to Guardian Angel Linda from racheld of long-ago LAWN TEA blog: I've been away from blogging for several years, due to grave illness and a death in the family, and cannot get back in/cannot remember steps to enter BLOGGER. I'd like to purchase whatever package from your talented hands that will give access to write at LAWN TEA again, or at least enable comments, for there's been a new stream of folks somehow lately, and they're commenting on the old posts, but I cannot enable, so I cannot see nor thank them. You've always been so gracious and admired for all your blogging talents, I hope you can help me---thank you SO MUCH. ganjin042@gmail.com

  21. Oh those photos from Hawaii are just beautiful! It sounds like you had a fun time.


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