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A couple of weeks ago, we all traveled up to the quaint town of Prescott, AZ.  One of the best things that I like about going there is that they have some very good antique shops.

To be honest, I hadn’t planned on buying anything.  I was just going to browse – but you probably know how that goes….

Two different items caught my eye and I thought that they would be perfect for my garden.

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Okay, maybe it isn’t obvious what I am going to do with these two antique pieces.
 My plan is to use the old watering can as a planter in my vegetable garden.  I plan to add annual flowers that will spill out the top.  
All I need to do is to add some holes for drainage on the bottom and put a drip emitter on top for water. 
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I really like this wire basket.  According to the the seller, it is a wire basket that held wine bottles.
Well, I don’t drink much wine, so I think I will use it in my vegetable garden later this year.
Don’t you think it would make a great trellis for sugar snap peas?
I will simply place the basket in my vegetable garden and plant the seeds around it.  Once they sprout, they will have a great place to grow upward.  Later, when the plants are finished for the season, I will simply take the basket out.
How about you?
Have you discovered any antiques or items that you can use in your garden?
Please share them with me 🙂

Do you ever feel the need to ‘escape’ for the weekend?

I do.  Especially when summer arrives.  
The hot summer temperatures do not really bother me much because it seldom gets humid where I live – however, I’m a wimp when it comes to humidity.

But, there is just something about hopping into the car and a couple of hours later, arriving at a completely different terrain and climate.

Thankfully, there are many places to visit that are within a 2 hour drive of the Phoenix metro area, where I live.
When my husband and I were much younger and didn’t have a lot of money (not that we have tons of money now ;-)….
we would take day trips up to exciting destinations in Northern Arizona.
Places like Sedona, Jerome, Prescott and Flagstaff were our favorites.  And, the temperatures were usually quite a bit cooler.
We would pack up our two daughters (our youngest three, weren’t here yet), and leave early on a Saturday morning for a day of fun, returning late at night.
A couple of weekends ago, we spent the weekend up in Prescott for Father’s Day.  You see, this Father’s Day was bittersweet, because it is the first one without my father-in-law, who passed away from ALS last September.  
My dad passed away 5 years ago, so we decided to go out of town and do something really fun with the family.
We had a great time and I thought you might want to view our photo album 🙂
 
The entire Johnson clan.

So where are we?
We visited Montezuma’s Castle on our way up to Prescott.


  It is not so much a castle, but a Indian cliff dwelling that was built 900 years ago.
We had fun walking the 1/3 mile trail around the area.
Of course, it is always nice to get a piggy-back ride from dad 😉

(My son Kai has a disability called arthrogryposis, which can make it difficult to walk long distances.)
We had fun and were soon on our way to Prescott.


Our favorite destination in Prescott is the Sharlot Hall Museum, which includes the first Arizona’s Governor’s Mansion (Prescott was the first state capitol).
Yes…the first Governor’s mansion was a log cabin.


The interior is complete with period furnishings and interactive displays for the kids.


The rest of the grounds have beautiful gardens, a ranch house, school house and a building that houses period transportation…


Kai is not quite ready for school to start yet….


But, he did try to teach us something new 😉


The ranch house had a ‘kitchen garden’ complete with heirloom variety vegetables that they used back in the 1800’s.


Another great attraction of Prescott’s is that they have great shopping – particularly if you like antiques.  So, of course we had some fun looking and buying some pieces.  I will be using some in the garden.
  
After shopping, we spent time hanging out at the quaint courthouse and its park.  The front walkway was lined with Arizona state flags in celebration of the centennial.
We had a great day and ended it by treating ourselves to ice-cream…



Soon our entire family (grandmas, aunts, uncles and cousins) will escape for our annual trip to Williams, AZ.

**I hope your summer is going well and that you are able to ‘escape’ for at least a day of fun 🙂