Spring in Chile

Hola, friends! Apologies for the short absence but you know by now that it likely means I’ve been traveling again and not so easily online for blogging. I’m posting today from the central coast of Chile where D and I have been visiting his family.

Here, it is spring, and every day has been warm and sunny, much more like summer than mid spring.

I took these images of wisteria and Lady Banks roses a few days ago at the family’s ranch outside of Valparaiso.

One of the highlights of the trip so far has been my visit to a very dear friend, Maria Cecília of Casa Dulce Hogar (Home Sweet Home).  We’ve been blogging friends for over a year and it was a true joy to visit her at her most amazing home and garden in the Andean foothills outside of Santiago.

Her terraces have views over the hillsides that are remarkable.

If you read her blog, and I hope that you do, you’ll know she loves roses, gardening, flea markets and vintage linens, and that she has exquisite taste.

My images and descriptions really won’t do justice to her home so I highly recommend you visit her blog.

Such a paradise!
Now I am back in Viña del Mar at the family condo, catching up a bit and walking around the local streets, where roses and bougainvillea are spilling over railings and doorways, wonderful subjects to photograph for our image library (oh yes, I am actually working!).

I’ve been gone a bit longer than planned due to flight delays from volcanic ash. Not so much looking forward to returning to the gray, dark days of the Northern Hemisphere but will be home next week and share the promised inside spreads from Romantic Homes and Somerset Life.

And thank you so, so much for your recent visits and comments! I hope you are all well and have enjoyed this little burst of spring-in-autumn!


– g


  • Thank you for posting these beautiful photos of a Chilean spring. They are so gorgeous. You are very fortunate to be able to visit such a place and I wish you safe travels as you return home. We are expecting a few inches of snow here in New Brunswick, Canada tonight and tomorrow! A very early snowfall that will melt away fast, thankfully. Blessings, Pamela

    October 29, 2011
  • Oh how beautiful! These lovely views of spring are especially welcome today, as we are getting our first snow storm. Yes, while the red and yellow leaves are still on the trees… :( And while the combination does look beautiful, it is the promise of more cold and dark days that does not appeal! xoxo

    October 29, 2011
  • I LOVE bougainvillea! I LOVE wisteria!
    It truly is a paradise and you're , oh, so lucky!

    October 29, 2011
  • I am so glad to be visiting this post today of all days. This morning's rain has turned to slushy snow, and now back to rain again. Raining almost sideways! Such a welcome sight here on your blog. Gorgeous photos, as ever.

    October 29, 2011
  • Oh my, this is just incredible! It must be so lovely to be able to live like that…

    I hope you are well! Take care! xo Moa

    October 29, 2011
  • Dear Georgianna, these pictures where what I needed so badly today ! They transport all the airy colors of Summer to the grey and cool veils of Autumn here. The falling of the leafs always makes me sort of sad, and All Saint's Night approaching and the Holidays of the Dead makes not positive thoughts at all. So your beautiful photos from Chile are a remedy for the soul ! Thank you!

    October 29, 2011
  • Perfect timing my friend!

    We are anticipating our first snowfall here in NY within a matter of hours. It promises to leave us 8-10 inches of the white stuff! But for right now, I am going to go back through your beautiful photographs, and imagine that it is summer once again.

    Thank you so much, have a beautiful time in Chile, and a safe trip home!!


    October 29, 2011
  • Hi Georgianna,
    How lovely with some spring beauty. I do follow Maria Cecilia and her amazing sense of style.
    Happy, happy travels!
    All the best,
    xoxo Ingrid

    October 29, 2011
  • You are killing me, dear Georgianna!!!! Sun, light, spring, blooms, roses… That IS a paradise!

    October 29, 2011
  • Amazing flowers!

    October 29, 2011
  • ***gasp***

    The beauty, the warmth, the colour! It's so, so, so lovely … :D

    (I've been away myself for the last little bit – what an amazing post to visit on my return. I've missed your beautiful photos Georgianna!)

    October 29, 2011
  • The blues and yellows in the first photos are simply delicious. And Maria's garden is magnificent! It has to be a wonderful place to stay during the month of October even if it's only for vacation. Especially after receiving so many comments about snow! Yes, it's coming down here in big fat flakes as my daughter and her boyfriend carve pumpkins. Strange indeed.

    Congrats on being featured in Romantic Homes and Somerset Life once again! How exciting! I'll be checking them both out.


    October 29, 2011
  • All of these pictures are lovely but the first ones of the Lady Banks roses are just exquisite. What a wonderful trip and so much fun to be able to visit with Maria.(-:

    October 29, 2011
  • But of course you find lovely flowers wherever you go (or maybe they follow you?) xo

    October 29, 2011
  • Dear Georgianna,

    Loved seeing all the Spring beauty from Chile, thank you for sharing.
    Our climate here must be similar, as I have wisteria blooming here too.
    So lovely to see your beautiful photographs, and especially to see the lovely Maria Cecilia and her home and garden. Do have a wonderful and safe, rest of your trip and look forward to seeing your spread in Romantic Homes and Somerset Life.


    October 29, 2011
  • pure springtime magic! Again…..such gorgeous gorgeous images…have a safe trip home.

    October 29, 2011
  • Such beauty! I just finished reading a couple of blogs that posted snow photos… two days before Halloween! It was such a nice surprise to see such pretty flowers in your post!

    I'm on my way to check out your friend's blog…

    October 29, 2011
  • I too enjoyed seeing all the spring beauty in Chile. I was wonderful for both you and Maria Cecilia to visit in person- I love her blog as she shares her amazing home and garden.
    Safe trip home!

    October 29, 2011
  • Oh her house looks AMAZING! So lovely to hear of you meeting another bloggy friend.

    October 29, 2011
  • Thanks for the peek into the Chilean springtime–love the yellows and purples together. Bet you really enjoyed connecting with a fellow blogger friend!
    Volcanic ash delays?? Brings back memories of my not so pleasant experiences of volcanic ash wreaking havoc over England and turning all our plans upside down!

    October 29, 2011
  • Dear Georgianna, how lovely to step into a moment of Chilean spring. I'll now have to put Chile on my "must visit" list! The roses and wisteria photographs taken on the ranch, are just lovely.

    I had a quick visit over at Maria Cecilia's blog and I'll be bookmarking it for sure…that sweet little puppy that was trying so hard to give you a puppy kiss, is just adorable.

    Welcome home and hopefully the sun shines at least a little, for your return.

    October 29, 2011
  • Those flowers are so gorgeous! My! How lucky you are.

    October 29, 2011
  • Dear Georgiana, it was a great joy to meet you too!!! and thanks so much for this wonderful post, I really love to see my garden and myself photographed by you, such a delight, I can´t believe it!!! you have such an eye and skills to transform everything in the most pure beauty, the buganvileas in Viña and the white roses what a beauty you captured in them!!!… and in my garden too. I´m so grateful to have meet you in person.
    sending you lots of hugs my dear

    October 29, 2011
  • p.s. can I do a post in my blog with your pictures of my garden and myself??… please??

    October 29, 2011
  • Beautiful Georgianna, what an exquisite villa!

    October 29, 2011
  • These are such amazing photos. A truly lovely place to visit even if its just on my computer.. Thanks for taking me there..

    Hugs, Linda

    October 30, 2011
  • Ooooooh such gorgeous pictures again. What a dreamy world when I enter your blog. I just love love love it all. The fantastic flowers and colors! It lifts me up to heaven! I'm so happy for you that you got to meet your beautiful friend! Her garden is so inspiring as well. I just love everything I see here! I hope you are going to have an inspiring day and can cherish many wonderful memories and moments from this speical trip! Georgianna, I can smell the flowers because of the way you catch them with your eyes! It's really like you're IN a garden while viewing your photos! LOL, I can go on like this forever. Have you ever been in Victorian Magazine as well?

    October 30, 2011
  • Oh lovely spring/summer pictures Georgianna! Thank you for sharing and brightening up this dull day. :) I can imagine you had a wonderful time with your blog-friend. Her garden looks amazing! Must visit her blog. Enjoy the rest of your stay and safe travelling back home! xo

    October 30, 2011
  • Oh my..!Dear Georgianna Maria Cecilia's garden is amazing but your pics are stunning! Great moments! Thanks for sharing whit us!
    Have a wonderful time! Monica

    October 30, 2011
  • Stunning and lush, esp. on this gray day in western NY state.

    October 30, 2011
  • Hello G
    As we are moving into colder. although sunny days here, your spring photos from Chile are uplifting. Beautiful country and your blogging friend has the most amazing roses. I've heard the phrase 'cutting armloads' and it would appear she can do this.
    Looking forward to the sharing of your latest magazine photos.

    October 30, 2011
  • pure joy, those yellow roses made me sigh, just too beautiful for words! Must add to my wish list. I am glad you have been having some sunshine to lift the spirits during Winter. Good luck with the volcanic ash! C x

    October 30, 2011
  • Soooo glad you got to go visit Down South and hook up with Maria Cecelia!!!!!!!! You two are such kinkdred spirits…. So enjoy your blogs!!!!!Maryanne xo

    October 30, 2011
  • Hi G! Sorry for the absence, but these last two months have been nasty! My mother (90) was in hospital for more than three weeks and the post-surgery was hard! My father (94) seemed to be an orphan while my mother was out and felt into some kind of depression… The economy is a disaster and the media only bring bad news… The € Euro is rescued every day, only to be known that it needs to be rescued again and again… What else? Well, maybe «Midnight in Paris»… The problem is that the Gil there is a different one… ;)

    Lovely shots!!

    Blogtrotter Two wanders currently around Porto Vecchio and the beaches in the region! Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead!

    October 30, 2011
  • maria cecilia by georgianna, how lucky. she is a great friend, i have spent many a day at her home and have travelled with her to argentina creating a bond that is now rock solid. her home is a true work of art considering that they bought the place when there was literally nothing there. she has done EVERYTHING herself, step by step.
    CHILE is the BEST together with ENGLAND ofcourse.

    October 30, 2011
  • Thank you Georgianna,

    Visuals right out of a fairy tale book,
    …just enchanting !

    October 30, 2011
  • Greetings, Georgianna!

    How wonderful for you to have the opportunity to visit your blogging friend in another part of the world. What a beautiful experience for you both – and us. Your friend's home looks amazing and I'll be sure to visit her in blog land. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to share your sunny photos with us all. I love all your work!!! :-)

    Wishing you a safe trip back to your home,

    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

    October 30, 2011
  • I'm so glad you get to visit the most gorgeous places and share such wonderful images with us! Enjoy!

    October 30, 2011
  • You are an ANGEL!!!

    October 30, 2011
  • Oh, wonderful, what amazing colors. Here in Sweden it is a long time until it looks like this, first we will have a long winter.

    October 30, 2011
  • Ohmygosh, a piece of summer beauty. Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and try not to work too hard;) hugs, Jen.

    October 30, 2011
  • Georgianna, these pics are like a fresh breath while here in Moscow we are almost about 0 C and expecting the winter to start in the next days ))

    October 31, 2011
  • Thank you for this spring infusion, Georgianna. To say they are beautiful it's an understatement. Have a wonderful week!

    October 31, 2011
  • HI Georgianna, thanks for bring such wonderful colour and romance to my day.. wonderful images. Carla

    October 31, 2011
  • OOOOhhh!! Que maravilla has estado en casa de Maria Cecilia, me encantan las fotos que le has hecho a su casa!!!

    October 31, 2011
  • Dearest Georgianna,

    So glad you got to visit with dear María Cecilia outside of Santiago. The country where we had our Church wedding and therefore always dear to our hearts! The photos taken at María Cecilia's property are stunning!
    Love to you,


    October 31, 2011
  • Georgianna, it's so good to see you posting again. Your photos are always so delightful. One of these days I'm going to come up with a signature style…

    Your friend's place is spectacular. And she had the perfect photographer to capture it all.

    October 31, 2011
  • Oh, G. I love the way you have friends everywhere you go. I love that about your open, loving heart.

    October 31, 2011
  • beautiful photos….you always seem to hit the travel destinations at the most perfect weather time….it looks wonderful there….i cant wait to see the magazine and book spreads….

    xo cindy

    October 31, 2011
  • Good Morning Georgianna,
    Such gorgeous and refreshing views!!! These images are especially welcome as we are quickly moving into our long season of darkness and cold. Maria's home looks like a wonderful haven. How fun to be able to connect with an internet friend :) Thank you for all this loveliness!
    Wishing you a wonderful week,
    xo~ Anna

    November 1, 2011
  • What lovely scenery and flowers to smell and enjoy. Beautiful photos as always. V

    November 1, 2011
  • wow, my dear friend…spring impressions in autumn…just a wonderful start for this week…;)…and the shots are so beautiful…your friend has a magical garden…its always a pleasure to be here in your warm and calm place…for me it is like lying in the grass and dreaming…and always i have the feeling to be home…thanks and have a lovley time with your family…a big hug and like always…its so fine to have you here…cheers…i…

    November 1, 2011
  • Georgianna your pictures are breath taking. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you.

    Paula, your newest follower

    November 1, 2011
  • La casa de M Cecilia, ella y sus rosas son maravillosas!
    Qué bueno que hayas estado de visita por allí!

    November 2, 2011
  • Oh you are so lucky! What a beautiful place to be! I bet it just smells heavenly at Casa Dulce Hogar. Sorry I'm late commenting. So much organizing to do!
    I can't wait to see more photos!

    November 2, 2011
  • Oh Georgianna, these are so breathtakingly beautiful! I'm in love with the one that is entirely yellow flowers. You are so lucky to visit such gorgeous places. I wish you could just shove me in your suitcase so I could experience them firsthand too.


    November 2, 2011
  • hola goergianna!!!!! l have just meet you by maria cecilia… a lovely and dear friend…the beauty of her!! her flowers her garden is only love!and l love your photos!!! lovely lovely !!!!!!!!!!l can feel her happyness with your visit!! muchos besos!!from buenos aires!

    November 3, 2011
  • oh my, Chile in spring … that looks wonderful!

    Enjoy your travels ;-)

    November 3, 2011
  • Hi… I found you via Maria Cecilia… lovely blog. I shall be back.


    November 3, 2011
  • Georgianna, what a treat to be taken to the other hemisphere! That's awesome you met your bloggy friend. I hope to meet mine someday, too! It's nice to know wherever you are in the world you may know someone there. Enjoy!! :~Mary

    November 3, 2011
  • Oh my sweet g, these are really some gorgeous sweet spring photos!! I can't stop looking at them. Such fun to meet up with a blogging friend! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

    November 5, 2011
  • Hola Georgiana!Beautiful photos, and showcasing the beautiful garden of the lovely Maria Cecilia! All charm your blog. Regards, Gloria.

    November 5, 2011
  • Hi Georgiana, I am back from my travels and now busily trying to catch up with all my favourite bloggers. What a lovely welcome back to your blog this beautiful post was, your travels sound delightful.

    November 6, 2011
  • I commented on this post already but I'm back anyway. Hope you don't mind ;-) I so enjoyed several of your springposts including this one just now. The weather has been so dull and dark and grey and not my kind of weather at all around here; guess I was on the search for some spring on the internet ;-) Thanks!
    Hope you're doing well, wishing you a happy new week!

    November 6, 2011
  • That's beautiful !

    November 7, 2011
  • hey g!! wow, that is soo cool that you are in chile!! it looks like such a beautiful place!!!

    November 7, 2011
  • What incredible beauty!! So glad you had the opportunity to visit your blogging friend. I will definitely check out her blog. Have a safe trip home. I have a new blog now, living real. ♥

    November 7, 2011
  • Oo how did I miss this post! Lovely, warm and sunny beauty!

    November 8, 2011
  • las fotos son una maravilla y por lo que veo la compañía también!!!
    aquí me voy a quedar disfrutando de tu trabajo!

    un abrazo desde Madrid,

    November 8, 2011
  • Oh My Goodness, So much Beauty and so very beautiful. Have a lovely day

    November 8, 2011
  • Just simply gorgeous and amazing!!! LOVE the beautiful warmth of this series! Wini xo

    November 8, 2011
  • Maria Cecilias home and garden is amazing, I have visited her blog (it is like paradise).
    It would be so nice to spend some time always there where is spring. Spring is so full of hope, happiness and beautiful light like your first picture, IT IS SO SPRING and gives me hope in these dark times:) (dark times means dark times in nature otherwise everything is just okay).
    Thank you again for beautiful pictures, they are like light end off the dark tunnel.
    Have a nice weekend

    November 11, 2011
  • Stunning! I am so happy I can live vicariously through your images! Traveling, imagining the smells of gardens & the beauty of your images.
    xo Theresa

    November 12, 2011
  • To enjoy Spring in November is such a treat! I'm still swooning over the wisteria … I'm sure it must smell divine! Everything is so beautiful. I love seeing the world through your lens! xo

    November 12, 2011
  • These are so very beautiful images!! All of them! Bougainvilleas and the last one photo with roses are simply breath-taking! I can almost feel the scent..!

    November 13, 2011
  • Wow ! Incredible images… I have no words to express how beautiful they look… !!

    November 17, 2011
  • Gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

    November 26, 2011

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