It has been a week of exploding color and warm weather! Really…it’s only February? We are all concerned that by April all the spring color will have appeared…and disappeared. My tulips have been at their peak, for the past six years, about April 1. And that is the day I have my annual hosted women’s group. The tulips make quite a show in my front gardens. Well, this year…who knows. We shall see!

In the meantime I wanted to tell you about my upgrade from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7. And then, a week later, I upgraded again to the 7Plus.

It is beyond fabulous!! I love the larger size: it still fits my hand just fine (an initial concern) and the screen is SO much easier to read and navigate.

And then we come to the Camera and the brand new “Portrait” setting. Take a look at the images below. The top one of each pair is the regular “Square” setting. The bottom of each pair is the “Portrait.” You get that wonderful blurred background.


I have (almost) no need to use my Canon DSLR as this “camera” does it all. And, as they say, the camera that works best for you is the one you have with you. Needless to say I am never without my iPhone. It is a huge expense but I do sort of justify it because it IS my one and only camera as well as phone and mini-computer.




This image, taken on the regular Square setting last Sunday, shows just how far along we are in the season. Cherries, Apples, and I just noticed the Bradford Pear: all the trees are about 3-4 weeks ahead of last year.

Hoping your weather has been spring-like too!
It does help the spirits, doesn’t it?
See you next week.


  1. The Japanese maple outside my office window started to bloom yesterday and the hydrangeas are leafing out and now it looks like frost on Saturday. Oh, well.
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  2. It’s so hard to believe our daffodils and flowering pear trees are in full bloom. I’m so excited for Spring and love seeing these first signs. Happy weekend, Libby!
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  3. Wow I am really impressed with the camera. Wonder if I can afford to upgrade. I currently have a 6plus
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    • I do think the Plus is the way to go: so much easier on the eyes. If the Camera is important to you, then I would recommend upgrading. I know, it IS expensive!

  4. Gina Gottschalk says:

    Hi Libby,
    Wow these are gorgeous photos! I want to upgrade to the 7 for the camera, but am afraid I won’t like how large it is. You don’t find that an issue? Have you found any negatives with it?

    • Gina: Well, no, no negatives at all (except the price!) I am in love with it. But beware, it is only the Plus that has that new camera setting. I have no trouble with the size in purses or my hand, and it so much better on the eyes.
      Nice to hear from you!

      • Thanks Libby. Yes, I intended to say 7 plus. My daughter has one and loves it as well.
        I’ll probably wait a little longer, as my 6 is just fine for now. Love your blog.

  5. Our daffodils are all flowering like mad, but the tulips are certainly a good month away yet, thank goodness! I love my 6s,a friend has just upgraded to the 7 and loves it, he also swears by the camera and the videos it takes are incredible. Your photos are truly fantastic.
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    • And your photos, too, are wonderful! I am amazed at the quality of the camera. Who would have guessed that a “phone” could become so many things to so many people!!! Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Yay you. I’m suffering a bit of phone envy but I am excited to see that you like the 7 so much. I have the 6 Plus and I like the larger screen as well but those camera features on yours are definitely tempting me. Have a great weekend.

    • Pamela: I guess I’ve never thought about a phone or its programs as much as this one..big improvment for sure. Of course, now they are supposed to release the new X series in the fall! No, I plan to keep this one for a good 3 years: it’s just too much hassle to keep changing.

  7. Love that I can enjoy spring from afar while ours is on the horizon! Although it was 70 yesterday, and word is that spring will come about two weeks early!
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  8. While I’m loving this warm weather, it is very strange. I’m concerned about the bug population which will certainly explode. Fingers crossed.
    And wow – amazing photos! Big difference. Ok, I need to make the switch.
    Happy weekend,
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    • Yes, we all wonder about the bugs…and the heat for the summer. Could be intense! Yes, you do need to make the switch, Loi: you will love it!!!

  9. We are peeking into spring here in California. I love every season, but spring just makes me smile. I too love my 7plus and am confident I’m not taking my DSLR to France.
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    • When are you going to France: in the fall, right? I’m glad to share any ideas if you want/need! Yes, I just the 7Plus and had no idea how great it would be. I can’t even go for my walk in the morning without it!!!