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Halloween Trick or Tree–t! #Halloween #photography


Saw this weird, spooky tree and thought of Halloween when I took this picture.

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Orange Pop by Adele Downs #photography

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Lilly Plates by Adele Downs #photography

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Cooling Fountains by Adele Downs #photography

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Rock Wall by Adele Downs #photography

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Rapunzel’s Tower by Adele Downs #photography

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This spectacular tower is situated inside Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA and the curved stairs inside can be climbed. The gardens were built by the late Pierre DuPont in the early 20th century.

Water Lillies by Adele Downs #photography

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Colonial Log House Celebrates Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, America!

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This circa 1700 Colonial era log house, still preserved today in Downingtown, Pennsylvania by the Historical Commission, is open to visitors on July Fourth each year during the Good Neighbor Day holiday celebration.

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Silent Night by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday


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Perfect Orchids by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday


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On Veterans Day- A Trip To The American Helicopter Museum

On Veterans Day, I’m thinking of those who have served our country, and sending my heartfelt thanks for their sacrifice. Almost all of the men in my family have served in either the Navy or the Marines and I appreciate each one of them for keeping our nation safe.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d share some of my photos of vintage military aircraft from the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum if you visit southeastern Pennsylvania. It’s located about a mile from QVC headquarters and worth the trip.




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Thank you for your service.



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Halloween Tree by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday


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“The Blob” Still Lives in Downingtown, Pennsylvania

One of Downingtown, Pennsylvania’s most enduring and endearing claims to fame is its location for the 1958 horror film The Blob starring Steve McQueen in his first leading role. McQueen went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the 1960’s and 70’s and an icon of popular culture. Though he died at an early age, he left in indelible mark on my home state of Pennsylvania.


Downingtown is the oldest town in Chester County, and looks little in 2016 like the village filmed in 1958. The Downingtown Diner, which was featured in the movie, is a local landmark that still serves customers 24 hours a day in a 1950’s style setting.

Although the diner has changed ownership over the past 58 years, Downingtown’s affection for the “Home of The Blob” has never changed.








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Excerpt-LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs, New Release!


An All Romance eBooks Staff Pick!

“So good I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! ~Girl With Pen

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Available in both ebook and print formats.

“Adele Downs has given us another amazing story.”  5 Stars! ~Bella’s Blog

About The Book:

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.


Twenty-eight-year-old Victoria Van Orr just lost everything. With the death of her billionaire husband went his mature patience and warm encouragement; and the veneer of acceptance from everyone else. His friends and colleagues now ignore Victoria, and if his son succeeds she just might be forced back to the streets upon which she was raised. But money was never her goal. All she wants is love. Real love.

Antiques expert Steve Carlson knows the value of everything. Pain and betrayal? Those he gave away–and now they’re coming back. His worst mistakes were all with one man: an old friend, the son of a father figure, now the stepchild of a beautiful young widow who wants Steve to help her auction off the family estate. To help Victoria, Steve must face his past and become a better man. To find true love, he will discover her surprisingly pure heart, vulnerable yet determined. And beyond price.


Steve tilted his head, his bright blue eyes sizing her up. “Sorry, but I gotta’ ask. Do you always talk like that?”

Victoria felt her cheeks warm. “Whatever do you mean?”

There.” He studied her again with not-so-subtle curiosity. “You sounded like your late husband James just now. Funny, you don’t seem like the snooty type to me. More like a regular girl.”

His comment touched a nerve like hot wires to stripped cable. Victoria bit back a retort while blood rushed through her ears. She closed her eyes against the sound to clear her head. Twenty-eight was hardly a girl, and she was damn tired of defending her right to be a Van Orr.

For five years she’d tried and failed to fit into the privileged world of her older husband—learning couture, keeping her posture as straight as a modeling school graduate, rounding her O’s when she spoke —apparently fooling no one on either side of the social spectrum in the process.

Defeat swept over her and her shoulders sagged beneath five-thousand dollars’ worth of silk and linen. No matter how hard she tried, she’d forever be exposed as the abandoned kid who’d grown-up in shelters.

Strange though… when she opened her eyes and returned them to Steve Carlson’s handsome face, she sensed his remark was meant as a compliment, and not a reminder that she lacked James’s pedigree. It was like he saw her.

Her. Not James’s luxury-model second wife.

Still, his manners were disgusting. Even store-owner-janitors should know how to behave. Snooty type. Who was he to say that to her? She was a potential client for heaven’s sake.

Victoria stood to leave. She was sick and tired of people voicing their opinions about her and her late husband’s disparate lineage. She’d been bullied and belittled since the day she’d become engaged. “You don’t know me well enough to analyze me, Mr. Carlson.” She kept the annoyance out of her reprimand. The rich had taught her that cool distain wounded more deeply than anger.

Steve grimaced, rubbed his jaw, and then stood to face her, his expression sheepish. He waved her back to her seat. “Please. I’m sorry I offended you. I’m a friend. Really. We’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”

He ran a hand through his hair and his bicep bulged with the movement. Victoria’s gaze followed the lines and curves of sinew and muscle and took in the military tattoo peeking from the hem of his tee shirt.

She resisted the images that teased her dormant libido, and brought her eyes back to his face. Damn. That didn’t help. Why did this annoying man have to be so good-looking? Her attraction to him only made her feel guilty, like she’d betrayed James’s memory.

Widowhood came with a unique set of baggage.



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Independence Day at Colonial Log House

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Happy Independence Day, America!

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This circa 1700 Colonial era log house, still preserved today in Downingtown, Pennsylvania by the Historical Commission, is open to visitors on Memorial Day and July Fourth each year.

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Rose Wall by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday


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Quiet Pond by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday


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Marine Machine by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday


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Triple Fountain by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday


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Hidden Butterfly by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday

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