Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Monday, September 4, 2017

It must be Done

I need to take a break from blogging.

Several demands on my time plus an upcoming extended trip require that I spend less time on photography and blogging.  
I am chair of a committee at church looking for a new pastor.  
I am Nana to granddaughter #3 and her mommy needs help twice a week for now as she prepares to return to the workforce.  
I have to help edit the Vantage House newsletter for October.  
And on top of all that I need to get ready for traveling abroad at the end of this month.  

So blogging friends, I may still have time to read your posts and occasionally comment, but no posts for awhile.  Look for my return in mid-October.

 I promise to regale you then with photos from Scotland.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Memphis Fences

Went back into the files to find some fences to share on Fences hosted by Gosia.

These photos date to last January when we visited memphis, TN.

First a fence around playground equipment at Graceland.


Also at Graceland the fence around the field where Elvis had horses.


Here is the family graveyard at Graceland, notice the fence in the foreground and around the fountain in the center.


Here's view of the Mississippi from the top of the Pyramid with a fence to keep you safe.


At in the historic district there's a iron fence separating neighboring properties.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Random Assortment

I have had these photos saved for what I don't know.  With nothing else to share at present thought I'd show you these.

I think they qualify as Treasures.

From Cornish Flat, NH I share these two millstones.  One has been repurposed into a monument of sorts.


The other just  graces the ground.


In Harpers Ferry, WV, first a sun umbrella over a burial plot.


I had to ask why it was there and the answer was for the renovators working on the gravestones.

On the Maryland mountain side across the river was this ghost sign.  Only the borders remain to say there once was a sign there.



Also in Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac River on the left met the Shenandoah River on the right - can you see the line?


In Frederick, MD I share these signs.  The first was embedded in the pavement advertising a watchmaker or jeweler, I think,


And on the side of the building was another ghost sign.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Return to Three Otters Eco Retreat

My extended family returned to Three Otters for a family reunion in mid-August.
We were there for the first time last year.  Visit here to read about that.

You never know what the weather will be like in August but we lucked out with mid 80ยบ days and cool nights.  (The week after we got back the temps climbed much higher.)

The owner of Three Otters said of all their visitors, my family enjoys the water most and it makes her heart sing to see how much fun we have on the Potomac River.

The kayaks were constantly in use.


The canoes too.


Even the dogs loved the water and we had three come this year, one all the way from San Francisco.


Here a scene of the water's edge from the perspective of a canoe.


Dan and I took a canoe upriver.  The current was strong and the water was higher this year but oh, so lovely.


Here is the one yurt, two more will be in place for next year.


Three tent cottages were new this year.  They had front porches.


Dan and I stayed in this vintage trailer, the yellow one, and my brother and sister in law from Arizona stayed in the other one.


Just sitting with feet in the water and talking was a delight.


Tubes were enjoyed too.


Dan didn't quite fit into the kayak, legs too long.


Have you ever seen bubbles bounce on the water?  These did.


Thirty members made it this year.  Next year we hope to have more come because this was less than half of the total.


If you want to find out more visit their website: Three Otters Eco Retreat.  Just don't book the place when we plan to return there.


By the way my blogging time is being limited these days by other commitments and responsibilities, one of which is helping the new parents of our third granddaughter.  I'll get here as often as I can.

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