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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Finally Some Snow

We have had minuscule amounts of snow all winter.  Now that Spring arrived we are having our snow storm for 2018.

We are so glad not to have to worry about shoveling and snowplowing the driveway we once owned. In fact we have not had to venture out at all except on the balcony to take these photos.

The snow event started yesterday as freezing rain and sleet.  Here are the icicles forming on the north balcony railing yesterday.

Then overnight another system came through and heavy snow started before daybreak.

Here's the same railing this afternoon.

And here is the view from the south balcony.

The temperature is warming so dark surfaces like the pathway above are losing the snow and ice.  It was snow covered for much of the day.

It will rapidly disappear once the sun shines tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

BMA Exhibit by Stephen Towns

Last week was another trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

I won't share about our disappointments caused by our inexperienced Vantage House trip coordinator.  Needless to say there was no docent nor lunch reservation.

The exhibit most of us went right to was a small one focusing on the quilts by Stephen Towns.  

He trained as a painter and taught himself how to quilt to create some extraordinary quilts that are stories of our nation's slave history.

I've included all the labels with each quilt.

This flag was almost floor to ceiling.

It was interesting to look closely at these quilts.  Then it hit me how many times the same fabric was used for the sky, the clothing, and the scenery.  Doing that tied all the quilts together into one story.

The exhibit Stephen Towns: Rumination and a Reckoning runs through September 2, 2018.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Return to National Cathedral

Last week I was the designated driver for a trip to the National Cathedral in Washington DC for Tour and Tea.  I had been before for this event a number of years ago before I moved to Vantage House and though the others had been to the Cathedral in their past, they had never experienced the tea on the 7th floor.

It was a rainy blustery day but we were indoors so no problem with that.  By the time tea was done at 3:30 the sun was shining so we enjoyed the view.

Here is a bit of a look at the Cathedral.

Below is the Space window.

In the center of the red medallion is a bit of Moon rock.

Sorry Lincoln is in shadow.

This is the window dedicated to him.

I caught the laser pointer of the guide on this window and now I don't recall its significance.

The Cathedral is still dealing with the effects of the earthquake and has an enormous need for funds to fix the damage.

There were 5 of everything for tea prepared by the All Hallows Guild as a fund raiser for the gardens.

It was all delicious.

The view from the 7th floor.

Time to return home but two more photos of the cathedral and ongoing restoration.

The National Cathedral offers a wide variety of tours.  Many many years ago Dan and I took our daughters to an early morning behind the scenes tour where we climbed to many different levels.  Check out their website for tour choices if you are going to be In Washington DC.

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