Friday, January 30, 2015

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 334

You can find all kinds of beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.  Our new link opens on Saturday at 12.00 a.m. (East Coast Standard Time USA) and closes the following Thursday at 11.30 p.m.



At the beginning of September 2014 we took a different walk on Manassas Battlefield.  This was a quieter area and not everyone knows that it is there.  Apart from one or two people we were the only ones in sight for ninety-nine percent of the time, and we were there for almost two hours.



I am not too good at identifying wildflowers.  Maybe one of you lovely people will help me out.













These Oak leaves were identified by Dianne over at Schmidleysscribblings.  Her blog is here.  Thanks Dianne!












Thank you Beatrice Euphemie for identifying my purple flower below as Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris - see here to read more).  You can visit Beatrice's blog here.  Thank you Beatrice.



Luiz Santilli Jnr created Today's Flowers and asked me a few years ago to take over his role as host.  I was very happy to do so.  He occasionally pops in to say hello, so "Hello Luiz and thank you!"


Today's Flowers' home page can be found here.






I am linking with Laura's iHeartMacro here.



Thanks to Ginny of Let Your light Shine she identified the wildflower above.  I was surprised to find out that it was the Queen Anne's Lace.  I have never seen it in this stage before.  This is after the blooms have gone and the stems begin to curl into themselves. Ginny also identified my yellow flower fourth from the top.  It is a wild Sunflower.  Thanks so much Ginny.  You can visit Ginny at her blog here.






I got a little creative thank's to Judith's Mosaic Monday.  
Since I have been participating in this particular meme, I have enjoyed playing more with my Paint Shop Pro program.






Thank you for these lovely memes Ladies






Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BACK TO DARTMOOR



In this post I am transported to a lovely day in England.  We are down in Devonshire, my old home county, and are having lunch at the Rugglestone Inn on Dartmoor. You can click on its name to take you to their website. We came across it by happenstance.  The place we wanted to go to in Widecombe-in-the-Moor was closed due to a power failure, and they were kind enough to direct us to the Inn. They must have done the same for everyone who visited that day as when we got to the Inn it was packed.  We were, however, lucky enough to find a very small table in the corner for the four of us.  


The menu was on the wall.  There were no table menus that we could see, so once we were seated Gregg took a photo of the wall with his cell phone and read it out to us.  


Food was ordered at the bar and considering how busy they were, we were pleasantly surprised when our food arrived quickly. 


The plates were enormous and we could barely fit them on the table.  If we had realized how much food was coming, we would probably have ordered only two meals and each shared one plate.  The last time Gregg and I had a pub lunch in England was over 20 years ago and it was about half the amount that we have here. 


Celia and Gully had the Jacket Potato with Baked Beans and a Salad.  Gregg and I ordered a Steak and Stilton Pie with Chips and Veggies.  Beans on a Jacket Potato is a traditional meal in the UK.  My Mum used to fix this all the time for my sister and me when we were kids, and I still fix it for us when we want a simple vegetarian meal at home.  After these two enormous meals we couldn't eat anything for the rest of the day.


With people waiting for a table we didn't hang around, so we went outside and introduced ourselves to the resident geese, ducks and chickens.  


The chicken in the wagon was too busy trying to lay an egg to come out and say hello.  


It was time to say goodbye to the geese and the ducks and the chicken laying an egg.  The look on her face told us to begone.


On our way back we passed some very pretty houses.


A wonky signpost with names that I remember well.


We passed a couple of cows with a case of the munchies.  We sent them to the Rugglestone Inn.


There wasn't a lot of room to maneuver around them.


It wasn't too far down the road that we came across a mom and daughter trotting up the lane on these small ponies.  The road had actually widened out at this point.


Maneuvering around them and a friendly wave sent us on our way again.


Those country lanes were gorgeous and I think we were slowly getting used to the narrowness when passing other ponies, cows, cars, the occasional person.  When I lived here I was so used to driving along them they didn't phase me one bit.  An absence of two decades, however, had made me nervous of damaging our rental car, and I was thankful that Gregg did all of the driving.  Those walls got pretty close at times.  In fact, one day we were driving down a relatively narrow road wider than this one, and found a traffic jam.  We were several cars behind one that had hit another going round a bend, opening it up as if with a can opener. Gregg was asked to wave other traffic to slow down behind us, to tell them that there was an accident ahead.  It was just another reminder for us to stay as far on our side of the road as we could when going around bends, and we also drove at a slow speed.  There were times we did feel that some vehicles could have slowed down.  Like everywhere as we well know, there were those behind the wheel who drove way too fast for the conditions.  We were always cautious with our speed, knowing that there could very well be someone walking along these country roads, let alone all those gorgeous animals we encountered that wander freely over the Moors.  I remember having to dive into a hedgerow once many years ago while walking to a friend's house so no, this is not a new thing.  My reflexes were faster back in those days.


This was the same day we saw those beautiful Dartmoor Ponies.  Long may they roam the Moors in safety.


WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE 
IN ORDER THAT THEY HAPPENED.


1) I have been taking more naps this week, in the afternoons.  I told Gregg I am hibernating like a bear and waiting for the warmer weather.  Well, guess I am ready for my cave on the mountain.  See you in the Spring.  

"Let's begin by taking a small nap or two, 
says Winnie the Pooh"


2) It was Gregg's turn to get together with an old Navy buddy a few days ago.  They have kept in touch since Gregg's first ship before Denise (that is before he did a tour with the Royal Navy and met me).  On that first ship after Gregg left the Academy, his friend came on board about a year after Gregg and they have remained firm friends ever since.  He and his wife want to get together with us sometime soon.  That will be very nice, they are a lovely couple.  They live an hour-and-a-half away so not too bad.  We will meet either at their place or ours or somewhere in between.


3) Son came over for breakfast midweek and you know how much I loved that.  It will be repeating everything I have said before about these visits.  We caught up, we had a great time and Gregg cooked a great breakfast.  One of my favorite pastimes, watching the two of them across the kitchen table chatting away.  Son had the day off. He works a lot of weekends.

4) It snowed this week.  The roads are clear and we can see the grass through the patches as of 1-27-15.  A friend just sent me a photo from New Hampshire.  They had a heck of a lot more snow than we did.  Stay safe and warm everybody up there, and I hope your electricity stays on.

5) Cadbury's can no longer import their products to the USA.  I don't eat chocolate that often but when I do I love a bit of Cadbury's, and fixing up a cup of Cadbury's Hot Chocolate when you've come in on a chilly night?  Nothing to compare.  Now that I can see it all disappearing into the distance, I'm craving it like you wouldn't believe.  There's nothing else for it, I will have to stuff it down my wellies after I hit the shops on my next trip to the UK.  Who IS that women who looks like the Pillsbury Dough Boy's wife waddling through customs?  I will also be stuffing chocolate into Mr. Pillsbury Dough Boy's - aka Gregg - pockets.  His wellies will be dragging him down as he precedes me.  It's no use, I cannot keep an honest face as I am asked, "Are you carrying any Cadbury's chocolate on your person Madam?  We've stopped a lot of you Ex-Pat Brits coming through you know.  Come on, tell me the truth."   "Yes, yes, I couldn't help it, put the handcuffs on and cart me off" - this as my Cadbury's Flakes and Crunchies fall out of my underwear and oh yes, there goes my blankety-blank hot chocolate!!!  Oh well!  I'm going to miss Cadbury's and no, the taste is totally different to the chocolate made in the USA, it's all what you were brought up with. Article here if you are interested.  None of my Brit friends are happy, nor are children of Ex-Pat Brits who were brought up on it thanks to their parent(s).  I read the article to Gregg and said our lot over here are incensed.  He looked at me, smiled and said, "I can see that!"  Gregg is not a chocolate lover, poor man lucky duck.  Hmmmm.....just realized this is the longest paragraph on my list.  I'm incensed, did I tell you that?  

I am again linking with several memes.  You can click on the links below to see other participants.  A big thank you to all our hosts.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Upside down or right side up?



"Each time I see the Upside-Down Man
Standing in the water,
I look at him and start to laugh
Although I shouldn't Oughtter.
For maybe in another world,
Another time,
Another town, 
Maybe HE is right side up
And I am upside down."

~Shel Silverstein~