Friday, April 30, 2010

Camera Critters

These were taken on the back roads last Sunday, when we came across a field of cows doing what cows love to do best, munching away on that tasty grass. Mother cow at the back was nursing her calf.


Camera Critters is a wonderful meme created by Misty Dawn. Thank you Misty.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

SKYWATCH FRIDAY, SEASON 4, EPISODE 42

I didn't take any sky photos this week so I went back into my vacation folders. These were taken in December 2008 on a trip to Oahu, where I dearly hope I will go again one day. The top and middle photo were taken at The Polynesian Cultural Center.

Maybe my Hawaiian friends can tell me what these mountains are called. They sure are beautiful.


Sharing a blog.

This photo is one I got online, photographer unknown - how darned cute is this?

Recently I added another wonderful blog to my blog roll. Its host is Scott Law who not only takes fantastic photographs but occasionally writes 'how to' tutorials. One of them I thought I would share by giving you the link to his blog right here and to his "How to Post a Link in a Comment" tutorial right here.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Watery Wednesday

These flowers were a gift from Celia at Easter. It rained pretty hard the other day and I always love the look of rain on flowers.



Thank you 2sweetnsaxy for hosting this great meme.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My World Tuesday Season # 2 Episode # 29


Today I would like to share photographs Gregg and I took on our drive this past Sunday, when we headed out towards Leesburg. We have driven by this church many times and have always said we would like to take photos of it sometime. Today we stopped to do just that.

Built in 1878 it is actually located on Route 15, eight miles south of Leesburg and is near the Oatlands Plantation.

We would like to have taken a look inside but there was a sign on the door saying 'No Trespassing'. We weren't sure if that meant the whole area, so after we took a few more photos we thought it prudent to go back to our car and be on our way.


The grounds were very pretty.


Next door is the Parish Hall built later than the church but I couldn't find a date telling us when.

There was a magnificent dogwood tree on the grounds, and we couldn't help but admire it.

This is the sign as you enter the town of Waterford. It was originally settled by Quakers and the homes in the town center are lovely, but this time we just touched on the outskirts.



Gregg took the photos of the houses and this beautiful tree in the front of the home above. At first I identified this as a Lilac but JJ corrected me and said she thought it was a Wisteria. When I studied it a little more closely I realized the difference. Thanks JJ. You can see JJ's super blog if you click right here.

I enjoyed taking photos of the Mustard Grass and Dandelions getting ready to release their seeds when the next breeze came through.



We drove by a field and now you know where I got my header photo from. Adorable donkey's aren't they?

They were curious when I walked up to the fence and posed very nicely for me.

When I was very young, around nine years of age, I always visited a donkey on my way home from school. He taught me a valuable lesson on the correct way to feed animals. Which was, never offer food with your fingers thrust forward, because mine were chomped down on and I never forgot the pain of it. I figured out very quickly after that, that you offered the food on the palm of your hand and from then on I loved how the donkey's muzzle tickled as he ate whatever I had to offer. I usually packed a couple of carrots in my bag, which Mum always seemed to have in the pantry.

We came across another critter dressed for the weather. It was supposed to rain quite a bit, but thankfully we only had a few sprinkles.

And what's this?
The guardian of the bird box.

The rag dolls stared at us too....

but by this time we were ready to turn around and head back home.


Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise and Sylvia for hosting My World.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

I had a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow,
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little, that there is none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup,
But my lazy little shadow, like an errant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Well, as you can see, I am totally enamored of the little wren who visits me every day. I am fascinated by him - them actually as there are a pair and one of these days I am hoping they will bring their offspring.

These weeks seem to go by so quickly, I can hardly remember what I did though I finally felt like getting out of the house. I found myself in the car quite happily one day, going off for a short run and not knowing where I was heading. I found myself at Walney Pond where I ate my lunch as I watched a pair of Canada Geese on the water. One of them stood on the nesting island accompanied by a turtle sunning itself, while the other swam around for a while and then headed to the shore watched by its mate, who shortly after got off the island and followed. They disappeared out of sight and I finished my lunch. It was sunny and warm and relaxing, and I did not get my camera out once. Yes I KNOW, I can hardly believe it myself.

Gregg worked from home and that is always lovely, though on occasion I forget it isn't the weekend and wonder why he is on the phone to clients and colleagues so much, and permanently fixed behind his laptop. Then I have to check myself and realize it is not Saturday or Sunday. I tiptoe around the house during such times and button my lip, which is hard to do when I know he is around to chat to.

Dear son called a couple of times, which always makes me happy and bless Alexander Graham Bell and his ilk for that wonderful little invention called the telephone. Dear daughter-in-law had car problems. All part of life of course but it's always a real pain. Touching wood that they get it back real soon from the garage.

Yesterday a friend invited me and two others over for dinner and to watch La Boheme which she had recorded off PBS. It was super, lots of fun chatting in the kitchen while drinking a cup of tea, around the dinner table enjoying a most delicious meal, and finally sitting in front of the TV for a couple of hours watching the opera with
Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón as Mimi and Rodolfo. More chatting, more cups of tea and then off home to find Gregg fast asleep on the sofa.

Today we went for a Sunday drive heading in the Leesburg direction. It called for rain but apart from a few sprinkles the whole time we were out it was mostly sunny. We drove through quaint little towns in the Virginia countryside and this time we took several photos, which I will share in the coming week.

We are trying something new around here - roundabouts. As we went through one we heard a loud, urgent honking of a horn, screeching of tires and the sound of metal crunching on metal. As luck would have it there were two police cars parked nearby. I think this must be a hot spot right now. Someone's weekend was ruined and yes some of us are still trying to figure out what roundabouts are all about. Some of us don't know that you give way to the person already in the roundabout. Somebody just learned that today. A hard lesson. I grew up with these things in the UK but they're relatively new here in the States. Correct me if I am wrong but I've never lived in a place over here where any were used. Have you seen them where you live? About six months ago, three sets of traffic lights were taken down and three roundabouts replaced them within a five mile radius. The powers-that-be are trying to teach us new tricks and let's hope we can learn them without any calamity.

On that note you all have a safe and happy week ahead and watch those roundabouts!