Monday, September 30, 2013

Off to Germany

Chapter Three is about to begin.  Gregg and I are off to Germany in a couple of hours so that we can attend our niece's wedding.  We will be celebrating with her and the rest of our family for two weeks in the Black Forest.  


Gregg took this photo of me in Williamsburg, Virginia, last Tuesday.  It reminds me of the Cheshire Cat happy to be in conversation with a rather handsome statue of Thomas Jefferson. Our English friends were doing a little souvenir shopping in a store behind us.   We also attended father-in-law's last WWII shipmates reunion.  After having them for the last 40 years it was decided last year that this would be the final one.  A very sweet ending to a very special gathering of friends who had become like family.  

Yesterday we said goodbye to everyone and traveled north so that we could drop our English friends off at the airport.  They will be home now.  We had a great time with them, with all, lots of stories, laughter and comradeship.  I haven't had time to do any of the photos but will post more when we get back from Germany.

My visits may be nonexistent for a while but in the meantime I have scheduled posts to appear regularly, which I hope you will visit and enjoy.   I'll be back in a few weeks.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The thoughtful raven.

We were at The Painted Desert in Arizona, and I came across our friend here.  He looked deep in thought, studying his claws intently.  It is almost as if he was thinking.....


And here is a good moral story about a thirsty raven.  Maybe you can read it to your children when they get discouraged about a problem they need to solve.

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One hot day a thirsty raven flew all over the fields looking for water.  For a long time he could not find any.  He felt very weak, almost lost all hope.  Suddenly he saw a water jug below the tree.  He flew straight down to see if there was any water inside.  Yes, he could see some water inside the jug.

The raven tried to push his head into the jug but sadly, he found that the neck of the jug was too narrow.  Then he tried to push the jug to tilt for the water to flow out, but the jug was too heavy.

The raven thought hard for a while.  Then, looking around it, he saw some pebbles.  He suddenly had a good idea.  He started picking up the pebbles one by one, dropping each into the jug.  As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level kept rising.  Soon it was high enough for the raven to drink.  His plan had worked.

The moral is, think and work hard, you may find the solution to any problem.

~Author Unknown~

Saturday, September 28, 2013

TODAY'S FLOWER #266


Greetings from Virginia Beach!  We are out of town again and I thought I would add the above photo from a walk I had when we first arrived.  After visiting with the family and bags were in our hotel room, I always head for the shore.  We are attending my father-in-law's yearly annual WWII Shipmates Reunion, a very special one this year as this is the 40th and final reunion.  Then on Monday Gregg and I are flying to Germany for two weeks, to attend the wedding of our niece.  I may be a bit scarce for a while but I have been pre-posting daily shares which should last until I get home, and if I don't get round to your blogs you'll know why.   

So here we are with flowers from the Norfolk Botanical Garden.


The link to Today's Flowers on the home page opens at 12.15 a.m. every Saturday, Eastern Time (US).  The old link will close the previous Thursday at 11.30 P.M.

To see beautiful blooms from around the world you can click here.


(This message will be repeated every week)

Over the next two months we have a lot of activities planned with family and friends, my niece's wedding, father-in-law's annual reunion and friends visiting from England.  I will post my Today's Flower's on our home page ahead of time, and also on my blog here through to the end of October, visiting blogging friends when I can.

With this in mind I won't have the time to put together the usual list of last week's participants but will resume once life starts settling down again.  Thank you for your patience and continued support of Today's Flowers.  I think you are all wonderful for sharing your many beautiful flowers from around the world.  It is a real pleasure to be a part of this meme.

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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.




TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise


If anyone would like to be a guest and share photos on our home page, details can be found at the top of Today's Flowers web site, which you will find here.

                     
As time allows I will be linking up with the following blogs.

Tina's Weekend Flowers which you can find here,

   

Mona's Floral Love here,

   Floral Love

and also Laura's I Heart Macro here.

Shine the Divine

Friday, September 27, 2013

CAMERA CRITTERS

I forgot to share these when I took them back in May.  


Dragonflies haven't changed much over millions of years.  Experts have found dragonfly fossils that are over 300 million years old. 


Quote by Paulette Morin
"Did you know that at the time of the dinosaurs, insects could grow to be huge?  Some dragonflies could be as big as a hawk."

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Thank you Misty for hosting one of my favorite memes, and please click here to visit other interesting critters from all over the world.

Camera Critters

Thursday, September 26, 2013

SKYWATCH FRIDAY

A few weeks ago we were road-tripping through Arizona.  Here are some of the skies we saw on our journey.










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My thanks to the SkyWatch Team for hosting this wonderful meme.
YogiSandy and Sylvia are our hosts at SkyWatch Friday.

Please click here to visit other sky watchers.


Happy SkyWatch Friday!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An Egret

This week I am linking up with Michelle's Nature Notes, Anni's Bird D'Pot and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.

I haven't taken any bird photos lately but as we were leaving Norfolk Botanical Garden several weeks ago, we saw a pretty Egret on the edge of the water.










Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A bit of whimsy.


Another one of the greeting cards I bought while away.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Just some of the places we'd like to visit one day.

Several months ago we were at Chincoteague and the first place we went to was the visitor center at the National Wildlife Refuge.  There was a large map of the United States on the wall showing all the wildlife refuges in every state.  I figured these would come in useful for when we start road tripping.   If you enlarge them you might be able to read them better.  I didn't take a photo of every state, just the ones that I thought we would be interested in.  Some came out blurry and I won't be publishing those.  I squint enough going through life, another reminder that I need to get a stronger prescription on my eye glasses.  It's at the top of my list.

In no particular order, here are the National Wildlife Reserves we would enjoy choosing from sometime in the future.




















Saturday, September 21, 2013

TODAY'S FLOWERS #265


The link to Today's Flowers on the home page opens at 12.15 a.m. every Saturday, Eastern Time (US).  The old link will close the previous Thursday at 11.30 P.M.

To see beautiful blooms from around the world you can click here.


Over the next two months we have a lot of activities planned with family and friends, one of which is attending the wedding of my niece in Germany.  We have friends visiting from England also, and we need to spend time with them.  I will post my Today's Flower's on our home page ahead of time, and also on my blog here through to the end of October, visiting blogging friends when I can.

With this in mind I won't have the time to put together the usual list of last week's participants but will resume once life starts settling down again.  Thank you for your patience and continued support of Today's Flowers.  I think you are all wonderful for sharing your many beautiful flowers from around the world.  It is a real pleasure to be a part of this meme.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer.

(This message will be repeated every week)

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My posts will be from the Norfolk Botanical Garden for a while.  I took lots and lots of photos there.  I was very impressed with their garden as there was so much to see.





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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.




TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise


If anyone would like to be a guest and share photos on our home page, details can be found at the top of Today's Flowers web site, which you will find here.

                     
As time allows I will be linking up with the following blogs.

Tina's Weekend Flowers which you can find here,

   

Mona's Floral Love here,

   Floral Love

and also Laura's I Heart Macro here.

Shine the Divine

Friday, September 20, 2013

CAMERA CRITTERS

The Gossips

(otherwise known as Blue Jays taken at the feeder in our back yard)

Thank you Misty for hosting one of my favorite memes, and please click here to visit other interesting critters from all over the world.

Camera Critters

Thursday, September 19, 2013

SKYWATCH FRIDAY

Blogging friends who pop into my blog will know that we have recently returned from a five-week road trip across America.  All along our route we came across some amazing cloud formations, a few I am sharing today from when we drove across New Mexico.
















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My thanks to the SkyWatch Team for hosting this wonderful meme.
YogiSandy and Sylvia are our hosts at SkyWatch Friday.

Please click here to visit other sky watchers.


Happy SkyWatch Friday!