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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Each week fellow blogger Tom posts about mural art.  His latest is here.  

He inspired me to share these two photos I took on the road leaving New Orleans.  

Someone had painted these boxes (electrical?) in the median strip.  I wish I had captured more of the art work.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Camera

I purchased a new camera yesterday. Another Canon.  I wanted something lighter to keep handy when I walk or in my purse.  I'm not an iPhone person and the cellphone I have though it takes photos they are lousy and a pain to transfer to the laptop.

Here's my new purchase.  Lighter weight than my other two.  I think its going to work just fine.

Powershot ELPH 190 IS

Here's my oldest one, heavier and I've dropped it too many times that the Menu button no longer works.  I think I may pass it on to my oldest granddaughter.

Powershot SX230 HS

Here's the one with the greater zoom.  I still struggle with what it has focused on so that my subject is blurred.  Unfortunately I can't see that when I'm taking the photo.

Powershot SX530 HS

The new camera has a setting to make photos vivid.

Here's the same view on another day with the oldest camera.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


My daughter sent me this photo of flowers from her garden.  Significant to me because many of them came from my garden last spring before we moved.

The peony is one I purchased from the Philadelphia Flower Show many years ago.  It never bloomed for me.  It was good to see that it bloomed for Emily.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Random Windows in Helsinki

From our vacation last year to Europe here are some random photos of windows and their embellishments I found interesting.

A market place

Top of a building

A storefront window

Inside a church

Inside another church

Above a door

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