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, July 27, 2017

Cemetery Scouting

Friday, July 14th Dan and I took a break from the regular day routines to be tourists in Alexandria, Va.

Here is one of the spots we stopped by to see - a cemetery.  Dan's great grandfather is buried here.

Joining Fences.

Do you know why they put a fence around a cemetery?
People are just dying to get in.

We found the headstone of Dan's great grandfather amongst the poison ivy and other weeds.

I took this photo upside down and then righted it to show here.  

Dan has no recollection of his great grandmother even though she died 6 years after he was born.  His mother confirmed that they saw her a lot.

Geneva was a great aunt, daughter of the great grandfather.

This person is no relation other than the father of the great aunt's husband.

Looking back at the graves with the one we came to find almost engulfed by the weeds.

I need to post some of these photos on my Ancestry.com website now.

It's not know why this cemetery was chosen maybe something as simple as proximity to home.  From the first photo you can see its not filled to the brim with graves.  But then again maybe it is but without markers.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Torpedo Factory

Friday, July 14th Dan and I took a break from the regular day routines to be tourists in Alexandria, Va.

Here is one of the spots we stopped by to see.

Torpedo Factory.

Here's how it looked when torpedoes were assembled here.

It's right on the Potomac River.

It closed for a time then with the conflict in Europe and Japan on the move, it reopened in 1940.

In 1974 it became a place for artists of all mediums to rent studios.

We ate lunch here on the first floor of the building.

Inside was an exhibit on torpedoes.

Upstairs on the top floor is this museum.

Ever time there is new construction in Alexandria the archaeologists come first to find the evidence from the past.

You can try to put together plate fragments.

 The rest of the space on each of the three floors is divided into studios.

Looking down from the second floor to the first.

We didn't make any purchases but there were lots of paintings, sculpture and jewelry for sale throughout.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Walking Wilde Lake

We have had some incredibly hot weather of late.  But the day I took this walk around Wilde Lake, which we can see from our apartment, it was a gorgeous low humidity, moderate temperature day.

Come along with me.

Below the dam at the start of the walk around is this old stone building which I think may have been a spring house for the farmhouse we see at the end of the walk.  Now it's a gathering point for summer day camp.

Here's the lake from the top of the dam.

Across the lake once we start circling it we can see the top of an old barn.

One stretch of the path is mulched in front of some white town homes.

At one point we leave the lakeside to walk along the sidewalk because houses are built on the lake.  Here I spied this doe munching.

She must not like hosta because they were undisturbed.

The path comes back to lake side.

A view of the houses on the lake.

Here are the white town homes we walked by on the mulched path.

Here is the old barn we saw from the other side.

If you are familiar with Laura Lippman's book "Wilde Lake" I think this is the house that figures in the story.  I think the springhouse belongs to it or did.

It's been added on to quite a bit.

Almost at the end of the walk is the dockside.

The Columbia Association which owns the lake and parkland surrounding it does a nice job with the flowers.

Hope you enjoyed the walk.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Jones Point Park

Friday, July 14th Dan and I took a break from the regular day routines to be tourists in Alexandria, Va.

Here is one of the spots we stopped by to see:

Much of the park is under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge which spans the Potomac from National Harbor, MD to Alexandria, VA.

As the photo above says there's lots of history in this place.  The rudder below was evidence of WWI history.

We followed the trail through the park reading the history signs.  These markers mark the original boundary.  This part of the District of Columbia was returned to VA.

The pathway around the point on an incredibly hot day.

View of the Potomac River from the old lighthouse.

Joining Fences

More boundary markers.

The original is encased below that glass lid.

Remember my writing about Benjamin Banneker.  He was involved with survey the District of Columbia.

I was surprised to see Maryland on this side of the Potomac.

This stone answered my question.

Heading back under the bridge after circling the point.

The park was well used.  We spied mothers with strollers in exercise groups, cyclists, joggers, walkers, basketball players and even in line skaters.  There was even a restroom.

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