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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Garden Art

Last week three friends and I took our third annual road trip. (First annual, second annual.) This time we went west to Berkley Springs, WV to experience the hot springs. 

Children enjoy the springs on the outside not unlike how George would have done it.

The Berkley Springs State Park has a bath house and offers massages, too. 
The Roman bath house is on the first floor of the building above.  We bathed in another building.

 We partook of it all and it was well worth it. We came out of there ready to just sit and relax which is what we did on the verandah of the lodge at Cacapon State Park where we stayed overnight.

View from the verandah.

My friends relaxing.

The next day we did some shopping before heading for home.  One of our stops was at the Artists of Merrywood.  I'd seen the rock sculptures in the yard as we headed west to the lodge so on our return trip to town I suggested the stop.  Fortunately the owners Bill & Lori were just coming out to their car and delayed their departure so we could view their work.

This was one of many sculptures.  My friend, Janice was considering it so I took the photo to send to her later.  Can you see the bird on top?

I came home with a sculpture.  And I found the perfect spot for it where I can view it as I sit at the dining room table.

The heart is attached with epoxy.  I forgot to ask how it will do in the winter.  To be on the safe side I'll put it away with the other garden art come winter time.


Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Lovely to hear about your third annual roadtrip with your friends and to see some photos that you took. I love the sculpture that you bought and I think it looks lovely in the spot you chose for it. Margaret

Fun60 said...

I like the idea if these annual trips with your friends. Looks like you had a great time. That sculpture looks good in the garden.

eileeninmd said...

What a fun place to visit! The grounds are beautiful! Lovely photos!

Anonymous said...

Those hot springs look wonderful!

W. Latane Barton said...

What a delightful post. I love it when time spent with friends is fun-filled and relaxing. Love your sculpture.

Marcia said...

3 of the 4 of us are retired from teaching. The 4th is still teaching for at least 3 years.

Marcia said...

There are some delightful shops there including a sizable antique store where I found some bargains. It's worth the trip. Not far from Hancock, MD.

Marcia said...

THe massage after soaking was the best and very reasonable, too.

Marcia said...

I'm glad we started this tradition. I hope we can keep it up.

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like a great place to relax and find peace... Sounds like you and your friends had a great time. Love your new 'heart'.... Awesome!!!


Stewart M said...

I was born about 12 miles away from Bath in the UK, where there are hot springs that were used by the Romans - but have been a real luxury in gas before plumbing!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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