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.

Friday, January 1, 2016


Another year come and gone.  Instead of looking back at what was, I'm looking ahead to what's to be.  

My house still shows the trappings of Christmas passed but these will soon be put away for the year. That task is on my to do list, one of many that I've noted for the year.  Also on the list cleaning out and organizing in the pantry, my study, the loft.

We are looking forward to a big trip in the summer to Europe; Finland first then a river cruise on the Danube starting in Budapest and ending near Munich where we will stay several nights on the outskirts.  Dan has been to Germany but this will be my first trip.

The garden has its own list of "to do" items.  My fight against the deer damage will continue.  The fishing line was a success for much longer than I expected.  That will have to be restrung come spring and the downed wood fence built higher.  I hope to purchase another arbor and gate for the east entrance to the backyard.  Plants will be moved that are a favorite food of the deer.

The beds in the perennial garden need work.  The light in that space has changed in the 10 years we've lived here.  Once was full sun is now partial shade.  I need to rethink what I have planted there

There are books to be read, day trips to be taken, crafts to pursue, new and old connections to be made.

What will 2016 bring? Stay tuned.


Fun60 said...

A number of things already planned. That cruise looks exciting and you will be visiting some exciting new places. It's so good to have things to look forward to.

Marcia said...

Marie - should be a fun trip. We start in Finland because that's where my sister in law is originally from. We'll meet her and my brother there. They were the ones that were to accompany us on the trip to the Cotswolds, if you recall. Tried to get some of my other siblings to go too but no one else interested.

Tom said...

Glad to see that your hiatus is over! What a trip! Happy New Year.

Dawn Y. said...

Happy New Year, Marcia! Your trip sounds just wonderful! Germany is one of my favorite places to visit. The Bavarian people are so friendly and love to share their special spirit with all who visit. So excited for you! ♡Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes

James Alone said...

Glad to see that your hiatus is over! What a trip! Happy New Year.

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