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, August 17, 2017

Busy Times!

I've been away at a family reunion weekend and then baby duty - helping daughter with the newborn who is almost 4 weeks old now.

I've got lots of photos to share but no time to sort so I'll leave you to figure out this scene.



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Friday, August 11, 2017

Appomattox Courthouse Fences

Joining Fences  to share these fences around the Appomattox Courthouse on a lazy late summer afternoon several years ago.












Saturday, August 5, 2017

Steeple in Harper's Ferry


From the hill looking south downriver the steeple of St. Peter's Catholic Church pokes up through the trees in Harper's Ferry, WV.


These ruins are of another church.


Our top down tour with the park ranger took us right passed the church and into the lower town.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Harper's Ferry Fences

Monday, Dan and I took a short trip to Harper's Ferry, WV known for that famous raid on the US Arsenal by John Brown in an attempt to start a slave revolt and end slavery.  It didn't go well.  We learned that Harper's Ferry is also historic because of associations with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Niagara Movement & WEB DuBois.

to share these fences in Harper's Ferry.

Two rivers meet in Harper's Ferry.  Here's the bridge over the Potomac.


Here's the Shenandoah that empties into the Potomac.


We took a tour with a National Park Service ranger and visited the Harper's Ferry cemetery.


Here's the grave of a Revolutionary War veteran.


Many of the historical buildings are filled with exhibits.


The C & O Canal along the Potomac and the B & O Railroad had a race west.  Though the canal got to Harper's Ferry first the railroad won the race west.  


Here's the bridge over the Potomac, muddy from heavy rains over the weekend. The Appalachian Trail crosses here and Harper's Ferry is about the midpoint of that Maine to Georgia trek.





No bridge seems to be without locks of love these days.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Grandchild

We welcomed a new granddaughter to our family at the end of last month.  This is the third granddaughter for us.  A, 3 1/2, & L, 10 months live with Emily & Matt in New Hampshire.  This new one is more local, just a short drive of 20+ miles south to the DC suburbs.

Sarah and William moved less than a month before the baby arrived.  


They both worked full time up until the baby was born.  Now both are on leave, maternity and paternity but trying to settle in before the big event was difficult.  Not everything got done so Dan and I have been helping out.  I have been there almost every day this week.  

Dan and I did take a break on Monday to visit Harper's Ferry, WV for the day. 
(photos to be shared soon.)


On the day the baby was born we were at the hospital by the time she was 4 hours old.


She is a lovely little thing, but sorry can't show her face to you.


Yesterday at their home I had the honor of rocking her to sleep and showing Sarah different ways to hold and soothe her.

We are headed back there this morning to help hang pictures and other tasks as assigned.

What a joy in a little bundle!

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