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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Baltimore's Sherwood Gardens

On the north side of Baltimore among some swanky houses sits Sherwood Gardens.  It's known for its spring tulip displays.

[Joining Through My Lens}

Friday despite the fog three of us set out to enjoy the blossoms and then lunch.

The land was donated to the city by the owners of Sherwood House.  Read more of the history here.

It wasn't just tulips in bloom: dogwoods and azaleas were beautiful too,

We were surprised to see this tree.  

My traveling companions: Carol and Lynn.

Some of the swanky houses.

We went to lunch at Cafe Hon, in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore.

Elvis greeted us at the hostess stand.

The food was good!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cornish Critters

Plenty of animals to see around Cornish, NH when we visited.

A wild eye steer we encountered on the drive to the rental house.

Donkeys are kept by the farm near daughter's home.

Horse or two

At the local farm stand where Emily buys her meat

baby goats for sale (they don't sell goat meat though.)

We stop in to see the future ground beef.  They are curious about us too.

These horses are wondering how their friend got out and across the road.

It found a break in the fence.

Owners finally returned home and rounded it up and fixed the break.  Word was at the farm stand up the road that it happens pretty often.


Cornish Waterfall

Last week while visiting daughter and family in Cornish Flat, NH we took an afternoon walk to the waterfall which is above the flat.  Cornish Flat gets its name because the valley between the mountains is flat.

Getting to the waterfall means walking up the road which is a gentle climb.  It starts as paved, then becomes packed gravel, and eventually you get to the part where the road ends and a muddy path continues, well in mud season it's muddy.

3 year old granddaughter is quite the walker and runner.  Not sure how she runs up the road but she has more energy than I do.  I can't say she climbed the entire road up.  I think Dan had her on his shoulders a few times.  6 month old granddaughter gets a stroller ride.

First stop along the road was to examine this tree that woodpeckers had been working on.

Next stop is this dam, a popular short walk destination.

Next stop was this small falls to throw rocks in the pool below the  guard rail.

First sight of snow in the woods.

We continue our slow climb.

Here's where the road becomes a trail.

The waterfall is full this time of year because of melting snow and rain during the week previous.

Ice along the falls too,

Down a path from the water fall following the creek as it falls in the woods we walk through the snow.  At the bottom is a tumbled down pile of rocks with a bit of wall still standing.  This was once a sawmill.  Plenty of power in that water to turn the wheel that once stood there.

For the trip back down to home, granddaughter gets a ride on her mom's back and falls asleep.

It was a nice 4 mile walk.

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