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, December 28, 2012

My Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

I picked up an Agatha Christie book last January after many years of not reading such and was enthralled again by her writing style and ability to stump the reader.  I challenged myself to read first all of the Miss Marple series which I did and duly noted here.  Then in May I started in on the Hercule Poirot series going in order better than I did with the former and duly noted here.  

I've just finished the third to last in that series and I have the last two checked out waiting to be read, hopefully before the close of this year.  That will leave only 32 more books of Christie's to be read in 2013 and I will have completed my challenge!

If you are a fan of mysteries I highly recommend these books to you!

1/1/2013 - I did it.  I finished the last two books before the New Year rang in.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


It's unusual for Maryland to have snow in December but lucky for us we had it on Christmas Eve and then again today.

The birds are in a feeding frenzy as a result.

Joining Wild Bird Wednesday.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Hiatus

It's that time of year when there's so much going on inside but little happening outside, that I find myself at a loss at what to post here.  Time for a hiatus!  
But if you are just finding my blog and want to start at the beginning here's a link to my first blog and you can read from there.  Also check out some of the popular posts in the sidebar or visit some of the blogs I like to read that are listed there as well.

Happy Holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year - to you and yours.  See you again in 2013!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Winding the Clock - Cornish Flat, NH

This structure was built as a church in the early 1800s and moved in the dead of winter of 1818 to this site on the green in Cornish Flat, NH.

The clock has two faces now and needs to be wound every week.  My son-in-law, Matt winds it every other week.

Some of the stained glass windows are still in place and the sanctuary though devoid of religious symbols is still set up as such, including an old organ.

After climbing regular stairs to the choir loft level our next means of going up is this ladder

which comes out in this hole in the attic.

Then there are another set of rickety stairs which come out here where you see Emily. 

Here are the clock works.

Views from the tiny window covered in plastic to keep the birds out.

You can see evidence of those birds and the post and beam construction.

There are weights for the clock movement and for the hour chime.  It was the day before we switched to standard time so all the chimes between 9 and 8 had to be rung as Matt reset the clock.

The timbers show their age by their width.

There was another ladder to the bell tower but it went straight up and I didn't make the climb.  Someone else took this photo of the bell for me.

Who sat in this chair and why?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Harvest Monday

Look what I got out of the vegetable garden on Saturday: young mesclun, some spinach and three carrots for a nice salad for Sarah to take to a friend's house for dinner.  See other harvests at Daphne's Dandelions.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Favorite - Squirrels

You have to love them.  They provide us so much entertainment and now that they don't bother the birdfeeders it's only right that I give them their own feeder.

I have a wind chimes hanging from this corn feeder so I hear them when they jump onto it.

It hangs from this small beech tree and they like to jump from the stump on the left to the feeder.

They don't stay on the feeder for long so I couldn't catch this one quite in focus before it was on its way to bury the corn kernel somewhere in our yard.  I always wonder if they really find what they have buried months later.

Such expressive faces and poses makes them a Friday favorite at this time of year.

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