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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wellwood Orchard Petting Zoo

We spent a long weekend in New Hampshire to babysit the granddaughter so Emily & Matt could have a get away.  We had a lovely time.  Our one outing with granddaughter was a return to Wellwood Orchard and its petting zoo.

Granddaughter contemplating the calf.

This chicken looked like it was crossed with a pigeon.

When we told granddaughter where we were taking her she told us there would be peacocks and they would squawk.

The peacocks were amazingly quiet.  It was the roosters that couldn't stop cock a doodle doing.

This red and black bird was a pheasant we were told.

The goats were the boldest.

Once leaving the enclosure there are sinks for washing hands and brushes for cleaning shoe soles, a necessary task.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday Treasures #23 - Architectural Flourishes

More photos from the European Vacation in June.

Don't you just love the old architecture?  There's a touch of whimsey in the figures and flourishes incorporated into these old buildings.  Am I the only one to take photographs of them or do you do it too when you travel?

Enjoy these!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Doors in Europe

This is an assortment of photos that I took while we were in Europe in June.

Doors are so fascinating.  No two are alike unless they are on the same building.

Some show their age but their old splendor is still evident like the one above in an alley in Budapest.

Wood or metal, many of these doors are massive structures.

Even the keyholes and door knobs are interesting.

Shapes are varied too.

The above door is fairly simple but the decor above is not and though the two doors are the same, only one is singled out for the decorations.

Who walked through these doors for all the decades they have stood as entryways and exits?

Do you have a favorite?  It's hard for me to choose.

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