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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Random Assortment

I have had these photos saved for what I don't know.  With nothing else to share at present thought I'd show you these.

I think they qualify as Treasures.

From Cornish Flat, NH I share these two millstones.  One has been repurposed into a monument of sorts.


The other just  graces the ground.


In Harpers Ferry, WV, first a sun umbrella over a burial plot.


I had to ask why it was there and the answer was for the renovators working on the gravestones.

On the Maryland mountain side across the river was this ghost sign.  Only the borders remain to say there once was a sign there.



Also in Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac River on the left met the Shenandoah River on the right - can you see the line?


In Frederick, MD I share these signs.  The first was embedded in the pavement advertising a watchmaker or jeweler, I think,


And on the side of the building was another ghost sign.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Return to Three Otters Eco Retreat

My extended family returned to Three Otters for a family reunion in mid-August.
We were there for the first time last year.  Visit here to read about that.

You never know what the weather will be like in August but we lucked out with mid 80ยบ days and cool nights.  (The week after we got back the temps climbed much higher.)

The owner of Three Otters said of all their visitors, my family enjoys the water most and it makes her heart sing to see how much fun we have on the Potomac River.

The kayaks were constantly in use.


The canoes too.


Even the dogs loved the water and we had three come this year, one all the way from San Francisco.


Here a scene of the water's edge from the perspective of a canoe.


Dan and I took a canoe upriver.  The current was strong and the water was higher this year but oh, so lovely.


Here is the one yurt, two more will be in place for next year.


Three tent cottages were new this year.  They had front porches.


Dan and I stayed in this vintage trailer, the yellow one, and my brother and sister in law from Arizona stayed in the other one.


Just sitting with feet in the water and talking was a delight.


Tubes were enjoyed too.


Dan didn't quite fit into the kayak, legs too long.


Have you ever seen bubbles bounce on the water?  These did.


Thirty members made it this year.  Next year we hope to have more come because this was less than half of the total.


If you want to find out more visit their website: Three Otters Eco Retreat.  Just don't book the place when we plan to return there.


By the way my blogging time is being limited these days by other commitments and responsibilities, one of which is helping the new parents of our third granddaughter.  I'll get here as often as I can.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Paw Paw Tunnel

Paw Paw is the name of a West Virginia town on the banks of the Potomac River.  It gives its name to the tunnel that takes the C & O Canal through a mountain on the Maryland side of the river.


The C & O Canal was an attempt to transport good and resources from the west (Ohio) to the eastern seaboard.  It never made it to Ohio despite its name and it never made a profit because the B & O Railroad offered a faster option.


Now the C & O Canal is known as a National Park and the tow path is used by hikers and bikers to travel from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC.


We walked to the Paw Paw Tunnel on a wet Friday afternoon.  It was the day we were to arrive at our reunion site, Three Otters Eco Retreat, which is downriver from Paw Paw.


We checked out this old looking pump which didn't produce any water.


The tunnel took way too long to build and was over budget considerably, another factor in the failure of the canal business model.  Read more here.


There was no water in this portion of the canal.




A view of the Potomac.



You need flashlights to walk through the tunnel.  Fortunately the sign said that in the parking lot.


It's built of brick.  The tow path through it is definitely a modern version.


At the opposite end the tunnel was closed off for repairs so we turned around and retraced our steps.



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.












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