Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Turkey Hill Experience

Friday Dan and I headed north to Columbia, PA to have a change of scenery.  Lots of renovations still happening here at our retirement community that we need a break from.

Columbia is on the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County.  It's the home of Turkey Hill which makes ice cream.  Trip Advisor said that the Turkey Hill Experience was worth a stop, so we did.

It's housed in a repurposed warehouse.

Can't miss the big cow at front.  Dan is standing there to give perspective to its size.

The lower floor has a gift shop and

this is where you purchase your entry which includes your own CYO # so you can design your own ice cream flavor.  For a bit more you can have your concoction made up so you can taste it.  We didn't make that choice.

Upstairs is a bit of history first.

My ancestors were some of those Swiss German Anabaptists who came to Penns Land for religious freedom.

Then some information about cows!

Inside the large ice cream carton we watched a video of how ice cream is made.

Then on to the fun parts.

Including ice cream samples.  We each tried two flavors.

Last stop was to try to milk a cow!

This is definitely a place geared for kids, so maybe one day when the grandkids are older it will be a place to return to.

Monday, February 26, 2018

What I've Been Pinning

Lately when I read an article or editorial that shows what a unqualified person we have for president, I have pinned it to a Pinterest board I set up on that subject: Stand Up to Trump!

With another tragic shooting of innocents I started another Pinterest board: Stop Gun Violence Now!

Here are some recent pins to those boards.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


This is a test to see if I can post on my blog from the iPad.  Not sure how to get photos here because I don’t see access to photo library.  Photo below was copied and pasted except not sure it will show up when I post this.  It’s not showing in the preview.  I’ll have to do some research and try again.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Scotland: Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

One of very last days in Scotland we went looking for gifts and happened upon the Stirling Smith Gallery.

The shopping happened in a mall off Main Street where we saw this version of Monopoly Stirling style.

More exploring brought us to this neat gallery and museum.


The gallery gets the name Smith from its founding using the bequest and collection of Thomas Stuart Smith in 1874.  In 1973 it had been closed for many years and the building was slated to be torn down when a group raised awareness and public support to reopen the gallery by 1990.

We spent several hours there and had a nice lunch too.

Exhibits included early life in Scotland.

We passed this sculpture when we walked to the museum and found an explanation about it inside.

On our walk back to the carpark we passed more sculptures.

And here was a section of the old wall surrounding the town.

What an enjoyable trip we had to Scotland.  Our next big trip is another river cruise.  This time from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland.