Saturday, July 22, 2017

Revisiting an old haunt in Baltimore. Way too hot for biking or hiking, and really too hot to be outside at all.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The sunflowers are nearly up to the roof and flower heads are forming. Can't wait to see those big yellow smiley faces.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Savoring a very tasty beer after a poo day of work and getting tires changed on the car. A well deserved time to chill with a delicious pint and listen to nature. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My little veggie plot looks like a jungle but everything is growing. It's just such a long way to lug full watering cans, but it's a good work out!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We were hanging our urbexing photos for a show at Lorton Workhouse this evening and this beautiful Regal Moth was outside the doorway. I picked it up and moved to some vegetation. It had a wingspan of about 5". A beautiful creature and a privilege to have seen it, I'd never seen one before.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Some of my sunflowers, these are the shorter ones and they're still climbing skyward. It's lovely to see them outside my window.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I loved the detail on this mushroom, the perfect spacing between the gills. It also looked a bit like a dirty dinner plate with a knife left on the side.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Kota thoroughly enjoying his brush. Got lots of fur from him. He loved it.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Boss Man wanted this chair printed to be the 'little boy chair' which the underachiever of the month will have to sit in. Sure as hell will never be me!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The vultures of Marshall fanning their wings in the thick afternoon humidity. It seemed nobody was enjoying it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I made up a small bowl for Maggi to enjoy. I picked a bag full of beans tonight and a good handful of tomatoes. These were sautéed with chicken breasts, mushrooms, peppers and spinach with a handful of herbs and then mixed in with a dollop of sour cream. Delicious!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

For 3 days I've been pulling these hornworm caterpillars from my tomato plants. I'm pretty sure I've got them all off and thankfully no bad damage has been done, but I'll be keeping a daily eye out for these lighters. No tomatoes for them!

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's too hot to do anything except make hay, and there's plenty of that going on.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

My beautiful Green Genie, parked at Reston, where Steve and I took a coffee break before heading back to Vienna.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Kristen with a sparkler at a fun party this evening on an abandoned golf course.

Friday, July 7, 2017

I spent 3 wonderful hours on the phone with Myra, my No.1 blog fan in Canada. The weather went from sunny to sudden black clouds and winds, then to rain and then to a double rainbow, before a quick flash of sun again before dusk fell. Lots of love to you Myra xx.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

We had a laugh at work. Alam was being too vocal so had to take time out, facing the wall, and learning a new U.S. Custom. Then Boss Man asked him if he had clocked out, in order to take time out, causing everyone to erupt into laughter.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Had some much needed rain today. Grateful that I didn't have to lug the watering can around tonight.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Out urbexing with a buddy. Sweltering heat soon wore us down but we still covered some ground.

Monday, July 3, 2017

I often try to come home through the country lanes. There's one place that has free roaming chickens and today they were all over the road. This one was playing peek-a-boo behind a tree.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

My little sun spot sanctuary from a visitor's first view as they approach the house.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

This guy was spread right across the bike trail today. It took a good 5 minutes to coax him into the undergrowth where he'd be safe from another biker's wheels. He wasn't happy about being shoved into the bushes!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Marshall Main St lit up with the golden sunrise on my way to work.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rosie Lee in a playful mood after a big dinner. Funny how food always makes you feel happy!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A blurred photo that I can't go back and retake because the subject no longer exists! I was excited to find Australian lamb cutlets which tasted just like English lamb. American lamb is horrendous. Served with green beans, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes with sour cream, garlic and lots of rosemary, this plate was soon cleaned. And I have enough for dinner tomorrow night. Hoorah!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Picked from the trees yesterday, my peaches bask in the afternoon sun, separated from each other so they don't bruise. I have a few days of peachy bliss ahead of me.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I picked blueberries for the first time today. They didn't all make it home:)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Joining in again with the wonderful Polish people, this time for Wianki, The Festival of Wreaths, down in DC by The Reflecting Pool.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Amissville Carnival. I dropped by since it's close and for a small village, it was hopping.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My view from the floor, where I'm resting my poor back which Dr Carl manipulated rather heavily. Only soreness now, and that will be fine tomorrow. Kota did show a little empathy even if it was just for a second. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The lillies by the barn are stunning, blooming in full glory, but mine by the patio are still in bud. Guess I'll have to wait a little longer for those.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dawn at Manassas Battlefields where big shadows come from little trees.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Snapped this chap on his web outside the back door on my IPhone after the rain. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A fabulous evening watching America perform again. I love this band, one of my top favorites.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

It must have been Bianchi Day today on our bike ride. I parked my vintage bike next to a newer model at a coffee shop in Herndon and then later stopped to chat to another proud older Bianchi owner. They certainly stand out!

Friday, June 16, 2017

"You lookin' at me?". One of the chickens  who contributed to my dozen eggs that I picked up from the farm today.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

At a packed Lincoln Theater, waiting for Eddie Izzard to appear.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I love my little secluded patio. Heaven to sit out on and enjoy the peace. Even while writing this I can hear the deers in the trees behind me.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I stopped on the way home from work to photograph a beautiful patch of wild flowers in Middleburg.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Watching Pat negotiate his drone through an abandoned building in Baltimore.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

After our bike ride we stopped for beers and lunch. I thought a Humminhbird Tomato Salad sounded refreshing but was a little disappointed to revive this, a plate with chopped tomatoes on one side and ricotta cheese smeared on the other. It was OK.

Friday, June 9, 2017

My portable gas grill finally arrived and of course Kota immediately took residence in the box. Which also had a nice polystyrene base, encouraging a longer stay than normal.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

So to encourage less sitting and more movement I traded in my 30 year old wooden desk for a new glass topped version, one that can alter it's height at the press of a button. Hopefully I'll stand more than sit at my work in future.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I was happy to see these two youngsters as I came up the hill this evening. I saw them frequently with Mom earlier this year. It looks like they're on their own now but they look healthy. Glad to see they stay on the hill and away from the roads.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

My new grill has finally arrived, but why is there always 'some assembly required'? Grrr!

Monday, June 5, 2017

This beautiful lavender outside my front door is growing it's best since I've been here. I'm hoping it's a good omen for my other plants, flowering and veggies.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Making soup for work lunches with local grown chinese cabbage, shredded sweet potato, carrots and beans. The chicken broth came from Marshall's organic Gentle Harvest store. It smells amazing.

Saturday, June 3, 2017