Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My first trip to DeBaggio's, to buy cilantro, basils, peppers and tomatoes, all organic. I'll be back, got a lot of pots to fill.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

These cute foxes are arranged outside the church in Middleburg to raise money through the garden club. The link is here:
https://m.biddingforgood.com/auctions/276159035/items

Monday, April 24, 2017

The bid round red bollards at Target have a Super Marios theme which is eye catching. Apparently it's a big campaign starting this week.:

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Very excited about my area behind the barn that will be my planting plot. Just waiting for landscaping guy to finish clearing it and then I can take over. But I may do it myself, I'm so eager to start.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A wet and miserable Earth Day but Richard and I turned up to clean the banks of the Anocostia River in DC. Not quite sure why the Army were there as we turned up a few minutes late but it's always great to see the military. There were only about 40 of us but hopefully we bade a difference. Richard and I certainly filled a lot of bags. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

These dogwood flowers make me so happy. We have quite a few of these trees in the meadows and the bright fresh blooms give off a wonderful fragrance.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Finally reclaimed some space in my bedroom by finding this bike rack nearby for $20. Money well spent!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rain today and forecast for the next 5 days. No gardening or cycling for me then this weekend. Boo!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Loved all these lines in the sky and on the road as I neared work this morning.

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's all quiet on the hill early this morning, I'm the only one enjoying the first light.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Scouting out and about with friends for the day, finding this cool old house as the sun was starting to set.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

After 5 years my shutter screens have disintegrated but I repurposed the slats and started making a new screen. Hoping it will last a few years.

Friday, April 14, 2017

So happy to see the dogwoods again, although that late ice has reduced the amount of flowers.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I was the first customer at The Farm Brewery this afternoon, meeting the owner and getting a free shirt. The beers went down well too.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A super fun evening with Margie and Jason at the Bike Party event. Cycling around DC following loud music and clouds of cherry vanilla vape with singing and cheering. Lots of happy people, loved it!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

At the end of the W&OD trail in Purcellville before we rode the 10 miles back to Leesburg. Kind of hard having to pass by the sign for Corcoran Brewery though without taking a quick detour.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Absolutely loving how easy it is to stow my bikes now. No worries about them getting wet or stolen, and no straps. Bliss!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Kota Kat showing his tall Sphynx ears, and clearly not happy at having his photo taken.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Torrential rain with hail and tornado warnings at work today. We thought the too was going to be ripped off, the storm was so loud and ferocious.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The old abandoned Marshall nursing home that I was unsuccessful at entering has now been demolished. This peaceful plot of land will become a cluster of ugly new houses later this year.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

First wear for the bike helmet this year, something I usually forgo, but the group I was with tonight insisted on it. We managed just under 20 miles, 10 of them against a strong head wind and getting back just before sunset.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A lovely discovery in my mail box when I got home. And the photo was on the cover too.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

An interesting find on my travels today. I had to stop and take a closer look.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A new place to explore today, an abandonment discovered by another who wouldn't divulge its location. But we found it.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Every year I see more and more of these beautiful grape hyacinths outside my front door, a beautiful welcome to Spring.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Toasting my dear friend and No.1 Blog Fan on her Birthday. Happy Birthday Myra! Cheers to many many more and your wonderful letters!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Enjoying a pint of my favorite brew in a glass purloined from PA.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The United Methodist church in Middleburg undergoing restoration. A stairway, or scaffolding, to heaven?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The first ride of the year under my belt with perfect weather conditions on the C&O Canal trail. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

$140 of cat beds and only one of them knows how to use them properly. At least they're being used!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Met Janice to try out the Griffin Tavern, not too far from home. Had a superb roast chicken dinner with a couple of craft beers and enjoyed the spring flowers from our window while we ate.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My triple delight Chinese meal tonight looked like a piece of art as it lay on my plate. It was also delicious!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rosie Lee watching the daylight disappear from her favorite spot.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Janice and I tried our hand at glass blowing today. These are our 'efforts' in the lehr, a cooling oven which will take nearly a day to cool the glass down before we can take it home.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A fabulous hike in the mountains with a good 4" of snow in the higher parts. Invigorating!

Friday, March 17, 2017

St Patty's Day beers with Steve's friends in Gainesville. Great company and great fun. cheers!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kota went to the doctors today as he has a little lump on his nose that I'm worried about. The doctor's going to keep an eye on it but I thought I'd get a photo of it when I got home. That didn't go well...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Really hoping that this snow, although beautiful, will be the last this winter. Hopefully spring can resume it's emergence without having suffered too much damage.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The dreaded snow didn't amount to too much so we were able to get the hill cleared by about 1pm. Kota came out towards the end for an inspection, very obviously miffed that there was still slushy areas underpaw.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rosie Lee watching night fall. No snow flakes yet, but hard to believe we're actually getting it. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jeff and I returned to Forest Haven for a few hours. These old screens in the print room are beyond any chance of reclaimation; so much waste.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The chickens are playing up at Broad Run Farm again. I popped in to find there was only half a dozen of very irregular sized eggs available so I snaffled them. They're probably going to go on strike completely when the snow hits on Tuesday.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The white blossoms contrast perfectly with the stormy sky, bringing in weather that will kill all the early blossoms and spring flowers. Icy, below freezing temperatures with snow on Monday aren't welcome after our balmy February.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I was giving Rosie Lee her cuddle in bed this morning when Kota knocked something to the floor in the bathroom. Rosie Lee jumped and with her back claws shredded my arm in her rush to escape. This is going to hurt for a while.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ugh. I set to and rolling my sleeves up pulled out the fridge freezer to clean behind it, and found a very dead mouse with an equally very dead cricket as its companion. So glad this isn't a job that has to be done too often.