April 21, 2014


We usually call these daffodils but the actual name for the genus is narcissus. They belong to the amaryllis family.

These grow easily in Virginia from bulbs that you plant in the fall. Deer don't particularly like them so they don't "mysteriously" disappear even in the country.

April 20, 2014

Angel in the Woods

I may have gotten carried away with Photoshop here. But it was fun!

Lunch with Lynn and Bobby

In Strasburg, VA

April 18, 2014

Skywatch: Geese

... or are they ducks?

Linking to: Look Up, Look Down

Easter Decor at the Community Store

At the resort
The windows report:
Springtime is here,
Easter is near.

Eggs in pastel
Colors that tell:
A season's rebirth!
Springtime on earth!

Linking to: Six-word Friday

April 16, 2014

Birds Without Words

Linking to: Wordless Wednesday

The Railroad at Boyce, Virginia

RR stationThis railroad station in Clarke County was completed in 1913 and is no longer used. A sign indicates that it was repurposed as a library for a while.

I modified the second picture in Photoshop using one of the monochromatic presets under Image/ Adjustments / HDR Toning.

Linking to: Rurality Blog Hop

April 15, 2014

The House on Strudel Court

Here are a couple of pictures I took at the house I wrote about yesterday. The house is pretty much empty now except for that sofa and a couple of rugs. The great room looks really huge without the dining table!

I posted a rental listing on Craigslist and the pictures there are from two years ago before we moved out.

Linking to: 

April 14, 2014

The View from the Second Squirrel Ridge

This is the view from the second house we owned in Bryce Resort. We still own the house and our tenant moved out so we've been doing some work on it.

It's actually on Supinlick Ridge. The first home we owned in the resort was on a smaller ridge with no name as far as I could tell so I called it Squirrel Ridge. I used that name for this blog back in 2005. When we moved to Supinlick Ridge the following year, I kept the Squirrel Ridge name on the blog, and by the time we moved again in 2012, the name seemed to belong here even though we no longer live on a ridge.

Linking to: Catching the Light

April 13, 2014

Purple Crocus

The crocuses bloomed a bit late this year, alongside the daffodils instead of before them.

Linking to: Today's Flowers

Outdoor Cathedral

outdoor cathedralYesterday we were in Orkney Springs so I stopped at the lovely shrine. I was not expecting to find that a service was in progress on a Saturday afternoon.